A learning management system (LMS) delivers and tracks educational and training content. It's used by companies to onboard and train employees and by educational organizations to teach students. E-learning tools include customizable content, mobile lessons and gamification. LMS solutions can improve employee engagement and retention.

The global LMS market is expected to grow to
$22.2 billion by 2023

Source: Marketsandmarkets

68% of workers say training and development is the most important company benefit.

Source: Guthrie Jensen

Companies that offer professional development opportunities have a 38% higher retention rate.

Source: Better Buys

LMS Buyer's Guide

What is an LMS (Learning Management System)?

A learning management system (LMS) delivers and tracks educational and training content. It's used by companies to onboard and train employees and by educational organizations to teach students. E-learning tools include customizable content, mobile lessons and gamification. LMS solutions can improve employee engagement and retention.

Common LMS Features

Here are several common features found in LMS software:

Learning management

Learning management helps users organize and automate education and training. It includes tools for managing user info, scheduling, alerts, messages and delivering content. Administrators can also set prerequisites for training and allow users to self-enroll into specific courses.

Content library

Many LMS solutions include an out-of-the-box content library with premade learning materials. The library may cover a variety of topics, such as safety regulations, customer service and management techniques.

SCORM compliance

Shareable Content Object Reference Model, or SCORM, is an industry standard that allows learning management systems to incorporate third-party content without any duplication or recoding.

Synchronous learning

Synchronous learning requires students to learn at specific times, either online or in a physical classroom, which can foster collaboration between employees. However, it can be difficult to coordinate and schedule synchronous learning.

Gamification

Also known as game-based learning, gamification provides incentives for students to stay engaged by offering points, badges and other achievements. Students are motivated by competition, entertainment and the casual nature of games.

Certification and compliance management

Some industries or specific jobs require employee certification or compliance training. This feature manages and tracks whether employees have completed all requirements and can generate reports for auditing.

Content development

Organizations can develop personalized course content, either using templates or from scratch. Course authoring tools let administrators design courses with multimedia, such as videos, PDFs, infographics, animations and PowerPoint presentations.

Employee training

Some LMS solutions offer employee training courses. These courses often cover onboarding and job training or offer instruction needed for industry-required certifications.

Asynchronous learning

Asynchronous learning lets students access course materials at different times and locations. The main benefit is that users can learn at their own convenience. Because users aren't bound to a class schedule, organizations often set deadlines to motivate users to complete courses.

Mobile learning

Mobile learning gives students access to LMS materials through a mobile app or web browser. This feature allows remote and asynchronous learners to complete courses on the go.

Testing and assessments

Tests, assessments and quizzes see whether individual students have retained what they learned. They can be given after each lesson or at the end of the course. Analytical tools can identify proficiencies and learning gaps.

Performance tracking

Performance-tracking and reporting functions help determine if the overall learning program is effective. Organizations can analyze how users have performed in their courses and how much time they spend learning.

Top Benefits of LMS Software

Learning management systems have many benefits, including:

Reduced training time and costs

Training employees takes a lot of time, from preparing course materials to assessing performance. Learning management systems automate and streamline the process, which reduces training time.

Employers who don't want to build their own content can also take advantage of the premade course library that comes with many LMS solutions. And asynchronous classes can eliminate the expense of hiring an instructor and renting a physical classroom.

Increased employee engagement and retention

Studies show engaged employees stay with companies longer, and engagement begins with a structured onboarding program.

A learning management system can provide educational materials to help new hires get acclimated to a company's culture and the responsibilities of their role.

It can also improve retention by providing employees with professional development opportunities, including management training or skills to move up higher in the company.

Improved user learning

Most LMS solutions are designed using best teaching practices, including microlearning, multimedia, pre- and post-training assessments, convenient access and individual learning paths.

As part of an employee training program, the software can help users learn efficiently and effectively, compared to lessons prepared by managers with no teaching background.

