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Top Ten Learning Management Systems – July Rankings

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Oh, here is my latest directory of LMSs. #10 – Meridian - Despite a web site that should be kicked into outer space (hello, update?), the system itself has a lot to offer. I see it as a platform that could easily be for 1,500 and up users, although it may sit better at 5,000+. Still this is a very nice system and one that I had fun in playing around. Learning 24/7.

Top 20 Learning Management Systems 2013-14

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Moodle -  Whether you like it or not, the system still reigns supreme for free open source.  It is in the top 50 (Names were posted in the E-Learning 24/7 Linkedin group and will be re-posted later this week). b.  It is not in the top 50. With over 580 systems on the market, identifying the top systems are no easy task.   The market is continuing to grow – with more systems – in the first two weeks of Feb. – another five systems debuted. Modern UI is showing up more and more in systems, which is a big plus for me.  Not anymore. 

Top 15 Learning Management Systems mid-year 2014

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especially love it when I get the opportunity to present all over the world on a variety of e-learning topics. I love meeting new folks who have either been big fans and supporters of e-learning or are totally new to e-learning and seeking out information and knowledge. They forget to realize that a learning system, learning platform are just semantics – as noted before. You can have a modern learning system that is really crummy, just as you can have with a LMS. In January of this year, I presented the top systems for 2013-14.

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The Cornerstone Effect

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First off let me be clear, this post is not about the  Cornerstone OnDemand LMS in the sense of whether it is a good or bad platform. Nor is it about the company itself, rather it is about the effect the system has on the entire LMS industry. Several months ago I picked up on a few items other vendors would mention about other systems.  I also picked up on statements made by consumers. Cornerstone is not to blame because they didn’t do anything wrong. The Cornerstone Effect on Traditional. Cornerstone. surmise it is part of the Cornerstone effect.

Workday Unveils Workday Learning With the Goal of Redefining Learning Management Systems

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This week Workday announced the launch of its new application – Workday Learning – a Learning Management System (LMS) that offers a more personalized, meaningful learning experience. Because of this, most of what is learned it quickly forgotten and actually stalls individual progress instead of pushing it forward. Employee Training

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LMS History and Current Trends


Everything from the software we use to create elearning to the systems in place to deliver online training programs is shaped by emerging technologies. One of the cornerstones in elearning is the learning management system. Many learning management systems not only deliver the course but now award points and badges for users based on their interactions.

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Presidential Politics, LMSs – The Cycle

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If you have any doubt, go do a google search of percentages and e-learning, let alone LMSs and see what pops up. have no idea on what non-traditional actually means.  I can guess, and often see that it is the case, that when a vendor says this or a consumer does they are looking at the Cornerstone or SumTotal or similar.  . Neither of which by the way are traditional.  I mean, they are more to me a HCM, which includes modules such as learning.  . eLogic Learning were the first ones to have a extensive learner centric capability (and still do). Learning 24/7.

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Learning Solutions Series: Top 10 Learning Management Systems


About half (51.9%) of the organizations surveyed in the 2014 Learning Technology Solutions Forecast Study (report available here ) own a learning management system , most often referred to as an “LMS.”  A learning management system is the most popular online learning tool, and the one with which people are most familiar. Solutions Series

Perceptions and Factoids (LMS)

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It might come off as an indicator that they need a new system, however, I’d argue that the reason you see the hands is because whoever made the final decision, selected the wrong system. Afterwards, some mentioned the names to me and I wasn’t surprised, nor was I surprised to learn that the usual factors came into play, “the vendor is well-known”, “someone outside the department said we should go with one”, “our corporate office has X and told us we have to use it, even though we wanted a different one”, and so on. Dated UI.

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B2B Top Five LMSs

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Resellers who are part of your business learning network – maybe you provide them courses on how to sell your product. Content Providers – the fastest growing B2B right now in e-learning; best or most amazingly of all – it can be just one person who has created a course (content) and then has their own clients who purchase the course or courses to provide to their own employees;  the days of large content providers as the only option is gone. Well the system should have. oh, and nice folks too. #5 – SumTotal Learn. Yep, people love lists.

Why Moodle Is Becoming Irrelevant


For many organizations today, Moodle is the cornerstone of their learning program. From Moodle, they launch courses, administer quizzes, manage users, and much more. When it first hit the scene, it was applauded for the flexibility it gave the everyday user to establish a learning management system. learning management system lms moodle

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#10 to #1 LMSs of 2012

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Your friends days before your big 30-40-50-60, heck even your wedding – again, is this really necessary? #10 eLogic Learning - Essential LMS. Compliance management, certification management. Immediate language per end user, this means that each end user can select their own language and the entire system changes to that. fine system with strong features.

