How to Get Superior Training — Without Replacing Your LMS

It's no secret most people hate their LMS.

  • 31% of companies would NOT recommend their LMS to colleagues [1]

  • 38% of companies currently using an LMS are actively looking to switch providers [2]

  • Over half of companies don't believe their LMS has the ability to meet future needs [3]

Unfortunately, it's not always possible to replace it. And if you're in charge of delivering a specific training program, it can feel like a non-starter to even bring it up.

But just because you can’t replace your LMS, doesn’t mean you have to be shackled by it.

Here are 3 ways you can get a better training experience -- without replacing your LMS.

1. Host content outside of your LMS & import scores

This option is pretty simple; you host your new training content on a cloud based platform, and funnel all the analytics into your LMS for reporting.

Before getting started with this option, you’ll need to make sure your LMS is able to import scores from 3rd party sources. Not all LMSs have this capability, so make sure yours does before you pursue this option.

When Would You Do This?

You’d likely use this option if you need rich content that better addresses your training needs, but you need to access reporting in your LMS. 

PRO

Great Training Experience. Because you’re outside of your LMS, you’re not limited by SCORM, which means the content can be much richer than standard LMS content. With this option you can create rich game-based content, and host it within a fun game-based platform — which helps improve both learning and engagement.

CON

Neutered Tracking. Usually, when you host your content outside of your LMS, you are able to track much more granular data. But when you funnel that data back into your LMS, you can’t get the same depth of information. You can only import data your LMS is setup to receive — which in most cases is just pass or fail. 

2. Import LMS content into a game-based platform

If your LMS courses are solid and you don’t want to re-create them, you could import them into a game-based platform. Some platforms (like Lemonade) allow you to import SCORM packages, allowing your staff to access your LMS’s content within a more engaging platform.

Not all learning platforms have this option however, so be sure to confirm with your vendor if this is the way you want go.

When Would You Do This?

You may consider this option if you have a library of existing SCORM content you don’t want to lose, but you need to improve engagement with that content.

PRO

Better Overall Experience. While the course content itself won’t be any more engaging, the experience around those courses will be. By making the experience more fun, you can expect an increase to engagement and participation.

Quickly Get Courses Live. Since you don’t need to re-create your courses, you can get your courses up and running quickly.

CON

Limited Tracking. Because you’re simply importing your SCORM content, the only analytics available are the analytics you had previously in your LMS. The scores will all be in one place — but they won’t be as rich as the analytics for content developed for your game-based training platform.

3. Avoid Your LMS Altogether

Finally instead of trying to work with your LMS, you can avoid it altogether.

In this option, instead of feeding data in or out of your LMS, you’d build your training program completely within a cloud based platform. 

When Would You Do This?

You’d use this option for one-off training programs when both the experience AND the tracking are important. For example, if the outcome and application of learning are critical to the business — like information security awareness or digital adoption — you may want to consider this option 

PRO

Great Training Experience. By hosting your program outside your LMS you’re able to create rich learning experiences using game-based training, video, simulations etc. And it can all be hosted in a game-based platform, which makes the experience much more engaging.

Surgical Analytics. Because you’re not shackled by SCORM you can track much more granular data. This enables you to find knowledge gaps and track business impact — which helps you create better training in the future and prove your program’s ROI. 

CON

Consistent Reporting. Since your reporting and analytics are outside of your LMS, you don’t have the same centralized location for data and reports. This isn’t typically an issue for individual training programs, but if you start to run a lot of courses on a third party platform, it may be wise to cut ties with your LMS completely.

The Bottom Line

Your LMS doesn't have to be the stick in your training mud.

There are multiple ways to work with or around your LMS and deliver a more engaging training experience.

You just need to choose the best option based on your overall training objectives.