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Want to grow your education LMS platform with engaging features? Many of the learning management system (LMS) software will agree with you, to provide excellent study experience to your students. While finding the best LMS software in the market is a daunting task, GoodFirms understand your dilemma. Thus we curate a list of best learning management systems for school which can be employed by clients to enhance their LMS system. Service-seekers can check these learning management software profiles to go through the vendor details, package-pricing options, and verified client reviews to aid their search efforts.

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ExpertusONE
We have the best LMS for enterprise learning!

Expertus helps the world’s most innovative corporations gain and sustain a competitive advantage by transforming the way they educate and empower their workforce, customers and business partners. Our next-generation LMS software and managed services work together to make learning experiences highly accessible, relevant and flexible, while ensuring that training administration is efficient and ef... read more

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LearnWorlds
Create and sell online courses, all-in-one

LearnWorlds is a powerful, easy-to-use and reliable training solution for individuals and enterprises. A fully customizable, white-label solution to train employees and associates, educate customers, or sell online courses to a wide audience. Our cloud-based e-learning platform offers Professionals, Entrepreneurs & Training Managers a solution tailored to their specific needs and a team of experts... read more

30 Days
$29/Year
NEO LMS

103. NEO LMS

The world's best learning platform for Schools and Universities

NEO is a simple, powerful, cloud-hosted LMS for use by individual teachers, schools, districts, and universities. It is a freemium product, with a rich set of features in its free plan and additional "power"​ features in its low-cost premium plans. NEO is a great solution for schools who want to upgrade from older technologies and adopt a no-compromise premium LMS.

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INDIE LMS

104. INDIE LMS

The world's best learning platform for Entrepreneurs

INDIE is a learning management system (LMS) that makes it easy to create and sell online courses. INDIE is great platform for entrepreneurs that wish to market their knowledge and grow their online business.

14 Days
$129/Month
TOPYX

105. TOPYX

The intelligent LMS and learning platform that transforms the way people learn, train and grow.

TOPYX is a flexible, customizable LMS created for both the learner and administrator. It’s easy to implement and tailor to your organization’s needs; no matter what industry or how much you grow.

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$6500/Year
eloomi

106. eloomi

People Growth, Engagement & Productivity

eloomi is an easy to use, intuitive learning & development platform. It allows professionals to create or import micro-learning and enhance every stage of the employee experience: Learning & Development, Performance Management, Appraisals, and Surveys. Onboard new employees, improve skills and engagement.

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UpsideLMS

107. UpsideLMS

A Complete Learning Ecosystem

Backed by over 15 years of experience, 45+ industry awards and recognition, and trusted by 1M+ users worldwide, UpsideLMS is one of the most trusted Cloud-based Learning Management Systems the world over. This feature-rich and future-proofed LMS enables Corporate and Training Companies to manage their Online, Formal, Social (Informal) and Mobile Learning easily and more efficiently. UpsideLMS' all... read more

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Classe365

108. Classe365

Everything you need to manage your educational institution

Classe365 was created with a vision of a Smart Education Solution. It's the next gen cloud based Student Information System that caters to everything a school, college or university requires. A platform designed to provide a unified approach to education management, it supports educators to be more empowered, interconnected and intelligent, producing data that could used to improve the quality of ... read more

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Skillo

109. Skillo

The easiest way to spread knowledge and skill across an organization.

Skillo was founded in 2012 and has taken roots in Detroit, Michigan. Since, we've built a diverse portfolio of clients, delivering on both corporate and non-corporate training use cases. These clients include Quicken Loans, National General Insurance, and THE PGA TOUR. Skillo is an online training and coaching platform that thrives because of its simplicity and unparalleled user experience. Mu... read more

30 Days
$1000.00/Month
SCL

110. SCL

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110. SCL

School Communication & Learning Management System

SCL is one of the finest School Management System in its category with Premium high-end educational and management modules - providing a unique user experience which provides a comprehensive yet simple interface which makes any user feel at ease while using the application across any platform.

