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Learning Management Systems (LMS)

Best Learning Management Systems (LMS)

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Learning Management System (LMS) Overview

What is a Learning Management System?

A Learning Management System (LMS) is a platform that helps instructors manage and organize educational materials online and conduct online courses. Learning management systems help streamline the learning process by providing a central location for accessing material online and developing content. LMS software is used by K-12 schools, higher education institutions, school districts, etc.


This software benefits administrators, teachers, and students. Students and teachers can access and upload course material such as calendars, syllabi, assignments, and grades. LMS platforms also allow instructors and administrators to track student progress on an individual basis and at the aggregate level. This software also helps minimize the use of paper materials.

Corporate LMS and Learning Content Management Systems

Vendors typically offer either education-focused or corporate-focused LMS. However, some companies offer platforms that can be used for both purposes. Corporate learning management systems are commonly used internally for employee training and externally for customer training. Corporate LMS that are used for online employee training may also be called training management systems, or eTraining/ eLearning portals.


Both corporations and educators may use learning content management systems (LCMS) to organize and create content for learning or training purposes. LCMS software focuses on digital learning as the primary educational medium and allows the instructor to create new content. Alternatively, LMS platforms do not focus exclusively on digital learning, they also manage in-person and off-line learning.


LMS vs. eLearning Software

While there is some overlap between LMS platforms and eLearning software, there are a few key differences between the two.


ELearning content software offers the user access to a curated digital library that can include videos, ebooks, and online courses/lessons. The primary function of eLearning software is to provide the user with a large content library for self-guided learning or integration with an LMS platform.


LMS platforms, on the other hand, may not offer content libraries at all. Instead, they focus more on managing the learning process and storing and tracking individual/ aggregate progress. Most vendors offer eLearning software that can be integrated with an LMS platform.

Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

The term ‘virtual learning environment’ (VLE) is often used synonymously with LMS. These two terms essentially refer to the same products, but emphasize different aspects of the software.


VLEs typically have a larger focus on the collaborative aspect of learning. Products that are marketed as a VLE may have stronger discussion, forum, or student collaboration features. On the other hand, LMS has traditionally referred to products with strong performance tracking and analysis capabilities.


Another difference between the two terms is that VLEs are exclusively used in the academic setting. Alternatively, LMS can be used for educational and corporate training purposes. This category comprises mostly academic LMS, and corporate-focused LMS can be found in the Corporate LMS category.


LMS Features & Capabilities

Most LMS platforms offer a basic set of features:
  • Content creation: Allows instructors to author content and use web tools to embed files from the web or their own files into lesson materials.

  • Content management: Allows instructors to share materials between courses and upload materials from the web or their own files.

  • Assessment creation: Ability to create new questions/ assessments - including support for various question types, randomization of MCQs, the ability to import third-party question banks etc..

  • Assessment management: This can include automatic updating of questions and automatic and manual marking.

  • Learning object repository (LOR): An online library for sharing, storing, searching, and managing learning objects (e.g. content, specific lessons etc..)

  • Grading and feedback tools: This can include the ability to annotate student submissions and create student reports.

  • Course management: This can include course catalogs, course registration management, calendars, gradebooks, and virtual classrooms.

  • Student and instructor portals: Individual portals for students/instructors to access course materials.

  • Collaboration tools: Ability to comment and share on the LMS interface through channels such as live chat, blog articles, and discussion boards/threads.

  • Progress data and analytics: Ability to track student progress against standards such as Common Core or NGSS, identify gaps in individual learning, and set customized learning objectives.

  • SCORM/ AICC/ Tin Can Compliant: Ability for an eLearning software and LMS to interact over a standard protocol.


Some vendors offer more advanced capabilities or features aimed more at corporate buyers rather than education institutions:


  • Social media support: Ability to integrate social learning tools and keep track of student engagement.

  • Mobile app: Allows students and instructors to connect to the LMS interface using a mobile application.

  • Blended learning support: Ability to record, share, and assess off-line learning events such as seminars, workshops, demonstrations etc…

  • Gamification tools: Using game-mechanics in order to boost user engagement - including things like badges, trophies, leaderboards, or points.

