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Explore the world of Training Software, a dynamic educational solution, also referred to as elearning or computer-based training (CBT) software. This versatile platform automates educational endeavors for both students and corporate employees, promoting seamless learning experiences. Tailored to specific organisational needs, Training solutions offer a wide range of customisable features. From course registration and comprehensive testing to certification tracking, conferencing, skills assessment and robust reporting capabilities, employee training software empowers businesses to elevate their training programs. Training Software intersects with courseware and learning management systems (LMS), forming a holistic ecosystem that has revolutionised education and skill development for a brighter future.

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Easy-to-use, scalable training & assessment platform delivering for skills-driven, high-performance organisations & higher education. Learn more about Cloud Assess
Empower your workforce with our real-time training and assessment platform that delivers for skills-driven, high-performance organisations & higher education providers. Our blended learning platform is designed for frontline workers, enabling on-the-go mobile training for technical and soft skills. Whether online, in-class, coach-led, or assessment-focused, our flexible solution streamlines learning for safety, compliance and growth. Learn more about Cloud Assess

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  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in LMS
  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Mobile Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Progress Tracking
  • Learning Management
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Kallidus Learn is a Simple, Fast, and Effective Learning Management System that allows you to deliver learning across multiple devices. Learn more about Kallidus Learn
Kallidus Learn is an award-winning, user-focused Learning Management System that allows you to deploy, manage, track and report on all types of learning across multiple devices. Target learning to the right person at the right time and optimise training expenditure. Kallidus Learn is used by some of Britain's favourite brands such as Aston Martin, McLaren Automotive, 22 NHS Trusts, David Lloyd, Hitachi, and Morrisons to deliver a blended learning program and report learning outcomes. Learn more about Kallidus Learn

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  • Blended Learning
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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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Deliver interactive hands-on training experiences that engage your trainees with your software and boost retention rates sky high Learn more about CloudShare
CloudShare is a leading virtual experience platform that helps software companies increase customer acquisition and retention by creating highly engaging hands-on virtual training, POCs, and demo environments in minutes. Our virtual environments are easily replicated in any cloud, integrated with any LMS, and purpose-built to generate user engagement that ultimately impacts key business metrics such as customer retention, repeat purchase rates, reduced support tickets, lower churn, and more. Learn more about CloudShare

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  • Blended Learning
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  • Learner Portal
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  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
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iHasco provides accredited video-based eLearning in Health & Safety, HR and Business Compliance, Soft Skills and more. Learn more about iHasco
iHasco is a market-leading provider of eLearning with a library of over 160 video-based courses in Health & Safety, HR and Business Compliance, together with a range of Soft Skills courses. Courses are approved by IOSH, IIRSM, ROSPA and are CPD accredited. Training can be completed in full or in part at anytime, anywhere and on any device. With iHasco, you get an appointed account manager and unrivalled support from 'real' people on the phone, via email or live chat. Learn more about iHasco

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  • Blended Learning
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  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
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  • Mobile Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
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Easily train internal or external learners with the Absorb LMS platform. Create an engaging experience and track all training process. Learn more about Absorb LMS
Create interactive, trackable, and custom training programs with the Absorb LMS platform. Easily train internal employees or external parties like customers, partners, and members with an engaging learner experience. Efficiently administrate courses and report on tracked learner engagement with in-depth analytic dashboards from Absorb Analyze and Absorb Analyze Direct. Purchase off-the-shelf training courses from our expert-made libraries or make customized courses through Absorb Create. Learn more about Absorb LMS

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  • Blended Learning
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  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
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  • Mobile Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
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  • Progress Tracking
  • Learning Management
SafetyCulture (iAuditor) is a mobile-first application that digitizes processes and streamlines your operations to get better everyday. Learn more about SafetyCulture
SafetyCulture is an app that frontline teams actually want to use. It’s a digital solution for tasks like conducting inspections and important checks, raising and resolving issues, managing and tracking physical assets, learning important skills and accessing procedures on the go. It also helps teams do more than just tick the boxes for governance, risk, and compliance – it can help set environment, health and safety standards, and raise the bar when it comes to operational excellence. Learn more about SafetyCulture