Ability to track certifications and compliance

Some industries or jobs require certifications or continuing education credits. LMS solutions can help administrators track which employees need additional credits or certification renewals.

Administrators can also generate reports to demonstrate that all employees have completed training needed for regulatory compliance.

Types of LMS Buyers

LMS buyers generally fall into one of the following categories:

large buyers

Large and enterprise-level companies

Large companies have many employees who need onboarding and continuing education. Although these businesses can afford to hold physical classes, they can still benefit from LMS solutions that provide on-demand lessons for busy workers and track course completion for regulatory compliance.

Large companies may also have some learning functionality through their human resource management system (HRMS), but can still decide to purchase a best-of-breed LMS solution for course development or advanced functionality.

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs)

SMBs typically don't have the budget or staff to administer proper training, which can require costly and time-consuming tasks like developing course content, hiring instructors and keeping track of compliance training.

These companies may benefit significantly from LMS solutions that come with a premade course library and can organize employee training and certifications. In addition, many LMS vendors offer low-cost options for companies with a few employees or even a free basic version of their software.

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Educational organizations

LMS solutions are popular with educational organizations, such as colleges and universities, because students can access course materials and communicate with the professor and their peers outside of class.

In the last decade, LMS vendors have also started to target elementary and secondary schools. Similar to higher education, K-12 teachers typically use the software to supplement in-class teaching. For example, they can assign courses or quizzes for students to complete at home.

LMS Pricing

LMS solutions often use a software-as-a-service (SaaS) pricing model, which means that businesses pay only for their software usage. Some LMS vendors also have options to purchase a one-time license fee or use a free version of the software.

These are the common LMS pricing options:

Per learner,
per month

The company pays for the solution based on the number of learners actively enrolled in training per month. Fees are generally $5 or less per learner, per month. Note that there may be a set-up or installation fee.

Per learner,
per use

This option allows companies to pay only for the features or modules they really need. Prices are between $1 to $10 per learner, per use.

Per course

This plan is intended for industries with employees who need to renew their certifications or adhere to regulatory compliance. The price is based on the specific certification or continuing education credits needed.

Free

Open-source LMS solutions are usually free and customizable. However, they can be complicated for companies that haven’t used an LMS before, and there’s no support if something goes wrong. Some LMS vendors also offer free basic versions of their software for a limited number of users.

One-time license fee

Companies can purchase a license to install the software on-premise. This option is best for businesses with their own IT staff and data center. License fees generally range from $500 to $20,000, and setup can cost over $25,000.

How to Choose LMS Software

LMS solutions can range in features and pricing, so it's important to take the time to research your options. We recommend the following steps when choosing an LMS solution:

1

Identify your company's needs

The first step in identifying your needs is to get input from potential users. Which workers will receive the most training? Will an LMS solution primarily be used to onboard new hires, train factory workers on safety or provide management classes to employees?

Many LMS solutions also come with course libraries. Check to see if the premade content includes relevant topics to your business. If not, does the software include course development tools? And does your business have the time and energy needed to create custom learning materials? If you need help figuring out the answers to these questions, we've written about how to choose what LMS content your workforce needs.

You should also figure out which key performance indicators (KPIs) will be affected by an LMS solution. Will it increase productivity? Can it reduce training costs? Gathering this info can help you make a business case for investing in an LMS solution and get buy-in from executive management.

2

Creating a shortlist

Research vendors that best fit your needs. In addition to current requirements, consider the implementation process and the scalability of the LMS solution.

The implementation process can vary from solution to solution. You'll want to speak with vendors and request details on timelines and fees. Does the vendor offer training? If so, will it conduct on-site sessions?

Also, check if the LMS solution can integrate with the HR software your company currently uses. If you can pull employee information from an HRMS or use a single sign-on for both platforms, it can save administrators and users a lot of time.

Think about how many workers will need to use the LMS solution now and in the future. If you plan to grow the company, make sure the learning management system is scalable. It should be able to hold a large amount of content that can be edited over time.

