Is the “Free” Label Worth the Risks?
So, what are the actual costs of using a free LMS? It’s not just about saving money upfront. When you choose a free, open-source LMS, you can often figure things out independently. You won’t have a dedicated support team to guide you through setup and troubleshooting. While online resources are available, navigating them takes time and effort, and time is valuable.
Moreover, even after you’ve set up your LMS, any problems that arise will require more time to fix. This “trial and error” process can be costly in terms of lost productivity and frustration.
From the users’ perspective, such as employees, the costs can be substantial if the LMS isn’t running smoothly. Slow performance, technical glitches, or other issues can affect their ability to learn and do their jobs efficiently. It can lead to frustration and disengagement among employees, wasting valuable time better spent on actual learning activities.