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How should your LMS be configured?

Your company's LMS configuration will depend on organizational needs.

Your company's LMS configuration will depend on organizational needs.

Many learning management systems (LMS) have multiple components, some of which may not be necessary for your organization. While most vendors can advise you about which items they think could suit your company's needs, ultimately, the implementation team will make a final decision.  

Here are a few common configuration options that your LMS implementation team may want to consider:

  • Course catalog - Organizations that offer a variety of optional trainings will benefit from a course catalog. The menu should be designed in such a way that employees can easily search for courses and read a brief description without having to dig deeper into the LMS.
  • Curriculum structure – Not all courses are the same. While some may simply require the user to read an assignment and take a test, others may include and require the completion of multiple activities. Your LMS will need to be able to track attendance and participant progress. 
  • Domains - If your organization is providing training for employees and outside customers, you can split these two audiences into separate domains. With this program, you can also restrict a course's visibility to individuals within an audience. For example, if a course contains confidential information for finance employees, staff from other divisions will not be able to see it.
  • Notifications – LMS products provide customizable alerts and notifications that will alert users about different issues like a canceled course or the change in an assignment's due date. Be sure to disable this functionality before the new LMS goes live, to prevent users from being inundated with unnecessary emails. 
  • Reports – Basic report functions that come with most LMS include tools for creating tables and charts. Some will also export this information into an Excel spreadsheet for easy formatting. You may also want to schedule a regular (weekly, monthly, etc.) report that provides the LMS team with information that it needs for improvement. 
  • Security roles - Each LMS administrator can have a set of permissions assigned to them. With these roles, they can can run reports, schedule courses or add or remove individuals from a class roster. If you want administrators to have multiple roles, make sure that your LMS supports this function, as some only allow one job per user.
  • User profiles – For a corporate LMS, it is important to segment employees into groups in order to assign the appropriate training modules. Essential data to be added to a user's profile include their name,  job function and their time in their current position. 

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