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Learning Management Systems (LMS) provide a framework through which online learning is delivered and managed. An LMS platform allows for an anytime, anywhere learning environment, delivering and tracking eLearning courses, programs and testing. A Learning Content Management System (LCMS) enables an organization to learn content from Courseware authoring tools and to present the content to students. Learning Management Systems are related to Training software. Find the best Learning Management System in Canada for your organization.

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TalentLMS is the LMS built for training success. Easy to manage and a joy to use, teams embrace training from the very first click. Learn more about TalentLMS
TalentLMS is the LMS built for training success. Designed to get a "yes" from everyone, it's where great teams, and companies, go to grow. With an experience that's fully customizable and easy to manage, teams embrace training while feeling right at home. TalentLMS makes it easy to provide the right training to any team and every use, while giving expert guidance and support every step of the way. On a mission to democratize training, TalentLMS already serves 70, 000+ teams worldwide. Learn more about TalentLMS

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  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Mobile Learning Software
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Gamification Software
  • Synchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
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Intellum is an all-in-one solution for delivering customer, partner, and employee education initiatives at scale. Learn more about Intellum Platform
Intellum provides the world's largest and fastest-moving companies with an all-in-one solution for delivering customer, partner, and employee education initiatives at scale. From our LMS to social/community learning, user journey tracking and data insights delivery, paid course and certifications support, and advanced content authoring, collaboration, and customization functionality, Intellum is uniquely positioned to support Enterprise partners with an all-in-one EdTech for Business solution. Learn more about Intellum Platform

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eFront is the resilient LMS built to support the demanding training programs of world-leading and growing enterprises. Learn more about eFront
eFront is the enterprise learning management system built to offer blue-chip and growing companies limitless learning. Advanced features, stringent security protocols, and rich customization tools serve to meet any training scenario. Designed to be the most adaptable LMS, eFront gives you complete control over your training environment and data. Seamlessly blending with your tech stack it functions as the malleable infrastructure with the resilience to support even the most complex enterprise Learn more about eFront

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Absorb LMS is an easy-to-use and dynamic learner and admin LMS experience for external and internal learning programs. Learn more about Absorb LMS
Empower organizations to provide employees, customers, partners, or members with the knowledge they need to effectively do their job with Absorb LMS. Absorb’s best-in-class interface creates an easy-to-use and dynamic learner and admin LMS experience. Make learning and development your competitive advantage by integrating an award-winning learning management system that combines the power of traditional LMS features with a core focus on user experience. Learn more about Absorb LMS

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Juno Journey helps companies create the perfect learning culture with an LMS, LXP, and Talent Development unified in one software. Learn more about Juno Journey
A single intuitive platform for all your organizational learning and development processes. Juno Journey is a personalized L&D operations system, helping companies design their people's professional success by optimizing the way they onboard, enable, develop and retain their people. Learn more about Juno Journey

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  • Blended Learning
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  • Mobile Learning Software
  • Certification & Licensing
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Bites: AI-driven LMS transforming training with effective, impactful content. Achieve 90% engagement. Trusted by Amazon and more. Learn more about Bites
Bites is an AI-powered LMS revolutionizing employee training with engaging, bite-sized lessons inspired by social media trends. Our platform excels in delivering concise, video-based content that's both accessible and memorable, making the learning process not just effective but enjoyable. Leaders in various industries, including Unilever, Amazon, and Decathlon, have already embraced Bites, significantly reducing their training costs, enhancing employee skills, and achieving an impressive 90% engagement rate with our premium offerings. Talk to us at: mybites.io Learn more about Bites

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OpenSesame helps companies build the most productive and admired workforces with the most comprehensive catalog of elearning courses. Learn more about OpenSesame
With the most comprehensive catalog of elearning courses from the worlds top publishers, we are here to help HR and Learning & Development professionals every step of the way, from finding courses, mapping them to your core competencies, syncing them with your LMS to increasing utilization and improving your L&D programs. Not only will you have the flexibility of multiple purchasing options from OpenSesame, you'll find it simple to use and administer your elearning. Learn more about OpenSesame