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  • Blended Learning
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  • Learning Management
TrainerCentral is a comprehensive platform to create engaging courses and run a successful training business. Learn more about TrainerCentral
TrainerCentral is a secure platform designed for trainers and educators to create and sell online courses. Whether you're a home-based teacher, a leadership coach, or a yoga guru, TrainerCentral empowers you to take your talent far and wide, build a dedicated community, and turn your passion into a rewarding profession. Learn more about TrainerCentral

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  • Blended Learning
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  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
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  • Mobile Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
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  • Learning Management
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 training platform 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 training platform, eFront gives you complete control over your training environment and data. Seamlessly blending with your tools, it works as the malleable infrastructure with the resilience to support even the most complex enterprise. Learn more about eFront

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  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in LMS
  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Mobile Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
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  • SCORM Compliance
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  • Learning Management
The Eurekos LMS makes it easy to deliver product training that retains more customers and transforms partners into advocates. Learn more about Eurekos
Educating & training customers, partners, and individuals across your extended enterprise can be a highly intricate process. Eurekos provides you with the essential tools to simplify this complexity, including unlimited hierarchical structures that include locations, roles, clients, and departments. Learn more about Eurekos

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  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in LMS
  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Mobile Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
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  • Learning Management
Over 1,300 L&D teams around the world partner with LearnUpon LMS to execute their learning strategy and hit their learning goals. Learn more about LearnUpon
At LearnUpon we’re on a mission to help you unlock the power of learning. Combining our award winning LMS and our industry-leading Customer Experience team, we pride ourselves on being a trusted partner to over 1,300 businesses. Every day, L&D teams around the world choose LearnUpon’s intuitive, feature-rich and deeply integrate-able platform to deliver a connected learning experience to millions of learners across their employees, customers and partners. Plans start at £15,000 GBP. Learn more about LearnUpon

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  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in LMS
  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Mobile Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
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Designed to get a "yes" from everyone, TalentLMS helps companies reach their employee, partner, and customer training goals. 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 LMS
  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Mobile Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
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ClickLearn automates the process of creating training material and documentation for increased ROI and adoption of business software. Learn more about ClickLearn
The ClickLearn solution saves time and ensures digital adoption by automating the process of creating and updating training material and documentation. Click through your processes and ClickLearn records these to produce step-by-step instructions, virtual assistance, e-learning, and process videos - truly supporting any learning scenario. With a single click, you can produce a complete learning portal in more than 45 languages. Learn more about ClickLearn

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  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in LMS
  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Mobile Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Progress Tracking
  • Learning Management
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Arlo is training management software to organize and sell face-to-face & online courses. 70+ countries, 40,000+ courses scheduled. Learn more about Arlo for Training Providers
Sell training? Arlo is software for training providers who have outgrown messy spreadsheets and manual data entry. It's a complete training management solution to organize and sell instructor-led, online and blended courses. Arlo takes care of your public training schedule, private in-house courses and ongoing training contracts, so you can manage your whole business in one system. It saves you time by automating manual processes and helps you grow with slick ecommerce and marketing tools. Learn more about Arlo for Training Providers

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  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in LMS
  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Mobile Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Progress Tracking
  • Learning Management
Robust exam software with AI question generation, easy upload of videos & PDFs, real-time reports, and certificates of completion Learn more about ExamBuilder
New! Our AI question generator will save you hours! Create certification, practice, and observational assessments (watch an employee and grade skills). Upload videos and PDFs for training. Randomization. Analytical reporting. Manager interface with role-based access-control. Question types include hotspot! Real-time certificates of completion. Issue badges. Integrate with 3rd party systems via APIs and webhooks. And USA based phone support! Learn more about ExamBuilder

