Provide a platform to create new information and make it easily accessible and useful.
(Built on Google’s Stated Mission: Organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.)
Quality Actionable Information
Individuals interested in “Continuous Learning” – Innovators, Early Adopters, Educators, Creatives, Entrepreneurs, and Thought Leaders.
Communities and Organizations wishing to use information to thrive.
Keys to Success
Be the easiest to use and most reliable source for Information and Learning.
Dynamic – Updated Real-time
Context Aware – AI (Artifical Intelligence) Algorithms
Personalized – Filtered and Focused based on Personal Profile
Multimedia – Text, Video, Graphics, Images, Games, Interactives
Organized – Cataloged based on Meta-data
Validated – Authenticated, Blockchain, Tokens, Vetting
Lifelong Learning – Birth to Death Learning Dashboard
Hyper-Connected – Cloud Based, Social, & Distributed Access
@lantis can generate more than $5M in Revenue within 5 years.
@lantis Revenue will come from:
- Sale of Premium Content (created by Community Members). – 80%
- Individual Lifetime Subscriptions – (to the Network to get Personal Learning).
- Certifications – (demonstrating Skill Competencies).
- Organizational Subscriptions – (to provide a private organization specific employee Learning Network).
- Donations – (from Philanthropic sources that see the benefit to the Community).
- Onsite Classes and Meeting Speakers
@lantis Wants to Make a Profit While:
- Not using advertising to generate revenue!!!!
- Never selling members’ data!!!!!
- Being employee-owned!!!!
Business Plan Table of Contents
- Operations Plan
- Financial Plan
- Revenue Model
- Start-up & Operating Budgets
- Cash Flow Projections
- Funding Requirements/use of funds
- Exit Strategy
- Legal Plan
- Intellectual Property
- Data Security/Privacy
- Terms of Service
Section 1 – Executive Summary
The “Intent” of the @lantis Brand is:
- Create and deploy a multi-media, dynamic, personalized, and hyper-connected Learning Network.
- Improve the ability of the individuals in the community to make better choices.
- Provide more actionable Information than other Information providers.
@lantis fills the virtually universal need to get the best information by providing Actionable Information Personalized to the user’s Unique Context.
@lantis succeeds because it builds on our current “State-of-the-Art” understanding of Cognitive, Information processing, Machine Learning, Collective Intelligence, artificial Intelligence, Education, Computer, Communication & Telecommunication Sciences.
The Target Markets are Early Adopters, Innovators, Educators, Creatives, Entrepreneurs, and Thought Leaders.
The measure of success is when the community members tell their friends that the @lantis Learning Network is a great way to make better choices and as a result, the Community shows continued growth.
The @lantis Brand can easily be worth more than $5 Million by 2027.
Vision & Measure of Success
The @lantis Brand has ONE principal vision; help our communities thrive by providing the best possible “Learning Environment.”
The best “Learning Environment” is one that, while taking advantage of traditional onsite classrooms and conferences, uses the best 21st Century tools, like the Internet, Cloud Databases, Blockchains, Social Media, Artifical Intelligence Algorithms, and Digital Libraries.
These 21st Century tools facilitate collaboration, enhance knowledge acquisition, and improve information sharing.
- The best “Learning Environment” encourages collaboration, facilitates interoperability, and is personalized to optimize the learners experience.
- The best “Learning Environment” provides the highest-quality education, training, and just-in-time support, tailored to individual needs.
- The best “Learning Environment” is delivered cost-effectively, anytime and anywhere.
@lantis is based on the premise, “A Rising Tide Raises All Ships.”
Our fundamental beliefs:
Helping “each of us” learn, helps “every one of us” learn.
Every community should want to have the best possible educational systems?
The value of the @lantis brand is measured by its ability to support itself through the sale of its knowledge products (think of the Amish building furniture and supporting themselves through the sale of that furniture.)
@lantis will attract “Eyeballs” by offering a lot of premium content that:
- Reduces information overload for the person using the @lantis Learning Network
- Provides personalized and actionable “Just In Time” learning.
- Satisfies the need to teach others about the things that are important.
- Provides a safe and effective forum to discuss current affairs.