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  • Blended Learning
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  • Mobile Learning Software
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Gamification Software
  • Synchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
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Easily manage training and automate processes with uxpertise LMS. Perfect for SMBs and training organizations. Learn more about uxpertise LMS
uxpertise LMS provides an intuitive experience for all. Easily manage and automate training. Customize the platform to your image and benefit from flexible parameters. Streamline registration, notifications, invoicing and certification. Create asynchronous, synchronous and blended learning activities effortlessly. Control visibility by offering public, restricted or private training. Monitor and track everything in real-time from one hub. Learn more about uxpertise LMS

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  • Mobile Learning Software
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  • SCORM Compliance
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A specialized, cloud-based, enterprise LMS with over 1,000 CPE courses for audit, accounting, finance and related professionals. Learn more about Illumeo LMS
Illumeo is the only learning platform for audit, accounting, and corporate finance that is best suited for companies with 1000-100,000 employees. Illumeo covers the full learning cycle, from training and reporting, to learning plans and assessments with a course catalog of over 1,000 courses and webinars. Earn over two dozen types of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits for certifications such as the CPA, CMA, CPD, and more. Trusted by leading companies like Oracle, Cisco, and Maersk. Learn more about Illumeo LMS

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  • Mobile Learning Software
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  • Gamification Software
  • Synchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
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All-in-one system of learning that brings together learning, growth, skills, and capabilities into a personalized, curated experience. Learn more about Cornerstone LMS
Cornerstone Learning helps you provide a connected learning and growth experience for your people. With intentional AI for making people extraordinary, create a personalized development resource that inspires and accelerates transformation. Get a solution designed to dynamically understand your users, connect them to personalized opportunities for growth, and help them develop the skills that will get them from here to there. Learn more about Cornerstone LMS

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  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Mobile Learning Software
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Gamification Software
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  • SCORM Compliance
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Thinkific Plus: Boost customer activation and retention with online education that streamlines onboarding, product training, & support. Learn more about Thinkific Plus
Thinkific Plus is an agile, all-in-one online learning platform designed for growing businesses that want flexibility and efficient customer education. Thinkific Plus provides diverse learning modalities, including multimedia lessons, webinars, and interactive communities. The platform's intuitive design, featuring a drag-and-drop builder and course templates, allows for rapid course development and deployment. Tailoring to your brand's unique identity is seamless, thanks to its advanced customization options, Open API and Single Sign-on. Ensuring a cohesive and branded learning journey for your customers, enhancing their experience, engagement and loyalty. Our Launch Specialists and expert Customer Success teams are dedicated to supporting your project from inception to launch and beyond, ensuring your customer training programs are successful and aligned with your business goals. Explore Thinkific Plus and revolutionize your approach to customer training. Learn more about Thinkific Plus

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  • Blended Learning
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  • Mobile Learning Software
  • Certification & Licensing
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  • SCORM Compliance
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SkyPrep's LMS empowers organizations to effortlessly create, manage, and track training with ease. Learn more about SkyPrep
SkyPrep offers a robust and user-friendly Learning Management System (LMS) that enables organizations to seamlessly create, deliver, manage, and track training initiatives with ease. With over 500 customers, SkyPrep caters to those seeking to educate their employees, clients, and partners. SkyPrep is dedicated to ongoing innovation and provides a customizable platform renowned for its ease of use, paired with exceptional customer support. Learn more about SkyPrep

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  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Mobile Learning Software
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Gamification Software
  • Synchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
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Hosted LMS solution that comes with everything you need to create, manage, track and deliver quality online training courses. Learn more about TrainCaster LMS
TrainCaster LMS is a hosted learning management solution that includes everything you need to get started with online training. Built-in course authoring tools, custom reporting, detailed tracking, and an easy training interface, to name a few popular features. There is a PowerPoint-to-Web course converter, so using legacy content is easy. And we are SCORM/AICC compliant, so you have even more options. You can get up and running quickly - in days, not weeks. Sign up for your free trial today! Learn more about TrainCaster LMS

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  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Mobile Learning Software
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Gamification Software
  • Synchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
Wisetail’s learning platform turns companies into communities and empowers teams to learn through doing. Learn more about Wisetail LMS
Wisetail’s user-friendly learning platform turns companies into communities and empowers teams to learn through doing. The award-winning LMS and operational solutions drive consistency through efficient training and onboarding programs with custom site branding. The platform can be used as a hub for safety and compliance certifications, host endless learning initiatives, and spark social interactions. Wisetail believes learning is vital to building community and a more sustainable organization. Learn more about Wisetail LMS

