Do I Need an LCMS?
Getting Where You Want to Go.
- Are you into creating things that help people learn?
- Would you like to create these learning experiences online, so that people all over the world (or all over your office) could use them?
- Are you looking for an efficient way to make great online courses?
Then read on!
You might have come across this term before, Learning Content Management System (LCMS), but never given it much thought until now. Not to worry, this blog can help explain you the meaning, importance, and capabilities so you can be the judge if an LCMS is what you need.
What is a Learning Content Management System (LCMS)?
A learning content management system is a piece of software that not only helps you build online courses quickly and easily, but provides a centralized framework to organize and re-use all the great stuff you built for one online course, but might like to also use in another. Because LCMS software is centralized, multiple people can collaborate on the same project. Hosted LCMS solutions like ours are accessed over the internet, giving you on-demand enterprise-grade systems without the headaches and hassles.
Who uses Learning Content Management Systems (LCMS)?
Learning content management systems are used by people who want to build online courses. These include trainers, managers, subject matter experts, veterans in their industry looking for ways to share their knowledge, authors, instructional designers, and e-learning professionals. With an LCMS, you can package up content into interactive online courses and deliver a fun and effective learning experience. As you are the judge of how the content should be assembled and delivered, you can personalize each module based on your course learning objectives and training needs of your target audience.
Why do they use a Learning Content Management System (LCMS)?
Top reasons for using a learning content management system include the desire to efficiently create and maintain a lot of content. This is important both for organizations, and for subject matter experts looking for ways to extend their reach and possibly establish their own brand and online store for training.
How do I get started?
Download one our free or freemium packages. Install the content builder. Then log in with your username and password. An internet connection with standard bandwidth is sufficient to run our LCMS. Be sure to check out the movies and manuals to help get started.
How long will it take to build a course?
Many people believe that building a course would require much time and effort, but this is not necessarily true. If you’re using our learning content management system, building a course is easy and simple and can take just minutes to build. The content builder has pre-defined scene templates and course configuration templates to help get you started quickly. There is no limitation to the scenes and content you can add in your course. You can import power points, video, flash objects, audio clips, and graphics in LCMS and use them whenever you want. You can associate these assets to multiple course(s), which makes life easy and saves a lot of time. Our assessment engine makes it a snap to build quizzes and exams. We offer a choice of over 100 course policies that can be turned on or off with the click of a button—giving you plenty of power with zero programming required.
The fun part is when you have all your scenes and content plugged in the given placeholders—and it’s time to preview your creation. The learning content management system also allows you to preview your course as many times you want and when you want. You can have a firsthand look at how your course would look when complete and you can always go back and make changes, if needed. Once you are satisfied with the course, you can publish your course to your learning management system and your own employees, or you can “make an offer” to have a vendor like 360training.com market and sell your courses, or you can publish those courses to your very own storefront.
So whether you are looking to create online courses for your organization, sell these courses for royalty, or sell the courses in your own storefront, the LCMS has all the necessary tools and features to serve up an amazing online interactive course.
— Wesley Leal and the 360 Authoring team.