Learning Management System – definition, meaning and all you need to know!
Internet companies like to use all shortcuts. After all, they sound so professional: Saas, Cloud, ERP, LMS … What is this LMS that people still talk about at business meetings? We will explain this concept and present how to use LMS in your organization. It’s actually quite simple and will definitely help you increase your productivity.
Definition and meaning of LMS
LMS is an acronym
and stands for Learning Management System
LMS is an abbreviation and stands for Learning Management System [ 1 ] . Okay, but what is it? What’s the definition? LMS is software that helps you create, manage, organize and deliver online training materials to your audience. The key features can be found in the name itself:
Teaching. The main purpose of the LMS is to provide and simplify learning in your organization. Thanks to the LMS, you can keep your employees’ knowledge up-to-date.
You can easily organize and manage your online courses, participants and results with this software . You can also analyze the effectiveness of your training materials.
System . System is another fancy word for software that makes it appear more professional and more expensive. 😏
The Learning Management System always consists of two parts:
Admin interface. The admin interface is where the training manager or performance trainer can create, manage and organize all of the training materials. In addition, it is possible to extract detailed reports (individual or group). The admin interface usually consists of settings and functions that allow you to fully customize the training material.
User interface . The user interface is where the participant sees and experiences what the administrator has created. Participants can access and use the prepared training materials on their personal computer or in a web browser.
Types of Learning Management Systems
You have two options to choose from:
Cloud based LMS / SaaS LMS . Cloud-based means that you host your learning management system on a web server instead of a local server
(i.e. your computer’s physical hard drive). Your LMS provider will be responsible for the availability, data storage and full management of the LMS (e.g. new features and bug fixes).
Hosted LMS . In turn, the hosted LMS is stored on the local server of the organization. Your organization is responsible for everything
related to the LMS, such as data storage, privacy and system development. The advantage is that you can fully adapt the LMS to the needs of your organization. The downside is that it is quite an expensive solution.