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Which LMS do you use and why?

Dave Newgass

447 posts

Posted Thursday, November 03, 2011 at 1:11 PM  

Hey all,

 

Just a quick question to you....what LMS do you use and why? 

 

I use Moodle 2.1.2 currently.  Why?  It seemed like a good idea at the time!  Now I'm frustrated with the SCORM reporting and interface.

 

Any thoughts?

 

-Dave


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Ben D

314 posts

Posted Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 11:38 AM  

I use Accord LMS.   This is an incredibly powerful and flexible learning management system.  The best part - this is relatively inexpensive for the power and feature set it delivers.   It's also pretty straight-forward to set up.

 

It's based on a DotNetNuke platform which is a free,open-source content management system.   It's fully SCORM compliant and allows us to host any kind of content I choose.  The report features allow me to track hundreds of different aspects of client data.  And because it's based on DNN, user access can be tightly controlled so that I can have multiple clients with their users securely accessing only their content.  I currently have about 20,000 concurrent users across about 3 dozen client companies.   

 

Another nice aspect of this LMS is you can easily integrate it with an eCommerce module if you want to sell your learning content.   There is also a nice Forum module which I use closely with the elearning content.   And you can generate Certificates of Completion pretty easily as users complete learning events.


Graham Francis

51 posts

Posted Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 8:55 AM  

Here at The SIP School, we wrote our own as we found that we needed speed of delivery for content worldwide...  

 

It stores content securely in the Amazon cloud and the LMS manages access through our database.  Full purchasing / Receipting options, secure access control with automatic password allocation.  Full testing system with automatic marking . certificate allocation.  Discount code control and the ability to white label.  Interested?


Rich Johnstun

134 posts

Posted Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 10:41 AM  

We are on the Plateau/Successfactors/SAP product (currently at ver.6.3).  We use both the LMS and performance management products. Our user base is around 17K people in various countries. It's a love hate relationship (as I think is the case with most any enterprise system). We haven't had any issues with Articulate courses running through it. 

 

Since being purchased by SuccessFactors, we have noticed a decline in the quality of support. Not enough to make us move to another product, but we have had to have some pretty frank discussions with them. 


Stella Lee

11 posts

Posted Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 12:04 PM  

Rich Johnstun said:

We are on the Plateau/Successfactors/SAP product (currently at ver.6.3).  We use both the LMS and performance management products. Our user base is around 17K people in various countries. It's a love hate relationship (as I think is the case with most any enterprise system). We haven't had any issues with Articulate courses running through it. 

 

Since being purchased by SuccessFactors, we have noticed a decline in the quality of support. Not enough to make us move to another product, but we have had to have some pretty frank discussions with them. 



Rich,

I just started using Plateau/Success Factors/SAP. I would like to hear more about your opinion about the platform.


Posted Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 12:46 PM  

We use Absorb from Blatant Media and absolutely love it!  The Administration portal is so user friendly and the reporting capabilities are only limited by your own knowledge of using filters. You can even set reports to be automatically emailed to people on a periodic basis.  There are many features of Absorb that we find very useful and the support team is great to work with as well.

 

I work for a casino company and we purchased the Absorb system over a year ago.I would be happy to answer any questions about the system if you would like to contact me.

 

Carla


Posted Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 4:35 PM  

Hello articulate community,

 

There is some really valuable input here and I will be sure to review most comments. I am wondering if someone can recommend an free open source LMS for me.

 

We currently do not have an LMS to record assessment and evaluation results, nor track participant progress. Our aim is to build a business case for our business to invest in one, but in the meantime I was hoping to use a free open source LMS to assist in building this case by providing working demonstrations of the benefits.

 

Can anyone assist with some reccomendations? Please ask if you need more info from me.


Cheers
Damian


Posted Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 11:38 PM  

Hello Damian, 

I would suggest Docebo, which is open source, business oriented and with a proven track record of being used in hundreds of corporate projects. 

I have been using it for 5-6 years with many companies. Among its strenghts, very robust reporting and statistic features. 

