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Learning Management Systems (LMS)

Learning Management Systems (LMS) provide a framework through which learning content is delivered and managed. An LMS allows for an anytime, anywhere learning environment, delivering and tracking eLearning courses and testing. A Learning Content Management System (LCMS) enables the organisation to use the learning content from Courseware authoring tools and presentation of the content to students. Learning Management Systems are related to Training software.

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

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  • Asynchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Mobile Learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Assessment Management
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Learner Portal
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Gamification
eFront is the resilient LMS built to support the demanding training programs of world-leading and growing enterprises. Learn more about eFront
eFront is the enterprise learning management system built to offer blue-chip and growing companies limitless learning. Advanced features, stringent security protocols, and rich customization tools serve to meet any training scenario. Designed to be the most adaptable LMS, eFront gives you complete control over your training environment and data. Seamlessly blending with your tech stack it functions as the malleable infrastructure with the resilience to support even the most complex enterprise Learn more about eFront

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  • Asynchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Mobile Learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Assessment Management
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Learner Portal
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Gamification
Absorb LMS is an easy-to-use and dynamic learner and admin LMS experience for external and internal learning programs. Learn more about Absorb LMS
Empower organizations to provide employees, customers, partners, or members with the knowledge they need to effectively do their job with Absorb LMS. Absorb’s best-in-class interface creates an easy-to-use and dynamic learner and admin LMS experience. Make learning and development your competitive advantage by integrating an award-winning learning management system that combines the power of traditional LMS features with a core focus on user experience. Learn more about Absorb LMS

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  • Asynchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Mobile Learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Assessment Management
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Learner Portal
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Gamification
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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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  • Asynchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Mobile Learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Assessment Management
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Learner Portal
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Gamification
TalentLMS is the LMS built for training success. Easy to manage and a joy to use, teams embrace training from the very first click. Learn more about TalentLMS
TalentLMS is the LMS built for training success. Designed to get a "yes" from everyone, it's where great teams, and companies, go to grow. With an experience that's fully customizable and easy to manage, teams embrace training while feeling right at home. TalentLMS makes it easy to provide the right training to any team and every use, while giving expert guidance and support every step of the way. On a mission to democratize training, TalentLMS already serves 70, 000+ teams worldwide. Learn more about TalentLMS

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  • Asynchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Mobile Learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Assessment Management
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Learner Portal
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Gamification
Connect the dots between learning and performance with eloomi, driving true people development all in one intuitive learning platform. Learn more about eloomi
eloomi is is an easy-to-use and intuitive learning management system. We connect the dots between learning and performance to streamline your onboarding, upskill & reskill your talent pool, hit compliance goals, and drive true people development. Build unique and interactive learning, import existing content, or access our curated content store. Discover why organizations around the world choose eloomi to drive employee engagement and deliver tailored learning experiences. Learn more about eloomi

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  • Asynchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Mobile Learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Assessment Management
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Learner Portal
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Gamification
The Eurekos LMS makes it easy to deliver product training that retains more customers and transforms partners into advocates. Learn more about Eurekos
Eurekos is the ideal partner and customer training LMS for extended enterprise learning. LMSs are fine for training employees, but fail to address the unique needs of training customers and partners. The Eurekos extended enterprise LMS solves this challenge with rapid onboarding, e-commerce, certifications, unlimited branded portals, mobile learning, just-in-time content, and more. Eurekos Learning Journeys & Training Paths empowers you to build any training paths imaginable. No limits on the types of training you include and the complexity of the journey. With Learning Journeys, you can create blended learning paths that address the unique needs and unpredictable routes that learners take to master a subject including E-learning, Videos, 3D simulations, Virtual reality, Live ILT (instructor-led training), Quizzes/tests/evaluations, Virtual ILT, Private classes and onsite training, Webinars, seminars, and other events, Coaching, Train the trainer & much more! Learn more about Eurekos

