In Response to Your LMS War Stories

Last week I talked about the 5 Phases of Grieving Your LMS and Building a Case for Change.
In that post, I noted how many of the issues people face with their LMS stem from an early miscommunication or misunderstanding of what is really needed from their learning solution. Since then, many of you have emailed me and shared stories of your own needs analysis and implementation missteps.

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One reader admitted, “Ease of implementation was top of mind, so we picked a system that mirrored the way we were already working. But in reality, what we got was an LMS that was hard to navigate, and stuffed full of old content that just couldn’t adapt to modern learning demands”.

Another user compared her LMS to a digital version of a typical brick and mortar library.
“It’s like being shown through an open door – beholding books on every topic you can imagine – then told “All your answers are in there, go find what you need.” Really?”

“We knew we needed a system that could track who was taking what course, and what certificates were completed. Great! But how do I measure that against tangible business results?”

Similar stories echoed.

These submissions really hit home when I read the results of the Brandon Hall Group’s annual LMS trends survey that showed 47.7% of respondents were currently replacing their LMS in 2012, up from 33 percent of respondents in 2011. That’s a lot of people who aren’t too pleased with their current learning management technologies.

We’ve already talked about building your case for change, but what other steps can you take to ensure you get off the LMS replacement treadmill for good?

Check out the eLearning Industry’s Top 10 Reasons “Why LMS Implementations Fail”

If you are planning to implement a new learning solution in the near future, this article it is a must read for you… but if you have experienced any other challenges not listed in this article, or have an LMS implementation story to share, we’d love to hear from you.

Written by Sabrina Prudham

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