LMS – eLearning decisions that meet strategic goals and requirements.
Our highly experienced team can help you to delineate vendor hype from reality and, more importantly, lead you through the process of creating and implementing a plan for improving your learning management systems and services. No other organization can meet our unmatched history in the eLearning space. Every year, the Gilfus Education Group assists hundreds of eLearning and online training organizations, including academic institutions, in selecting or evaluating their LMS/LCMS. In addition, many organizations embark on their own LMS Selection projects to understand which system is the best for them. For various reasons, each organization selects a specific application, be it open source or proprietary or because-of-ease-of use, costs or, functional and pedagogical reasons.
Our services include:
- Selection planning and alignment to organizational mission and goals
- Alignment of Organizational Needs and Feature Requirements to a Short List of Vendors
- RFP (Request for Proposal Development)
- Vendor Demo Scheduling and Scripting
- Rubrics and Grading against Requirements
- Contracts Negotiation
A Changing Environment
During the past five years, there have been considerable changes to the options available to organizations for self- paced online training and instructor-led teaching. As an independent consulting organization, the Gilfus Education Group has developed a methodology and rubric that can help your organization select the right system for you. In addition, our team maintains a repository of over 150 vendor profiles, giving us intimate familiarity with virtually every academic technology, LMS, LCMS, and CMS currently on the market. Each with has its pros, cons, and shades of grey. Similarly, each vendor takes different positions and approaches to supporting online education. We assess the landscape and match each system’s nuances with our clients’ specific needs.
Over the past 18 months, we have recommended both academic LMS systems as well as LCMS-online SCORM-based training systems, depending upon the unique requirements, goals, and mission of the organization. Our pre-developed LMS Vendor profiles and LMS consulting service can get you pointed in the right direction. Example LMS’s have included: Blackboard, Cornerstone, Desire2Learn, Meridian, Moodle, Persona Learning, Sakai, SumTotal, Taleo, TorchLMS.
LMS Vendor Matchmaking
Some of the factors we assess in LMS/LCMS matchmaking include:
- Standards Compliance – IMS/SCORM
- Reporting and Tracking
- Teaching Modes and Learning Styles
- Depth of Partner Ecosystem
- Commitment to Innovation
- Degree of System Openness
- Ease of Use
- Degree of Support for Student Centered Learning
Several past clients have been strongly committed to supporting and participating in open-source movements. For them, it was important to choose an LMS/CMS/LCMS platform that allowed them to actively contribute new code and functional capabilities. Other clients have been much more focused on choosing a provider most committed to continuing innovation in its platform. An essential part of any RFP process is to determine which of these factors is the most and least important to you. This determination will ensure that your evaluation process accurately gathers all of the data that you will need to choose the best platform for your organization.
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