Learning Management System (LMS) Software

What is Learning Management System (LMS) Software?

Learning management system software is used by both employees as well as schools and educational institutes to automate and manage the administration, documentation, delivery, testing, tracking and reporting of training and learning. These online portals allow you to create and manage training materials and educational content, set curricula, deliver courses online, provide a space for discussion and collaboration, as well as to test and report on learning progress.

Educational institutes, agencies, training companies and businesses of all sizes can benefit from learning management systems software. Many organizations use these systems to create online courses that can be accessed from any device, whether that is a laptop, tablet or smartphone. Rich media can be uploaded and shared, including videos and images. These apps can also be used to sell courses online.

For employers and HR staff these tools can be used to administer training to new and existing staff members. Training content can be easily created and shared across numerous channels. Training sessions and events can be scheduled and course enrollment can be managed using these applications.

Content development and management is a key functionality of any LMS software. Your LMS can usually be integrated with other data systems to gather information and use this in the creation of content. Documents can be created based on pre-set templates which can be customized and branded to meet your organizations needs.

Educational institutes, training bodies and companies alike can use LMS software to set curricula based on specific goals, requirements, specialization and area of focus. Courses can be assigned and unassigned to employees or students based on predefined criteria. You can establish certification paths and ensure teachers and trainers follow guidelines and meet industry requirements. Progress can be tracked across each stage and reports can be used to show compliance with regulatory standards.

Learning management software can be used to test proficiency and to report on progress. You can automate the creation and administration of testing material based on your library of content. This can include ongoing assessments as well as current level/ placement tests.

Communication among teachers, trainers, students and staff can be improved using the collaboration and feedback features of LMS software. These might include discussion groups, forums, instant messaging, live chat, social media platforms, groups and communities. User profiles, status updates and live feeds can further foster communication among learners and trainers.

The analytics and reporting tools of LMS software can be used to give better insight into the effectiveness of your learning procedures and identify learner difficulties. Data can also be used to identify the strengths and weaknesses of your team. Real.time monitoring can help you track how much of your material is being consumed and when.

Key Features & Benefits

  • Create branded training material and educational content
  • Upload multimedia such as video, images and slideshows
  • Facilitate communication through discussion boards, forums, live chat and more
  • Provide access to course material from any device
  • Schedule training sessions and events
  • Manage course enrollment
  • Sell courses online
  • Set curricula and certification paths
  • Track learner progress and ensure trainer compliance
  • Create proficiency tests and assessments

Learning Management System (LMS) Category Leaders Q4 2016

GetApp's quarterly ranking showcases the top 25 Learning Management System (LMS) apps based in the cloud. Each app is scored using five factors, worth 20 points each, for a total possible score out of 100. These factors include user reviews, integrations, mobile app availability, media presence, and security. Each app's score is independent of commercial interests and existing relationships that GetApp has with app vendors.

Scroll down for more details about how we calculate scores.

Reviews
Integrations
Mobile
Media
Security

1. WizIQ LMS

The 'no-headache' LMS for self-paced, live online and blended courses
77
19
17
15
16
10

2. Litmos LMS

Most User-Friendly Learning Management System (LMS) in the World
73
16
18
13
9
17

3. Docebo

The Learning Management System (LMS) You’ll Love to Use
73
14
18
13
13
15

4. TalentLMS

The fastest path to awesome learning
70
20
17
13
8
12

5. ExpertusONE LMS

Voted the Best LMS System for Training any Learning Audience
65
10
17
13
5
20

6. Capabiliti

Omni-channel training, assessment and engagement platform
65
18
20
14
2
11

7. Mindflash

Easy Online Training
64
18
17
13
3
13

8. Absorb LMS

A Flexible and Powerful Corporate Learning Platform
52
13
14
12
2
11

9. SkyPrep

Online Training Done Right
52
19
9
13
2
9

10. Accord LMS

LMS solution for SMBs and extended enterprises
51
17
14
0
2
18

11. LearnUpon

The World's Fastest Growing LMS
47
12
12
6
2
15

12. Velpic

eLearning in the Cloud For Your Business
46
13
4
13
2
14

13. Canvas LMS

Learning Management System for Schools, Colleges and Universities
46
9
5
20
12

14. eFront

Learning & talent development platform
44
12
12
0
8
12

15. Paradiso LMS

Corporate and Educational Learning Management System
44
13
18
0
4
9

16. Oracle TBE

Talent Management for Small to Midsize Businesses
44
0
10
14
20

17. Schoology

LMS for teachers and school administrators
38
9
0
17
12

18. Grovo

The Only Learner-First Training Platform
37
0
3
0
16
18

19. Matrix LMS

Fully-featured online training platform for businesses
37
0
15
13
9

20. Administrate

Training and Learning Management & Online Course Booking
36
12
7
0
3
14

21. Firmwater LMS

The LMS for Training Companies
34
18
3
0
2
11

22. Agylia

Modern Learning Management Solutions
32
0
4
12
2
14

23. SmarterU LMS

We Solve Training Pain!
32
0
17
0
2
13

24. iSpring Learn LMS

LMS for SMBs and enterprises
32
9
4
13
6

25. GoConqr

Social learning platform for educators & learners
32
0
5
17
10
Reviews
Integrations
Mobile
Media
Security

Who is the ranking for?

This ranking is for business owners and decision makers looking for a first glance at the leading cloud-based Learning Management System (LMS) software in the industry. The data serves as a point of reference highlighting the key factors that small businesses should look at when first analyzing a piece of software. These factors include user perception (reviews), compatibility (integrations and mobile app availability), market presence (media presence), and security features (security).

For more details on why we chose these data points, take a look at our industry research reports, which provide in-depth explanations of each data point, as well as trends in the industry.

How are the scores calculated?

An app’s score is calculated based on five unique data points and is completely independent of any relationships that GetApp has with app vendors. The data points are calculated as outlined below:

User Reviews

The score for user reviews is calculated using a Bayesian estimate, which is a weighted average that includes the number of reviews and the rating of an app, benchmarked against other apps in the category. This raw number is then scaled to represent a value between one and 20.

Integrations

Integration scores are calculated by scaling and adding two different averages for the number of listed integrations on GetApp: the first 15 points are awarded for the total number of integrations scaled against the average for the top 25 percent of apps in the category, while the final five points are awarded for the total number of integrations scaled against the leader in the category.

Mobile Platforms

Mobile platform scores are calculated using data from Google Play and the Apple App Store. Five points are awarded for having an Android App, and another five for an iOS app. The additional 10 points are calculated based on the user ratings of the app in each store, rated out of five, for a total of 20 points.

Media Presence

Media presence is calculated using the number of Twitter followers and Facebook fans a vendor has. Each social network contributes a maximum of 10 points to the total score. The first five points are awarded for total number of followers scaled against the average number of followers that each vendor in the category has, while the remaining five points are awarded based on the total number of followers, this time scaled against the category leaders. The scores for Facebook and Twitter are added together for a total score out of 20.

Security

Security is calculated using answers from a vendor-completed survey. The questions in the survey are based on the Cloud Security Alliance self-assessment form as part of the Security, Trust & Assurance Registry. With 15 questions, each answer is assigned a point value based on vendor response, with additional points given for security certifications, for a maximum possible score of 20.

In the event of a tie, each data point is weighted for importance, with security taking precedent, followed by reviews, integrations, mobile apps, and media presence, respectively.