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Kitaboo Insight
Engage Motivate Connect with Learners Anytime Anywhere

-Kitaboo insight is a mobile-first platform designed for enterprise training and development. You can create, publish and deliver multiple formats of content on multiple devices such as mobiles, tablets, and laptops. Training Videos PowerPoint Presentations PDF Files eBooks eLearning Courses -ALL-IN-ONE CONTENT REPOSITORY Browse through the digital library to view all titles at once. Ki... read more

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Populi

112. Populi

College Management Made Simple

Populi is a fully hosted, web-based college information management system. Colleges choose Populi because it is a convenient, cutting-edge, user-friendly, comprehensive, and powerful way to manage their information. Its software-as-a-service business model and monthly per-student pricing make it one of the most affordable solutions on the market. Populi has everything you need to keep things runni... read more

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ProgressBook Suite
An Integrated Student Information and Learning Management Platform

ProgressBook is an integrated student information and learning management platform recognized by school districts for its ability to streamline administrative processes and improve student learning outcomes. ProgressBook is a suite of applications that support student/classroom management and academic achievement for K-12 school districts. Single sign-on ProgressBook Suite serves the entire school... read more

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Launch

114. Launch

Easy to implement. Easy to use. Easy to update

Comevo’s versatile Launch™ Online Orientation software including a solution for AB 705, offers big benefits to both students and staff. Comevo's online orientation software offers an intuitive interface for streamlined and interactive student orientation, employee on-boarding or volunteer training. Includes a CMS for easy updates to your content, LMS for assessments and reporting, and the abil... read more

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Genius SIS

115. Genius SIS

The leading SIS for online learning.

Designed specifically for online / virtual and blended schools, Genius SIS is customized for each client. With a surprisingly simple and elegant interface, it interfaces with Learning Management Systems (LMS) to automate the enrollment and grade reporting processes. Students and guardians use a portal to track academic progress, request new courses, make payments and much more. Genius SIS also han... read more

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EduWave

116. EduWave

THE COMPREHENSIVE E-LEARNING & EDUCATION PLATFORM EDUWAVE®

EduWaven the first educational platform worldwide providing all the required educational solution, LMS, SIS, CC and EMIS under one platform. The platform is delivered by cloud, on-premise, SaaS, and mobile apps for Android and IOS.

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uQualio

117. uQualio

create video-based courses to boost your business

The platform allows you to use videos to create and make training courses available. It adds measurable impact such as saving time and cost, increased sales and brand awareness, and partner and customer loyalty to your business. Create video-based courses to boost your business. The platform allows you to use videos to create and make training courses available. It adds measurable impact such as s... read more

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VAIRKKO Suite
Brings employers of all sizes software solutions to make work easier

VAIRKKO offers the most complete set of fully integrated cloud based systems available for your industry We deliver Software as a Service solutions designed specifically to reduce your workforce and operational costs by dramatically improving your organizations productivity and efficiency. Created using client input, we offer the single greatest collection of nearly 100+ simple to use features for... read more

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LearningStone
Learning & Collaboration for Professional Training & Coaching

LearningStone is a safe online learning and collaboration environment that supports training and coaching. Improve your current offering and provide your clients with a higher return on their training and coaching investment. Finally one platform that supports both basic online training and coaching and advanced blended learning, social learning, micro learning and spaced learning! “LearningSton... read more

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Skillsoft

120. Skillsoft

Global Leader in Corporate Learning

Skillsoft is a global leader in corporate learning, delivering beautiful technology and engaging content that drives business impact for modern enterprises. Skillsoft provides a comprehensive selection of cloud-based corporate learning content, including courses, videos, books and other resources on Business and Management Skills, Leadership Development, Digital Transformation, Technology & Develo... read more

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DeveLoop

121. DeveLoop

Drive Performance for the Future of Work

DeveLoop, by Sproutlogix, creates an Adaptive Learning Experience to align their IDP to the overall business objectives. Prescribed Learning journeys with kinesthetic activities, audio-visual learning resources, recommendation engine, Email & calendar reminders, and 360-degree feedback allow your employees to have a more Personalized Learning Experience. The platform's AI Superbot Cavis acts as a ... read more

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SafeSchools
Keep Your School Safe With Our Award-Winning Safety and Compliance Solutions

SafeSchools, a Vector Solutions brand, is a leading provider of award-winning safety and compliance solutions that help create safer schools around the world. Its product portfolio includes web-based management solutions for employee and student compliance training, anonymous tip reporting, incident management and SDS management.

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myQuest

123. myQuest

Deliver real, engaged learning

myQuest is an action-based learning platform that delivers real, engaged learning. Unlike content-based platforms, myQuest helps you create meaningful learning experiences, bolstered by feedback, coaching, and peer mentor-ship. Backed by science and powered by analytics, our solution means people learn more effectively in less time.

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JoomlaLMS

124. JoomlaLMS

The Learning Management System To Build Your Business On

JoomlaLMS is a multifunctional Learning Management System with a variety of useful online training tools for instructors and learners, which can be found in much more expensive LMS solutions. - Mobile app - Responsiveness - SCORM and AICC compliance - Modern Interface - Embedded Course Builder - GoToMeeting Integration - Social communities - Advanced System of reports - Gradebook - User Management... read more

30 Days
$299/Year
LearningCart
The complete eLearning platform

LearningCart is an eCommerce framework, a Content Management System (CMS), a Blog engine, and a SCORM compliant learning management system (LMS) - All integrated into a single system that has been designed to be easily managed and expanded by non technical users.

