The short answers:
No, you don’t need an LMS. And yes, there is a better way.
To be clear, Learning Management Systems (LMSs) have their place. An LMS can be an excellent resource for a wide variety of learning management activities, both online and offline. It can be used to schedule learning resources, set up learning paths, track attendance at live courses, track continuous learning credits, and so on.
BUT if your objective is to simply deliver on-demand courses to your target audience (whether inside or outside your organization) and track course completions (to ensure compliance), an LMS is not necessary. And not worth the added cost and complexity. You may end up paying for a lot of functionality you don’t need.
We have found that most organizations creating on-demand courses have five key objectives:
If this is all the functionality you need, you don’t need an LMS.
You need an easy-to-use web-based, mobile accessible, SCORM-compliant delivery, tracking, and reporting system. We know, that’s a mouthful. So, we’ll just call it an “un-LMS.”
We’ve developed such a system at the request of our clients. It has all the functionality you need ... and nothing you don't.
We call it The un-LMS™.
Learn more: The un-LMS by SkillBurst Interactive