ATD 2016 Insights (Part 1 of 3)
By Joy Church Millard, Sr. Editor, Expertus
As we know from being learning industry professionals, there’s no better way to learn than collaborating with your peers and thought leaders. And this year’s ATD International Conference & Exposition didn’t disappoint!
I’ve compiled my top finds for new learning tips and trends into a bite-sized, three-part blog series. Enjoy!
How to Speed Date LMS Vendors
Are you overwhelmed by the sheer number of LMS vendors—estimated to reach 1,000+ by year’s end?! Wouldn’t it be great if you could cut your selection timeframe in half?
Why not try speed dating?
1. Frame your LMS search with your current and future needs—This ensures that you don’t quickly outgrow your learning system. Specify… what your leadership’s goals are, what’s your organization’s projected growth, will all of your employees access the LMS, what percentage of your courses will be delivered online, etc.
2. Identify your top learning priorities—It’s key to focus on the top three or four; don’t get trapped in being a jack of all trades, but a master of none.
3. Do your due diligence—Don’t settle for a passive LMS search; talk to vendors’ references, walk through their standard user experience, explore whether customizations will be needed, find out building and delivery times, and so on.
4. Assemble an RFP—First and foremost, keep your list reasonable, focusing on top needs that will produce the most L&D value; also make sure to include stakeholders and rank each desired feature.
> Check out Katrina’s full ATD presentation here.
Have you tried an abbreviated LMS search approach similar to Katrina’s? With success? Do you have any additional advice? Share your feedback below.
Read More ATD 2016 Insights
ATD 2016 Insights Part 2 of 3 – What to Know Before Buying an LMS
ATD 2016 Insights Part 3 of 3 – Video, Personalization and Other Top Learning Trends
Editor’s Note: Want a go-to resource for finding the best LMS for your organization?
Start with our free LMS Buyer’s Kit, which includes LMS rankings, reviews, case studies and more.