This LMS RFP template gives you all the information you need to focus on, including:
and much much more.
Shopping for an LMS can lead to indecisiveness, wrong choices, and relying on incomplete information. To avoid any of this, you have LMS RFPs. A document designed to answer all your questions based on your immediate needs.
When choosing an LMS or an online learning platform, part of the process is to have providers fill out a request for a proposal.
Creating and submitting an LMS RFP helps you:
Choosing, acquiring, and implementing an online learning platform is a significant undertaking. For the sake of organization, now is the time to get everyone involved who will need to be part of this process. That may be the L&D department for day-to-day needs, IT for integration and security requirements, HR if you’re using the platform for onboarding, Finance to approve the budget, etc. Use those resources to help you create an RFP so any proposal you get can address your actual needs.
The success of your learning process directly depends on how thorough you are during this process. You get out of your online learning platform what you put into finding the right fit.
Essentially, an LMS RFP helps you establish what you need and want from a learning platform and translates that into a language both you and the provider understand. This helps them determine if they are equipped to help you and enables you to compare providers to find the best fit.
In the RFP, you’ll document your needs when it comes to:
The potential provider then considers these requirements and will create a proposal if they think they can meet them. To make this the best use of everyone’s time, think about how you’ll use this platform, from general goals to specific instances.
Think about and share scenarios where you will utilize your platform to achieve your desired goals. This is one of the best ways to find the right fit for you. It’s also a great way to weed out vendors who cannot meet your needs or work within your timeframe.
LMS RFPs aren’t always designed the same way. They vary drastically based on your needs versus the vendor. However, there is a widely accepted general structure, this includes:
To help you build a winning LMS RFP, we created a free template for you to use. This RFP includes essential features, integrations, and use cases that Continu provides.
The company information tab includes all the information you need about the platform, its stakeholders, and contact details. This is particularly helpful when you have multiple RFPs from learning platforms and are looking to evaluate each simultaneously.
Here, you can deep dive into the learning platform's technical abilities. This is where the vendor answers your questions around:
Essentially, your next learning platform must be easy to use, and one that your learners enjoy. Here, the learner experience is broken into two sections, Features, and Feature Deep Dive. This section answers questions regarding usability and features assisting learners for example assigning material, progress bars, and signing up.
Feel free to add ask about any and all features you would like your learners to have access to whether it is from an engagement perspective or a learning perspective.
In this tab, you will specifically learn what your potential learning platform is like from an admin's side. If you are the admin, you won't know whether you can segment users by departments, or whether you can automatically assign training to users at a particular stage. For many admins, automation is useful, and if that is what you are expecting from your next learning platform, you would want to add that.
Every organization has unique learning requirements and needs. When you’re shopping for learning software, you want to make sure you’re spending time engaging with providers who are aligned with your goals, values, and expectations. This RFP can help you determine if a platform’s features match your intended uses and outline expectations so you know what you need to see during demos.