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iClassPro

126. iClassPro

Class Management Software for Children's Activity Centers

iClassPro class management software for Cheer, Gymnastics, Dance, Swim and more. Developed by school owners, for school owners- iClassPro is a leading web based software solution for recreational class based businesses. The software includes features for class and camp scheduling, attendance, enrollment tracking, communications, accounts receivable, online registration, time clock, reporting and ... read more

30 Days
$129/Month
Axonify

127. Axonify

The modern solution for frontline employee learning that actually works

The Axonify learning platform makes sure your frontline employees remember to do the things that matter most. Every day. By providing a personalized learning experience that fits naturally into the daily workflow - and only takes a few minutes to complete - we ingrain the knowledge your employees need to change their behavior, and achieve your business goals. Axonify is trusted by more business le... read more

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Business Training TV
Streamline your business training with our engaged learning platform.

BusinessTraining –TV is the ideal eLearning platform for training employees, contractors, volunteers, students, and management. BusinessTraining –TV is a high quality video based e-learning platform with engaging training modules designed for staff to understand and assist trainers in getting results in business development, growth and compliance, with full reporting history including some mar... read more

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CertCentral
The LMS for creating scalable continuing education and certificate training programs.

The Learning Management System (LMS) for creating scalable continuing education and certificate training programs. Using our intuitive, user-friendly platform, develop dynamic multimedia training's for program evaluation, competency evaluation, and staff development. Our tech-savvy administration process enables you to deliver content on mobile, tablet, or desktop. Check out our Enterprise Plans f... read more

30 Days
$29/Month
GO1 LMS

130. GO1 LMS

A new & better way to train your team

Fully-featured solution that performs internal training, manages training content, builds community, monitors training & certification as well as providing a course marketplace of over 100,000 courses!

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CloudVOTE

131. CloudVOTE

Interactive Training Management System

CloudVOTE is a cloud-based education and training platform that offers centralized learning content management with offline sync, online and offline audience polling, and free-from texting within a secure and private single-tenant, or multi-tenant environment.With CloudVOTE, you can control content from a central location and manage its distribution according to your organizations rules and struct... read more

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Xyleme LCMS
Learning Content Management System

Xyleme’s platform empowers teams to create and inspire learning through effective content, letting them centralize and manage content, author collaboratively, publishing to multiple outputs and distribute to learning audiences everywhere. With Xyleme as your partner, you can get control of your content and deliver learning at the speed of business without the distraction of layout design, image ... read more

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Edoola

133. Edoola

Maximize Learning Outcomes

Edoola offers a Hosted Learning Management System (LMS) to deliver engaging training programs and maximize learning outcomes. Edoola is completely mobile responsive and hence perfect for viewing and working with on all devices including smart phones, tablet, pcs and laptops. It offers a versatile assessment system, custom branding and E-commerce features to sell online courses to individuals or ... read more

14 Days
$420/Year
Meridian LMS
A one-size LMS never fits everyone

The Meridian LMS™ provides you with the means to easily create, catalog, manage, track and report on all learning activities, including online, instructor-led, video-based courses including SCORM, AICC and xAPI compliant e-learning. Meridian LMS is leveraged by organizations dedicated to building world-class learning enterprises. Our SAAS/PAAS solution is used by over 7 million users worldwide. ... read more

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ExpertusONE LMS
Meet the ONE. Your digital LMS is here.

ExpertusONE is the market’s first learning management system designed to help deliver the digital transformation across your learning organization. ExpertusONE LMS is the most powerful and intuitive LMS for training any audience. Ranked #1, the enterprise-class LMS is built on a modern architecture for ongoing innovation: train multiple audiences with advanced mobile, gamification, social and eC... read more

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The Learning Suite
We are the digital training experts

With IMC Learning Suite, you can design your own digital learning environment according to the personal needs and requirements of your learners. IMC Learning Suite, IMC's Learning Management System, is one of the most comprehensive and yet easy to use e-learning solutions on the market for the planning, implementation and management of company-wide professional learning and development. With over ... read more

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Prodeceo

137. Prodeceo

Online Training Made Easy

Blended learning system that supports creation of interactive content, mobile learning and unified student records. Prodeceo has been designed from the ground up to be easy to use, and is focused on helping L&D professionals to enhance their training delivery. Prodeceo allows trainees to choose their own online courses and register for training courses which they would like to attend. Prodeceo pro... read more

