What is an LMS and Why You Should Choose a Really Good One?

The acronym LMS stands for Learning Management System and is typically associated with online learning programs or e-learning.   Simply put, it is the software that makes an e-learning program function.  But it really is so much more.

E-learning is a general term for online training where employees access a website (internal or external) and complete courses on a variety of topics from general safety training to productivity improvement to HR policies and procedures.  All true e-learning courses rely on an LMS to function correctly so when your employees log on to take a course they are actually logging on to an LMS.

Some of the largest companies have their own LMS in-house but the high cost and technical expertise required makes that unrealistic for most employers.  A more cost effective option is to utilize the LMS of an on-line learning provider.  These companies often have their own LMS they will allow you to use via the Internet to take courses that you have purchased from them.

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