Learning Management System software is on the rise with projected income expected to increase more than 25 percent each year through 2018. Cloud-based LMS also is seeing a surge in popularity with many businesses moving their LMS software to the Clouds due to its positive features to include cost and security.
With software costs surging and hardware advancements making IT an expensive and security nightmare, many companies are abandoning their dedicated managed LMS platforms and taking to the clouds. One said company is the Unplag academic plagiarism checker that has integrated with Moodle, Sakai, and OLAT, with Canvas and Blackboard integration being planned in the future. With competition high within the e-Learning industry, any slight advantage is critical for a company’s success.
Clouds Highs and Lows
Clouds may stand in great contrast to the blue sky behind it highlighting their white cotton candy beauty, but when it comes to Cloud technology most users see the Cloud as a gold standard due to its many positive aspects.
First and foremost is IT people do not have to purchase license for software that must be loaded on each machine – there is no software, so that makes cloud-based LMS cheaper to utilize. This is one of its great appeals to smaller companies or larger companies tightening their money belts since this makes the system truly affordable. All a company needs to do is sign up with an LMS, service provider. Talent LMS has a free plan for up to five users so a company can make a test run before deciding if this is the route they want to pursue.
Docebo SaaS LMS offers customers a pay as you go plan from up to five to 2,000 users, and they offer video conferencing among other tools. Litmos LMS is another major player with more than 1 million users. The problem some might find is which provider is the best fit for their business, which means the biggest upfront investment will be time looking over the services of the top providers.
Security and Convenience of LMS platforms
To allow easy access to LMS, many institutions turned to social networks to provide platforms of communication with associates. While this system did solve the ease of access dilemma, the solution did come with inherent security issues. Face it, Facebook does not offer the built-in security provided by a cloud-based LMS provider. Cloud-based LMS offers better encryption and can be securely accessed from remote locations.
Along with better security comes ease of use. Cloud-based LMS supports multiple devices allowing learners to access the needed educational material anytime and anywhere from whatever device they have available. That is convenience.
Like the popular movie film series “Fast and Furious,” cloud-based LMS generally offers a fast set-up and is generally easy to learn – although some universities have said there can be a learning curve depending on your old platform. What one advice column states is the most utilized functionalities of LMS is the testing, training, and recordkeeping functions, so these should be heavily scrutinized before choosing a provider.
The other convenience for the client is controlled cost – the monthly fee is the same each and every month making it easy to budget. A company’s IT team does not have to worry about maintenance and upgrades – it’s completely turn-key and zero maintenance. Once again, the initial cost lies in spending the time to find the right provider and service package to fit your needs.
Utilizing the Cloud LMS system is having your cake, eating it, and not busting your diet all rolled into one fantastic package. A cloud-based LMS is not only low cost but also can be tailor made to fit your needs. Universities, who have a variety of needs in an LMS, often put together teams to test drive and screen the various providers to ensure their new platform will meet all their requirements.
And if there ever was a P.S. that needed to be added at the end of text, this is one. No, this wasn’t something that was initially forgotten, but because this benefit possibly could outweigh the cost benefit, it was important to catch your attention. Possibly the best advantage of a cloud-based LMS is that all the information is stored on the Cloud LMS. Translation – you do not have to store anything on your own devices, hard drives, computer system, cell phone, lap top – getting the picture now?