30 Days
$260/Month
Roundtable Learning LMS
Engaging & Evolving Your Workforce Through Strategic Learning Experiences

The Roundtable LMS is a sleek, straightforward platform that aids administrators and learners alike. Incredibly easy to use, the LMS provides everything you need and nothing you don’t. We build learning management systems that look exactly like you want and perform exactly how you need. Our LMS platform features modular plugins for easy customization and industry-leading customer service, creati... read more

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Amplifire

139. Amplifire

Master faster, Retain longer, Perform better

Amplifire is the leading eLearning platform built from discoveries in brain science. It detects and corrects knowledge gaps and misinformation that exist in the minds of all humans and hinder performance. It allows people to master faster, retain longer and perform better. The platform harnesses research, learner behavior, and artificial intelligence to continually provide a faster and more engagi... read more

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xapiapps

140. xapiapps

LEARNING IN THE LINE OF WORK

xapiapps is a learning experience platform (LEP) designed specifically for workers who learn on their feet. Healthcare providers, line workers, wait staff, retail associates, etc. that cant use desk-based LMS training on the job. xapiapps has developed the LEP technology that delivers the coaching, demonstrations and observations to improve, meet and advance your business goals. xapiapps is design... read more

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ScholarSpace
Increasing the efficacy of educators though technology.

ScholarSpace, is a digital platform for Schools to help improve their engagement with students, parents, and faculty, give better insights into student's performance and increase the operational efficiency of the institute. We are happy to work with you as partners and approach clients with complete solutions. Here are the key benefits for Institutions:- 1. Accelerate Growth of your Insti... read more

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How Too

142. How Too

Online software that gives you the power to create great digital learning.

In the competitive landscape How Too makes the best content in the shortest time frame through its built-in intelligence and ease of use. How Too puts the control in your hands with software that is simple, intuitive and backed by our learning expertise. It’s also the only tool that meets WCAG AA standards. AA standards are mandatory for all Australian Government agencies, many large companies, ... read more

14 Days
$95/Month
JollyDeck

143. JollyDeck

Great e-learning for your people. Better analytics for your business.

JollyDeck is an e-learning and performance management platform. We build software that allows companies to create and deliver great and innovative e-learning experiences. JollyDeck’s LMS reduces the complexity of your learning operations by automating day-to-day routines, providing real-time analytics and allowing smooth integration with a host of external systems. We know that learning ... read more

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Beacon360

144. Beacon360

A Complete Continuing Education Solution

BeaconLive provides content delivery services for lead generation & marketing automation, training, continuing education and distance learning. Our best-in-class tools which assist our customers in achieving these business goals include webinars & webcasts, podcasts, videos, on-demand programs and a course catalog. We offer both self-managed and full service solutions, and our cloud-based central ... read more

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SEQTA

145. SEQTA

Streamline teaching. Amplify learning.

SEQTA’s vision has always been to improve the lives of teachers because of the critical role they play in shaping the lives of children and adolescents. Unfortunately, increasing administration workloads takes teachers’ time and energy away from planning and delivering great learning experiences, and can leave them feeling that they’re never on top of their workloads. As a deputy principa... read more

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Finalsite Learn
Learning Management System And Group Spaces

Finalsite Learn is unique because schools use it for more than just online learning — it's a fully integrated suite of tools that allow you to connect your entire community and inspire collaboration. Schools have used Learn to connect students across the globe, reduce the number of missed days due to inclement weather, and to connect school groups and clubs to enhance camaraderie.

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Buyer’s Guide
Buyer’s Guide for Learning Management System (LMS) Software

Learning management systems (LMS) are the outcome of the paradigm shift from the closed model and instructor centric learning sessions to an open, interactive, and learner-centric approach. The learning management systems pioneered the transition from the institutional to individual-centric learning instructions. The functionalities of the learning management system to deliver learning content rapidly with centralized administration, self-service options for learners, and the scalable online platform have made it a preferred alternative for the traditional classroom learning. Learning management system software, popularly known as the LMS software, is sought after application suites by the corporate and education sector for skill-development, training, content, and course delivery to employees, students, workers, and clients. 

According to a research conducted by a leading learning management software vendor, around 77% of U.S corporations use a learning management system for training employees. 

With a plethora of LMS software available in the software market, it can be confusing to choose and deploy the best suitable LMS software for your training and development purposes. This buyer's guide for Learning Management System (LMS) software intends to be a helpful resource and guidance tool for those seeking to buy and implement an LMS software for their organization. This guide will assist you in selecting the best available LMS software option for your learning needs. But before we go there, let us understand what learning management systems means and how does it work?