- Offers a great place to get good advice.
- Is an inoculation to “Fake News.”
@lantis will make money by:
- Publishing Premium Reports and Classes
- Personalized Skills Assessments (Certifications)
- Onsite training and classes
- Donations from the Community
- Licensing of the “Open Source” ALMS (@lantis Learning Management System) Networking Standard.
- Customizing the @lantis Digital Library for individual businesses or organizations.
Benefit of community membership is:
- Community Members have access to a cost effective knowledge and advice source.
- Members can be paid for the Intellectual Property (Classes and content) they develop.
- Community Members can get paid for Skills Assessments and Mentoring.
- Community membership can be a valuable networking tool.
- Community membership helps inoculate the Community from Fake News.
The @lantis value proposition is:
- Provide a learning platform equal to or better than other learning platforms.
- Validate existing knowledge through the use of “Knowledge Validation Algorithms.”
- Discover new knowledge through research and collaboration.
- Make knowledge available to others via multi-media; websites, videos, formal class instruction, speakers, blogs, tweets, Facebook posts, etc., and over mobile and fixed networks, whatever fits the end users needs.
Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOTs)
- Because of my unique Personal, Academic, Telecommunications (Cloud) Industry, and Education Industry experience, I bring a unique “holistic” approach to Cloud based Learning Management Systems. I know how the Internet works and I know how to manage webpages. I know Information Management and how to maximize actionable information.
- There is nothing really “Sticky” about LMS systems. If a better system came along adoption is not terribly hindered.
- I am only 1 person. I need help. I need help with core programing. I need help with Content and SQL Management programing.
- I don’t have a lot of money to put into development
- Everyone needs better education and networking.
- There are many existing Learning Communities that would benefit from joining our network.
- This is one of the fastest growing software sectors. It is now a billion dollar plus industry with hundreds of competing offerings.
- All established educational organizations and Learning Management Systems Providers will threaten marketshare acquistion.
4 Foundational Products make up @lantis Learning Network
Everyone that provides Information to the community is in competition with @lantis.
Google is competition. Facebook is Competition. Along with the traditional LMS competitors like iCollege, Moodle, and such.
However, the thinking is that @lantis could actually make them “partners” by having them connect to @lantis to share information.
The thinking is that we could ALL easily benefit from the sharing of information in terms of innovation and creatively.
Strategic Planning Assumptions
Collective-intelligence-oriented approaches will be the primary method of providing learning.
It is already shown much growth. There are many reasons to think that trend will continue because it makes sense.
@lantis will exploit these strategic assumptions.
|Year x||$50,000||$0||Cost to Build Prototype – 80% complete|
|Year 1||$100,000||$5,000||Build Production Version – User Acceptance the Key Metric in Year 1 of Launch.|
|Year 2||$100,000||$100,000||Growth the Key Metric|
$5 Million in Revenue in 5 Years and costs of $3 Million.
What Motivated me to do this.
As I travel around on the Internet, read a book, have a discussion with family and friends, or watch a movie or TV, I am often presented with new information. And, it’s not uncommon for me to have some “epiphany” where I think about how this new information would help me in any number of ways. These epiphanies could range from the utterly mundane (I should use less sugar in my coffee) to the potentially career-altering (I need to learn to listen more and talk less).
Unfortunately, most of these frequent epiphanies vanish into the “Digital Fog” almost as soon as I perceive I have them.
Whatever learning the epiphanies yielded, much more often than I would like, vanish utterly, without a trace.
The problem is that there’s no easy way to store these little flashes of insight gleaned. I could capture them all in a list, either digital or paper-based, but a list of random reminders I’d look at once in a rare while wouldn’t be terribly helpful.
That’s why I am building a Learning Network. I don’t like the idea of losing insights that could have a positive influence in my life.
The core of the idea is: learning is deeply personal, and it happens over the course of an ordinary day. I believe I would be better off with a system for capturing and applying that hard-won learning.
Section 2 – Business Description and Vision
The @lantis Learning Network has been a dream of mine since I taught my first College Course for Chapman College in the 80’s.
It didn’t take me long to figure out there must be a better way to teach and learn.
For the next 40 years I have worked on developing the platform that would be a better learning platform.