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  • Asynchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Mobile Learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Assessment Management
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Learner Portal
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Gamification
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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  • Asynchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Mobile Learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Assessment Management
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Learner Portal
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Gamification
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Effortlessly ensure compliance with Training-Progress: track, document, and prove team training, skills, and values with our intuitive Learn more about Training-Progress
Elevate your team's performance with our bespoke learning management system. Say goodbye to inconsistent service delivery by crafting a personalized, job role specific, training program that aligns perfectly with your business protocols - enhancing efficiency and productivity. -The easy-to-use interface makes it simple to schedule team member training, track training and provide proof of training for compliance schemes. -Benefit from reference tools, communication features and team member appreciation functions. -Utilise diverse learning formats and human-centric assessment to elevate your team and foster YOUR business values. -Support team engagement in quality improvement of your processes, recognise peer-to-peer training, and drive process change. -Enjoy UK-based human support from 9am-5pm. Transform your team training experience with Training-Progress today Learn more about Training-Progress

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  • Asynchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Mobile Learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Assessment Management
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Learner Portal
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Gamification
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Looking for an AI-powered authoring tool, WhatsApp coach, AI-driven query and search answers, all in the world's only all-in-one LMS? Learn more about Thrive
Thrive is the fastest-growing, all-in-one, AI-powered LMS that demonstrates the impact and ROI of your team's learning. Combining the benefits of an LMS with those of an LXP, Thrive provides a platform that integrates learning, skills, and communication, enabling you to upskill your people faster and more collaboratively than ever. Our cutting-edge AI features allow you to supercharge your team’s learning experience. With an industry-leading AI content authoring tool, a personalised AI WhatsApp coach, and lightning-fast AI-powered search capabilities, learning becomes not just efficient but also exciting and dynamic. Additionally, with compliance management, social learning, reporting, and hundreds of integrations baked in, Thrive provides everything you need to achieve your team's learning goals. See today why the likes of Volvo, Avon, Krispy Kreme, Sky, and British Airways have chosen Thrive as their learning partner. Learn more about Thrive

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  • Asynchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Mobile Learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Assessment Management
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Learner Portal
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Gamification
Cloud-based platform for sharing SCORM/AICC content across LMSs with robust tracking, licensing and content protection functionality. Learn more about Content Fortress
Content Fortress is an innovative cloud-based platform designed to seamlessly distribute e-learning SCORM and AICC content across various remote Learning Management Systems (LMS). Ideal for training providers, it enables secure sharing of your educational resources while maintaining them in a centralized online repository. With Content Fortress, you can effortlessly manage licensing terms for each client, determining the number of licenses and their duration per course. This ensures optimal usage while protecting your intellectual property. Benefit from precise tracking of content usage and learner performance, and obtain comprehensive reports that help you understand client engagement. Simply create your course using your preferred authoring tool, publish it, and upload it to Content Fortress to start issuing licenses. Managing your e-learning content has never been more efficient or secure. Learn more about Content Fortress

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

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  • Asynchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Mobile Learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Assessment Management
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Learner Portal
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Gamification
Juno Journey helps companies create the perfect learning culture with an LMS, LXP, and Talent Development unified in one software. Learn more about Juno Journey
A single intuitive platform for all your organizational learning and development processes. Juno Journey is a personalized L&D operations system, helping companies design their people's professional success by optimizing the way they onboard, enable, develop and retain their people. Learn more about Juno Journey

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

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

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  • Asynchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Mobile Learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Assessment Management
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Learner Portal
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Gamification
Use Cases: Academic Learning, Competency Based Learning, Compliance Training, Continuing Education, Customer Training Learn more about ScholarLMS
ScholarLMS helps organizations, institutes, corporates and non-profits achieve their eLearning objectives effectively, efficiently and in an affordable manner. Learn more about ScholarLMS

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  • Asynchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Mobile Learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Assessment Management
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Learner Portal
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Gamification
Learner Mobile is the low-cost leader in the LMS market, delivering on-demand training with modernized features and built-in authoring. Learn more about Learner Mobile
Learner Mobile is an award-winning Learning Management System created for your modernized and field-based workforce. As a low-cost leader, Learner Mobile easily scales and is configurable to accommodate any industry. Features include automated badging and certification, notifications and reminders, robust analytics and reporting, AI integration, learner segmentation, bulk uploads, single sign-on, offline access, and OpenAPI for integrations. It comes with its own free authoring tool that allows admins to quickly design highly effective and engaging training courses in all formats, including SCORM. Learner Mobile also offers access to our top-notch instructional design, graphic design, and media production teams. These experts can augment your team for short-term or long-term needs. Learner Mobile is platform agnostic, delivering a fantastic user experience on iOS, Android apps, desktop, laptop, and tablet interfaces for anywhere, anytime access – optimizing your training for success. Learn more about Learner Mobile