What is a Learning Management System? 

A learning management system is a program designed to create, track, and manage training modules, teaching resources, online learning content, assessment modules, and many more. It is used by organizations, subject matter experts, professionals, academicians, and trainers to deliver training or learning content to their target audience (learner). The target audience is often referred to as 'learners.' Usually, these learners are employees, students, workers, clients, external resource persons, channel partners, officials, etc. 

How does an LMS work?

An LMS  provides training content online and regulates the learning activity. Extension of horizons in the online training and e-learning modules led to the development of learning management systems with an engaging interface and standardized formats.

Learning management systems are popular due to their unprecedented reach and flexibility. A learning management system is an all-rounder concept that works by taking care of the administration, reporting, documentation, e-learning, training, evaluation, and analysis of the learning process or training activity. 

What is the Learning Management System (LMS) Software?  

A learning management system software is a set of tools, applications, and suites designed to create learning modules, automate the learning processes, assist trainers in course management and administration, and provide a collaborative workspace for data-driven learning. It comes with features such as course building, web-conferencing, assessment tools, gamification, social media integration, and many more to help the companies, instructors, and trainers to instruct and train their learners effectively and in an engaging way. 

What are the reasons you need an LMS software? 

The major reasons why you will need a learning management system software for your company are rooted in the fact that current market dynamics are changing rapidly. In present times business and academic environments around the world have seen increased adoption of digital learning, e-learning in the corporates and academics, inclination towards (BYOD) Bring Your Own Device policy, initiatives towards training and development, Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered personalized learning, enterprise mobility, and Machine Learning (ML). Companies know that trained employees can bring a greater return on investment and can increase your business's productivity significantly. Professionals can improve their qualifications and skills by enrolling in new courses and add more value to their existing profession. 

Companies need LMS software to create a content database in one place, which can be accessible by all employees with a simple login. Your company needs an LMS software to track the learning progress of employees and timely completion, of course. With the LMS software, companies can reduce the costs of training and development and also ensure that all employees are getting uniform content irrespective of their location. With LMS software in hand, it is easy for businesses to handle the documentation, regulatory compliance, administration, content, and learning progress of employees. It is also easy to modify and update the course with LMS software. 

What are the different types of LMS Software?

SaaS-Based

SaaS (Software as a Service) based LMS software can be an on-premise software that is installed to your local servers, or it can be cloud-based or web based service provided by the vendor. 

Open Source: 

Open-source learning management software lets the users access the codes, configure and reprogram it to address their specific needs. 

Cloud-based or Web-based

Cloud-based or web-hosted LMS is hosted on the cloud server or online servers and is accessible online by administrators. 

On-premise

An on-premise learning management system software is installed on your internal local servers, and your own IT personnel look after the updates and maintenance. 

 

What is the right time to invest in LMS software?

When traditional board training is not bringing in results

When the number of employees of companies increases, it is no longer possible to stick to the traditional classroom sessions for training employees. In such situations, existing learning systems have to be either upgraded or a new mode of learning system has to be introduced. So, whenever the traditional modes of imparting training and learning fail to bring the desired results, then it's advisable to shift to a new Learning management system. 

Employee or learner’s disinterest in the course:

The newer interactive learning concepts such as MOOCs (Massive open online courses) came into existence to provide highly engaging content and soon became popular as a new addition to corporate learning strategy. Most of the MOOCs run on the LMS platform. Most of these courses enjoy a higher rate of completion, learner engagement, and positive learner feedback. So, companies should deploy LMS software if their learners show disinterest in the traditional learning program.

When employees are not accessible simultaneously: 

Hotter Comfort Concept Shoes, UK, had 76 outlets spread across the UK. With such massive staff spread, the company needed an identical training module at every location to train the retail staff. It was not possible to get all the staff at one place from the stores located at different places for training sessions. Therefore, they deployed LMS software to train the staff.  

When employees/Clients/associates demand flexibility to learn:

Pennsylvania Automotive Association (PAA) caters to the over 1000 car and truck dealers and provides training to the dealers’ employees in order to make them comply with legislative requirements, meet safety regulations, etc. However, the dealers were unwilling to let their employees leave dealerships to attain the sessions as this would create a scarcity of office staff. They objected to the inconvenience and demanded flexibility. PAA deployed LMS software to train employees spread across Pennsylvania. 