@lantis is the result of that 40 year effort.
@lantis Learning Network (@lantis) is a Cloud-Based Learning Platform.
@lantis uses the latest in Machine Learning and Collective Intelligence to become the premier learning provider.
The vision is to provide a network platform that will provide a “drop dead easy way” to have communities of interest share learning in ways that benefit all the communities of interest.
And “learning” is the foundational benefit. I believe there can be huge “synergic” effects of community learning. In networking it’s called “network effects.”
@lantis is established to help programs, initiatives, and policies better support flexible, lifelong learning through the use of technology.
@lantis will encourage collaboration, facilitate interoperability, and promote best practices for using distributed learning to provide the highest-quality education, training, informal learning, and just-in-time support, tailored to individual needs and delivered cost-effectively, anytime and anywhere.
- Be within the Top 10 Information providers on the Internet
- Generate a net income of $5M at the end of the 4th year of operation
- Create an Employee Organization that will thrive for multiple generations of Learners.
Standard Business Questions and Answers
- Our industry: Education and Information
- Our customer: Anyone that wants to use 21st Century Information tools to solve 21st Century Problems.
- The problem we solve: Getting the most optimal learning when you need it .
- How @lantis solves that problem: Our Learning Network uses 21st Century tools like Cloud-Based Relational Databases, Collective Intelligence Algorythms, and Enhanced Networking to solve the information problems.
Keys To Success
ALC will be Employee Owned
Atlantis will share ownership with employees for a variety of reasons.
- It’s the right thing to do.
- To attract and retain good employees.
- To make the business perform better. (Several reliable studies indicate that, on average, employee-owned firms perform substantially better than non-employee owned firms when ownership is combined with employee participation in decisions affecting their work.)
- For tax benefits. Certain employee ownership structures qualify for tax benefits.
Section 3 – Product Plan
|Product Name||Brand Name||Product Description|
|@lantis Network Protocol||@REST||Enhanced Networking|
|@lantis Information Store||@InfoStore||Library|
|@lantis IOS, Android Device App||@UI||User Interface|
|@lantis Learning Cloud||@Net||Other Learning Communities|
@lantis is made up of four distinct products that can be used independently of the others. However, when used together significant synergies are realized.
Each product has its own revenue stream, its own developers, and its own marketing team.
- @REST – @lantis Network Protocol
- Technology – REST API, TCP/IP, Blockchain, A-Keys, Distributed Databases
- @infostore – @lantis Information and Learning Store
- A place to buy and sell information and learning.
- @UI – User Dashboard
- iOS, Android, & WordPress Plugin Interface to @lantis.
- @Net – @lantis Learning Cloud
- A network that allows for statements of experience (typically learning experiences, but they could be anything) to be delivered to and stored securely in a digital library.
Key questions to answer:
- Are products or services in development or existing (and on the market)?
- What is the timeline for bringing new products and services to market?
- What makes your products or services different? Are there competitive advantages compared with offerings from other competitors? Are there competitive disadvantages you will need to overcome? (And if so, how?)
- Is price an issue? Will your operating costs be low enough to allow a reasonable profit margin?
- How will you acquire your products? Are you the manufacturer? Do you assemble products using components provided by others? Do you purchase products from suppliers or wholesalers? If your business takes off, is a steady supply of products available?
Chapter 4 – Product Features
100% Cloud, ready-to-goStart your E-learning project in minutes to instantly deliver training to users across the globe with the ALMS platform.
Modern User InterfaceThe @lantis user interface is intuitive and easy to navigate for an unparalleled user experience.
Custom BrandingWith @lantis, you can white-label your learning management system by adding your logo, color scheme, and custom layout and domain.
ScalabilityExtend @lantis by installing applications and integrating it with your business tools, including your CRM, HR software, web conferencing tools, social media, and more.
Certification & RetrainingCreate a certification program quickly and easily to validate skill levels for various topics. Users can get the certification by completing designated courses, learning plans, or approved external activities.
@lantis Reporting: The Key to Success!
Reporting is a key task in any business, and it’s really important to be able to drill down into every area of your business to get exactly the level of detail you need.