Once you've researched these areas, you can put together a shortlist of vendors whose offerings match your needs.

3

Get customer references

Once you've completed a demo of the LMS solution and have a better understanding of price and services, you'll want to get references from a vendor's existing or previous clients.

The vendor will give you the names of clients with positive experiences, but ask for companies that have similar needs to yours (e.g., businesses with under 50 employees or companies that need employee certifications).

When contacting the reference, ask if there have been any issues with the vendor or the solution. Also, if the vendor has been in business for less than five years, it's particularly important to get references.

4

Conduct due diligence

Be sure to compare not only different price quotes, but also deployment options, implementation times and customer support.

Once you've narrowed down the list of vendors, request referrals from customers in your industry or that are a similar size to you. Find out if there are any issues with the vendor or the software.

Challenges of LMS Software

Every software has its pros and cons. Implementing and using an LMS solution has its own challenges, including:

Unclear learning objectives

It can be difficult to define exactly what a business or educational organization wants to get out of an LMS solution. Of course, it should help users learn better, but how do you measure that?

Does your organization want higher test scores or better rates of completion? For companies, is success a safer working environment, more sales or higher employee engagement?

Listing out specific learning objectives is an important part of selecting an LMS solution and understanding how it will be used.

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Lack of stakeholder buy-in

Top leaders need to be on board with any development program. But they may not see a need for a learning management system unless the business case is presented to them. Companies may need to develop clear KPIs and evaluate the potential return on investment to get executive buy-in.

Also, if training typically falls to HR, they may have concerns about whether they can trust an LMS for compliance. Department managers might worry about using existing content or having to build courses from scratch. And IT will need to support the decision, as they’re responsible for day-to-day maintenance of the software.

It’s key to address these stakeholder concerns during the initial stages of implementation.

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Issues with implementation

Similar to other software, issues can come up during the implementation process for learning management systems. For example, implementation may take longer than anticipated.

Better Buys has talked with implementation experts who said that communication issues can derail the process. It’s important to maintain an open dialogue between the software vendor and key decision makers and end users throughout all stages.

For more help with the process, check out our guide to LMS implementation.

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LMS module included with HRMS solution

Some companies might have an HRMS solution with a built-in LMS module with fewer features than a dedicated LMS solution. Deciding between using an LMS module or separate software poses several issues.

How much does a dedicated LMS solution cost, and will the additional benefits outweigh the expense? Can the LMS software be integrated with the company’s current HR software? Will IT find it too difficult to maintain a separate solution?

Answering these questions will be a necessary step before making a final decision.

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Accord LMS
VENDOR NAME: Accord LMS
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GOOD

Offers both Enterprise and Extended Enterprise functionality for a competitive price.

BAD

The self-hosted (on-premise) option will require organizations to install the DNN Platform.

BOTTOM LINE

A robust LMS solution that's simple to set up and easy to maintain.

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Area9 Rhapsode
VENDOR NAME: Area9 Lyceum
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GOOD

Lessons are personalized and adaptable and can be accessed via mobile devices and tablets.

BAD

The software doesn't have synchronous learning features.

BOTTOM LINE

Area9 Rhapsode is an adaptive learning solution with comprehensive LMS capabilities that helps users create, curate, deliver and measure personalized learning.

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Asentia
VENDOR NAME: ICS Learning Group
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GOOD

Strong support for blended learning, variety of content offerings, e-commerce functionality.

BAD

Asentia is still new, although ICS has been supporting LMS solutions for nearly 20 years; support hours are limited to regular business hours.

BOTTOM LINE

Enterprise-level LMS that includes automated tools and other strong features in a mobile-responsive interface.

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Axis LMS
VENDOR NAME: Atrixware
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GOOD

Customizable user interface, variety of social learning and collaboration features, scalable pricing plans.

BAD

Not ideal for companies with fewer than 100 learners.

