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20 Most Popular Learning Management Systems [INFOGRAPHIC]

In recent years, one thing has become abundantly clear: the learning management system market is growing by leaps and bounds.  I remember the days when the only viable LMS was Blackboard – and the cost for implementation was somewhere to the tune of $25,000.  Well, times have changed (for the better… except for Blackboard) in that there are plenty of new accessible options available, and for multiple different software platforms (for example, the upcoming LearnDash WordPress LMS plugin).

The biggest shift in this market in recent years has not been the technology (although there have certainly been advances), but in the expectations of the consumer.  Today it isn’t enough to offer a piece of software – people want solutions.  They want advice and guidance in the best ways to utilize the functionality of their LMS, and they want it from industry professionals who have “been there, done that”.

The SaaS model of business is evolving as people demand more in regards to the final “S” (SERVICE!).  What I found most striking about the list below is that a good number of these learning management system providers primarily offer a piece of software, and that’s it.  In some cases there is additional support offered, but it comes with a hefty price tag.  Even this support is limited as the account representative is either trying to upsell you, or that person is strictly a programmer who lacks experience in setting up an LMS within an organization.

Is it possible to think that LearnDash could make a list like this one day?  It’s hard to say, primarily because LearnDash is more than a software provider, but we are a specialty shop.  Sure we have the tool to help you reach your organizational goals, but the real value comes in the strategic support we offer in conjunction with the plugin.  Implementing learning programs for Fortune 500 companies across a wide-variety of industries enables us to better serve you.

What are your thoughts on the list below – does anything surprise you?  Quite honestly, the #1 software should be pretty self explanatory.  I’m happy to see some other options rounding the top 20 that have just recently entered the market – good for them!

To read more about this study and how the results were obtained, visit the Capterra website.

The Top 20 Most Popular LMS Software Solutions

© 2012 Capterra, Inc.

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About the Author:

Justin Ferriman is the Founder of LearnDash, a WordPress based LMS and Learning Strategy provider. He also works as a Learning & Collaboration Consultant where he implements large-scale training programs for Fortune 500 companies.

12 Comments
  1. Pat

    Looking forward to LearnDash. Any time-frame to when it will be releases? I need to make a decision soon on which LMS to use and wanted to see what LearnDash is all about but I may not be able to wait.
    Thanks Justin.

  2. Pat

    Thanks Justin. I signed up a couple weeks ago but just checked the status and it says ‘FeedBurner encountered an error confirming your subscription’. Also, I tried to sign up again today and there seems to be something wrong with the ‘Enter your email address’ script. Please sign me up if I am not on there already.

    Looking forward to seeing the update.
    Thanks again.

  3. I know the infographic lists the number of users, but I’d be interested in how that number was determined. For example, Moodle has a ton of people who once downloaded a Moodle instance and are no longer using it. (I know I did once upon a time.) Or Blackboard might list how many users have logins, but what kind of saturation do they actually reach within the schools? Most schools say they reach about a 30% usage rate a colleges and universities.

    Edvance360 didn’t make your top 20 list, but we actually reach a 95% or higher faculty usage rate at all our institutions. That means at every institution or organization using Edvance360, 95% or more of the users who should be using it ARE using it, and loving it. (That last part might be to salesy, but it’s our main focus so we sleep, eat, and breathe it here.)

    Your thoughts?

  4. A most interesting list with a few surprises.

    I find it useful to distinguish between those systems used primarily in education and those used in corporations. For example, SumTotal Systems, Cornerstone, and Net Dimensions are some of the top corporate systems but are rarely used by educational institutions. Blackboard and Desire2Learn are mainly used in education although they do have some business customers.

    Skillsoft is primarily a provider of off-the shelf courseware for business and is by far the largest such provider. They do provide an LMS but it is mainly for customers who want to run Skillsoft courses and do not have another system in place.

  5. Julia

    That is a nice list, but some good solutions that in my opinion should be in top 20, were simply omitted. A very cool list of LMS softwar can be find in GetApp’s marketplace: getapp.com/learning-management-system-software

  6. Geoff

    Interesting, I would love to know whether they are just for managing a learning experience, or offer tools to create plans and manage the user and subscription rates with a shopping cart, in effect be able to price plans and sell subscriptions.

  7. Interesting list, I would like know more about the LMS, based on the features and user friendly experience. Please write an article about these factors by comparing the first five CMS, as refrence guide to many peoples; who are struggling ot choose a best LMS. Great work, Justin. Cheers!

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