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  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Mobile Learning Software
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
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  • Synchronous Learning
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Ideal for B2B and B2C training vendors. Multi-portal LMS makes it easy to service multiple clients. Sell e-learning using Shopify. Learn more about Firmwater LMS
The LMS for training companies. Create distinct, branded e-learning sites for each of your clients or sell courses B2B and B2C with our Shopify e-commerce integration. Build custom courses of different sizes, and mix and match modules. With our multi-tenant solution, a single course update is automatically applied for all clients and learners. We provide personal and responsive support, taking the time to listen and understand your needs. No wading through community forums. Call us today. Learn more about Firmwater LMS

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  • Blended Learning
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  • Tests/Assessments
  • Mobile Learning Software
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Gamification Software
  • Synchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
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An easily customized comprehensive solution for managing training and compliance backed by outstanding personalized customer service. Learn more about Prosperity LMS
Prosperity LMS by Ziiva is a scalable enterprise LMS solution that is easily configured and customized for your unique needs. With 25 years of experience, Prosperity excels at complex certification and compliance training management, 3rd party system integrations, and is backed by personalized US-based technical support. Whether you are providing or selling training to employees, customers, members, partners or distributors, Prosperity has what you need with flexible pricing options. Learn more about Prosperity LMS

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  • Blended Learning
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  • Learner Portal
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  • Mobile Learning Software
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Gamification Software
  • Synchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
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Complete Training and Development tools for frontline employee training. All tools are online and mobile-friendly. Learn more about World Manager
Make your companys training and employee development everything you want it to be, then deliver the content in real-time, on any device. Engaging tests can be created using our own content creation tools. Use our industry best practice appraisal and exit interview templates to develop your teams, and better your business long term. Learn more about World Manager

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  • Blended Learning
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  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Mobile Learning Software
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Gamification Software
  • Synchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
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LearningZen.com is a revolutionary, low cost, easy to use online training platform. Online training made easy. Learn more about LearningZen
LearningZen is the pioneer of easy LMS and includes the most user-friendly course authoring tool on the planet plus free COVID-19 and starter templates. Backed by the best hands-on and friendly customer support in the industry. Proven to be the best in class solution at a fraction of the cost. Helping clients realize training objectives is our passion. LearningZen is cloud based and SCORM compliant. Contact us today for more information or to arrange a demo! Learn more about LearningZen

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  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Mobile Learning Software
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Gamification Software
  • Synchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
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LearnWorlds is a powerful, fully customizable, white-labeled and cloud-based LMS ideal to help you market and sell online courses. Learn more about LearnWorlds
LearnWorlds is a powerful, fully customizable white-labeled LMS with eCommerce capabilities. As an all-in-one eLearning solution, it is ideal for any professional and business that wants to train employees, educate customers, or create and sell online courses. Unlike an on-premise LMS, this 100% cloud-based LMS is always up-to-date, and it is packed with robust features like interactive video, ebooks, branded mobile app, SCORM content, live sessions, analytics, marketing integrations, and more. Learn more about LearnWorlds

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  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Mobile Learning Software
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Gamification Software
  • Synchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
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Learn how leading mid size companies easily train their remote teams from anywhere in the world with Trakstar Learn. Learn more about Trakstar Learn
Easily train your remote team with Trakstar's learning management software. Train from anywhere in the world with a learning management system for the modern workforce. Manage training across hundreds or thousands of employees in your organization. Learn how leading mid size companies use Trakstar Learn to quickly create quizzes and assessments, make training more impactful and never miss another compliance training deadline. See a free demo today! Learn more about Trakstar Learn

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  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Mobile Learning Software
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Gamification Software
  • Synchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
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INCITE® is a mobile-first communications, learning and task management platform designed for the frontline. Learn more about INCITE
INCITE® is a mobile-first communications, learning and task management platform designed for the frontline. The platform offers immediate access to information and skills used to increase revenue, improve productivity and help create impactful engagements with customers. INCITE's Zoom integration allows you to easily track attendance, check for understanding and invite large teams to your meetings. Holistically incorporate Zoom meetings into the learning curriculum. Learn more about INCITE