#25 to #11 LMSs of 2012

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Next week, 12-12-12, will be #10 to #1 learning management systems for 2012. New features include m-learning on the iPad with native app (no on/off synch), integrates with Yammer, themes, custom URL, assessment tool, the authoring tool is the key component, help and feedback tab. While I disagree on some fronts about their e-learning approach to WBT – can we say linear – they still possess all that is edgy with e-learning and especially with the new genres and sub-genres. . #24 Litmos. Video learning platforms. Learning 24/7.

Top 10 LMSs for 2013

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Back again to bring this first in a series of rankings for the top ten learning management systems for 2013. Still listed as a social learning management system, they have made some new strides that really work for me. Support of the iPad, thus mobile learning. Charging to remove their name of the system. The system is still very strong and they have updated their UI.  Ideal for folks who want a multi-tenant system or also known as an extended enterprise. very inexpensive system that continues to pack some nice features.

Naming Names – LMS Mini Reviews

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This is a new every other month segment, where some LMSs are listed and insight into a variety of items is presented.  In future posts, three random systems will land a “quick take” mini review. . Instructure Bridge (Yep those HE folks are adding a corporate system to their product line). Instructure like so many other HE systems can’t help themselves.  The whole “non-traditional” push or more importantly, when a vendor says “traditional” implies that their system is not like Cornerstone, SumTotal, and alike.  IMC-AG.

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2016 LMS Market Trends, Observations and Predictions

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Here are our top ten 2016 trends, observations and predictions for the LMS and broader learning technology market.    . #10 Culture Shift Driving Epic Innovation in the LMS Market. The cloud , mobile devices, social media, ecommerce , Google and bandwidth have changed everything especially the way we all learn.  Extended enterprise learning projects don’t have to be big though. 

Top 50 LMS Mid Rankings Report – What you need to know

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Breakdowns of each system including latest new features and quick take. Listing of top three systems in the following verticals – Banking/Finance, Manufacturing, Association, Education K-12, Higher Education, B2B. Listing of top five systems that I see as NextGen systems. Learning Features -  On/Off synch, Native app, self-contained app, responsive mobile design, capabilities in the app. Vertical Alignment – Does your system hit the verticals or verticals you are targeting; I see many who use the blast to everyone approach, never a good idea.

LMS State of Affairs

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Learning Systems. Learning Platforms. Learning Management Systems. Caribbean –  Across the board, virtually every island is doing e-learning – not one truly stands out. Market with high revenue potential, yet has minimal competition – Content providers, B2B – unique angle – many systems do not understand the space, nor have a system that truly delivers what these markets need. Competency Management including Skills. Learning communities tied to courses, groups. Predictive Learning.

Best of the Best – Extended Enterprise or multi-tenant LMSs

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Just because a system lists itself as an extended enterprise does not mean it comes with multiple domains (which with some vendors includes customized) nor with multiple portals or my preferable term – “multi-tenant” You may see an “extended enterprise” which not only refers to the company’s employees, but also their customers and channel partners.  Or you may see an extended enterprise which focuses on the B2B, B2C or both. There are some systems who target only channel partners. Nice classroom management. Learning 24/7. Docebo $. 

LMS Ghost stories – The truth will scare you

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Ask a few questions about your situation, what you are trying to do, accomplish, the number of learners/students (aka end users) that will be using the system, either daily or monthly. good vendor will take that information and apply it to your demo (you want one), inquire for additional questions if needed – after they have had time to review it – post-call; and most importantly as a cornerstone to your pricing. Learning 24/7. Tagged: e-learning vendors , learning management system , LMS , LMS vendor. Everyone has hobbies. You bet. 

Special Post – Why the Big Four are not on my latest Top 10 LMS List

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Since my Top 10 list of LMS vendors has been posted online, I have received quite a bit of e-mail wondering why the biggest names: Cornerstone On Demand, Saba, SumTotal and SuccessFactors are not on the list. A LMS should first be a LMS. When I talk about a LMS, I am saying specifically a learning management system and the vendors themselves should see their own product first and foremost as a LMS, not as a TM/PM or whatever.  have always seen then as talent/performance management platform which was becoming more of a HCM and this only re-confirmed it. 

Psst. You wanna buy some features?

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While UI on the front and back end of a system continues to be all over the place – from generally awful to very nice – regardless of the price point, its the features that stand out (or in some cases -you should stand clear off) in the space. You don’t have to go to funkytown to see some feature sets that put the “WoW” back into learning. System that offers 300 APIs that the client can pick and choose from. Integrates and works with Google Apps (education systems). Help desk integration (a few systems). Event management inc.

Answering your LMS Questions

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The ones who may not are those who identify themselves as “Training mgt systems and alike” – because they are really focused on the course authoring tool and are not a LMS in the true sense of the word. Rather than focus on the most common features, focus on the 10% that are different and thus may not be in every system – because guess what? Mobile learning – it might surprise you to know that 75-80% of all systems in the space, currently do not offer any type of mobile learning, the number goes up even higher for online/offline synch. 

