Online Course Delivery

Monday, January 23, 2006

Selecting the one fits your needs

A List of consideration before puchasing LMS

Internal Issues

  • Existed technology
  • Attitude of decision makers


  • Extendability:The products that have better system architecture and adhere to accredited standards are the one has more potential to extend in the future.
  • Compatibility: Support as many document formats and courseware files as possible will give you more freedom to work between different software and increase the productivity.
  • Integrality: To integrate with other systems, such as human resource system, accounting system, will help to track budget, personal skill, completion of goals and analyze useful reports.
  • Usability: Easy to use for all people involved: tutors, administrators, and learners.
  • Scalability: Possible to scale up to larger learner base.
  • Implementation: Easy to implement, deploy and maintain.
  • Support quality: Vendor supports onsite help, manual, hot line helpdesk and etc.

Functional Requirements

  • Integration with HR
  • Administration tools
  • Content access
  • Communication: discussion forums, file exchange, e-mail, online journal, chat, video services and a whiteboard.
  • Content development
  • Content integration
  • Skills management
  • Assessment capabilities
  • Adherence to standards
  • Productivity: learning supplementary tools, e.g., bookmarks, calendar/progress review, orientation/help, searching within the course, and working offline/synchronize
  • Configurability
  • Security


  • Cost of acquisition
  • Cost of implementation & deploy
  • Cost of maintenance


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