When the best trainer is not accessible physically: 

Sometimes you need the best trainer in a particular field, and you want all your employees to be trained by him or her only. If you have employees located in different geographic locations, then it may not always be feasible for the instructor to visit each place physically. In such a case, LMS software can solve the issue. You can deploy LMS software to train your staff on a digital platform. 

What is the Industry-wise requirements of LMS Software?

Corporate companies

The corporate world has always been more receptive to technological advancements. They act swiftly with the need of the hour. Today the corporate world utilizes LMS software for training and development of employees, employee engagement, and employee training assessments.

Education

The increased usage and adoption of mobile devices by students have brought a significant change in the educational field. Schools, colleges, and universities cannot deny that students are using mobile devices to search for information and download learning material. The only issue is the curation of the information that students access. Knowing the need of the time, schools, universities, professors, and academicians now use LMS to record and deliver lectures, sessions, design MOOCs (Massive open online courses), supplement material for hybrid or blended learning, etc.

Fitness Companies

Fitness brands are driving growth by using LMS software to train their Gym instructors in the latest fitness routines. Gyms with multiple branches use LMS software to enable their trainers to share information and ideas with each other. 

Medical

Today medical practitioners use LMS software for internetworking with experts around the globe. Medical practitioners working in other countries use it to do culture-sensitive courses. Doctors serving in multi-ethnic groups do course to understand the protocols to be followed while treating patients, especially female patients of different cultures. LMS is also used to maintain an information hub for medical practitioners or to train patient support representatives.

Franchises

It is essential for a franchise to maintain the same standard of service across all units. Franchises use LMS software to train staff and maintain uniformity in their business. 

Companies that specialize in Staffing and Training

Companies that specialize in staffing and training use LMS software for training the staff of their client companies. It also helps them to ensure learning is engaging and effective with digitized content.

What are the Current Trends in Learning Management and the role of LMS software in it?

Blended Learning

Blended learning is quite popular in the modern training world. Blended learning is the union of traditional instructor-led-training and online e-learning. Blended learning capitalizes on both traditional learning and e-learning to provide a robust and engaging experience to learners. LMS software provides a platform for blended learning where learners can log into LMS and can attend a live session delivered by the instructor. Learners can ask questions to the instructor, give feedback, and discuss content with fellow learners. The instructor can use tools such as whiteboard, class polling, charts, etc. to provide an actual classroom experience to the learners. It is a virtual classroom session that can be recorded for replay or for the learners who were unable to attend the live session. Instructors can give online assessment tests to learners and evaluate them online. 

Gamification

The most crucial aspect of training is to keep the learner engaged and attentive. It won't take long for the boredom to creep in if the course is monotonous. Gamification has established itself as a new method of instruction and training. It is fun, rewarding, and challenging. LMS software assists in keeping scores, awarding visual badges, unlocking game levels, and monitoring game learning. Adobe created 'LevelUp for Photoshop' gamification to teach its users to use the free trial version of Adobe Photoshop. It brought four times more conversion from free trials to paid ones.

Learner Centric Approach

The modern approach to training is learner-centric. Learner's progress is one of the core metrics on which the success of a training program is evaluated. In a learner-centric approach, the focus is on the responsiveness and satisfaction of the learner. Collaboration and interaction with fellow learners are essential attributes of learner-centered course design. An LMS software has features to design a learner-centric course, and based on the learner's feedback; it can be easily modified by the instructor. 

Mooc Integrations

With prestigious universities offering MOOCs, there is a radical shift of importance from institutions to the learners. MOOCs are the latest addition to teaching advancement and learning methodology. MOOC is an online course, and it runs smoothly if an LMS platform is used to deliver MOOCs. LMS software has tools and features that make MOOCs highly efficient and engaging. 

Video-based Interactive learning

The future of content is 'Video.' Audio-visual content is the best strategy when it comes to corporate training. Trainers are relying more and more on videos to engage learners and keep them interested in the content. LMS software has features that make it easy to create interactive videos for learners. 

Micro-learning

The concept of micro-learning emerged to cater to the present day busy and savvy information consumer. Micro-learning refers to the grasping of short, authentic, eye-catching, and engaging information by the learners. Mostly the content used in micro-learning is in the form of infographics and videos.  LMS is used to compile and manage these 'bite-sized pieces' of information.

Peer Interaction

Both in instructor-led-training and e-learning, the present trend is to make sure that there is maximum interaction between fellow learners and also between the instructor and the learners. Learners can use LMS software's tools to collaborate and discuss research and findings. 

Social media integration

Today, social media has become a part of the work culture of many organizations. Learners utilize social media tools for making learning more engaging and fun for them. Sharing informative blogs, video content, podcast using social media and aligning the course with social media learning tools and analytics increases learner's engagement and participation. 