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  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in LMS
  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
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  • Certification & Licensing
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  • SCORM Compliance
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Track your training records, requirements and compliance with Training Manager 2018. Print personnel transcripts and status reports. Learn more about Training Manager
Track your training records, requirements and compliance with Training Manager 2018. Print personnel transcripts, certificates and status reports. Assign training to an individual, group, or job role. Require retraining based on time, version, or one time only. Schedule and manage class sessions, attendance, cancellations, and no-shows. Training Manager 2018 is easy to use and you can get started quickly. Learn more about Training Manager

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  • Blended Learning
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  • Learner Portal
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  • Certification & Licensing
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  • SCORM Compliance
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  • Progress Tracking
  • Learning Management
LearnWorlds is the top all-in-one eLearning platform ideal to create highly-engaging online courses and deliver training on-the-go! Learn more about LearnWorlds
LearnWorlds is a powerful, user-friendly, white-labeled eLearning platform ideal for versatile training. Easily create highly-engaging training courses, onboard employees, evaluate and track their performance using advanced analytics. Offer blended learning experiences or deliver evergreen online training for any industry on-the-go, using your own branded mobile app! Add interactive microlearning, short-term learning activities, to a comprehensive curriculum that your learners will love. Learn more about LearnWorlds

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  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in LMS
  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Mobile Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
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  • Progress Tracking
  • Learning Management
Top-rated by industry experts and loved by customers, DigitalChalk LMS offers full features, fanatical support, and outstanding value. Learn more about DigitalChalk
DigitalChalks LMS gives you the tools and control to launch engaging, interactive online courses. Along with industry leading technical support, our platform includes built-in course creation tools allowing you to create courses featuring animated PPT, HD videos, audio, quizzes, exams, surveys and more. Our robust built-in rules engine adds flexibility and power to our course assignment, notification and custom reporting functionalities. Start month-to-month or pay annually. Contact us today! Learn more about DigitalChalk

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  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in LMS
  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Mobile Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
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SkyPrep specializes in automating and transitioning any aspect of your employee training to an online platform, simply, and painlessly. Learn more about SkyPrep
SkyPrep specializes in automating and transitioning any aspect of your employee training to an online platform, simply, and painlessly. In addition to our simple interface, we run on a modern design that is fully customizable, allowing for a very personal and dynamic online training environment. Of course, we deliver a host of features on top of an intuitive and sleek design. This includes the ability to upload any file type, build assessments, and run powerful reporting. Learn more about SkyPrep

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  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in LMS
  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Mobile Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
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Businesses that provide Professional Development, Training and Certification Programs. Learn more about Academy Of Mine
Customizable B2B LMS Platform Adaptable to your exact business needs, the Academy Of Mine platform empowers you to train your customers, partners, B2B companies. Via API, integrate with the external software you rely on. SCORM/xAPI compliant. Craft interactive content with PPT, PDF, video and more. Learn more about Academy Of Mine

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  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in LMS
  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Mobile Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Progress Tracking
  • Learning Management
Administer online training avidly! Deliver courses to learners and track their progress with a fantastically easy-to-use LMS. Learn more about iSpring Learn
iSpring Learn is a platform designed to help teams and individuals grow enthusiastically. A fantastically intuitive interface with easily added branding and captivating training content makes this LMS feel like corporate Netflix. Learners can take courses on any device and even offline, using a native mobile app. You can get a general idea of the entire learning activity at a glance and dive deeper into detailed progress analytics on departments, teams, and particular employees. Simple course authoring is available right in iSpring Learn. To design more complex courses, you can use the top-rated authoring tool that is bundled with the LMS. Learn more about iSpring Learn

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  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in LMS
  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Mobile Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
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An effective eLearning authoring and publishing tool, that allows for collaborative JIT training creation Learn more about The Generator
The Generator is Global eTraining's powerful course builder to create quick, intuitive e-learning modules that will run on any LMS, can be translated to any language and can be updated in real-time. Create learning content for proprietary software, employee onboarding, compliance, health and safety, human resources, quality control, and more. Share more information across your organization with The Generator, so you can capture, manage, and transfer the most pertinent information with ease. Learn more about The Generator

