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Awards and recognitions


#1 User friendly LMS

Gartner affiliate softwareadvice.com voted Easygenerator #1 most user friendly LMS. Easygenerator outperformed over 300 other learning management systems.

Hottest rated learning tool

Capterra is the largest review site for businesses, Capterra’s user base rated Easygenerator the most positive over competitive e-learning tools.

Excellence in e-learning

Easygenerator has won the Golden Excellence in E-Learning award, one of the highest honors in the corporate learning space. This award is presented by Chief Learning Officer (CLO Media).

Features


Content authoring

Easygenerator offers the most advanced authoring capabilities in the LMS space. Rich media, interactive question types and voice overs.

Advanced tracking features

The LMS of 2019 can do so much more than simply keep track of which courses a learner has completed. Now, LMSs provide data analytics features that give instructors insight into how effective specific parts of their course content are.

Certifications

Automatically issue certificates to learners who pass their online tests.

Collaboration

LMSs today also include plenty of interactive, social learning features. These promote group learning and encourage users to exchange ideas and ask their peers for feedback and help.

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The ultimate 2019 guide for Learning Management Systems


Learning Management Systems

How to choose the best LMS in 2019

An LMS is a software platform that makes it easy for organizations to provide online courses and automate training administration, testing, performance tracking and learner progress reporting. If your organization is new to the LMS market, you’ve probably already noticed that LMSs come in all different shapes and sizes. To help you navigate this complex market, this handy guide breaks down the pros and cons of various LMS solutions and gives you the practical information you need to make the right choice. Some of the topics we’ll cover include:

  • What’s an LMS and who needs one?
  • What are the latest LMS features in 2019?
  • What kind of learning solution is best for you?
  • Getting the best ROI out of your LMS
  • What about LMS prices?
  • What are the latest LMS trends?

What’s an LMS and who needs one?

Learning management systems are a very common feature of online training and education (e-learning). They help organizations in all different industries to build and maintain online educational/training programs. There are many advantages to using an LMS, primarily the fact that online training is an extremely effective way to educate large numbers of people across multiple locations. LMSs make it possible to easily provide learning content.

If your organization needs a flexible method for providing training content to learners, especially across multiple locations, then an LMS is probably a useful tool for you. Working with an LMS makes it easier to administer training/educational activities. Most LMSs now offer automated features for tracking learner performance. This frees up educators from having to manually keep track of how well learners are performing. LMSs also help simplify the process of creating and distributing training content. Here are some of the main functions an LMS can provide:

  • Creating and publishing step-by-step courses and even full training programs.
  • Tracking course completion rates and performance.
  • Sending automated messages to help learners and keep them on schedule.
  • Automatically issuing certifications based on learner performance.
  • Recording data for analytics and reporting purposes, enabling organizations to improve their training strategies.

What are the latest LMS features in 2019?

 

Content authoring

Traditionally, LMSs have been used by organizations as an interface between instructors and learners. Instructors use the LMS to author and publish the content, while learners use the LMS to access the content and learn from it.

The old school of content authoring is now rapidly shifting. More and more organizations are discovering the many advantages of enabling experienced employees to author and post content themselves. This way, they share their knowledge and expertise with their peers. This model, which Easygenerator calls Employee-generated Learning, is a lean, agile way of authoring and maintaining high-quality training content. The LMS can be a useful platform for enabling peers to share knowledge.

e-learning authoring

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Compliance and certifications

LMSs are ideal for handling standardized training and testing. For example, compliance training can be administered via an LMS, and the LMS can automatically issue certificates to learners who pass their online tests. This is a faster, more efficient way of offering compliance training than conventional classroom-style teaching.

Managing learner outcomes

LMSs provide a streamlined, effective learning experience. That’s because the newest LMSs automatically manage administrative tasks, like keeping track of learner performance and course completion rates or managing enrolment and registration issues. They also provide easy access to learning content, so learners can enjoy an interactive, on-demand learning experience. Interactivity like this is known to boost learner engagement and improve educational effectiveness.

Providing educational resources

Modern LMSs contain a wealth of educational resources, such as libraries of ready-to-use training courses for standard training purposes. This is very useful for general topics, like code of conduct or compliance training, which need to be provided to every individual within an organization, regardless of their specific job title. Another key function of the LMS today is to house the organization’s knowledge base. This is a collection of useful information, contributed by experienced employees, which provides new employees and others with everything they need to know to perform specific tasks.

Advanced tracking features

The LMS of 2019 can do so much more than simply keep track of which courses a learner has completed. Now, LMSs provide data analytics features that give instructors insight into how effective specific parts of their course content are. This includes options like tracking on-screen behavior, to determine whether learners respond better, for example, to a tutorial video or to an interactive graphic. Advanced tracking features turn LMSs into a strategic tool for trainers and educators.

Tracking and tracking LMS

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Mobile compatibility

No modern LMS would be complete without mobile learning options. This means the LMS is fully compatible for viewing content on a smartphone or tablet, with little to no loss of functionality.

Learning communities

LMSs today also include plenty of interactive, social learning features. These promote group learning and encourage users to exchange ideas and ask their peers for feedback and help. Some common social learning features are discussion boards, instant messaging options and blogs created by individual learners.

What kind of learning solution is best for you?