  • E-commerce support: Ability to sell educational materials and/or online courses, track purchases, and monitor the performance of marketing initiatives.

Factors to Consider when Selecting an LMS

Since the LMS will be widely used by students, instructors, administrators, and sometimes parents there are a few key things to consider when making a purchase:


  • Mobile app access and quality

  • Institution size / scalability

  • Ease of use

  • Flexibility, scalability and performance of an LMS

Pricing Information

There is a wide range of free or open source LMS software, for example Moodle, Canvas, and Google Classroom. However, these products can be costly to implement and customize, charge extra for non-basic features, and typically do not include support staff.


Commercial offerings such as Blackboard and McGraw-Hill's Connect are an alternative option. These LMS platforms have higher upfront costs (compared to the free versions), but also typically include a dedicated support staff and professional services.

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The Certifying and Universal Skills Passport for Competitiveness and Employability SkillsBoard is a certifying & universal Skills Passport supported by a collaborative talent, learning & knowledge management solution. The solution is backed by collective and artificial intelligence, and del…

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Because learners thrive in a connected community.Schoolbox is an integrated, all-in-one learning management system (LMS), community portal, and engagement platform for K-12 schools.Schoolbox is designed to present a robust solution that connects the entire school community, and drives innovative tea…

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VPortal is a way to organize videos, Power Point presentations, images, audiofiles, worksheets and other types of content into interactive learning paths, from Tizbi in Raleigh.

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ILIAS is a learning management system from ILIAS open source e-Learning in Cologne.

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TeacherEase is a learning management system (LMS) for technology-rich K-12 classrooms -- especially 1:1 computing, BYO programs, or frequent users of laptop carts, designed to help teachers move through the technology adoption curve, from Common Goal Systems.

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Teachable in New York offers what they describe as a powerful, easy-to-use online course creation platform, designed to provide course creators everything needed to create, market, and sell their course online. Teachable's platform includes unlimited courses and unlimited students, to site customiza…

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Fuse is a social knowledge sharing tool that aims to revolutionise the way people communicate, collaborate and learn at work. Fuse can sit in conjunction with the user's current LMS or be used standalone. Fuse incorporates five separate elements: Learning Management System Learning Content Manageme…

TrustRadius Top Rated for 2019

2019 Top Rated Learning Management Systems (LMS)

There are plenty of options out there, but here's our shortlist of the best Learning Management Systems (LMS). These products won a Top Rated award for having excellent customer satisfaction ratings. The list is based purely on reviews; there is no paid placement, and analyst opinions do not influence the rankings. To qualify, a product must have 10 or more recent reviews and a trScore of 7.5 or higher, indicating above-average satisfaction for business technology. The products with the highest trScores appear first on the list. Read more about the Top Rated criteria.

Canvas

146 ratings

Google Classroom

153 ratings

Schoology

128 ratings

Blackboard Learn

166 ratings

Edmodo

70 ratings

Moodle

163 ratings

Frequently Asked Questions


What is the difference between Corporate LMS and LMS?

Corporate LMS focuses on learning and training for businesses, including internal training for employees and external training for partners and customers. Learning Management Systems can include Corporate LMS but tend to focus on academic users.

What is a Corporate Learning Management System?

A corporate LMS is a learning platform designed for businesses train and develop the skills of employees, customers and partners. It usually includes prebuilt content and original authoring abilities, as well as learning tracking.

What is Microlearning?

Microlearning is the delivery of a single concept at a strategic or most impactful point in your workday via the most accessible medium to you at that time.

Who is Corporate LMS for?

Common corporate LMS users include knowledge-based industries or professions, such as finance and healthcare. Corporate LMS can also be helpful to address professional communication and technical skills gaps and to maintain compliance.

How much does Corporate LMS cost?

Corporate LMS as part of a broader suite can vary dramatically in price. Monthly subscriptions for standalone LMS can range from $20-$100/month, and perpetual licenses can range from $300-$1500.