What are the Functions and Features to look before buying an LMS software?

Course Creation

An important feature that one should look at in an LMS software is its ability to design and create courses. This feature has the ability to distribute and update the course as required. 

Administration

Administrative features to automate course enrollment and notifications, defining user roles, access control to the dashboard, and tracking activities are all available on a single panel. 

Learner Portal

The learning portal of LMS software lets the learners login and manage their course, assignments, discussion forums, etc. This section also provides them the details of their progress rate and course completion reports. 

Mobile Learning

Mobile learning support is an important feature that one should look for in an LMS software. As most of the learners use mobile phones to read the content, it is essential for the LMS to work flawlessly on mobile devices. 

SCORM Compliance

SCORM (Sharable Content Object Reference Model) is an internationally accepted standard for e-learning. An LMS software should be SCORM compatible. 

Data Collection Tools

It should have data collection tools to assist the learners in collecting, segregating, and analyzing data. 

Certification Management

This feature allows you to create relevant certificate yielding programs and courses. 

Customization 

The user interface, themes, layouts, profile settings can be customized using this option. 

Gamification

LMS should have pre-installed gamification tools such as badges, leaderboards, points, etc. 

Reporting

Learning statistics and analytics provide an in-depth understanding of course gaps. 

Branding Tools

LMS software that offers you the flexibility to customize logo, color scheme, etc. to suit your brand's image and marketing needs, is preferable. 

Scalability

Learning management software comes with a scalable structure. As your employee or learner base increases, you can expand the software to accommodate more learners. 

AI-powered 

LMS software comes with artificial intelligence-powered technology to produce deeper personalization and automated experience. 

Social Media integration: 

LMS software should be able to integrate with social media tools to provide an engaging experience to the learners. 

Data Migration

LMS should be able to gather data of all formats from old LMS software and move it to the current drive. 

Customer support

Technical assistance should be prompt and easy to access. 

What are the advantages of using Learning management software?

Empowerment

The system has the capability to empower the learner and support them to gain career progression. A sales executive can train herself to become a sales manager. A marketing manager can train himself to gain a leadership position. 

Easy Curriculum management

The training content can be polished with the help of an LMS software, and it fills the critical gaps in content to provide a seamless curriculum. 

Easy delivery at multiple levels and in various formats

A learning module can be divided into phases and can be delivered in various formats such as quizzes, audio lectures, video lectures, forum discussions, etc

No Geographic constraints 

An LMS can be accessed from anywhere and anytime. Learners need not be present physically at a particular venue or classroom to attain a lecture. They can access the learning content on their devices anytime and complete the sessions. 

Increased learner interaction

 LMS software has tools to improve the communication and interaction of the learner with the trainer and also with the peer group. More significant interaction is assured with real-time messaging, emails, video-conferencing, peer-to-peer discussion forums, announcement posts, etc. 

Easy Collaboration 

With resource sharing tools of the online learning management systems, the trainer can share modules, projects, worksheets, etc. to let the learner group join together as a community or team to collaborate on projects.

Easy tracking of learner's progress

The trainer or course instructor can track the course completion status, learner’s hitherto progress, and assimilation points easily with the help of the LMS software. 

How to evaluate and select the right LMS software for you?

The focus of learning management software is now on the learning experience. Software vendors are offering niche products to help businesses to reach their learning goals. Amidst multiple equally appealing and lucrative options, businesses are likely to get confused to select the best one for their needs. Businesses have to identify requirements and evaluate vendors before making the actual purchase decision.  Any wrong selection can be disruptive to their business. 

Below are some steps that businesses are advised to follow:

  • Your learner's skills, qualifications, age factor, tech-savvy ness, learning goals, demographics, etc. are important factors that need to be taken into consideration to set the requirements of the right LMS software for your business. 
  • Once you know what exactly you need, relate the same to vendors, and ask for price quotations. The vendors offering the lowest pricing should be considered first for trial and demo sessions. 
  • During the trial period, ask as many questions as you can to understand the features thoroughly, and this exercise will also help you to understand the vendor's grasp on the system. You can also ask your vendor to demonstrate how a particular problem that you are facing will be resolved by their product.  
  • Keep in mind the strategic, operational, and technical requirements and learner's goals in mind and see which Learning management software is compatible with taking care of all your requirements. 
What are the Essential Things to keep in mind (Checklist) before buying LMS software?

1. Whether your LMS software provides these four reports?

Completion rate and progress

An essential report generated by learning software is regarding the rate of course completion and the current progress of the learner. Check whether it is provided by the LMS software that you are evaluating to buy.

