Which Learning Management System (LMS) do you recommend?
The LMS market is crowded. Our aim here is not to give you an exhaustive list, but to mention different types of LMS along with a few examples. First of all, there are the open source LMS. The most famous one is Moodle, but there are many others like eFront and Dokeos. Then there are the proprietary LMS with big names such as Blackboard, SuccessFactors (an SAP company) and Cornerstone.
If you already have a Content Management System (CMS) – such as WordPress, Joomla and Drupal – it might be a good idea to look at plugins to transform them into LCMS.
- Examples of WordPress LMS plugins are LearnPress (which is free) and LearnDash LMS.
- There are free and commercial LMS developed for Joomla as well; the most popular include Joomla LMS and Guru.
- As for Drupal, have a look at ELMSLN and Opigno.
When selecting an LMS, consider the following list of features:
- User management (including roles: student, teacher, administrator, coach)
- Content management (course catalogue, prerequisites, learning paths)
- Course enrolment
- Installation (hosted, SaaS)
- Single sign-on (SSO)
- AICC / SCORM / Tin Can compliant (e-learning standards)
- Built-in authoring tool
- Synchronous learning (virtual classrooms, live conferencing)
- Instructor-led training (ILT)
- Attendance tracking
- Blended learning
- Testing / Assessments
- Skills tracking
- Collaboration tools
- Social learning
- Mobile learning
- Alerts & notifications