LMS Migration 101

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Preparing the modern workforce for success requires a robust, flexible learning management system. If your training program doesn’t support upskilling and reskilling for diverse learning styles, it might be time for a change. Here are three keys to a successful LMS migration.

1. Data migration options

If you’re switching to a new LMS, a smooth transition can be easy with the right tools and resources. You’ll want to work with an LMS provider who has a proven process and templates for importing existing data. As you prepare for the migration, determine if you want to import existing user data or if you’d prefer to start fresh with completely new courses and a new learning strategy.

During a migration, you can also remove out-of-date learning content and refresh the library with new courses. If your LMS provider has a learning solutions team, you can tap their course design expertise to leverage multimedia options, simulated content or even virtual reality course experiences. Depending on when you last updated your LMS, this can be an exciting time to make the most of everything that’s available for today’s learners. Successful data migration sets the foundation for positive user experiences for years to come.

2. Implementation specialists

Implementation is when your strategy and planning come together, so you want to ensure you’re as prepared as possible. Along with the right tools and resources, an implementation support team that specializes in everything related to LMS migration can help make the transition as smooth as possible. You may have an in-house team supporting your LMS, but also look for a provider who offers a team of implementation specialists. They can work together with your team to evaluate data import and export, application programming interface (API) integration and other needs. Knowledgeable specialists will help facilitate the LMS migration so that you can start experiencing the power of productivity as soon as your new system goes live.

3. Integration with tools you already use

Most LMS platforms provide additional resources and add-ons. If you’ve been using social platforms, videoconferencing or curated content from third-party libraries such as LinkedIn Learning, SkillSoft and BizLibrary, make sure your new LMS can integrate with the tools you’re already using. If these libraries are essential to your learning strategies, confirm early on that your LMS partner will enable you to continue using the technology you need.

Changing to a new LMS is a big decision. Absorb may be the right partner for you. Absorb is committed to making the transition as smooth as possible for everyone involved: learners, the human resources and training and development teams, IT, and even executive sponsors. The right partner will handle the details and provide specialists who are ready to transform your LMS experience from good to great.