Recently a friend told me that he will be going to London to attend a course meant for internal staff from around the world.
Most people would look forward to business travel opportunities but my friend who has a wife and two young kids would rather not leave town if possible.
We talked about his concerns and also discussed briefly how today’s advanced technology allows employees to attend seminars and courses online via the Internet, without having to cross borders.
Organizations that are trying to cut costs and training budgets are now opting for SaaS web-based learning management systems (LMS) to deliver courses and training programs to their employees.
Some organizations are also taking advantage of an LMS for the purpose of regulatory and legal compliance.
With an LMS, standardized courses can be delivered on time and consistently to all employees together with the ability to easily track which employee has or hasn’t taken a course.
There are many web-based LMS out there in the market these days. Depending on your organization’s application infrastructure, you can either opt for
- Commercial LMS like Blackboard
- Open Source LMS like Moodle or Claroline
- SaaS web-based LMS like Litmos
In today’s post, I’ll be reviewing Litmos, a SCORM-compliant SaaS web-based learning management system.
The best part about Litmos is its web-based hosted solution which means training / HR departments do not need IT to set up the system.
You can basically sign up for an account and in less than a minute be able to log into the system.
This is how I did it:
Firstly I signed up for the 14 days trial Starter account.
Each Litmos site will be entitled to its own web address, for example, wareprise.litmos.com.
Once the account is created, an email is sent for verification and confirmation purposes.
Logging in for the first time, this is what you’ll see:
By default, your Litmos account will contain a sample course 101. To begin building a new course, click on the course tab and click on the New Course button.
Once a course a created, you can now add modules to the course.
From the screenshot above, you can upload the following types of files:
- PowerPoint or Keynote presentation
- Flash Movie
And create any of the following:
- Assessment (Tie an answer to a question)
- Survey (Gather open feedback from others)
One key feature of Litmos has to be its SCORM 1.2 compliance where any eLearning content developed in a SCORM conformant way can simply be uploaded (zip file) and delivered to learners.
If you have a lot of content already developed in line with SCORM standards, then you can set up your Litmos LMS within a short period.
Besides adding courses and modules, an administrator can add new users and group them into teams.
Litmos also allows quick reports to be generated such as:
- Survey results
- Assessment results
- User training history
- Overall course results
- Team performance comparison
For more details on how to utilize and benefit from the SCORM-compliant SaaS web-based learning management system, check out Litmos today!