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Pros and cons of top Learning Management Systems (LMS)

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John Sherman
2017-08-28

We’ve all heard the deflating sighs and groans when a training day is mentioned in the office.

Traditional forms of training are increasingly becoming unpopular for education and development; it can be time-consuming, expensive and ultimately, dull and not engaging for employees.

That’s why learning management systems (LMS) are increasingly becoming an invaluable tool for education, training and employee development. LMS has transformed the availability of educational content and resources.

An LMS provides you with a centralized and customized educational HUB that offers online seminars, assessments and quizzes that can be accessed anywhere at anytime. This means that employees have e-learning on demand.

Not only can you create customized training to suit regulations, changes in the market and your own company policies, but you can also help your employees gain personal and professional skills.

From learning basic business math to practicing successful negotiation skills, LMS provides employees with all the support they need. In addition, employers can track their progress for efficient and effective development.

If you are thinking about making the switch to online learning, it is important to find out what different LMS can offer your organization.

 

Cornerstone

Pros

Cornerstone operates as a software as a service (SaaS) LMS and is perfect for HR strategy, complete with recruitment, learning and performance features. It has 41 languages, as well as over 30,000 course titles readily available.

The simple and modern interface for end-users is the real highlight of Cornerstone, with mobile-friendly content for Android and iOS. There are testing and assessment features, as well as ways to track performance.

The social collaboration feature allows every user to have their own profile and newsfeed, as well as comment and interact with teams online. There is 24/7 support available for trouble shooting when any problems arise.

Cons

Cornerstone is not as simple for administrators as some other LMS on the market, making content creation confusing for newcomers to the e-learning system. In addition, no gamification feature is a discouraging aspect for end-users.

The LMS packages are generally catered towards bigger organizations, which means the pricing structure can be expensive and not cost-efficient for smaller companies.

Workday

Pros

Workday is a software as a service (SaaS) LMS that offers a complete HR suite with an e-learning module. End-users will benefit from its learning path that recommends training and assessments, based on their interests and requirements.

Courses are easy to customize with the ability to upload various document files, videos and surveys, as well as SCORM and AICC content. There are also instructor-led training options to suit company preferences.

 Cons

Workday is oversimplified and basic compared to other options on the market. The learning feature is still relatively new to the Workday suite and has fewer features than you would expect. Bottom line: it still has some catching up to do.

Bridge

Pros

As a cloud-based LMS, Bridge is accessible anywhere and benefits from sync capabilities that mean users can pause and resume a course from another device, without losing progress.

The Dashboard is simple and easy to navigate for a great user experience and content is totally customizable for administrators. Bridge is SCORM compliant and will import most files and embed outside sources.

In addition, to creating your own courses, there are over 20,000 third party courses readily available.

The Bridge interface is engaging with the creation of webinars, assessments and quizzes. Sophisticated analytical tools are perfect for checking scores, pass rates and assessing team performance.

Cons

Bridge is still growing and missing some features that would add more depth, such as comprehensive grading for courses. The pricing information is only available upon request, which means you have to enquire to find out more.

TalentLMS

Pros

TalentLMS offers various plans to adapt to the needs and budget of an organization, making it affordable for small businesses. The Cloud-based LMS supports a variety of file formats and is SCORM and TinCan compatible.

It has an encouraging and user-friendly interface with gamification features, such as badges, leaderboards and levels.

Administrators can create fixed and randomized assessments for users, which are optimized for all devices. This LMS is easy and quick to use with no download or installation required.

Cons

TalentLMS falls short on advanced statistics and reports on learning. The style templates are also limited and other LMS offer more attractive layouts.

Another downside to TalentLMS is that the group user feature is currently restricted to up to 20 users, which is not ideal for bigger organizations.

At present, the support for troubleshooting and asking questions is not as good as the help offered by other LMS.

Why not try Go1?

If you’re looking for an LMS that makes learning simple for everyone from learners to Administrators, try out Go1.

With an intuitive learner interface, your users won’t need to spend hours learning how to use the platform, and for Administrators, managing your learners and generating customized reports is as simple as a couple of clicks.

Go1 is the most user friendly LMS on the market for users across the board, and with more than 100,000 courses available in the course marketplace, it’s the total workplace learning solution to save time and reduce costs.

Go1 helps millions of people in thousands of organizations engage in learning that is relevant, effective and inspiring.
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