Implementing a new Learning Management System (LMS) can be stressful and resource-draining. Even if you find an LMS that lives up to expectations, there are a multitude of things you need to take into account before making your decision. Being aware of the potential challenges can help you avoid the pitfalls.

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With this in mind we’ve put together a simple checklist to help with your LMS implementation.

  1. Identify your technical requirements

Every organisation needs a list of LMS essentials. That includes crucial LMS features and functions that maximise online training effectiveness and return on investment. Identify all your tech requirements before beginning your search to get the best results. Don’t base your requirements on existing platforms you may have used or have seen, build a unique set of requirements that will meet your needs, with no compromises.

  1. Weigh up all your options

Some organisations cross LMS vendors off the list prematurely, or they start with a limited number of LMS companies without weighing up all available options. You may already have an idea of which LMS vendors align with your needs. However, it never hurts to research other LMS providers to see if you’re missing out on a golden opportunity.

  1. Communication

This applies to communication on all fronts, especially project management. Only you know your personal expectations or objectives, but you should share organisational goals with as many people as possible. Everyone involved in the LMS implementation process should be aware of the scope and requirements. You might even consider a Project Management platform to ease the communication among any remote collaborators.

  1. Have a learning strategy in place

A sound LMS implementation plan requires a sound learning strategy. You must clearly define the desired outcomes and objectives in order to find the most suitable platform, as well as provide the implementation team with a direction to follow throughout the entire LMS implementation process.

  1. Have a realistic budget

It’s always best to leave some extra leeway in your LMS budget to account for unexpected expenses. Have a clear idea of what you’re willing to spend and the ideal pricing structure for your organisation. This can help your provider find the best solution for you based on your goals and your budget.

If you’re thinking of implementing an LMS, chat to some of our elearning experts. You can get in touch with Synergy Learning by calling on +44 (0) 28 9042 2000 or emailing our team at

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