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LMS System Selection & Evaluation Toolkit, Part 4


This is the fourth in a five-part series.

Last post we talked about creating a requirements list, including specific task scenarios. In this post we focus on doing the anlysis and evaluation of potential LMS products. Included is a link to an LMS Evaluation Form that makes it easy to go over.


Depending on the size of your team and the number of potential vendors you’ve identified you have a couple of choices as to how to proceed with the actual evaluation of potential LMS vendors.

If you’ve identified 3 or fewer vendor’s:

Have each member of the team conduct an individual study of each vendor’s LMS, answering basic questions about the overall experience, usability, & features included.

If you’ve identified more than 3 potential vendors:

If you’ve identified more than 3 potential vendors, assign a vendor to a team member. The team member completes the individual study as detailed above. Come together as a team to further prune the list of potential LMS’s down to 2 or 3 vendors to study in detail.

Use the tasks/scenarios you created in STEP 3 during this evaluation process – how easy is it to accomplish the real-world tasks you’ve defined? This will give you better insight into how well the LMS meets the needs of your organization.

Hours & Budgeting

At the barest minimum allocate at least one hour to analyze each potential vendor, including testing, tallying features, using task scenarios, and making recommendations.

If you don’t have the resources or budget required, limit the number of vendors you are evaluating – not the depth of your evaluation.

Additional Resources

LMS Evaluation Form
Download the LMS Evaluation Form. Easy to check off LMS features, usability, overall impression, etc.