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  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Mobile Learning Software
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Gamification Software
  • Synchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
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Top-rated by industry experts and loved by customers, DigitalChalk LMS offers full features, fanatical support, and outstanding value. Learn more about DigitalChalk
DigitalChalk is the LMS you want and the partner you deserve. We are the LMS you want. We offer a full-featured LMS that industry experts such as Brandon Hall and Talented Learning consistently rank among the best in the industry. We give you everything you need to plan, manage and deliver high-impact training and certification programs 24x7x365 to your learning audience with confidence. All in a platform that is easy for you and your learners to use but powerful and flexible to meet your unique needs. We are the partner you deserve. Most organizations hate their LMS but suffer regardless. We’ve walked in your shoes and experienced the challenges of running training businesses and managing learning and development operations. For this reason, we offer fanatical, white glove service and support to you and your learners. Our average customer tenure exceeds 5 years, and our customer satisfaction scores rival top brands such as Ritz Carlton, American Express and Tesla. Learn more about DigitalChalk

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  • Gamification Software
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  • SCORM Compliance
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Easy-to-use cloud-based LMS 100% integrated with a robust authoring tool. Launch your eLearning in just one day with a minimum of fuss! Learn more about iSpring Learn
iSpring Learn is a fast LMS with a powerful authoring tool. With iSpring, you can easily launch onboarding or continuous learning in your company, and train employees no matter where they are. Native iOS & Android apps enable learners to get instant access to courses, even offline. Account owners get great value at a reasonable price. Personal live tech support is at your fingertips. Schedule a free 15-minute online meeting to learn how iSpring Learn works for your mission-critical project. Learn more about iSpring Learn

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  • Blended Learning
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  • Learner Portal
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  • Mobile Learning Software
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Gamification Software
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Compliance training with 1,000+ online courses in DEI, code of conduct, harassment and discrimination prevention, and more! Learn more about Syntrio
For every organization involved in employee learning and development, Syntrio’s Educational Leadership team has built seven extensive content libraries for employee training and development that cover all general facets of an employee’s work life. Our effective, adaptable, and modern content libraries run on most LMS and are built to support all types of learners with proven educational techniques. The libraries cover: Harassment Prevention Training, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI), and Belonging (DEIB), Ethics and Compliance, Health and Safety, Cyber Security Business Skills and Hotline Learning. Learn more about Syntrio

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  • Blended Learning
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  • Certification & Licensing
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  • SCORM Compliance
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Affordable, scalable & user-friendly eLearning. Meet ScholarLMS. Learn more about ScholarLMS
ScholarLMS helps organizations, institutes, corporates and non-profits achieve their eLearning objectives effectively, efficiently and in an affordable manner. Learn more about ScholarLMS

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  • Blended Learning
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  • Mobile Learning Software
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Learning Management System Software Buyers Guide

Introduction

Learning management systems are software platforms designed to help instructors create, manage, track, and scale learning content for large audiences consisting of; existing and prospective customers, business partners, and employees. Used by professionals operating in virtually any industry vertical, these tools put onboarding, training, and career development into the hands of instructors and students, giving them access to learning opportunities from anywhere across the world.

LMS tools provide the framework for managing learning material and progress anytime and anywhere. Unlike conventional LMS applications built for people studying from behind their desks, today's systems are designed for professionals without a desk, with a more dynamic lifestyle. These tools enable proprietors in sectors like real estate, manufacturing, automotive, and education to train their teams on and off-site, throughout the day, and without interrupting their workflow.

Rich in functionality and broad in scope, learning management systems can be used for a variety of learning content, from aviation simulators to early years education. However, most users in the corporate sector rely on them for compliance, safety, product knowledge, and soft skills training. Together with progress tracking tools, eLearning applications enable instructors, educators, and entrepreneurs to create and sell digital or blended academic experiences in their areas of expertise.

Also known as learning content management systems (LCMS), these platforms come with many benefits. They help businesses combine their learning initiatives and knowledge base management operations with their employee support, customer success, sales, and marketing activities. This enables them to speed up onboarding and mentoring. It also helps them facilitate hands-on experiences, increasing every stakeholder's awareness of the culture, policies, and practices of the business. As for the wider industry, these tools can also help companies meet their compliance training deadlines and boost their productivity.