@lantis reporting provides insight that will allow users to effectively measure eLearning offerings, as well as pull the data into larger reports that cover their entire business.
@lantis not only offers a great eLearning experience but also provides you with the reporting capabilities you need to effectively measure your training!
- Truly effective personalized learning experiences put the individual learner at the center of the learning Path
- They consider a learner’s behavior how they’ve acted and interacted in the past
- Content MUST be meaningful and relevant to their interests
- Pace at which learning occurs must be optimized for each learners unique needs including content.
- Traditional LMS
- Designed for managing training
- Designed for LMS Admins
- Traning seen as a necessary cost
- Formal Learning Only
- Training requires time away from work
- Only allows for ridgid internal cases.
- Personal development driven
- Designed for learning experiences
- Designed for learners
- Learning is intergral to revene growth and retain talent
- Formal and Social Learning
- Allows for continuous learning in the flow of work
- Supports variety of flexible use cases, partners, custoemrs, francises, members
Why has this not happened before? The technology did not exist. It does now.
Artifical Intelligence and Personalized Learning
Crawl, categorize, and Assign skills, Analyze formal and informal content.
Predictive learning content suggestions, find and use correlations learners might miss
Benefits of Joining
Our Learning Community Resources
Are a Public Good
Everyone benefits from a community where more people are exposed to learning and have the opportunity to learn the skills they need to thrive in the 21st Century.
This is why I view the content the Learning Community produces is
Our Business Model is to Produce Marketable Information
The goal of the Learning Community is to produce, educational materials, white papers, eBooks, Videos, and PDFs the community is willing to pay for.
What You Get As a Member
Anyone can get information from the library, but only Members can add information to the library.
Whenever possible I don’t want to prevent people from accessing valuable content due to financial considerations.
Market Size and Sales Projections
The LMS market is expected to grow up to 25.7 billion USD by 2025 .
The highest proportion of revenue contribution is expected to be generated in North America . 41.7% of global Fortune 500 companies now use some form of educational technology to instruct employees during formal learning hours .
Roughly half of all college classes will be eLearning-based .
It is more than obvious that eLearning has revolutionized and changed the way we look at knowledge and skill acquisition.
Therefore, there is an increasing demand for Learning Management System solutions to manage eLearning systematically.
With 1000+ LMS vendors and too many LMS features to choose from, we can definitely say that Learning Management Systems are here to stay!
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The LMS To Automate L&D Busywork
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- Automate Mandatory Training
- Optimize Blended Learning
- Collaborate With Experts
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Your Learning Challenges Solved—Any Audience, Anywhere, Any Way
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Are you ready to join over 3000 top-performing organizations that use Docebo to fuel their learning programs? Contact an expert today!
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- Save On Budget
- Align Learner Experience With Business Goals
- Scale Up Your Business
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All Your Learners, Any Training Scenario, One Award-Winning LMS
Go live fast, engage your learners, and unlock growth. Realize your teams’ full potential on a platform so easy to use that all your people will delight in learning. Now meeting training success is more than just a pipe dream.
See why 70K+ teams trust training on TalentLMS.
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- Go Live Faster
- Get More Learners Learning
- Manage Without The Mess
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Learning Manager Is A Platform To Deliver Personalized Learning At Scale
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One platform powered by award-winning AI helps you deliver personalized learning experiencesto your customers, partners, and employees alike.
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- Seamless Content Browsing And Consumption
- Out-Of-The-Box Integrations
- AI-Based Recommendations And Engagement
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Intuitive LMS With Robust Options For Creating And Delivering Training Programs
iSpring provides high-quality eLearning solutions. Among them is a powerful LMS that’s a perfect fit for corporate training. It’s a single platform for creating, delivering, and tracking online learning.
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- Extensive Content Support And Learning Tracks
- Built-In Course Builder And Integrated Authoring Tool
- Advanced Reporting And Analytics
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One Of The Most Feature-Rich Learning Management Systems On The Market
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Powerful. Innovative. Open-source and futureproof. Discover why Learning Pool Platform is trusted across the globe.
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Their platform is a cost-effective software solution enriched with functionality to meet each customer’s business needs.
