We're often asked if it's possible to launch elearning across a firm or organization without a learning management system (LMS) in place.
The short answer is: Yes. It's definitely possible. And sometimes even firms that DO have an LMS may choose not to host elearning there from time-to-time depending on specific course requirements.
An LMS is an excellent resource for a wide variety of learning management activities both online and offline. And when it comes to elearning, a good LMS will not only host on-demand learning resources, it will provide robust reporting on learner activity, allow for the creation and management of elearning-infused development plans and learning paths, and more.
However, if you do not have access to an LMS - or if the audience for your elearning does not have access to the LMS (think clients, summer associates, etc.) - you still have options. Just about any elearning course can be published for hosting on a standard server (like your firm's web server, intranet server or SharePoint server). The on-demand course will function exactly as designed and the user will have the same learning experience as they would if the course was hosted on an LMS.
The major difference you'll experience when hosting on a standard server vs an LMS is the lack of reporting and tracking options. If a course is hosted on your firm's intranet server, for example, you won't have the option to easily run completion reports, review quiz scores (if applicable) or access other helpful usage metrics. That may be a showstopper for some courses, but may be an acceptable trade-off for others.
(Actually there are workarounds for reporting on elearning hosted outside of an LMS. Feel free to contact us if you'd like to discuss).
So, even if you currently can't house elearning on an LMS for any reason, don't let that stop you. Just tell your elearning vendor partner that you plan to host on a standard server and you'll be on your way to launching your on-demand learning library.
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