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

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iQualify: Create courses. Engage learners. Assess instantly. Connect seamlessly. Learn more about iQualify
iQualify is a dynamic online learning platform. Create engaging courses using interactive tasks, and facilitate a rich and flexible online learning experience, anytime and on any device. With no upfront costs or lengthy implementation, you can get started today, allowing you to focus on your core business. Gather real time feedback using our powerful insights and create seamless integrations with other systems using our developer API and EventHub real time events. Learn more about iQualify

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  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Mobile Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Gamification
  • Synchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
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Swap admin time for people time with ELMO, the award-winning cloud HR solution that can help your organisation streamline its people and pay processes. Learn more about ELMO Software
ELMO is a learning solution as unique as your business. Keep employee skills relevant and your business compliant, with an online learning management solution (LMS) that's equipped to meet the needs of the modern learner and your organisation. Create personalised learning plans for employees, while curating the right training to close critical skills gaps and meet the needs of your organisation. Empower employees to develop the right skills to grow their career, with access to over 400 courses from the ELMO Course Library and video content. Easily keep track of employee training needs & course completion rates with custom reporting. Learn more about ELMO Software

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  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Mobile Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Gamification
  • Synchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
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Assessment-first LMS: learning & skill verification in the flow of work. Scalable, flexible & loved by learners & administrators. Learn more about Cloud Assess
Cloud Assess an assessment-first LMS, is the solution for learning & skill verification in the flow of work. Making training & assessing accessible in one scalable solution that both learners & administrators love. Tailor delivery to your needs—face-to-face, online or blended— on any device, even offline. Engage learners with interactive eLearning, badging & collaboration tools. Boost efficiency with workflows, reports & seamless integrations. Elevate your learning experience with Cloud Assess. Learn more about Cloud Assess

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  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Mobile Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Gamification
  • Synchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
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Online learning that's easy to create, engaging to learn and simple to manage. Learn more about Tribal Habits
Australian owned, made & supported LMS. All-in-one training course creation, events and external training management—Plus 100s of fully editable library modules. Suits any sized organisation or NFP. Our system provides so much learner data. You can track every interaction with the platform - every response, quiz, poll etc, and filter based on any job role, location or custom field you set. Easy integrations with HRIS and other systems. SSO & public API available. Learn more about Tribal Habits

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  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Mobile Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Gamification
  • Synchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
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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  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Mobile Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Gamification
  • Synchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
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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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  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Mobile Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Gamification
  • Synchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
Bites: AI-driven LMS transforming training with effective, impactful content. Achieve 90% engagement. Trusted by Amazon and more. Learn more about Bites
Bites is an AI-powered LMS revolutionizing employee training with engaging, bite-sized lessons inspired by social media trends. Our platform excels in delivering concise, video-based content that's both accessible and memorable, making the learning process not just effective but enjoyable. Leaders in various industries, including Unilever, Amazon, and Decathlon, have already embraced Bites, significantly reducing their training costs, enhancing employee skills, and achieving an impressive 90% engagement rate with our premium offerings. Talk to us at: mybites.io Learn more about Bites

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  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Mobile Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Gamification
  • Synchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
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Complete Training and Development tools for frontline employee training. All tools are online and mobile-friendly. Learn more about World Manager
Make your companys training and employee development everything you want it to be, then deliver the content in real-time, on any device. Engaging tests can be created using our own content creation tools. Use our industry best practice appraisal and exit interview templates to develop your teams, and better your business long term. Learn more about World Manager

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  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Mobile Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Gamification
  • Synchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
Drive higher retention, better alignment, and stronger results.The only People Development Hub that weaves together learning, talent 🚀 Learn more about Learn Amp
Drive higher retention, better alignment, and stronger results.The only People Development Hub that weaves together learning, talent development, and performance development 🚀 Loved by scaling and enterprise businesses, our AI-powered platform helps you to deliver an enhanced people journey, from preboarding to progression Our customers are global, scaling and award winning including Metro Bank, Specsavers, Rapid7, Gail's Bakery, and more. Learn more about Learn Amp

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  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learner Portal
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  • Mobile Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Gamification
  • Synchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
Discover why 350+ global firms have chosen Thrive as their LMS and how we can cut your onboarding time and learning costs by up to 40%. Learn more about Thrive
Looking for the fastest-growing, all-in-one LMS that proves the impact and ROI of your team's learning? Combining the benefits of an LMS with those of an LXP, Thrive equips you with a platform that integrates learning, skills, and comms to help upskill your people faster and more collaboratively than ever. With features like compliance management, social learning, reporting, and an extensive set of integrations, Thrive equips you with everything you need to achieve your team's learning goals. Learn more about Thrive

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  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Mobile Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Gamification
  • Synchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
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It is a safety management solution that helps businesses manage risks, track hazards, report incidents, and more. Learn more about Stems
Stems is an easy to use online safety management solution that helps businesses manage incidents, hazards, risks, compliance, and more! Learn more about Stems