As they allow users to create, present, and manage their learning content through courseware authoring tools, LMS tools share some of their functionality with authoring and training software. On a Venn diagram of tool capabilities, LMS applications would share much of their functionality with eLearning Authoring Tools Software, Learning Experience Platform Software, and Course Authoring Software. But users would be right to point out that LMS is also the area of convergence for Training Software, Talent Management Software, and School Management Software. Also, as Mobile Learning Software grows into a category of its own, it's plain to see that many LMS tools could easily fit into this category too.

LMS software tools may vary widely in terms of functionality. They may also share many of their capabilities with a range of software categories. But most LMS applications will be able to offer at least these five functions to their users:

  • Import, create and customize online coursework
  • Offer synchronous and asynchronous, individual and team-based learning options
  • Provide online, offline, and blended learning opportunities
  • Deliver customized learning resources through interactive and adaptive learning technology
  • Track student progress, manage classrooms, assess learning, and grant certifications

What are learning management systems LMS?

Learning management systems are applications used to create, manage and deliver online learning content. They help instructors, educators, and professional development teams curate courses. These courses are used to train their customers, B2B partners, and employees on matters of compliance, safety, business procedures, soft skills, or corporate culture.

From small classrooms to university-led courses and from workshops to fully certified courses offered by accreditation bodies, LMS platforms can provide career development opportunities at any scale. In a virtual or blended learning setting, students and trainees can benefit from access to forums, quizzes, and web conferencing facilities from virtually any device, while course providers can enjoy curating customisable assessments, authoring course content, and mapping outcomes for every student.

Combining the functionality of a virtual learning environment (VLE), management information system (MIS), and sometimes even human resources information system (HRIS), an LMS tool can assist professionals in a variety of administrative activities. This includes attendance management, pastoral care, staff, and payroll management, as well as onboarding, engagement, productivity, and customer success management.

Many of today's LMS platforms are web-based, cloud-native, agile, and modular. They are utilized by mid-sized and large companies and sole proprietors in a variety of industries. They enable managers to cooperate online and offline remotely, with one another and with employees, gaining valuable insights into learning progress, comparing cohort results, and accessing custom-made analytics dashboards and reports. They can also help inform performance reviews, set off promotion-in-place initiatives, and reduce turnover rates.

As they don't require in-depth programming skills to create, import, and manage courses, LMS tools can be used by most people in the professional sphere. This includes traditional educators like university professors and tutors, as well as people in non-traditional roles, such as personal trainers, life coaches, and therapists. It also includes creatives, such as music and drama teachers, graphic artists, photographers, and interior designers. But its main users are made up of back-office workers, such as business administrators, accountants, HR managers, and consultants in sectors like FinTech, software development, engineering, stock trading, and property portfolio management.

Learning management systems rely on the strength of the internet connections between the content provider and the viewers for sending data like multimedia content. As the process is bandwidth-intensive and requires vast storage capacity, many companies procure their LMS tools from Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) providers, essentially outsourcing their data transmissions and storage to the Cloud. But some large companies prefer to use on-premises or hybrid services to secure the safety and integrity of their company knowledge bases.

What are the benefits of learning management systems LMS?

The benefits of learning management systems LMS tools for content providers have less to do with the content itself and more to do with its accessibility. While it is obvious that, from a student's perspective, an eLearning platform is only as interesting and engaging as the courses it showcases, there are other gains to be had from using LMS tools, from a content provider's point of view. It may help to break them down as follows:

