How long have you had your learning management system?

If the answer to this question is ‘I can’t remember when we installed it’ or ‘it’s always been there’ then it may be time for an update.

You may be happy with your current system, you’ve probably grown accustomed to it’s interface and it’s quirks and flaws. It’s probably comfortable and you can’t even begin to think of the upheaval you might have to endure if you made a change.

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But what if there was something better out there? Something that will spark an organisational transformation. If you’re not sure if this applies to you then these five tell tale signs may help:

1. Nobody uses it

The simplest way to tell if it’s time to ditch that old learning platform is if it’s just not being used. There are many reasons why your Learning Management System is not being used. You might have the ideal learning management system, but you’re lacking an engagement strategy. Have a look at your internal marketing, are staff aware that a system exists?

If you’ve done all you can to bring the learners to their Learning Management System, but they’d still rather do anything else, you might have bigger problems. They might just not like the platform, but how are you supposed to know for sure? You could distribute a short staff survey and find out their real feelings on the system, make sure you confgiure it to be anonymous.

2. It’s hard to use

In the past, as long as a system performed its task it didn’t matter how clunky it was. But in recent years User Experience has become an important factor to consider, especially in learning management.

Since the importance of user experience has been recognised, we (as users) no longer tolerate any system that’s hard to use. If your LMS is still stuck in the pre-UX age, you’ll struggle to keep your learners engaged and that training you’ve worked so hard on won’t have an impact.

3. It’s not personal

In the last few years, personalisation has become an essential element in any learning initiative. All your learners are different, they have different jobs, skill sets and different requirements when it comes to learning. Learning needs to feel individual to them.

If you shop around, you’ll find a whole world of amazing personalisation features out there. Every learner should be presented with their core training courses, other courses that could be of interest to them and be able to at least change their profile picture, update their details or add an introductory blurb about themselves. Some platforms, like Mahara and Totara Social even let them show off their projects and build an online portfolio.

4. It doesn’t work on mobile phones and tablets

Your learning management system may look good on desktop but how many users access it on their desktop? The most recent statistics state that 56% of all global internet traffic is through mobile devices, which means mobile learning is not something you can ignore.

With more people preferring to use their mobile for online tasks than desktop, it’s more important than ever that your LMS is optimised for mobile. You also need to make sure the content is bite-sized and easy to consume on the go!

5. Your business has changed

How long ago did you sign up for your current Learning Management System? Was it more than five years ago? More than seven? A lot has happened in the world and learning technology has come a long way. If your LMS provider has moved with the times and introduced new tools to help you deal with new challenges, then you’ll be ok.

Your business has probably changed a lot in that time too. Your Learning Management System might have been perfect for the smaller organisation you had a few years ago. But now that you’re expanding and the stakes are higher. You need to be sure that your Learning Management System is built to deal with your specific business needs.

There’s no doubt that changing LMS is a daunting process but it needn’t be with expert advice, help and support. If you want to chat to our expert team please contact Synergy Learning on +44 (0) 28 9042 2000 or email

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