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  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Mobile Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Gamification
  • Synchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
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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  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Mobile Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Gamification
  • Synchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
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Bringing inspired learning to workplace training. Intuitive and easy-to-use, it's an LMS unlike any other. Goodbye LMS. Hello Velpic. Learn more about Velpic
Velpic inspires workplace learning you'll actually look forward to. Quickly create video lessons with the built-in video editor or upload your own PPT/PDF/Word training documents. Velpic offers mobile companion apps so you can manage and watch training from your mobile device, including 3D video lessons on a Virtual Reality (VR) viewer. As a cloud-based LMS, you can schedule content to anyone anywhere. No locked-in contracts, software or hardware hassles. Try Velpic for free. Learn more about Velpic

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  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Mobile Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Gamification
  • Synchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
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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  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Mobile Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Gamification
  • Synchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
Easy-to-use cloud-based LMS 100% integrated with a robust authoring tool. Launch your eLearning in just one day with a minimum of fuss! Learn more about iSpring Learn
iSpring Learn is a fast LMS with a powerful authoring tool. With iSpring, you can easily launch onboarding or continuous learning in your company, and train employees no matter where they are. Native iOS & Android apps enable learners to get instant access to courses, even offline. Account owners get great value at a reasonable price. Personal live tech support is at your fingertips. Schedule a free 15-minute online meeting to learn how iSpring Learn works for your mission-critical project. Learn more about iSpring Learn

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

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  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Mobile Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Gamification
  • Synchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
modONE supports a proactive safety culture. It identifies risk areas and allows you to act before risks turn into injuries. Learn more about modONE
Are you a manufacturing, transportation/warehousing, or construction company with less than 250 employees? Looking for an easy way to build your safety culture? Stop bringing your employees in to the office for safety training. Automatically deliver safety content to their mobile phones where the risk lies - in the field. Introducing modONE: Mission Control for your Safety Program. Imagine a safety program that evolves with you, delivering consistent communication, sharp analytics, and dynamic risk management. Start with our pre-loaded safety content, load your own, or use SafetyBot to write industry-specific safety content for you. It's a game changer! With modONE, transcend common challenges like employee engagement and policy adherence. Engage employees in the field, monitor real-time performance, access, create, and effortlessly schedule safety content. For the field teams, there are no apps to download and enrollment is a snap. Learn more about modONE

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  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Mobile Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Gamification
  • Synchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
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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  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Mobile Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Gamification
  • Synchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
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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  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Mobile Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Gamification
  • Synchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
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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  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Mobile Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Gamification
  • Synchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
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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  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Mobile Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Gamification
  • Synchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
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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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  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Mobile Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Gamification
  • Synchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
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Streamline HR and payroll processes and get fast access to employee data using one intuitive platform.
Paycor empowers leaders to modernize every aspect of people management so they can focus on what really matters: building winning teams. The unified HCM solution ensures employee data is in one place, so you’ll never have to switch platforms, access multiple systems or re-key information. Automate tedious work, mitigate compliance risk, drive efficiencies, empower employees to control their own financial health and gain a deeper understanding of your business with robust analytics and insights. Learn more about Paycor

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  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Mobile Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Gamification
  • Synchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
Systeme.io is a simple, affordable, and intuitive all-in-one marketing platform for anyone who is looking to grow their online business
Systeme.io (pronounced "system dot I-O") is an all-in-one online marketing platform that makes it easy to launch, grow, and scale your online business. Build sales funnels, send automated emails, create and manage online courses, run affiliate programs, set up a website, and automate almost every aspect of your business with systeme.io. Systeme.io is a swiss army knife for entrepreneurs. When we say “all-in-one”, we really mean it. Learn more about Systeme.io

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  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Mobile Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Gamification
  • Synchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
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A cloud-based HCM platform that brings together payroll, time and attendance, and HR.
What is Dayforce? Dayforce is the global people platform for the modern workforce. As a single application, Dayforce unifies data from across the entire employee lifecycle, combining payroll, benefits, workforce management, human resources, talent management, and analytics to provide organizations with real-time, data-driven results at every level. Organizations can find and hire the right people, create schedules that support work-life balance, manage employee development, process global pay, administer benefits, and unlock workforce insights, all while monitoring compliance. With Dayforce, organizations can unlock quantifiable value and operate anywhere with confidence. Who uses Dayforce? Dayforce is designed to scale up or down for organizations with between 100 to 12,000+ employees across all industries. Learn more about Dayforce HCM

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  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Learner Portal
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Mobile Learning
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Gamification
  • Synchronous Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
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Learning Management Systems 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.

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, leader boards, 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: 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.
  • 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 comes as no surprise, as people find it easier to digest bite-sized chunks of information as well as fit microlearning 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, leader boards, 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.