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  • Blended Learning
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  • Learner Portal
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  • Mobile Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
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  • SCORM Compliance
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Integrated into your SaaS applications, Lemon Learning personalized walkthroughs drive software adoption and users engagement. Learn more about Lemon Learning
A question about a feature? New talent is joining your organization? Forget those 200-page operating procedures and tutorial videos that your users don't watch! Directly integrated into users' software whatever their nature (CRM, HRIS, ERP, etc.), Lemon Learning in-app walkthroughs simplify the daily lives of thousands of users worldwide, empowering them with immediate proficiency on their everyday tools. Learn more about Lemon Learning

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  • Blended Learning
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  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
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  • Mobile Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Progress Tracking
  • Learning Management
Create a superior training experience by delivering the right learning content to the right employees, at the right time with Leapsome. Learn more about Leapsome
CEOs & HR teams use Leapsome to create a continuous cycle of performance management and personalized learning that powers employee engagement and the success of their business. With Leapsome, you can create a superior learning experience by delivering the right training programs to the right employees, at the right time. Easily create learning and development content, measure improvements in knowledge and help employees acquire the skills they need to develop. Learn more about Leapsome

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  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in LMS
  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Mobile Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Progress Tracking
  • Learning Management
Together Software supports employee training initiatives through best-in-class mentoring programs using advanced pairing algorithms. Learn more about Together Mentoring
Together Software supports employee training initiatives through best-in-class mentoring programs. Together’s advanced algorithm makes meaningful pairings through research-backed questions capturing their specific goals, strengths, areas for development, personal interests, and more. Our platform supports integrations with existing training and keeps employees on track with automated email reminders and scheduling. Together supports training programs at scale from measurement to reporting. Learn more about Together Mentoring

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  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in LMS
  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Mobile Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
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  • Learning Management

Training Software Buyers Guide

Training software is the name given to software solutions designed to help businesses, corporate training providers, academic institutions, and other organisations to manage and administer training or learning programmes. Also known as eLearning software, or CBT (computer-based training) software, it can be used to design training courses, provide trainees or learners with access to course material, and track the progress of learners as they study. In many cases, the software can be customised to meet the specific aims and objectives of an organisation too.

Businesses will often utilise employee training software to manage the various tasks and processes associated with training their workforce. This software can train and onboard recruits, and help existing employees develop new skills and gain new knowledge. Beyond this, online training software can also be used by academic institutions to teach or supplement academic classes. Online training software allows users to connect via onboarding the internet, facilitating remote and blended learning experiences. Applications of this kind can potentially be used to teach or train individuals, small groups of people, or entire classes or teams.

Training apps will often provide the tools required for synchronous and asynchronous learning. Within business settings, they can serve as a form of onboarding software, while there may also be some similarities and crossover with course authoring software and eLearning authoring tools. The most comprehensive programs can serve as a learning management system (LMS), while some training apps can be integrated with a third-party LMS.

Precise features can vary, and there may be substantial differences in terms of functionality too. For instance, business training software solutions are likely to differ from online training solutions that are primarily geared toward schools, colleges, universities, and other academic institutions. Nevertheless, there are several category-defining features found in the overwhelming majority of solutions, along with some common features contained within a large number of training apps. In general, users will be able to carry out the following tasks:

  • Manage course scheduling, course registration, resource distribution and other administrative tasks
  • Create and amend training programmes, assign those courses to specific learners, and track their progress
  • Provide learners or training course participants with access to their portal, with self-service options
  • Deliver either synchronous or asynchronous lessons, as well as mobile and blended learning opportunities

What is Training Software?

Training software, also known as eLearning software, describes software solutions designed to assist organisations with the management and delivery of training courses and other similar learning programmes. Most commonly, this takes the form of business training software, where businesses and similar organisations can manage their workforce training activities. However, the software can also be used by academic institutions, charities, and any other organisation with needs in the area of training management and training delivery.

The software itself has several primary functions and uses. For instance, it can manage all administrative work surrounding training programmes, such as course registration and the distribution of learning materials and resources. On top of this, it can help organisations to deliver training content, while it can assist trainees or learners with the management of their learning through various self-service and progress tracking options.