 

Max 


Joe Countryman

131 posts

Posted Sunday, January 22, 2012 at 12:23 PM  

Hey everyone, my company has narrowed it down to the following vendors.  Can anyone provide any feedback on these?

 

  • Desire2Learn
  • Breeze Competency Solutions
  • Drake International
  • eSolutions Group
  • Saras from Excel-Soft
  • Halogen
  • Informetica
  • Intelex
  • LearnFlex by Operitel
  • SP Maloney Corp
  • Lambda

Thanks in advance!


Leah Hemeon

100 posts

Posted Sunday, January 22, 2012 at 12:35 PM  

It appears that some of these are LMS's and others are vendors of a different LMS. For example, unless I'm wrong (which is entirely possible) Lambda Solutions is a vendor who is a Moodle partner. Is this who you're referring to or am I not familiar with another LMS out there? If it's an actual LMS I'm interested in knowing more. Could you post links to some of these?


Rich Johnstun

134 posts

Posted Monday, January 23, 2012 at 5:15 AM  

 

Stella Lee said:

 

Rich Johnstun said:

We are on the Plateau/Successfactors/SAP product (currently at ver.6.3).  We use both the LMS and performance management products. Our user base is around 17K people in various countries. It's a love hate relationship (as I think is the case with most any enterprise system). We haven't had any issues with Articulate courses running through it. 

 

Since being purchased by SuccessFactors, we have noticed a decline in the quality of support. Not enough to make us move to another product, but we have had to have some pretty frank discussions with them. 


 


Rich,

I just started using Plateau/Success Factors/SAP. I would like to hear more about your opinion about the platform.



Overall, I think they have a good product. We've been on it for 4+ years. Our policy is that we do not do any customization and run strictly out of the box functionality (this was one of the smartest decisions we've made).  For the first couple of years with them when they were Plateau, we were assigned an engagement manager and we were able to get great support and really felt like they were partnering with us.

 

Over the past year and a half or so, we have moved into their general SaaS model using their regular support channels and haven't been as happy. We run a hosted solution and have had more bug issues with their last few releases. It seems like they have been pushing new features and focusing less on software quality assurance. The communication has also been less than stellar (them saying they were going to do something at a particular time so we prep for a system outage that never happens only to have them take the system down without telling us they are going to at a later time, things of that nature.)

 

If you are looking at their performance management tool as well, my personal opinion is that while it's very robust, it's overly complicated for your average user. Keeping in mind that our average user is going to touch their performance plan a few times a year, the system needs to be very intuitive and I don't feel like theirs is. 

 

We are pleased with the tool and it suits our needs well. Their's isn't perfect, but it does what we need it to. 

 


Sylvia Chan

3 posts

Posted Monday, January 23, 2012 at 4:14 PM  

Jody Prescott said:

Does anyone use Taleo?


Hi Jody,

 

We use Taleo LMS which used to be Learn.com and then bought out by Taleo. To be honest it is a very big system and sometimes you almost need an IT background to administer the site. The LMS itself is highly configurable and has many functions but trying to get there is difficult part.

 

Not straight forward to use. They don't have very userfriendly manuals either and i have learnt to use it by Trial and Error and lots of testing.

We haven't had the best support with our Account either and considering it is a Global Account.

It does however support Scorm really well, and records the scores etc withing the LMS.


Anna Bakken

3 posts

Posted Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 7:06 AM  

Hi Jody and Sylvia,

 

Sylvia - you are correct - Taleo Learn is a really big system.  I do not have an IT background, but I do have an IT guy in my organization that I depend on for help with creating the employee data file which uploads into the system. 

 

Jody - There is a lot of self-study.  The complexity of the system also means it is very powerful, and we have had great success in our first year with the system.  I have found the user manuals to be straight forward, easy to follow, and helpful - if somewhat overwhelming at first.

 

Taleo has an extraordinary user portal called the Knowledge Exchange.  I have found the answers to questions and sage advice on future configurations there, with many people (system admins and users mind you, as well as Taleo staff) that contact you one on one and go out of their way to help with any issue. 

 

I have had excellent support by submitting my tickets/issues through the support portal. 

 

My two cents.