Feedback Report

The instructor should receive learner feedback after every completed module of the course. Based on the input, an instructor can decide if the course needs to be modified or not. 

Assessment Reports

Assessment reports are generated when the learners complete some assignments. The assignment can be in the form of a quiz, open-ended questions, writing tasks, etc. When a learner completes the assignment, the LMS software will evaluate and generate an assessment report. 

Certificates of Completion

Once the course is complete, and the learner has submitted his/her all assignments, they should get a certificate of completion. 

2. Whether your LMS Vendor fulfills the below criteria?

Customer Support

Robust customer support is important to get you through in the downtime or when your software is caught in glitches. 

Customer reviews

Always check the reviews of users on verified sites before investing in learning software. A software that has garnered positive reviews should be your first choice.

Industry Experience

The vendor's service history is an aspect that one can check to analyze the vendor's experience in the field. With time most of the vendors get rid of all the major and minor errors and are now in a position to provide flawless services and improved products.

Free Trials and Demo

Go for free trial and demo before you actually put your money in any system. A vendor that denies providing a full-featured free trial or demo should not make it onto your list. 

3. Whether the software falls under your budget?

Cost of the software

The cost factor is an important criterion to consider when you want to invest in an LMS software. Adherence to your budget and buying affordable software that best suits your needs is preferable. 

Return on investment

Calculate the return on investment by comparing the costs v/s the expected monetary benefits. One can also consider intangible benefits by assigning them a monetary value. The ROI should always exceed the costs. 

Hidden fees

Some vendors provide you a monthly subscription, but there may be other hidden costs such as hardware costs, installation costs, registration costs, agreement costs, etc. These costs may increase your budget drastically. 

Subscription model v/s License buy

If it is a subscription model, then you have to pay monthly, half-yearly, or annually depending upon what plan you chose. But if it is a license model, then you have to pay a one time fee to buy a license for a fixed duration or lifetime depending upon the vendor's policies. 

What are the Average Costs for buying LMS  software?

The costs of LMS  software depends on a large number of factors such as:

  •  Functions and features it offers
  •  Whether it is a SaaS-based, on-premise software, open source21 or cloud-based
  •  Number of admins/ users/learners it accommodates
  •  Quality of service offered 
  •  The user interface and learner experience it offers

An advanced LMS such as Skyprep will cost you around $349 for 100 learners and $749 for 500 learners per month, whereas ispringsolutions LMS will cost you only $366 for 100 users and $1410 for 500 users per month. A learning management system such as Proprofs will cost you $100 for 100 users for the essential plan and $200 for 100 users per month for a premium plan. LearnUpon will cost you around $1699 for a premium plan for 500 users per month. 

On average, a full-featured and custom Learning management system software costs around $2 per month per user. The costs, however, decrease if you have more employees on board. There are also some free learning management systems available in the market. These free LMS systems can be utilized if you require limited features. You can also use free and open source learning management system software such as Moodle with an accessible and open ‘source code’ as a stand-alone solution for your needs. 

What is the Future of companies opting for LMS software?

From classroom learning to PC based learning and then digital learning and e-learning, the corporate training world has gone through a revolution in the past decades.  Economic changes and technological advancements led to the explosion in the LMS market. With the addition of concepts such as blended learning, micro-learning, Virtual reality-based learning, etc., the LMS software reached its full potential. With employees valuing training and development as an essential perk for their growth, the corporates understood the need to spend a substantial amount of money on learning and development.  

Research has shown the benefits in terms of improved productivity, decreased employee attrition, increased revenues, and employee satisfaction after deploying LMS software. The global LMS software market size is expected to reach USD 22.4 billion by 2023, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 19.6% during the forecast period. This shows how LMS software is a massive industry in itself and how popular it has become in the corporate training world.  With all the benefits and advantages discussed in this buyer's guide, it is crystal clear that companies investing in LMS software are bound to have a great future and significant leverage over their competitors who refrain from this compelling technology. 

Why to refer to GoodFirms' list of top LMS software?

Goodfirms assist you in knowing the authenticity and accurate categorization of the software. Goodfirms, researches, categorizes, and lists the top software based on their merits, features, costs, customer support, and usability. Goodfirms meticulously analyzes and regularly updates a huge database of above 9000 software services. All software that are included in the final list are further reviewed by the verified users. This makes the Goodfirms’ software list highly reliable and trustworthy. Businesses and academic professionals looking for the best learning management system software for their needs are advised to apply filters based on deployment criteria, pricing models, available support, devices supported, etc. to find the LMS software that will best suit their needs. 

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