Online training software helps to facilitate online courses and remote or blended learning. Meanwhile, solutions can be used by training providers to deliver online content in both synchronous or asynchronous forms. The former approach means that learning occurs collectively, with participants simultaneously attending a virtual classroom, while the latter approach means that participants learn independently, at different times, from different locations. It is also important to note that training applications can also be used to manage in-person training activities.

What are the benefits of training software?

The benefits of training software vary and are focused on assisting training providers and trainees or learners. Many of these benefits result from bringing training materials together into one package, while there is usually a strong focus on providing access to online training materials for remote learning. Of course, the nature of the software ultimately allows the quality of training to be improved, and this can have knock-on effects, including improved business performance and increased academic achievement. Furthermore, it is worth taking the time to explore some of the specific benefits that are associated with the software, such as:

  • Centralisation of training data: One of the main ways offline and online training solutions can assist organisations in running training activities and programmes are through the centralisation of relevant data. Running a single training programme can require the acquisition and storage of a lot of information, from course material to the details of trainees, and any data related to performance and progress. This amount of data then increases significantly if there are multiple training courses or programmes on offer. Through the acquisition of a high-quality software solution for training, these organisations can keep all of this data in one place and, crucially, the information can also be organised in logical ways. In the end, all of this makes it quicker and easier to sort through the abundance of gathered data, especially when there is a need to find specific information.
  • Greater training flexibility: The use of training software can make training programmes much more flexible. For training providers, there is a greater degree of flexibility in terms of when course content is available, who it is made available to, and how it is distributed, and changes can be made to programmes at any time. For learners, there is flexibility in terms of participating in either in-person or remote training activities, utilising mobile learning, and benefiting from blended learning. This kind of flexibility can help maximise the number of people who participate in training programmes while allowing training providers to tailor their programmes to specific teams, classes, individuals, situations, or circumstances.
  • Insights into performance: Another way training software applications can benefit businesses and academic institutions is through the provision of insights into performance. The best solutions will contain reporting and analytics tools, allowing organisations to see how many people are participating in a course, how many people complete the course, the average level of achievement, and much more. Having access to insights on performance can be essential for optimising the quality of training programmes because it allows trends to be identified, problems to be addressed, and lessons to be learned from successful programmes.
  • Removal of geographical boundaries: The use of training software for business and educational needs can essentially eradicate the limitations that have traditionally been associated with geography. For instance, the concept of virtual onboarding has gained traction in recent years, with a growing number of businesses welcoming employees and integrating them into the workforce although they work remotely. In essence, companies are now more free to recruit the best individuals for a role, regardless of where they live and whether they can access a physical workplace. This same principle also applies to academic institutions delivering course content to overseas students or businesses providing advanced training seminars for employees, regardless of their physical location and proximity to the workplace at the time.

What are the features of training software?

The features of the training software can vary, as some solutions target businesses, some target academic institutions, and some are broader and can be used equally effectively by a wide range of organisations and institutions. Nonetheless, there are some popular and significant features that buyers would expect to find in the vast majority of software packages in this category, and some of the most important of these include:

  • Training administration: Manage all tasks related to the administration of training programmes and activities. This may include creating training schedules and informing learners when their training will occur. It can also include the consolidation, management, and distribution of learning resources and the assignment of specific instructors to different classes or individuals. High-quality training software will allow users to create training content and ensure that training programmes are fully functional and optimised.
  • Course management: Handle all aspects of course management, from the creation of training courses to amendments and course registration. Organisations can allocate training activities to specific individuals, departments, teams, or students and can continually track their progress as they advance through the course. In situations where training fees need to be paid, the software can process payments, while those who complete a course can be awarded a relevant certification, serving as evidence of their level of achievement.
  • Synchronous learning: Provide learners with access to synchronous learning activities and content. Synchronous learning refers to instances where multiple trainees are participating in learning activities simultaneously, even if they are not physically present in the same location. For instance, video conferencing and the creation of virtual classrooms would be an example of synchronous learning. The software can help to facilitate this approach by providing the tools needed for communication and collaboration, along with the option to distribute and share learning resources. Synchronous learning can be especially beneficial for academic institutions, where student engagement is a crucial concern and teachers may need to continually check in with course participants.
  • Asynchronous learning: Enable learners to benefit from asynchronous learning activities and independent learning. In contrast to synchronous learning, asynchronous learning refers to learning activities that are completed by multiple people at different times. A good example is the use of pre-recorded lectures or seminars, which learners can access online, allowing them to take notes and learn at a time that suits them. Top-end training solutions will facilitate both forms of learning, which maximises flexibility, and ensures that all learning styles are catered for. It is also important to note that asynchronous learning can be especially important for international businesses, or academic institutions with students in different countries because it goes a long way towards circumventing many of the issues that have historically been linked to people living in different timezones.
  • Mobile learning: Offers learners the ability to access company training software and course materials using mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets. Again, providing mobile accessibility can help to boost the flexibility of training programmes, and breaking down geographical and hardware-related barriers can help to ensure more people have access to training content. The best software packages will provide mobile accessibility and also optimise user interfaces and the display of content so that it can be comfortably seen and understood when viewed on a smaller mobile device. Mobile learning can also create bite-sized training content, which can be consumed quickly, even when learners are at home or on the move.
  • Social learning: Deliver social learning experiences for trainees. As a concept, social learning places emphasis on ideas around learning through observation and social interactions, as well as learning through imitation and behavioural modelling. With online training solutions, social learning can be made possible. Furthermore, video content can be made accessible, and video conferencing can allow course participants to interact in real-time, even if they cannot be physically present in the same place. The best software packages will also provide several additional communication options so that learners can keep in touch and help one another.
  • Learning paths/tracks: Establish a preferable order in which certain training programmes or courses should be completed. In many organisations, some training activities can be broadly grouped because they aim at a similar audience, and some of these courses may naturally follow on from one another. On a basic level, it stands to reason that an introductory course should be completed before enrolling in more advanced training programmes. However, learning paths can become much more complicated when individuals have options to explore different branches or the choice to move their careers in different directions. With this in mind, training applications can help businesses and institutions define learning paths and refer to this information at any time. This can be especially valuable when advising trainees or learners on the various steps they can take.
  • Reporting/analytics: Access reports and analytics information about training programmes. Reporting features can allow organisations to gain insights into how learners are performing on a particular course, and the analytics tools available can make it easier to identify key trends and drill down into the data. Ultimately, access to reporting and analytics can help organisations to learn from their training programmes, make intelligent, evidence-based adjustments, and optimise outcomes. Best-in-class solutions will make reports quick and easy to find through a reporting dashboard. This can help organisations to quickly identify any problems with a training course.

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What should be considered when purchasing training software?

When purchasing training and development software, buyers need to consider many different things beyond the features included within the software and the ways these features can benefit them. Ultimately, businesses or academic institutions need to find the best software package for their specific needs, requiring a more comprehensive evaluation of the different options on the market and an understanding of the various choices that exist. An effective way to approach this is to try to come up with answers to some key questions, such as:

