Can a Mobile LMS Replace Your Existing LMS?

Posted on March 28, 2016

Is switching to a mobile learning management system(LMS) an option if you already have an existing LMS in place?

This is a question that many organisations face today. In many cases they implemented their LMS to harness the potential of the growing trend for e-learning, but did it before the explosion in smartphone use and ownership. That has left many organisations with a system that enables them to create courses and manage content, but the primary method of delivery of that content is not via mobile devices. Some systems have mobile as an option, but the courses are designed for desktops.

Is this a bad thing?

To answer that, you have to think about how people access media today, and how that is changing. It is undeniable that more and more people choose mobile devices over computers or laptops, even when the laptop or computer is available. The statistics on mobile phone ownership, levels of mobile internet access, and percentages of time spent on mobile devices, all point to the same conclusion – people like using their phones and tablets, and choose them over any other device when they have the option.

Improving User Experience

So it is better to use a mobile LMS than a standard platform as it will deliver a better user experience for your learners which will ultimately improve the results for your organisation. Therefore switching to a mobile LMS is a viable option and is one you should consider.

Here are some of the benefits you will get from having a mobile LMS:

  • Specifically designed for mobile

    Users have high expectations when they use their phones. This is because they regularly use hugely popular and highly rated applications like Facebook, Gmail, Twitter and more. These all load quickly, are easy to use, and are packed with features. Users increasingly expect the same level of quality in all applications they use.
  • Improved design

    The standard LMS solutions that offer mobile as an option typically base their designs on desktop devices. This is understandable given that they prefer it when people use desktops. A mobile LMS, however, will be designed specifically for mobile devices.
  • Full functionality

    When mobile is an option you also find there is limited functionality compared to the desktop version. With a dedicated mobile LMS everything works on all devices.
  • More in tune with your learners

    By simply providing the learning opportunity on your user’s preferred device, you are improving the overall experience.
  • Easier to create and distribute the content

    A mobile LMS can also be used without any coding skills, plus it is incredibly easy to send course content and updates to your users.

Implementing The Change

You will need to plan the move to a mobile LMS. This includes the technical aspects of migrating data from your current system, as well as man management. The latter involves explaining to people that a change is coming and that it will improve their learning experience. You should also identify what is expected from them and what they should do during this transition.

With a little bit of planning though, it is possible to move to a mobile LMS.


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