BOTTOM LINE

Robust learning management system that provides tools for companies to successfully train employees and ensure certification requirements are met.

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Blackboard Learn
VENDOR NAME: Blackboard Inc.
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GOOD

New Ultra Experience version with streamlined workflow of original features. Also has three deployment options, persona-specific mobile apps.

BAD

Software can be buggy at times, doesn't integrate wtih Google Apps.

BOTTOM LINE

Long-time LMS solution designed to help students and employees improve their learning experience.

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BlueVolt
VENDOR NAME: BlueVolt
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GOOD

Provides incentive for completing courses in the form of gift cards, LMS interface available in 14 languages, customized learning programs, ability to replicate selling channel and manage programs outside of your organization..

BAD

Not intended for organizations that rely only on instructor-led training.

BOTTOM LINE

Online LMS that helps channel-driven industries improve business growth and employee productivity.

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Canvas
VENDOR NAME: Instructure
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GOOD

Canvas can leverage Arc, a new-generation tool that makes educational videos more collaborative.

BAD

Canvas doesn't have built-in gamification features, but can integrate with third-party tools that allow gamification.

BOTTOM LINE

An LMS created for educational institutions, Canvas was designed to better engage users in the teaching and learning processes.

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CD2 Learning
VENDOR NAME: CD2 Learning
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GOOD

Strong focus on employee engagement (including social collaboration and gamification), Moments-in-Time app for creating content on the go.

BAD

No on-premised deployment, free trial is not offered.

BOTTOM LINE

Solution that provides complete learning management features from content authoring to tracking training performance.

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Cogentys
VENDOR NAME: Cogentys
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GOOD

Focuses on compliance training for businesses that must certify their employees.

BAD

Authoring tools aren't built in.

BOTTOM LINE

Compliance-focused LMS that partners with third parties for delivering the best training content to its clients.

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Configio
VENDOR NAME: Configio
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GOOD

Doubles as an eCommerce solution with PCI compliance for hosting events and registering attendees online.

BAD

Steep learning curve for inexperienced users new to managing a highly configurable enterprise solution.

BOTTOM LINE

A highly customizable PCI compliant LMS that works very well for an array of unique clients.

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Cornerstone Learning
VENDOR NAME: Corner. OnDemand
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GOOD

Social collaboration tools, library of over 30,000 courses, blended approach of instructor-led and self-paced training.

BAD

Only integrates with Cornerstone's talent management solution and not a third-party HRMS, system takes time to get used to.

BOTTOM LINE

Learning management system that encourages collaboration, and helps improve workforce productivity and engagement.

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Create LMS
VENDOR NAME: Create LMS
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GOOD

Has offline and off-grid capabilities to allow learners and administrators to access critical information and courses without an internet connection.

BAD

User setup can be somewhat challenging.

BOTTOM LINE

A simple LMS solution with robust tools to streamline all tasks associated with training material creation and management.

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DiscoverLink Talent
VENDOR NAME: DiscoverLink, Inc.
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GOOD

Automated features so managers can easily administer training programs to employees, employee recognition features, full-service approach to software implementation.

BAD

Self-enrollment in classroom learning is not offered.

BOTTOM LINE

E-learning solution designed to help the hospitality industry overcome the challenges in training their hourly workforce.

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Edmego LMS
VENDOR NAME: Edmego
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GOOD

Ability to customize own content or use built-in catalog, built-in global calendar and document management functionality, integrates with an existing HRMS.

BAD

No on-premise hosting option, not ideal for larger businesses.

BOTTOM LINE

Web-based platform that provides blended learning approach for companies and employees.

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Edmodo
VENDOR NAME: Edmodo
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GOOD

Teacher collaboration for support and resources, parents can access students' grades and assignments, teachers and students can collaborate outside of the classroom.

BAD

Not intended for higher education or companies, content authoring tools aren't offered, limited third-party integration functionality (aside from Microsoft Office and Google Apps).

