Sep 22 2023
Senior VP- EdTech Solutions
Universities and educational course publishers need a reliable and robust learning management system (LMS) to offer valuable online education. Now that new LMSs are on the market, there is no need to be stuck with an old and outdated LMS that simply can’t offer many courses. Often, universities and associations deal with LMS platforms that don’t support their courses. What can you do? Migrate to a newer, fully featured LMS system.
Now that your organization has identified a newer and better LMS, it is time to address the key question: How can you migrate your existing courses from an old LMS platform to a newer one? The most popular migration approach is the Lift-Shift-Uplift, called the L&S approach. In this approach, you can Lift EdTech content from the old system and Shift it to the newer systems with minimal changes to the structure or content. You can Uplift your content to add more functionalities enabled by your new LMS. Some reasons this approach is right for your LMS migration are:
Project and IT managers must create a migration plan for successful migration from one LMS to another. Multiple components of the cloud infrastructure must be redefined, with security a key area of focus. Apart from data security and integrity, focus on cybersecurity, disaster recovery, and data backups. You should understand the existing content strategy and pedagogy so learners don’t find any difficulty with the LMS migration. The technical feature gaps between the different platforms must also be addressed during and after migration.
Organizations need to upgrade their LMS to support multiple mobile devices and platforms. As learner needs change, the LMS should be flexible to accommodate them. Engaging learning methods like gamification, microlearning, storytorials, and scenario-based learning are gaining popularity among new-age learners, and your LMS should support these. There is no one-size-fits-all strategy to migrate e-learning courses, however, organizations must prepare a checklist to ensure a seamless migration.
When migrating to a new LMS, you must ensure your learners and members get an intuitive experience that encourages learning. The course must be easily navigable with interactive features. Learners need control over the pace to customize their learning experience based on their needs, and using the Lift and Shift strategy is less labor-intensive and cost-effective. With the right QA partner, your organization can ensure minimally disruptive migration that extends the capacity and improves the performance potential of e-learning courses.