  • Limited computer literacy requirements: Not many businesses have the time and resources to create multimedia content from scratch, market it, publish it, and generate sales or other quantifiable metrics from it. LMS applications can help break down those barriers by enabling users with limited IT skills to import, create, and publish content online from a single dashboard, using basic drag-and-drop commands to customize, catalogue, and operate it.
  • Branding options: While many of today's courses are at least partially inspired from existing content, outsourced, or co-authored, it's frowned upon and inadvisable for companies to produce and distribute content that doesn't display their branding. Thankfully, many LMS platforms are white-label, offering users the option to make their mark by applying the logotype, theme, slogans, and imagery of their choice. This helps build trust and brand awareness.
  • Quantifiable and scalable results: LMS tools can help companies reach a vast audience for their in-house and off-site training initiatives. It gives employees and trainees immediate access to company information from their mobile devices. With everyone on the same page, managers and mentors can avoid unnecessary tasks and use their time more productively, with real-time insights into the staff's learning progress. This reduces training downtime, onboarding costs, and HR expenses while also streamlining business operations and improving communication across departments.
  • Permanent access: As a self-sustained, self-service tool, a company's LMS can grant users permanent access and control over company content. Without the back-and-forth of checking with their managers, employees feel empowered, trusted, and motivated to stay with the company. Being able to pursue their career development plans from within their existing positions means that they are less likely to leave. For HR staff and other managers, this translates into savings related to recruiting, hiring, onboarding, and training replacements to perform at the same level.
  • SEO and social network marketing: Learning management systems have the added advantage that they publish their content online, often promoting it to existing and prospective users. Therefore, course authors can benefit from having their content search engine optimized and shared across social media platforms, with a virtually unlimited audience.
  • Facilitates in-work training and leveling up: As the ONS can attest, employees in professional occupations are very likely to require in-work training. Also, whether they are young trainees or highly skilled, they are more likely to be given supervisory responsibilities if they carry out in-work training.

What are the features of learning management systems LMS?

The features of LMS tools depend on the technological framework (i.e., AICC, SCORM, or xAPI). This will dictate the list of features users can deploy to enrich the customer experience. For instance, full-featured LMS tools sometimes come as mobile apps with offline progress tracking, built-in gamification and badges, leader boards, quizzes, surveys, and VR compatibility.

But most LMS platforms are web-based. For most users, the emphasis lies less on eye-catching attributes and more on ease of use and accessibility, so LMS tools come with this range of basic capabilities that streamline training, assessment, and certification within a virtual classroom environment:

  • Course creation and management: Recruit students, create content and manage course provision for large audiences. Learning management platforms enable users to create and manage their course material in a variety of ways. They can often import and upload their presentations, videos, and graphics. Using drag-and-drop commands rather than entering programming language, they can edit, sort, segment, sequence, and enhance the content. From a central dashboard, they can also recruit, profile, and group students, assign course work and restrict access. Finally, they can customize their virtual classrooms to suit students and customers accessing them in a variety of languages and work settings.
  • Progress tracking: View milestones as they are reached by students, track video views, and gain insight into the order in which they access the content. A must-have feature of LMS tools and all eLearning software applications is the capability to track learning progress for all students individually, as well as the cohort. It grants instructors the ability to view completion rates and progress for their material in real-time. This enables them to adjust the workload, the difficulty level, or the sequencing of their course material quickly, to suit the dynamic lifestyles of today's professionals. While some of the most advanced tools feature even off-site progress tracking and scoring, most users find that tracking online progress only is more than sufficient to gauge learner engagement.
  • Test and assessment tools: Draft, develop, administer, and automatically score tests, exams, and other papers. Educators can streamline their test administration tasks with LMS applications. Most applications will only provide a single pass-fail score per student and test. But other LMS tools will allow students to take a test several times, providing multiple scores for the same test and showing the student's learning curve. They may also display cohort results simultaneously, enabling instructors to compare student performance. With detailed test results at their fingertips, instructors can also pinpoint the topics they should readdress before they move on to a new topic.
  • Blended learning: Provide course linking tools for hybrid workers and students. When it comes to distributed teams, being able to juggle on-site and remote work is a requirement that extends to coursework as well. To satisfy these needs, LMS applications feature tools that enable users to merge physical and virtual content. For instance, they may allow virtual message boards to feature digital versions of post-its and memos or allow users to print digital content for display on a physical message board. They might also feature online wikis and forums that users can contribute to from their desks by digitizing their text, sounds, diagrams, or sketches.
  • Mobile learning: Mobile learning: Enable students to access course material through an app and web-based LMS to learn on smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices. According to a study published on Researchgate, massive open online course (MOOC) students access their coursework from mobile devices and desktops. And based on a list of statistics put together by Mark in Style, mobile learners complete their coursework about 45% faster than desktop learners. Also, m-learning is the learning method of choice for 71% of millennial learners, and it boosts knowledge retention five-fold.
  • Social learning: Produce material that is interactive and collaborative. LMS tools can enable students to highlight phrases or paragraphs, leave comments, and initiate a discussion. Through contextual commenting, learners can drive conversation and collaboration while also enabling social learning (i.e., learning by watching peers and imitating their behaviour).
  • Learning analytics: Produce performance reports for visual analysis. LMS tools can readily produce visual representations of the swathes of data that constantly feeds into it from learner activities. This is especially helpful to business users, as they rarely have the statistical expertise to generate graphs and charts instantly. Being able to view learner metrics like completion rate, time spent on each course, peak learning days, etc., translates into more accurate HR performance reviews, better cost analysis, and higher course management efficiency.
  • White labeling: Customize the UI so that the learner associates the content with the company. LMS tools that offer a white labeling option enable users to claim the content as their own and protect it from infringement and forgery. It also enables them to build their brand image and promote brand awareness across the globe, as learners would be able to see the company's logotype, slogan, theme, layout, and branded media content every time they access their LMS profile.