BOTTOM LINE

Social learning platform for teachers, students, administrators and parents.

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Edsby
VENDOR NAME: Edsby
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GOOD

No manual data entry needed as Edsby integrates with school information system; parents can view student's schedules, grades or assignments online; more efficient course management for teachers.

BAD

Not intended for colleges or corporate offices, on-premise system isn't offered.

BOTTOM LINE

Learning management system specifically for the K-12 sector that helps foster learning and collaboration between students, teachers, parents and administrators.

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Edvance360 LMS
VENDOR NAME: Edvance360
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GOOD

Strong focus on social learning that includes wikis, social networks and other tools, ED360 Live! video/audio conferencing module, robust reporting tools.

BAD

As Edvance360 is robust, it may be a bit of a learning curve for users, but training guides are available.

BOTTOM LINE

Robust learning management system designed to help schools and companies provide an interactive and fun learning experience for students and employees.

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eFront
VENDOR NAME: Epignosis LLC
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GOOD

Highly customizable, offers flexible deployment options, supports a wide variety of content formats.

BAD

Not intended for small businesses, open source version is no longer supported.

BOTTOM LINE

A highly versatile enterprise LMS that offers unrivaled ease and flexibility to fit all brand specifications and train large bodies of employees, partners and customers.

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nGage
VENDOR NAME: ePath Learning Inc.
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GOOD

Flexible and easy-to-use content creation tools, eSignature feature that ensures learner completes each course, nonvalidated version available for nonregulated industries.

BAD

The ability to set up surveys is not built into the platform, however, it may be available in a future release.

BOTTOM LINE

Validated and FDA 21 CFR Part 11-compliant LMS platform that help regulated companies reduce the administrative burden of their training programs.

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eSSential LMS
VENDOR NAME: eLogic Learning
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GOOD

Features like portals, templates and reports can be fully customized to meet an organization's needs.

BAD

Steep learning curve to understand the full functionality of the system's features.

BOTTOM LINE

An all-encompassing, web-based learning management software with Mac, PC and mobile compatibility.

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ExpertusONE
VENDOR NAME: Expertus
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GOOD

Built-in video conferencing module, bite-sized eLearning content, Salesforce module that helps companies train its sales reps.

BAD

Not intended for smaller companies, built-in content creation isn't offered.

BOTTOM LINE

Next-generation LMS with different modules to help larger companies train their employees.

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Google Classroom
VENDOR NAME: Google
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GOOD

Strong collaborative focus, easy to set up classes and assignments, integrates with other Google products and many educational apps.

BAD

Accounts for parents aren't offered.

BOTTOM LINE

Learning management solution intended for schools that's used for both online and classroom courses.

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Grovo Learning
VENDOR NAME: Grovo
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GOOD

Ability to create training program with own content or using Grovo's training library, real-world-based tests, 24/7 accessibility.

BAD

Microlearning approach may not be for everyone.

BOTTOM LINE

Microlearning approach that helps companies engage and retain employees with bite-size videos.

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GOOD

Easy-to-use interface and tools that can be tailored to meet a company's needs.

BAD

Complex process to add new features to a solution package.

BOTTOM LINE

LMS with Web integration and mobile capabilities to allow enterprisewide learning, anywhere, anytime.

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iSpring Learn LMS
VENDOR NAME: iSpring Solutions Inc.
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GOOD

Robust course authoring tool (iSpring Suite), easy to use interface with no learning curve, new built-in course authoring tool.

BAD

Advanced social learning features are not offered.

BOTTOM LINE

Intuitive and comprehensive LMS that helps companies automate their employee training and professional development.

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Kallidus Learn
VENDOR NAME: Kallidus
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GOOD

Accessible training content for employees within two clicks, Netflix-style course cards with "swipe, tap, zoom" interface, streamlined workflow of tracking and administrating courses, winner of UXUK award for best learning experience.

