Learning Management Systems or LMS’s for short have been around for over 10 years now and there are hundreds of players in the market. Brands such as Blackboard or Moodle may sound familiar to you and some of the largest educational institutions in the world use them to power their online learning environments. Perhaps more interesting is the recent shift in the market towards a new breed of cloud-based systems which are quickly eating into the larger incumbent suppliers.
A recent Forbes article highlighted this shift. While Capterra’s website, under the guide of impartiality gives a newcomer a quick idea of the products in the market, a deeper understanding of the brands and just what your LMS allows you to do is more interesting. With the dramatic rise in mobile devices dominating everyday lift, responsive, adaptive technology is now crucial. Cloud technology also allows for users to access files and log in remotely without the need to be physically present within the Learning System’s network. Thirdly, new systems must allow for scalability. It is important that the online learning system that is implemented grows as the business expands. There is not point being stuck with a system that needs to be overhauled down the track. Finally, e-learning systems like Aduro need to be affordable. Similar to Microsoft’s decision to move towards a user pays model, subscription based software allows small organisations to easily take advantage of this technology without breaking the bank.
Corporate training is the next large growth area in Australia and the rest of the world as HR managers see the efficiency benefits with creating their own customised content without having to outsource parts of their employee training to external organisations.
So what does this all mean? Choose a learning management system that works for your situation. Ultimately choose an online learning product that is hosted in the cloud, flexible with subscriptions and works on all devices without large compromises. After some research I’ve whittled the choice down to three main options in Australia or the rest of the world for that matter.
My Top 2 LMS for 2014
1 – AduroLMS – Created by an Australian company called Go1. Touted as the best LMS for 2013/14 by e-learning 24/7 this system ticks all the boxes.
2 – AduroLMS – When used for Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s) and Education institutions