With the market flooded with a variety of eLearning solutions, you tend to question, why does one need an LMS in the first place?
The answer is simple!
To create content and resources for learners (be it employees or students) and manage their delivery. When creating courses for your employees and training them becomes difficult, an LMS becomes the savior. Not just that, through quickly generated reports, it provides an efficient way of tracking the learner’s progress and identifying their weaknesses.
But, choosing them can be tricky and tedious. Once you get past it, it might seem like a breeze!
Popular LMSs like Litmos, Moodle, Blackboard, Adobe Captivate Prime steal the show. But, apart from these, there are many more LMSs that provide the same functionalities and support but haven’t gained much popularity. So, to get you up to speed, we’ve compiled a list of LMSs that you must watch out for in 2017.
If you are a fan of rich media and graphics, this flexible and easy to use tool is for you. You can integrate a variety of multimedia like videos, images, PDFs, etc., with your courses. It also takes care of on-site registrations and payments if you make courses available for eCommerce.
Highlights: Ease of use, rich in publishing media content.
Pros: Lets the educator delight learners with ‘awards’ and ‘certificates’ for their accomplishments.
Cons: Lacks a student’s’ portal. Is not SCORM compliant.
The Silver Award-winning LMS at the 2016 HR Vendors of the Year Awards, is another option that you shouldn’t miss. If you are looking for an LMS that can be integrated into all aspects of your business, this one is tailor-made for you. Depending on your needs, you can easily personalize this LMS.
Highlight: 24×7 live customer support. Users get to solve their queries immediately.
Pros: It is 100% platform independent. When integrating it throughout your organization, you need not worry about the platform. Be it Windows, Linux or Unix this LMS integrates with all of them.
Cons: Incapable of being used for educational/academic purposes. Also, the instruction manuals are difficult to understand.
Pricing: Custom pricing based on user needs
It’s an LMS specifically designed for customer training in software companies. Here, customer training means educating them on the software, so that they are able to make better choices.
Highlight: The only LMS built specifically for training the customers of software companies.
Pros: Allows easy integration of useful applications like Salesforce, Google Analytics, sage Pay, etc., into your training.
Cons: It is only capable of training the customers, does not qualify for employee training and mobile learning programs.
Pricing: Custom pricing for enterprise solutions. Also provides a free plan that includes limited functionalities of the product.
If you want to begin the culture of informal learning & knowledge sharing in your enterprise, Edubrite will get the work done for you. It comes with a simple authoring interface to assemble your existing content into beautiful courses that work on all devices.
Highlights: Can be integrated with other enterprise products like Atlassian Confluence, Google Apps, Yammer, WebEx and Citrix.
Pros: Allows you to deliver self-paced onboarding and training courses globally.
Cons: Unfit for academic/educational purposes.
Pricing: Starts from $99.00/month.
Known for its webinar integration functionality, iCohere allows hosting of hybrid and virtual events. So, if you are looking out for interactive tutorials using webinars, it’s the best available solution in the market.
Highlight: Reliable for distance learning and collaboration.
Pros: Comes with multiple valuable features and customization options.
Cons: Contains many features that can confuse the users and they might never use few of them.
Pricing: Starts from $7,715.00/year.
This one is specifically designed for educational purposes like lecture-based learning and managing educational content. It allows you to assemble different forms of content such as recordings, video lectures, eLearning presentations, etc., into a digital library.
Highlight: Provides unlimited storage for rich media.
Pros: Allows you to customize your LMS platform with company’s branding, including banners, images, copy, and more.
Cons: Despite being designed especially for educational purposes, it lacks skill tracking automation and a student’s portal that displays all the information and access to services that students need.
Pricing: Starts from $195.00/month.
It is an open source LMS for enterprises. Stands out for its distinguished social learning feature called-Tortora Social. It is like the enterprise social network that connects people and resources within the organization.
Highlight: Allows the educator to combine self-paced learning along with instructor-led learning in the same course.
Pros: Can be hosted locally or on cloud.
Cons: Does not have a built-in course authoring feature. You need to use an authoring tool/CMS for authoring courses.
Pricing: Starts from $350 per month.
We hope that this list lived up to its promise of introducing you with equally good but lesser popular LMS in the market. If you want an LMS to be a part of this list, do drop a comment and tell us why it should be here.
When talking about LMS and E-Learning, we would also like to mention about what we at Whatfix do towards E-Learning. To make E-Learning interactive and to involve the learner equally in the learning process, Whatfix provides an interactive guidance system that guides users in real-time, from the beginning of a task till its successful completion. This engages the user and also makes him a part of the learning process. Also, Whatfix is SCORM and DITA compliant and can easily be integrated with your LMS.