A learning management system often called an LMS for short, is a software application or web-based technology used to plan, administer and evaluate a specific learning process. In other words, a learning management system basically provides an instructor with the tools to create and deliver content, monitor student participation and assess student performance. Apart from its significant use in educational institutions, it is also used by business organizations to create training programs for employees.

Earlier this year, our team of tech enthusiasts created multiple surveys to determine the best LMS software applications; according to quality user-experience, security and flexible design tools. After analyzing responses from our surveys, this is what we came up with.


Moodle™ (Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) is the most widely used free open-source learning management system in the world today. Moodle™ LMS serves hundreds of millions of educators as well as learning and development professionals, to create and deliver online learning. The best part about Moodle™ LMS is that it follows the constructivist social pedagogical principle which says that “people actively construct new knowledge as they interact with their environments”.


Edmodo is a cloud-based LMS that allows for collaborative learning through content sharing, communication tools, and classroom management. Instructors are able to create quizzes, assignments, and other learning activities which simulate a real classroom experience. According to multiple reviews, Edmodo has a conveniently short learning curve, and the social learning options are (pleasantly) reminiscent of a social media network.


The Blackboard Learning Management System currently known as Blackboard Learn is a web-based virtual learning environment and learning management system developed by Blackboard Inc. The software features course management, customizable open architecture, and scalable design that allows integration with student information systems and authentication protocols.


Canvas learning management system offered by Instructure, is also a cloud-based LMS which is scalable to fit all types and levels of educational institutions: from individual classrooms to large universities with a blended or fully virtual learning environment. Canvas offers complete LMS functionality for online learning including standards-based grade books, customizable student assessments, course content authoring, mobile communication, etc. Having over two hundred different LTI tools which allows educators to customize courses and monitor engagement with classes or individual students, Canvas LMS can integrate with any educational institution’s existing SIS and other teaching tools. 


Skillport, an LMS by SkillSoft is a modern cloud-based LMS that provides a commendable learning experience by connecting together formal, informal and collaborative learning strategies. Skillport is one of the most flexible learning management systems which is also cost effective and burden-free. This LMS is used by businesses of all sizes across industries which deal in financial services, health care and manufacturing. It offers customized learning recommendations, focused topics and feasible learning plans for all learners.

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