Anna


Ant Pugh

172 posts

Posted Monday, April 23, 2012 at 5:39 AM  

 

Stephen Cope said:

We have been using Articulate Online for the last year and are just now in the process of moving over to Totara. 



Hi Stephen - just wondered how you were going with Totara? Has it been successful? Any tips for anyone who is in your shoes if you were to do this again?

 


Mike Hipsher

33 posts

Posted Monday, April 23, 2012 at 6:04 AM  

If you're looking for something intuitive it's probably not for you. They offer online training but it's time consuming and difficult to manage (in my opinion).    If you are a dedicated Professional Development person who does nothing but course development and posting and who works with Taleo every day, it may work, since you can become familiar with their many websites and the proprietary terms they use.   Bottom line, it's probably a good product but offers more than what we need on an occasional basis. We're looking for something a little less complicated and more intuitive with less of a learning curve. 


Posted Monday, April 23, 2012 at 6:06 AM  

To all those using Docebo LMS I just wanted to announce the launch of this new support community: http://www.elearningcommunity.net

A few mods and bugfix have already been published, see you there!


Posted Monday, April 23, 2012 at 8:07 AM  

Looking back at everyones comment i'm surprised no one said Blackboard! Right now we just acquired Cornerstone onDemand for our Employees but our students are using Blackboard and moving to a new LMS called instructure Canvas.


Ant Pugh

172 posts

Posted Monday, April 23, 2012 at 8:22 AM  

 

Carla McDonald said:

We use Absorb from Blatant Media and absolutely love it!  The Administration portal is so user friendly and the reporting capabilities are only limited by your own knowledge of using filters. You can even set reports to be automatically emailed to people on a periodic basis.  There are many features of Absorb that we find very useful and the support team is great to work with as well.

 

I work for a casino company and we purchased the Absorb system over a year ago.I would be happy to answer any questions about the system if you would like to contact me.

 

Carla



Hi Carla - I am in the process of implementing this LMS - would you mind if I picked your brains on a few items? Which would be the best way for us to chat? Skype chat?? My username is antpugh 

 

Thanks
Ant  

 


Ali Zaheer

19 posts

Posted Monday, April 23, 2012 at 8:32 AM  

Absorb LMS is a very good system. Very user friendly. 

For people who are on the lookout for new LMSs, I would definitely add two names: 

 

1. NetDimensions LMS aka Enterprise Knowledge Platform

2. Meridian LMS

 

They have won a lot of awards from eLearning Groups and are rated as the top two systems out there.

I have used both of them for different clients and they are amazing systems. 

 

All the best,

Ali


Kulari Lokuge

13 posts

Posted Monday, April 23, 2012 at 9:21 PM  

I am using Blackboard 9.1 iLearn

 

It is user friendly compared to previous versions however there are area that can be improved  with adding some features etc.


Parul Thakrar

12 posts

Posted Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 1:08 AM  

Hi,

I am surprised no one has tried Knowledge Presenter LMS. Why not register for a free online demo using some by emailing me at parul@e-learningstudios.com.

Have a look at some of the key features here:

http://www.knowledgepresenter.com/assets/lms.htm.

There is no charge per learner, works with third party SCORM compliant course including Articulate. Have a look at some white papers in Knowledge Presenters University for further details of the LMS: http://www.knowledgepresenter.com/assets/kpuni.htm

Parul

 


Posted Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 8:41 AM  

Have used Moodle 9.1 for a few years now. In my opinion, it does a great job to help the student learn the material. Content and assessment material can be built into the same page. This way you can make sure that the student is understanding the presented material on the page before continuing to the next page. If you need to develop scenario or branching type learning activities, then Moodle can easily do this.

 

I work at Western Michigan University and they use  Desire to Learn 9.4. This system is more of a "pump & dump" type of learning environment; pump the student up with lots of information then assess whether they can dump it out again. I haven't figured out how to easily create scenario or branching activities within the LMS. Not my favorite type of system.

 

Articulate works great with both of these LMS.

 

If you are creative enough with your learning activities, then you can use almost any LMS system.


