You’re not really building an LMS: it’s an online course…

Are you really building an LMS?

The Knowledge Anywhere site just published a “must-have” checklist, and it's perfect. It's so perfect that I'll not only link to the whole article, but also quote their core list here. (The red text is my own addition.)

This is the Knowledge Anywhere “Must Have” List

The ability to add, edit and manage the following training types:

  • Online training- SCORM 1.2- and 2004-compliant courses
  • ILT Classroom training
  • Self-paced training

The ability to apply or enable the following details or characteristics of a course:

  • Course description – WYSIWYG HTML Editor
  • Course prerequisites
  • Course retake restrictions
  • Certificates of Completion
  • Course Levels –Required vs. Elective (Public)
  • Grading (If applicable)

The ability to add, edit and manage course catalogs, groupings or series by:

  • Assigning courses to course catalogs, groups or series based on predefined user roles
  • Share courses across catalogs and course series
  • Manage course catalog or series display date range
  • Make a course catalog or series public

The ability to add, edit and manage user groups, company divisions, business units and brands with:

  • Automated user enrollment or user import (Excel upload)
  • Automated user deactivation
  • Administration of registration codes for user enrollment
  • Creation or modification of user information/user profiles
  • Hierarchy for the training structure based on organizations, departments, user roles and location
  • Ability to mark a user complete

The ability to manage user progress and performance with:

  • Course reports –Course completions, course enrollments, etc.
  • Classroom enrollment reports –Course completions, course enrollments, etc.
  • User reports- Active users, certification completion, compliance completion, user login activity, user transcripts

The ability to communicate with users and collect and manage user feedback with:

  • Course surveys
  • System announcements

The ability for learners to access the following from their learner dashboard:

  • Courses and learning plans
  • Course transcript/progress page
  • Course catalog (for Public courses)
  • Profile/preference changes –Login information, language preferences, etc.
  • The ability to deploy the LMS on the cloud

So what's the issue?

I'll tell you.

If you do the math, what you'll notice is that over 60% of that list is unnecessary if you're building an online course instead of a full learning management system (LMS).

(The red text highlight those items which I think are not necessarily needed for most of the folks I talk to.)

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Chris Lema
Chris Lema has been working with WordPress since 2005. Over the years he's been a blogger, a speaker at WordCamps, a coach for WordPress product companies, and the founder of the conference for WordPress business owners, called CaboPress. Today he's the VP of Products at Liquid Web, where he manages the world's first managed platform for WooCommerce stores.

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