BAD

No built-in quiz tool but do partner with third-party solutions.

BOTTOM LINE

With an easy-to-use interface, Kallidus Learn helps companies empower their employees in their learning and development.

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Kannu
VENDOR NAME: Kadenze, Inc.
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GOOD

Adaptable with most learning tools. Customizable in design and function. Avid customer support.

BAD

Is relatively new to the business market. Too many design options can overwhelm.

BOTTOM LINE

User-centered functionality has garnered raves from academics; that potential has yet to be fully demonstrated in the business world.

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Lanteria LMS
VENDOR NAME: Lanteria
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GOOD

Searchable learning catalogs, advanced analytics and reporting functionality, built-in quiz maker.

BAD

Not intended for small businesses.

BOTTOM LINE

This LMS module is designed to help companies plan lessons and track learning performance for employees.

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Lessonly
VENDOR NAME: Lessonly
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GOOD

An intuitive and flexible interface with drag and drop capabilities, making course and report creation simple for any user.

BAD

A relatively young product, so there are limitations to its features. However, the team and support staff work diligently to address any issue that arises.

BOTTOM LINE

Lessonly is a Web-based, single-platform LMS with simple course creation, sharing and tracking tools that allows white labeling for company branding in learning material.

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MATRIX
VENDOR NAME: CYPHER LEARNING
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GOOD

Highly intuitive design and easy-to-use course authoring tools.

BAD

Out-of-the-box courses from the course catalog are only available at an additional cost.

BOTTOM LINE

Well-designed LMS that's accessible to any organization that wants to create its own training content..

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Moodle
VENDOR NAME: Moodle
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GOOD

Flexible deployment options, teachers can choose their own content and activities, dedicated Moodle mobile app.

BAD

Moodle for School plans only accommodates up to 500 users and some users reported that interface is not always intuitive.

BOTTOM LINE

Open source platform with a modular design for teachers to build their own curriculum.

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Motivis Learning
VENDOR NAME: Motivis Learning
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GOOD

Motivis Learning connects student information from all parts of its platform, offering a 360-degree view of student data that educators need to create strategies for long-term success.

BAD

Motivis Learning's LMS doesn't have gamification features built into its platform.

BOTTOM LINE

Flexible system allowing educators and students to check, adjust and connect over a student's learning path and performance.

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myQuest
VENDOR NAME: myQuest
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GOOD

Intuitive lesson design, effective user engagement (AFT method), avid customer support.

BAD

Inability to divide a course into separate groups of participants (remedy planned for release in late 2018).

BOTTOM LINE

With custom design, intuitive setup, quick deployment and dedicated support, myQuest offers comprehensive functionality for online instruction.

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NEO
VENDOR NAME: CYPHER LEARNING
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GOOD

Many features available in Free plan, ease of accessibility from all devices, easy implementation process.

BAD

Not intended for businesses.

BOTTOM LINE

Cloud-based platform for schools with many features designed to help teachers and students maximize learning.

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NetLearning
VENDOR NAME: HealthcareSource
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GOOD

Specialized for healthcare facilities to ensure compliance according to industry standards.

BAD

Some customers have complained that reporting functions need improvement.

BOTTOM LINE

A healthcare LMS that's able to connect to a vast library for professional certifications and licenses.

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Oasis LMS
VENDOR NAME: 360Factor Consulting
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GOOD

Free implementation and training, flexible configuration, native mobile app (available on Enterprise tier).

BAD

Not intended for companies that want to internally train employees.

BOTTOM LINE

Modular and flexible learning management platform for educators to offer training programs to learners.

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PeopleFluent LMS
VENDOR NAME: PeopleFluent
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GOOD

Dynamic reporting features easily customized to fit a company's needs.

BAD

Clunky software interface can be difficult to use.

BOTTOM LINE

A learning management system with scalable features and mobility for learners to access content from any device.