  • How much does training software cost? Buyers need to think carefully about the cost, but this consideration needs to extend beyond simply comparing the initial purchase price. Instead, the best approach here is to weigh up the total cost of ownership of different solutions on the market. This includes all the major costs associated with acquiring, setting up and utilising the software. Some of the costs that may not be immediately obvious to buyers include costs associated with data storage and the costs linked to teaching business leaders how to use the software to aid training activities. Of course, cost also needs to be considered alongside value. For instance, high-quality employee training software may cost more than a more 'middle of the road' application, but this extra investment is going to be worthwhile if an organisation needs a high-end solution.
  • What is the best deployment option? It is crucial to understand that the issue of software deployment is fundamental to almost all acquisitions of modern applications. There are two main deployment options relating to training software, and the cloud vs on-premise debate can be nuanced. For instance, conventional on-premise deployment allows a business to acquire the software and then take responsibility for installing and managing it, providing a greater sense of control. It also typically avoids the issue of ongoing subscription fees, which can mean that long-term costs end up lower. However, the costs associated with the software are unpredictable because things can go wrong, and the business is responsible for resolving those issues. On top of this, initial startup costs are high because the software needs to be acquired and set up properly. On-premise software is also less flexible, especially when accommodating remote and mobile access. On the other hand, cloud-based software is exceptionally flexible, and support for remote and mobile accessibility is strong. Responsibility for deploying the software and managing data is delegated to a third-party service provider. As a result, startup costs are very low, and the risk of serious issues can be lower. However, while costs are extremely predictable and consistent, there will usually be continuous subscription fees, and this can drive up the costs over the longer term. Generally, online training solutions work best using a cloud-based approach, but buyers need to evaluate the pros and cons of both deployment options and then try to reach their conclusion.
  • Is third-party integration possible? In most cases, digital training software is going to be one of many different software packages used by an organisation or institution. The more that these different solutions can be integrated and set up to interact with one another, the better. Training solutions could potentially be integrated with workforce management software, customer relationship management software, calendar software, and a wide range of other tools. Not only can this make it easier to move between different software packages and retain a level of consistency, but it can also reduce the amount of duplicate data that companies store too. From there, organisations can streamline their data collection, making it easier to find specific information when needed. Integration with calendar software and similar solutions can also help businesses become more organised and prepared.
  • What level of customisation is on offer? For businesses, academic institutions, and training providers, the issue of customisation for training delivery software is more important than with many other software solutions they may need to acquire. Organisations want their training solutions to be tailored to accommodate their own needs and to deliver their learning materials in a way that will achieve the best outcomes. Therefore, buyers need to place an appropriate level of attention on the level of customisation that is available. Cloud-based options, for example, could be customised by the third-party service provider, but even on-premise software may provide options to adjust the software and ensure it meets requirements and expectations.

The most relevant training software trends need to be taken into careful consideration before making any purchasing decisions because these trends need to be catered for within the software. When an application has been designed with an awareness and appreciation of the emerging and established trends, it is more likely to be genuinely useful for the long term. Conversely, when offline and online training systems are designed without an appropriate level of care and attention to the key training trends, their long-term viability should be questioned, and they are less likely to be a wise investment. Some of the major trends in this area include:

  • Use of artificial intelligence: Artificial intelligence (AI) technology is constantly improving, making it more reliable for businesses and academic institutions. The result is a greater reliance on AI technology from training providers and within training provider software. The uses of AI are numerous, from automation of predictable communication, such as deadline reminders, to analysis of training performance and the identification of trends. When utilised effectively, AI can provide training providers with more time to spend on the complex tasks that need human attention, as much less time will be spent on simple tasks.
  • Increased focus on soft skills: Historically, training software and the majority of work-based training programmes have primarily emphasised the development of hard skills, which are technical and professional, often based on knowledge and experience. However, increasingly, businesses are starting to use training software to assist with the development of soft skills too. Soft skills can be described as non-technical traits, and they include communication skills, problem-solving abilities, problem-solving capabilities, leadership traits, emotional intelligence, and other 'people' skills. Although these can be harder to teach because they do not rely on a simple transmission of knowledge, they can still be worked on, and video chat and live streaming can assist with these through techniques like roleplay, where people can receive feedback and think more carefully about social interactions. With this in mind, it can be a good idea to focus on software that can help to facilitate this kind of teaching and learning.
  • The rise of gamification: Finally, interactive training software has existed for many years and has helped improve the quality of training programmes, however, there is ever-growing demand from learners for this interactivity to be taken to the next level through gamification. Essentially, this refers to the use of game-based training activities, along with the use of common gaming concepts, such as high scores and leaderboards. Gamification can help increase the level of fun and friendly competition within a training programme, potentially resulting in increased engagement with learning materials, more memorable lessons, and increased knowledge retention.