With hundreds of learning management systems available online, it’s a good idea to be able to identify the top LMS vendors out there. By cross-matching the lists in top SaaS review platforms and LMS-focused sites, we were able to review the most recommended online learning management vendors and check which of these appear on most of the lists consistently. With that we were able to shortlist the top LMS services to save you some time on your own research. But keep in mind that the best LMS is always the one that can fit your specific rquirements and circumstances (it’s a good idea to try a free trial version of a system if it’s available). Try to use this guide, not as a purchase list, but as a benchmark to evaluate an LMS solution.
So here’s a comparison of the ten recommended online learning management vendors for 2014 in no particular order:
An enterprise cloud LMS used by corporations around the world to educate, empower their employees, partners, or customers. It combines formal and informal collaborative learning and features a mobile app, multi-language support, gamification, Salesforce integration and built-in virtual conferences.
Known for making learning a fun experience through gamification and social features. It’s voted by Craig Weiss, an e-Learning expert, as the “best gamified LMS” in the world.
Its course management integrates with student information systems, making this LMS a practical solution for administrators with large enrollees. Blackboard has a diverse set of users including HR professionals, government, nonprofits, and educational institutions.
A cloud LMS geared towards K-12 schools featuring tools for grading and course content, and mobile apps, among others. Canvas is NFB certified.
It features tailored e-learning functions, plus ILT, e-commerce and certification management with fully featured reporting.
A versatile and robust LMS with best-in-class features, such as: virtual classroom, e-learning, authoring and publishing, MOOCS, learner flexibility, and more.
It focuses on assessing learners’ performance and fostering collaboration for group learners. Likewise, it features full integration capabilities and secure deployment channels.
Billed as to “transform learning to improve business outcomes,” this LMS targets corporate training programs. It adds social tools to the learning experience to foster a competitive and collaborative environment among employees to further their competencies.
It’s built on the open source Moodle framework, the most popular learning management platform in the world. Totara provides an enhanced Moodle experience with support and regular updates.
SCORM and TinCan compliant, this LMS supports HTML5 for mobile platforms. Absorb features full e-commerce, news, and contest options. Among its prominent users include NYU, Adobe, and Oakley.
To reiterate the list above is meant to guide you when assessing an LMS product, which may or may not be in the list. By knowing the top LMS vendors, you can assess your LMS of choice if it is indeed at par (or better than) with the best in the class.
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