It’s a question I’ve been asked many times as an elearning consultant and as a developer: is it better to build your own LMS or buy one off the shelf? Having worked in organizations that bought, built, and eventually sold LMSs, I’ve been lucky to see some of the good and bad outcomes from each case. Let’s take a look at each option and see when they might be appropriate.Continue reading Build vs Buy: Learning Management Systems
Instructional Designer? LMS Administrator? Trainer? You’ve probably seen these terms in job ads or have even used them to describe yourself. If you’re just beginning in a training related profession (that’s not in a school) or interested in getting started, it can get confusing trying to describe what these different roles are and what they actually DO.
In this brief article, we’ll look at common training positions and what they entail. We’ll relate them back to 4 things a training department must do to be effective in a modern organization:
- Communicate knowledge to learners.
Somebody must understand the knowledge well enough to teach others face-to-face. For most of human history this was as far as a training team department went.
- Create learning resources.
It turns out creating and using materials that can be distributed and shared makes training much more efficient. Technology and research have greatly improved the kinds of materials that can now be created.
- Manage resources and records.
Record keeping is necessary for training to become integrated with the operations and policies of an organization. The bigger the organization and the more knowledge they have to train, the more complex a task this becomes (which is why electronic Learning Management Systems have become commonplace).
- Plan the big-picture direction of the team.
A modern training team might be comprised of unique individuals with unique skills, but they need to be able to work towards common goals inline with the rest of the organization.
Assuming most if not all training departments are trying to accomplish these 4 things, the roles below should now make sense!