Like many eLearning solution providers, we offer free 30-day trials of award-winning Learning Management System and eLearning authoring software. 30 days can seem like a long time, however when you’re evaluating new software that’s loaded with features, it’s important to know you’re getting the most out of it.
1. Demos & Tutorials
Luckily for you, you wont be the first to use your new software – experienced users familiar with the features have created loads of how-to videos and step-by-step tutorials. It can be incredibly helpful to watch someone else navigate the software’s interface. You can get comfortable by tuning into a few demos for a chance to see the software being used to it’s full potential. Pay attention to the kind of language they use.
Also, take notice of the software’s intuitiveness – often times new software builds upon popular or successful systems of the past – potentially solving issues you may be having with your current training program.
2. Communicate with the Community
This builds off of #1. Taking further advantage of the fact that you’re not the first user, it can be great to connect with and hear from other users doing similar evaluations. Check out some forums and product reviews to see the feedback from other training professionals. This can give you valuable real-world perspective. Here at Omniplex, we like to visit our friends at E-Learning Heroes for countless blogs and discussions about the best ways to get the most out of Articulate products.
3. Leverage a Sales Rep
Sure, sales reps are biased; especially when they believe in the effectiveness of the software they sell. Something incredibly valuable however, is the wealth of knowledge they possess. Ask them about the facts! How does the software compare to its competitors? What is the price point compared to other options? How does the learning curve compare to alternative options? If you come to the conversation prepared with a list of questions, the sales rep will understand you’re there for knowledge and not a hard sell. A quick phone call can answer more questions than reading lengthy reviews and manuals.
We hope these tips helped you make an informed decision and get the most out of your free trial. Please leave any questions or comments for our experts. And be sure to share this article with someone you know who could use a little eLearning.