13 Do’s & Don’ts of an LMS Adoption Strategy
Implementing a Learning Management System (LMS) is a big step to take. As exciting as it can be, it can be nerve wracking as well. You may not know what to expect, how to adjust, or overall, how to be prepared. So, we’ve compiled some Do’s and Don’ts of an LMS adoption to make this process the best that it can be for you!
1. Do get support from district leadership
If district leadership isn’t on board, how can you expect your staff to be? Make sure district leadership sets the example, it’ll help staff get excited about the change!
2. Do enable “champions” to be the power-users staff can come to
Having a Champion in your school or district can save time and resources. By enabling a few educators who are a bit more advanced with the LMS, they are able to help your staff with issues they may encounter, as well as share their knowledge.
3. Do develop a strong communication and change management strategy
Developing a plan for the future is what will really help LMS adoption to be successful. Have open communication throughout the process and be prepared to adapt to any changes that may come along the way.
4. Do tailor your professional development to different levels of knowledge
Not every educator in your school or district is the same. Some may have experience with an LMS in the past, some may have never used one. So, it’s important to make sure you aren’t assuming they can all receive the same level of PD.
5. Do provide ongoing professional development opportunities throughout the school year
Taking on an LMS isn’t a one time thing. You need to continue to learn and expand your knowledge in the platform as time goes on.
6. Do celebrate and share out adoption successes
If something amazing happens, you should celebrate it! Even the little wins deserve to be recognized and can create a positive environment for all involved.
7. Do create and communicate a support plan for all users
Make sure that there is always a way for staff to communicate any issues they may run into and help them feel supported in finding a solution.
1. Don’t expect 100% buy-in immediately
Large scale change takes time, it’s as simple as that!
2. Don’t make assumptions about what teachers/parents/students understand (provide quality PD, parent education courses, train students to use LMS, etc.)
Assuming that everyone is at the same experience level can lead to certain staff not utilizing their LMS to the best of their ability, simply because they are unsure or haven't been trained. Even if you think they may already know something, it never hurts to do a recap and refresh their memory.
3. Don’t Set Metrics for Success as you go
Make sure to have these metrics agreed upon prior to the launch of Schoology.
4. Don’t provide 1 training and expect success
PD should be iterative and ongoing. Many questions can arise that can’t be covered in one training.
5. Don’t expect teachers to use a tool that leadership doesn’t
Making sure that leadership is modeling best practices is critical for success.
6. Don’t forget to communicate the “why”
Explaining the rationale for LMS implementation is just as important as communicating “how” the LMS will be implemented
We hope these Do’s and Don’ts will come in handy for you now or in the future! Do you have experience with a large LMS implementation? Share some of your tips with us on Twitter @Schoology