Dimitri Roman

77 posts

Posted Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 10:50 AM  

For me an LMS should be user friendly for the end user. In my experience a lot of them do not score good on that point.

 

At work we use EKP from Netdimension, It delivers us a mass of management options but it does not satisfy my enduser experience. I hav e to explain to much time how to use it.

 

At home for testing I used Moodle, but again it dissapointed me for the end-user friendlyness and scorm support.

 

Then I started using ILIAS, this one scored the best, concerning scorm support, content creation and user friendlyness.

 

I also tried the openclass but that is still not mature.

 

Seeing the evolution today, going to learn anytime anywhere, an LMS does not seem to solve my need anymore. Project tin can seems to be quite prommising in that sense. I think content should be availble anywhere, where people can reach it, youtube, wikipedia, google, blogs, ... everywhere except the LMS and the only thing I want to track is if we closed the performance  gap. And most time a simple test solves this problem.

 

Dimitri


Posted Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 12:42 PM  

My company uses Taleo. I don't know why it was chosen. If I had been here to choose it never would have happened. I have an IT background and I've spent hours trying to figure out how to add new users to the system and upload training. The system is not very intuitive at all.

 

When I was hired here my mandate was to push e-learning. It was a great mandate. Just wish we had all the right tools in place. At least they understand that Articulate makes my job of e-learning development easier.


Glenn Drysdale

15 posts

Posted Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 2:36 PM  

Hi everyone,

 

I published a couple of articles about my journey to find an LMS, on Trainingmag.com. Perhaps they would be helpful to some.

 

Here's the link:

 

http://www.trainingmag.com/article/what%E2%80%99s-lms-part-1

 

We use taleo learn and it is our first LMS. So, Taleo bought Learn and now Oracle has acquired Taleo...at each step, functionality and pricing changes. But they have been very fair with us. These big enterprise systems require a big learning curve. I was told we should have two full time people running it, but we have two part-time people. We have done well, but due to very weak training offered by Taleo, it took us longer than I would have liked to get up and running. All they really had was out of date PDF manuals. Now, at least they have an online help guide, but it is still being populated. I have had very mixed results with their support portal. I will say that publishing eLearning to this LMS has not been a problem.

 

I developed a process for getting bids and deciding on a vendor. If that would be helpful to anyone, I'm glad to share. Just find me on LinkedIn.

 

Glenn Drysdale


Julie M

1 posts

Posted Monday, April 30, 2012 at 7:33 PM  

Glenn Drysdale said:

Hi everyone,

 

I published a couple of articles about my journey to find an LMS, on Trainingmag.com. Perhaps they would be helpful to some.

 

Here's the link:

 

http://www.trainingmag.com/article/what%E2%80%99s-lms-part-1

 

We use taleo learn and it is our first LMS. So, Taleo bought Learn and now Oracle has acquired Taleo...at each step, functionality and pricing changes. But they have been very fair with us. These big enterprise systems require a big learning curve. I was told we should have two full time people running it, but we have two part-time people. We have done well, but due to very weak training offered by Taleo, it took us longer than I would have liked to get up and running. All they really had was out of date PDF manuals. Now, at least they have an online help guide, but it is still being populated. I have had very mixed results with their support portal. I will say that publishing eLearning to this LMS has not been a problem.

 

I developed a process for getting bids and deciding on a vendor. If that would be helpful to anyone, I'm glad to share. Just find me on LinkedIn.

 

Glenn Drysdale



Hi there, thanks for the post. I would like to knwo why you decided on Taleo and what other vendors you considered through your RFP process? Thanks. Julie


Posted Tuesday, May 01, 2012 at 6:04 AM  

Hi Glenn,

Thank you for the link to the article.  Is Part 2 available?

 

Jody Prescott


Glenn Drysdale

15 posts

Posted Tuesday, May 01, 2012 at 10:04 AM  

Hi Jody,

 

Part 2 is at:

 

http://www.trainingmag.com/article/what%E2%80%99s-lms-part-2

 

Or, you can just search for my LinkedIn profile and they are in my profile.

 

Hope it helps ;o)

 

Glenn

 


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