Sifting through Capterra's software directory, readers can find out more about the learning management systems featured here and use these insights in their decision-making process. With the option to filter these LMS tools by some of their highlights, users can narrow down their list of preferences and identify the most suitable tool for their business needs.

What should be considered when purchasing learning management systems?

When purchasing learning management systems, users should consider a range of factors. They will point to the impact that the LMS software choices can have on their business performance and whether the software is a good fit for the business. Here are a few essential questions users should ask themselves before deciding on an LMS tool:

  • Technological standards: Learning management systems are built on a set of technical standards specific to eLearning software. Users might come across terms like aviation industry computer-based training committee (AICC), sharable content object reference model (SCORM), and the Experience API (xAPI). These models determine how content platforms perform and what their specifications are. For instance, AICC content, once used in the aviation industry to facilitate computer-based training and simulations, communicates with the platform via HTTP. This makes data transfers secure but cumbersome. SCORM compliant LMS software uses JavaScript to facilitate real-time reporting, gamification, simulation, offline learning and interactive, adaptive, and blended learning. But xAPI, the newest and most versatile communication standard, is what enables LMS platforms to offer mobile apps, offline and informal progress tracking, on-the-job scoring, and cross-platform engagement insights through API integrations. Instructors can use xAPI to harness data from several knowledge bases, help desks, forums, and group platforms, as well as talent, performance, and data management software applications.
  • Acquisition and adoption: Because there are so many stakeholders involved in adopting and embracing an LMS tool company-wide, reaching out to every user is essential. Ease of use and accessibility for all members of staff, business partners, and customers will determine the success of a transition from in-person training to hybrid or virtual learning.
  • Helpdesk availability and customer care: As many of the LMS tools on the market today are cloud-based products offered based on a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) agreement, the outcome of an initiative will rely on how responsive and helpful the LMS vendor is. Going incognito as a prospective client may reveal their response times and availability over email, chat, or telephone.

The most noteworthy LMS trends reflect changes in customer lifestyles. When investing in LMS, it's best to ensure that the software application can adapt or even anticipate these changes. For forward-thinking businesses, cutting corners isn't an option if it involves ignoring emerging trends. Here are some of the most relevant of these learning management systems LMS trends:

  • Shift to microlearning: Microlearning boosts productivity and retention rates. It's also an increasingly popular learning option, according to the above-mentioned Mark in Style report. It comes as no surprise, as people find it easier to digest bite-sized chunks of information as well as fit microlearning sessions in their busy days. So, LMS tool users would do well to adjust their content to their customer base, trimming it down and structuring it so that employees and customers can absorb and retain it within minutes.
  • Gamification and simulation: Scores, points, badges, leader boards, game-like graphics, and fantasy narratives are some of the incentives LMS platforms can use to enrich their content and tailor it to a younger market. With scenario-based training, businesses can follow the example of the defense sector, which utilizes gamification in military and cyber security.
  • VR and AR technology: As users embrace wearables of any caliber, from cutting-edge AR helmets to homemade cardboard VR goggles, the world of augmented and virtual reality is quickly spilling into eLearning. At this rate, VR classrooms should become commonplace within years, bringing online learning to an even wider audience.

Sources:

The features highlighted were identified based on their relevance and the percentage of products in Capterra's directory that offer them. The following sources were used for this document:

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