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  • Asynchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Mobile Learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Assessment Management
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Learner Portal
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Gamification
Launch and grow mentoring programs easily with Qooper mentoring software. Access top tier guidance, software and integrations. Learn more about Qooper
Qooper mentoring software makes it easy to launch and grow mentoring programs for career development, upskilling and inclusion. Qooper includes 9 key mentoring software solutions including smart mentor matching, mentorship training, conversation guidance, tracking and reporting. Qooper leverages the most powerful integrations in the market for an easy experience. Access world class customer service, user support and IT support. Some of Qooper's most popular use cases in companies such as Cummins, Tommy Bahama, Google, University of Chicago and AMSA are org-wide mentoring, career mentoring, onboarding buddy, networking, student mentoring and many more. Learn more about Qooper

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

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  • Asynchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Mobile Learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Assessment Management
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Learner Portal
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Gamification
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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  • Asynchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Mobile Learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Assessment Management
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Learner Portal
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Gamification
Jolt is an app used to manage daily operations & train workers, with real-time feedback to business owners & managers. Schedule a demo. Learn more about Jolt
Jolt is a tablet-based learning management software that helps you maintain records, create trainings, and complete reporting with ease. Used by brands like Chick-fil-A, Legoland, and Regal Cinemas, and every industry, Jolt is a comprehensive suite for managing all your employees' training needs. Over 300,000 employees use our training library featuring powerful just-in-time trainings that help them do their jobs more efficiently. See what just-in-time training can do for your business today! Learn more about Jolt

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  • Asynchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Mobile Learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Assessment Management
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Learner Portal
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Gamification
Web-based college management. It's secure and easy-to-use, with simple pricing, great customer support, and no upfront costs. Learn more about Populi
Designed for higher education, Populi is web-based college management. It covers academics, admissions, online learning, student billing, financial aid, donations, contacts, library, bookstore, and more. Secure and intuitive, everyone at your school can use it. Our plain, simple pricing scales with your enrollment with no hidden fees or upfront costs. Every customer gets friendly, responsive customer support, together with implementation, data migration, training, and software updates. Learn more about Populi

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  • Asynchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Mobile Learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Assessment Management
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Learner Portal
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Gamification
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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  • Asynchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Mobile Learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Assessment Management
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Learner Portal
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Gamification
Canvas by Instructure is a cloud-based learning management system for every stage and style of education.
Canvas by Instructure is a learning management system for every stage and style of education. As the hub of your digital learning environment, Canvas offers complete LMS functionality including standards-based grade books, course content authoring, customizable assessments, mobile communication, video learning and digital badging, (just to name a few). Take teaching and learning to the next level with Canvas, the #1 educational software, and the foundation of the Instructure Learning Platform. Learn more about CANVAS

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  • Asynchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Mobile Learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Assessment Management
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Learner Portal
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Gamification
With hundreds of millions of users around the globe, more organisations choose Moodle to support their education and training needs.
Moodle is an open source, secure and scalable learning management system that integrates seamlessly with other platforms and can be customised for any teaching or training method you choose. With fresh and intuitive interfaces, Moodle has solutions suitable for K-12, higher education, vocational and corporate training. You can receive support from our community, explore open-source plugins, or access 24/7 support through our network of Moodle Certified Partners and Service Providers. Learn more about Moodle

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  • Asynchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Mobile Learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Assessment Management
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Learner Portal
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Gamification

Learning Management Systems (LMS) Buyers Guide

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What are learning management systems (LMS)?

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

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

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

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

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

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

What are the benefits of learning management systems LMS?

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

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

What are the features of learning management systems LMS?

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

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

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

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

What should be considered when purchasing learning management systems?

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

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

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

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