more than we can really talk about or share within introductory conversations or FAQ materials. Not that it’s bad to focus on the key features, the meat and potatoes, etc., but there are so many great things going on “under the hood” that we don’t want them to get lost. So here is a complete set of features and tools you will find within the KMI LMS, along with some of what we have currently in development for an upcoming release.
Our LMS is chock full of great features,
- Group-based: At the heart of our LMS is the useful manner in which you can arrange your learners into groups of your own design. Arranging and relating these groups allows you to perfectly control use and visibility of site resources. One group of learners might have a different course portfolio from another, or even a different selection of site features.
- Custom user attributes: You can define user categories yourself, and organize your learners in your own way. Almost every client has custom categories for their learners. For example, knowing the region, office, hire date, or line manager of learners can be helpful in your reporting.
- Simple learner management:
A user can be added in just moments from an administrative menu. Or you can allow self-registration to your site by giving an access key to your new learners.
- Bulk user management: When you need to make changes to many user records, the LMS offers bulk management tools to simplify your task. For example, adding ten thousand users is as easy as putting them in a spreadsheet and importing them directly to the site.
- Approval management options: Course registration can be made freely available to users, but you have the option of restricting some access to only those approved by an administrator. This can be handy, for example, to ensure your web seminar courses aren’t oversubscribed.
- Simple and powerful course management: A course can be added with a minimum of information – a name, a launch URL, and only a few simple fields are required. But the course administration can expand to meet your advanced needs, such as course prerequisite requirements, and custom certificates of completion.
- Multiple course types: The LMS offers several popular course types to meet all of your eLearning needs
- Online (SCORM, AICC, other): SCORM or AICC compliant courses can be added directly to the site with a simple upload wizard. Simpler online courses can also be added with no difficulty.
- Live events: From single-session to conferences with multiple sessions, locations, and instructors, every kind of live event can be managed with the LMS. This includes online events, such as web conferences – a specia strength of the LMS.
- Compilations: You can combine any number of courses into a master compilation course. You could create anything from “themed” course lists to certification-track preparation series.
- Stand-alone surveys and assessments: Though any course can have an assessment or survey attached to it, you can also offer them as stand-alone items, tracked by the LMS alongside traditional courses.
- Physical materials/order forms: Your learners can register for courses that require physical materials, such as books or disks. An order is placed automatically to the course provider.
- xAPI / TinCan and LRS: The KMI LMS is all set to handle xAPI courses with our own Learning Record Store backing it up.
- Assessments, Evaluations, and Surveys: With seven question types (such as Multiple Choice and Rating Scale) and complete control over the delivery method of your questions, you can accommodate almost any kind of assessment or survey on the LMS.
- Roster tools: Our course roster interface has recently been redesigned to allow effective management of user registrations and results. The Roster provides you with numerous ways of filtering and viewing data, along with additional tools such as printing sign-in sheets or mailing labels for live events, managing session wait-lists, batch registrations, data-exporting, and more.
- Learning series: A learning series is a list of courses that you organize according to a theme or subject area. They have great utility for learners, who can explore a subject or skill without having to search for relevant course content.
- Certificates: Many clients like to supply certificates of completion to their learners. Not only does the LMS offer such certificates, there is also an on-site certificate design tool to change the fields, add graphics, and fully customize the layout of the certificates.
- E-Commerce Capable
- 30+ standard reports and exports: The LMS enjoys a powerful collection of more than thirty standard reports and exports. Using these, you can report on any aspect of learner activity from many interesting angles.
- Ad-hoc reporting: You’ll have the power to design your own reports: adding fields to your output, and attaching filters to the data. With the ad-hoc reporting wizard, you can construct the perfect report.
- Dashboard: On the Dashboard, you get a one-page display of the most interesting learning benchmarks. Adjust your parameters (like date ranges) on the left, and on the right – more than a dozen important metrics are updated.
- Courses: SCORM, AICC, and xAPI: The LMS supports AICC and SCORM 1.2 course formats as well as xAPI or Tin-Can. As a result, the LMS ensures your courses can be used with many different training systems without modification.
- Accessibility: 508: Full Accessibility for learners has been an LMS objective for several years. The full learner experience is tested against a Section 508 compliance checklist, and popular screen reading software.
- Distributed Administration: Administration of the LMS can begin with the simplest manner – a few administrators can exercise all roles over the site. However, many clients like to delegate admin tasks as the site grows. Administrative tasks, such as course and user management and reporting, can be broken down into distinct roles on the site. These can easily be entrusted to many ‘local admins’ for smaller groups of learners.
- Web services: The LMS has a potent web services API, which provides data in simple XML format to ensure maximum interopability. Your own system can query it to obtain up-to-date information on users, courses, and course activity.
- Pass-through integration / Single Sing On (SSO): Many clients have created a seamless integration between their own sites and the LMS by taking advantage of our pass-through integration API. A simple URL is generated by your site, invisible to the user, that can launch him into the LMS, or even directly launch the courses.
- AICC: The LMS can launch external AICC courseware. This allows you to integrate third-party content, such as Skillsoft, with your own courses. Also, the LMS can act as an AICC server for an external system. So a remote LMS could launch any of your SCORM or AICC courses with automatic tracking of course completion.
- Vast experience with custom integrations: KMi has had great success in creating integrations with dozens of clients, many of them custom solutions. Our clients have profited from solutions as diverse as Web Services, SSO, OpenID, sftp file transfers, and Active Directory relationships.
- Visually adaptable: The user interface can be adapted in small ways, or completely customized, according to your preference. Customization can give your learners a sense of familiarity, and offer you an opportunity to brand the learning experience to blend seamlessly with your other tools.
- Mobile Ready: The KMI LMS comes standard with an HTML5 interface designed to respond to any screen size on any device. This platform includes the core user and administrative tools necessary to function as a “Mobile” site or as a modern, “Simplified” desktop interface.
- White Label Branding: KMI never forces our branding into your implementation. We develop a custom look and feel for all of our clients’ unique needs.
- Support for multiple domains and portals: when running outward facing academies it can be critical to be able to offer custom branded sites to subscribers. A single KMI LMS implementation can handle as many portals into the LMS as needed.
- Onsite Blogging: You’ll be able to start a blog (or several, if you like). You can make it public, to draw attention to your LMS. Or you can bring in subject experts to converse with your learners.
- RSS: Learners can subscribe to RSS feeds of different LMS activity, such as blog posts, announcements, and upcoming courses. This brings visibility to the learning site, and keeps users up-to-date on recent opportunities.
- Survey Tool: The LMS Survey Tool helps you gather information from learners. The results can be analyzed through on-site reporting tools, and even tied to an optional “action plan” based on user responses.
- Books 247 integration: In a few simple steps, you can arrange seamless access of the SkillSoft Books 24×7 site for your learners. With a single click, users can begin assembling an online bookshelf, and browse the latest texts and industry research.
- Adobe Connect web conference integration:You can host web-based seminars directly from the LMS. Learners can seamlessly launch into an Adobe Connect online conference, and their presence is tracked by the LMS. To ensure learner participation, you can even add a final quiz.
- Team Management: Managers or supervisors get critical insight into the learning progress of their team members.