7 LMS Software Market Trends for 2Q 2018

Learning management systems are NOT just for educators anymore. In fact, corporate America has been actively and earnestly courting LMSs to handle everything from employee recruitment, to hiring, to training and development. All of which, when you think about it, lend themselves to learning.

So, it should come as no surprise as 2Q wanes that the LMS market continues to erupt. Fueled by this ecumenical adoption across industries, accelerated innovation in eLearning tools, surging use of BYOD and enterprise mobility, and a clamor for continuous learning, the LMS market should balloon to $7.12 billion (from just over $2 billion now) by 2023. That’s a compounded annual growth rate north of 28% over the next 4.5 years.

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Accelerated innovation is demonstrated in the following seven LMS trends, distributed among academia, corporate, and … corrections.

BYOD? Mobility? Continuous learning? Check. Check. And Triple check. When you’re looking at a $7+ billion market in five years, LMS solutions are boldly going where they’ve never gone before.

1. Newsela addresses Social-Emotional Learning with next curriculum release

Newsela, a media company that curates content from legitimate media brands and distributes daily news stories to students, is integrating social-emotional learning (SEL) themes into its next curriculum version. SEL is a soft skill process that everyone deals with when acquiring attitudes and emotions about topics and making sense of them amid prevailing social milieus and cultures. Students alertness to SEL can not only help them learn better but can also help them mature better.

2. Gamification is making your online LMS more fun – and effective

Soon, along with daughters and dogs, companies may be celebrating Take Your Joystick to Work Day, especially for those employees looking to expand their knowledge/training/certifications through corporate LMS. In other words, your job training is fast becoming a labor version of CS:GO.

According to Market Watch, the latest innovation driving expanded market share for LMS solutions has been the increased adoption of gamification. Research (and practice) has shown that integrating game-design elements and game principles in a non-game, instructional context tends to draw learners’ attention and motivates them to learn more. So, if your “call of duty” is to become the best manager you can be by using some LMS, you may soon be securing a perimeter first – and asking questions later.

3. McGraw-Hill jumps on the gamification bandwagon with its higher-ed courses

McGraw-Hill secured its own perimeter and recently released its game-based learning simulations for higher-ed courses. Embedded into their digital course materials that are accessible through its McGraw Hill Connect platform, the simulations present “real-life” work scenarios in which students can apply the lesson which they have learned in class. Just imagine, Fortnight for Physics?

4. GTL Tech’s LMS aims to help released inmates thrive after incarceration

If LMS innovation has infiltrated corporate America with fervor, why can’t it address a less acknowledged market that falls somewhere between academia and workforce. Incarcerated individuals have been historically lacking in coping skills and saleable capabilities upon release, leading to the U.S.’s highest recidivism rate in the developed world. Focused on helping inmates become functioning and productive members of society after release, GTL Tech’s Rehabilitative solutions supply credentialed education content to inmates on their personal tablets with the twin goals of teaching job skills and significantly reducing returns to the Big House.

5. With conformance cert, Gale’s online research adapts to LTI 1.0 and Deep Linking LMS

Gale has provided libraries with literature and research materials for more than 60 years. But its latest integration wasn’t even imagined by its first generation of employees. This latest capability makes it easier for teachers and learners to seamlessly access its digital resources from within their respective LMS as long as it supports Learning Tool Operability and Deep Linking.

6. Learning.com integrates with Google classroom

File this under “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” – or “seeing the light.” Addressing calls to streamline access to its digital literacy curriculum and content, Learning.com now fully supports Google Classroom – and other popular LMSs. By July 2018, all Learning.com customers will have expedited access to lessons, activities, and quizzes through an online catalog with selected content delivered to students through Google Classroom. It’s no longer a question of whether or not you’ve Googled today, it’s a matter of how often and for what reason have you Googled today.

7. iSolved integrates LMS into its HCM

In another “no-brainer” integration between platforms, iSolved has merged its LMS into its human capital management system and gets LCHM2S, which could either be the scientific formula for Kryptonite…or a platform that delivers flexible course design, rewards and certifications, and insightful learning analytics to companies already using iSolved’s payroll, HR, and benefits solutions. The unified solution works to the advantage of both HR and employees, improving engagement and promoting learning.

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