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Prosperity LMS
VENDOR NAME: Ziiva
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GOOD

Offers, both, installed and on-premise deployment. Includes an ecommerce tool that can process payments through popular applications such as PayPal, Authorize.net and more.

BAD

Doesn't have advanced learner engagement features like social learning and gamification.

BOTTOM LINE

A customizable end-to-end LMS that offers scalable functionality for all elearning tasks, including content creation, training delivery and ecommerce.

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Schoology
VENDOR NAME: Schoology
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GOOD

Strong collaboration features throughout the solution.

BAD

Schoology no longer is adding higher education, corporate or international clients but will provide support to current clients.

BOTTOM LINE

Schoology allows instructors and learners to communicate easily, and it has built-in grading and assessment tools.

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Schoox
VENDOR NAME: Schoox
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GOOD

Takes minutes to implement and easy to scale for adding many users.

BAD

Content creation is an additional service. Social features may seem unnecessary for LMS needs.

BOTTOM LINE

Highly intuitive cloud-based LMS with strong social and mobile features.

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Skillport
VENDOR NAME: Skillsoft
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GOOD

The mobile learning app allows users to check progress and complete courses anytime, anywhere.

BAD

Customers have mentioned the interface is outdated and can be hard to navigate at times.

BOTTOM LINE

Skillport is a cloud-based learning management platform that makes assigning or completing a training course simple.

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SkyPrep LMS
VENDOR NAME: SkyPrep Inc.
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GOOD

Unlimited content, courses and assessments regardless of plan selected, streamlined course management process, content creation tools that accommodate a variety of files.

BAD

Not intended for small offices or schools.

BOTTOM LINE

Cloud-based LMS solution that includes an intuitive and easy-to-use interface and provides straightforward pricing plans.

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SmarterU
VENDOR NAME: Neovation
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GOOD

An easy-to-use interface that can be tailored to meet your company's specific needs and streamlines certification management by automating training delivery.

BAD

The software functionality is created for corporate and enterprise level clients, making the platform too robust for small businesses looking for a basic solution.

BOTTOM LINE

A web-based, intuitive LMS that has mobile compatibility and is SCORM compliant and is supported by a responsive client care and accounts team.

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Spoke
VENDOR NAME: Unboxed
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GOOD

Collaboration tools with advanced search features make continued discussions and social learning simple.

BAD

Platform may be too robust for a small business.

BOTTOM LINE

Learning management system with user-friendly tools to create engaging company training courses.

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Thought Industries
VENDOR NAME: Thought Industries
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GOOD

Ability to quickly build custom microsites and interactive learning courses all from within one cloud-based platform, integrates with third-party business systems, provides eCommerce functionality out of the box.

BAD

Not geared for companies needing internal corporate training.

BOTTOM LINE

Consolidated platform of easy-to-use tools for companies looking to deliver or sell online learning to consumers, professionals and the extended enterprise.

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Wisetail LMS
VENDOR NAME: Wisetail
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GOOD

Advanced intuitive UI and a department dedicated to customer experience.

BAD

No pre-packaged courses.

BOTTOM LINE

Social, communication & community features within a robust LMS platform designed to drive engagement.

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WizIQ
VENDOR NAME: WizIQ
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GOOD

WizIQ works with a variety of media files, and it easily allows users to import and embed files into courses.

BAD

Customer service representatives are difficult to reach after setup; solution is poorly developed, according to clients.

BOTTOM LINE

WizIQ is a cloud-based learning management system that streamlines all the tasks involved in content creation and delivery.

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World Manager
VENDOR NAME: World Manager
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GOOD

Custom-branded mobile app and ACTIV authoring tools for an interactive training presentation, no additional fees other than subscription price, easy to create and track training.

BAD

Specifically designed for retail, service-based and multi-site industries; may not be best solution for large-scale single-location applications.

BOTTOM LINE

Customizable, engaging and mobile-friendly training platform with easy-to-use, interactive features.

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