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Why consider a "Managed LMS"?

Updated: Aug 26, 2021

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Easier :: Faster :: Cheaper

Managed Learning Management Systems

Struggling to decide which of the thousands of Learning Management Systems to go with? Or perhaps you are considering both an LMS and a Learning Content provider? Or do you urgently need to convert from classroom to on-line training? Fed up all the effort you need to spend on your current platform or content?

L&D professionals struggling with these challenges have often found that a "Managed LMS" solution is the low stress option. Read on to let us explain some of the thinking behind this approach.


Let's take this step by step:

Firstly, why consider an LMS?

Workplace training has been moving online for some time now. Nearly 2 years of Working From Home during Covid 19 has spotlighted the potential (and necessity) of E-Learning. Providing online lessons and courses for your staff (possibly supplier organisations or franchisees as well) need not just "tick the boxes" for Compliance but also provide an engaging environment for your people to further their personal skills for benefit of themselves and your organisation. Investing time on making great, accessible courses contributes to collective capability increase and improved mental wellbeing.


What options are there for delivering online training?

There are options (and cost levels!) for all sizes of organisations. The factors that will influence the options available to you are:

  • The number of staff / stakeholders you need to train

  • The range of topics or courses you need to you to deliver

  • The degree to which you want course content to reflect your brand (content customisation and ownership)

  • The complexity of Organisation Structure you work within (more departments with specific training needs means more complexity)

  • Budget

  • Urgency (how fast you need to bring something to life)

  • The skills levels and free capacity of your Learning & Development team, educators, trainers or whoever is responsible for Compliance or Training Delivery

  • The degree of regulation or Compliance that your organisation needs to observe

  • How much training content you currently possess and have the capacity to keep updated

There are literally thousands of platforms on the market. Ultimately, decisions on LMS selection come down to the quality and range of content rather than the features of the content delivery platform.

(c) :: 2021 LMS Platform Comparison

Whatever platform-content combination you go for, you will take on an "administration" burden to make it all work.


So ... what is a "Managed LMS"?

It's an E-Learning platform - but without the hassles. By engaging a Managed LMS provider, you let them manage the LMS and broader E-Learning landscape for you. Let them do:

  • All the techy stuff to get you up and running (hosting, configuration, customisation)

  • All the "organisational" stuff involved during initial implementation such as understanding your Org Structure and configuring the LMS to match

  • All the course and lesson content importing (if you already have some) - this is never as easy as platform vendors describe!

  • All the course and lesson sourcing if you wish to buy in 3rd party content

  • All the course and lesson creation if you want to convert classroom-based training to online training

  • All the maintenance and updating of the above once your Learners are Learning

Consider your Managed LMS provider as an extension of your L&D Team and your IT Team.


Why consider this option?

With a "Managed LMS" you can transfer (or share, should you wish) the burden of administering the platform and content management to another party. You can:

  • Let someone else worry about platform customisation, configuration, hosting - all those things that are specialities of IT departments rather than L&D Teams

  • Share the course and lesson creation burden, leaving you to focus on Training Objectives, Pathways and Outcomes rather than how to get the lesson on a web page and accessible by the right audience

  • Augment skills in your own organisation with skills from another such

    • User Experience design

    • Instructional Design

    • Systems hosting and configuration

    • Audience building and retention

    • Creative and design

    • Content creation or curation

In short, a Managed LMS, in comparison to Moodle, Docebo, Talent LMS, Udemy and the 1000 or so others, is likely to be:

Easier :: Faster :: Cheaper


How does it work?

Easily. And quickly!

The way we do it at Cheyenne has been proven numerous times. There is no revelation or secret sauce to the process we follow:

  1. A quick "Discovery" to understand your needs and the exten you might need our help

  2. A fast deployment of CheyenneLMS where our Engineers and Designers bring to life for you a configured and branded E-Learning platform

  3. Your Account Management, meanwhile, will structure your environment to mirror your organisation structure and learning pathways

  4. Content (for Courses and Lessons) will be acquired, imported or created according to your requirements

Once up and running, your Account Management team is with you all the way. Their success is measured by your success because we believe that, in partnership, we can help your organisation achieve its education goals - whether these goals reflect L&D, Brand Education, Audience Engagement or Customer Retention outcomes.


What next?

Get in touch. Ask us questions. We may be able to help. We would certainly like to. If we can, we will. If we can't, we will try and point you in the right direction.

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