EL247?s Vendors 2 View Guide @ #ASTD2014

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Linkedin E-Learning 24/7 group briefings - once a night – short and right to the point – think highlights of the day’s expo event (5th and 6th). have either seen the product before at a previous show or by seeing a demo in the past six months OR I have never seen the product – there are a lot of e-learning products out in the marketplace.   Time to hit the Road to Learning – Where is my Car? Very slick UI, a lot of very nice feature sets, there is a lot to like in this system.  It’s definitely going somewhere. Learning 24/7.

Step right up to the LMS Sideshow

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Because I’m ripping you off, just like those systems that tell you it will cost 750 thousand dollars for 1000 users. There are plenty of fantastic systems out there that will cost you anywhere from 20 thousand dollars to 65 thousand dollars for 1,000 users, minus the one time setup fee. The reality is that having a name that is recognized by everyone doesn’t mean it is the best system on the market.  Right off the top of my head, after I remove my top hat, I can think of fifty systems that have an outstanding product. Hello, hello, hello!  Why do you ask?

2015 Talented Learning LMS Vendor Award Recipients

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Learning management systems didn’t die.  Corporate LMSs were invented almost 30 years ago to manage and report on the training and compliance of their employees and contractors.  LMS and performance management companies started merging and then the big HR/talent players acquired them.   SAP acquired SuccessFactors who had acquired Plateau.  eLogic Learning.

Make Your Retail Sales Training Shine with Help from Great Innovators

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Anyway, if you make innovation a cornerstone of your routine, then you can be sure that your retail sales training will shine and everyone will love you. . Anyone can do average, including me!  HA!  click link to visit website for full episode, links, other content and more!].

LMS Integration:  The Learning Ecosystem

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Vendors can: Provide an open API library consisting of available scripts that a tech-savvy buyer can use to automate integration with client systems. Pre-built API connectors can be turned on by checking a box and entering the appropriate API “code” to link the two systems. eCommerce Management. Customer Relationship Management (CRM). Global Taxation Management.

Q&A from Blog Readers on E-Learning

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have done a segment like this in the past and it was very popular.  So, back for another installment. Q :  I am curious on why Cornerstone On Demand, Saba and SumTotal do not appear in your top twenty lists even though they appear on other sites as the best products in the market.  Am I missing something? A:   Great question. Every e-learning consulting/research firm, etc. My latest take on those three vendors (plus one) are: Cornerstone On Demand – I have seen the new UI and I like what I saw. That said, they are in my top 40 for learning/extended enterprise cloud.

An Inside Peek to the State of the LMS Industry 2014 Report

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Global perspective – I am tired of reading reports that are heavy US focused or heavy (one specific country) specific – we live in a global village, especially here in the e-learning world, so why focus on one area/region? Going with other analytical approaches -  Instead of the standard ones you often see in LMS or e-learning reports, I went with a couple of new ones, including Porter’s Five Forces Competitive Analysis (included in the sample) – YES, you get a sample. TOPYX, Totara, Unicorn Training, Upside Learning. What’s included in the system.

Learning Management Systems that kick ass: Cornerstone OnDemand

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In this first post, part of  the Friday series “LMSs that kick ass,&# I’ll be highlighting one Learning Management System (LMS). First up is Cornerstone OnDemand. I met Charles Coy, Director, Product Marketing, at our 2008 Innovations in Learning Conference (Cornerstone OnDemand was a sponsor). I can tell you that’s he’s passionate about his work. Clearly, Cornerstone OnDemand ‘gets it.’ encourage you to engage Charles here to learn more. Further, generational impacts drive Cornerstone's approach.

E-Learning Q&A November Issue

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In this riveting issue we will be covering the international e-learning scene, my State of the Industry LMS Report – specifically the Top 50, LMS ROI, e-learning costs and web conferencing. Let’s jump right in. Q: Hi. I’m curious to know what you are seeing in other countries regarding e-learning? A:   Well, quite a bit actually. In just the past several months, numerous countries are really embracing not just e-learning but also mobile.  could learn something from VA or even the online university in the U.K. eLogic Learning. Uganda.

What Sales Trainers Can Learn From the World’s Best Storytellers

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Storytelling is a cornerstone of human existence, and it’s what enables successful sales trainers to communicate and connect with anyone — and I mean anyone — [click link to visit website for full episode, links, other content and more!]. Text Posts elearning hospitality training learning management system lms online sales training restaurant training retail training Hello Sales Trainers.

Learning Management Systems that kick ass: Generation21

Janet Clarey

I'll be highlighting one Learning Management System (LMS) every Friday. We've built our LMS to insure any of their choices can easily be accommodated by designing in the "hooks" and "stickers," (highly technical terms for API's) to enable clients to integrate social media with their LMS. Q: What drove your decision to incorporate social media tools into your LMS? A: John Stearns- For Gen21, social media is simply another analogous function that clients may choose to use in their learning toolkit. Prior LMSs in series: Cornerstone OnDemand behave. Thanks John!