When choosing the right software solutions for your company, there are many factors to take into consideration. No two organizations are alike. Your company’s size, structure, budget and culture are just a few of the factors you’ll want to consider. Start by asking yourself two simple questions to gain a better idea of what kind of solution you are looking for:

  • Is your organization completely new to online learning, or do you have experiences that you’d like to build upon?
  • Does your organization have a designated learning and development (L&D) team responsible for creating content, or would you prefer a solution that also enables colleagues to create and share content amongst themselves?

If you are new to e-learning…

In most cases, you may find that your company’s past learning strategies are no longer meeting all of its learning needs. This is often the case in companies that are rapidly expanding or trying to modernize their processes to more effectively meet the needs of the business. If your company or organization falls into these categories, then e-learning is an ideal solution. Compared with classroom training, e-learning is a much faster, more effective way of quickly training large numbers of individuals.

The main reason for switching to e-learning is to make your organization more competitive and agile. E-learning enables you to respond more quickly and flexibly to your organization’s training needs. This works even better when you empower your employees to create and share their own learning content as part of an Employee-generated Learning strategy.

If you have a designated L&D manager/team…

A solid L&D manager or team of L&D professionals is a treasured asset, even when your company embraces e-learning. Your expertise as an L&D manager will help your organization to coordinate its learning program more effectively, so that all the learning needs are met. As an L&D professional, you can work side-by-side to mentor employees within a cohesive Employee-generated Learning strategy. You will be responsible for tracking learner outcomes and directing content creators to write even better learning content.

The top ranking Learning Management Systems compared

Independent market researchers at softwareadvice.com (Gartner affiliated) have analyzed the wide range of LMS and e-learning software options on the market today. There are currently more than 300 vendors providing e-learning software. Below, we examine some of the industry’s top-rated solutions, including Easygenerator, Teachlr Organizations and Open edX. These are all convenient, low-maintenance, cloud-based solutions with wide ranging features. That makes them ideal choices for newcomers and experienced users alike.

Users consistently rate these solutions as the smartest investments for organizations who are now getting on board with e-learning. These solutions are valued for their ease of use, as well as their strong return on investment. They enable companies to rapidly create and scale up a large online knowledge base that can address virtually all training needs.

Easygenerator

Easygenerator is valued for being the #1 most user friendly LMS. It is designed with inexperienced content authors in mind and for companies that are just starting out with digital learning. This makes Easygenerator the ideal solution for launching an Employee-generated Learning strategy. The benefits of Easygenerator include effective, reusable course templates, co-authoring options, user management and very highly rated customer service.

 

Teachlr Organizations

Teachlr Organizations is a learning platform that offers customizable features for creating course content. It is an ideal tool for learning managers who are experienced with instructional design but can also be used by less experienced users.

Open edX

Open edX was created by Harvard and MIT as a solution for hosting massive open online courses (MOOCs) but has expanded over the past few years to incorporate full LMS capabilities, from course authoring and publishing, to tracking and reporting.

iSpring Learn

iSpring Learn is a popular choice among very large organizations. It is useful for publishing content, sharing coursework and quizzes and tracking learner results.

Edvance360 Learning Management System

Edvance360 Learning Management Software is commonly used at educational institutions but has also found many fans in the corporate world. It allows educators to plan lessons online, track learner progress, issue certificates and credentials online, and exchange information via a social learning platform.

What about LMS prices?

LMS software ranges in price. The main cost factors are the number of users and the types of features the LMS offers. If you are procuring an LMS solution for a very large organization, you will obviously expect to pay more than if you were licensing an LMS to be used by just one small team.

To account for the differences among their customers, most LMS vendors today offer flexible or tier-based pricing models. This is generally designed to enable organizations to acquire LMS technology at a price that is suitable for their organization’s budget.

Price is always a relative thing, so it’s also important to know what features your organization values most before making your purchase decision. Just because an LMS offers a very wide range of features does not necessarily make it a good investment for your company. The real choice should be based on the specific features that your organization needs.

A smart, cost-effective solution is to use a cloud-based program like the ones described above. These are far easier to maintain, so they involve lower IT and management costs. A cloud-based solution enables you to publish content online. The content is hosted on the vendor’s secure server and can be accessed online by authorized users (authors and learners), who can log in to the vendor’s site to access the course they are working on.

Cloud-based services are generally much better value for money and are available on a subscription basis. This makes them more affordable than expensive multi-user licenses, which can cost thousands of dollars and may not include any future updates.

What are the latest LMS trends?

The LMS and e-learning industries are rapidly evolving. In 2019 and beyond, we can look forward to at least two major trends continuing to expand: Employee-generated Learning and MOOCs.

Employee-generated Learning

Employee-generated Learning is Easygenerator’s award-winning e-learning strategy. It empowers employees to directly create and share learning content themselves, instead of relying on slow, expensive processes to create and distribute content. This is a flexible, agile solution that enables organizations to quickly scale their learning programs and keep up with fast-paced business developments.

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MOOCs

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have been a growing trend in e-learning over the past few years. They enable organizations to distribute learning content to very large numbers of people, who can then access the knowledge and learn at their own pace. MOOCs make education more flexible, because they let learners access and apply knowledge whenever they actually need it. Though they have some limitations, such as difficulty in terms of tracking effectiveness, they can be very useful for imparting general knowledge and skills. We expect the MOOC trend, along with the Employee-generated Learning trend, to continue to shape the e-learning and LMS industry moving forward.

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