- Streamline Reporting
- Dynamic Audiences
- Responsive Interface
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An Intuitive LMS/LXP That Grows With You
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- Built-In Microbuilder
- Peer-Based, Social Learning
- Multilingual UI
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LearnUpon Partners With Global Businesses To Drive Results Through Learning
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Contact their team today to get started with LMS training.
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- Put The Learner First
- Centralized Learning
- Drive Results Through Partnership
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Deliver Meaningful People-First Learning Experiences That Drive Results
Schoox is a workplace LMS with a people-first twist. It makes learning and career development easy, accessible, and fun. Learners “up” their skills while you measure the impact of all their awesome accomplishments. Deliver the skills people need, create opportunities for them to thrive, and drive your business forward.
Learn how you can bring results with Schoox.
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Centralize And Personalize Learning To Power Your Future-Ready Workforce
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- Unified Platform
- Learning Anywhere
- Personalized Experience
11. Absorb LMS
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Simplify Learning And Amplify Potential With An AI-Powered LMS
Absorb Software is a modern, AI-powered Learning Management System provider for all learners inside and outside an enterprise, across industries globally. Trusted by over 2150 organizations, Absorb LMS enables millions of employees, customers, partners, and members to discover all its features and apply the knowledge they need.
Learn more about Absorb and how they can support your best learning experience.
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- One Solution For All Learning
- Industry-Leading Ease Of Use For Learners And Admins
- World-Class Customer Support
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Purpose-Built For Customer, Partner, And Professional Training
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- Native Authoring
- Multi-Instance Panorama
13. The Brainier LMS
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Create Personalized Learning Experiences
The Brainier LMS is a great solution for leaders who want to deliver personalized learning experiences. The system allows structured learning paths for skills development with assessment options for demonstrated behavioral change. All industries can benefit, no matter the size of your organization.
See how The Brainier LMS can help your organization through better eLearning technology.
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- Custom Learning Paths/Tracks
- Learning Assessments
- Behavioral Change Assessment
4.5/5 (13 reviews)
New-Age Learning Platform Empowering With APIs And Seamless Integration
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- Effortless Authoring
- Seamless Integration
Honorable Mentions: Best Learning Management Systems Watch List
An LMS selection list wouldn’t be complete without some extra cool tools, right? Let’s say that the LMS Watch List that follows is a key part of your research toolkit when selecting which solution deserves your investment. These extra options enable you to group tools of your choice together in a single, easy-to-find place, hence managing to streamline your LMS selection.
So, make sure to keep them on your radar for 2024!
Efficiently Manage Training, Communication, And Corporate Knowledge Projects
isEazy is a tech company of eLearning solutions offering organizations an end-to-end learning experience. isEazy LMS combines LMS cutting-edge functionalities and integrability with the UX and customization of an LXP. Do you want to enjoy a state-of-the-art LMS that unifies a robust LMS with an innovative LXP to offer the most complete learning solution?
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- Flexibility And Efficiency To Manage The Entire Training Cycle
Adapted to client’s level of detail, according to their needs, and with a wide range of ad-hoc features.
- Robustness And Consistency
They offer a consistent environment to operate in terms of Postel’s Law. Also, an agile implementation with CSV, API, or integrated with corporate software such as SAP, Oracle, and Office.
- Tailored Engagement And Responsive Technology
Learners can access customized, engaging content and use an advanced search engine with recommendations. The tool is integrated with a 300+ course catalog and authoring tool.
Plans And Pricing
- Professional: 378€/month
Up to 100 users with all courses, administrators, and environments.
- Business: 648€/month
Up to 200 users. Professional plan + managers’ dashboard.
- Enterprise: Custom price
Over 201 users. Business plan + communication channels, BI reports.
Create Synergy With EffectusLMS, The Extended Enterprise LMS That Maximizes ROI
EffectusLMS by CommLab India is a training delivery platform that ensures seamless training to employees, partners, vendors, and customers. It supports gamification, custom reports, branding, eCommerce, accessibility, and more. Be it internal or external training, you can now give your workforce a secure, modern interface built for them.
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- Intuitive Course Authoring And Delivery
With EffectusLMS, host, manage, and track learning modules, deliver microlearning, design assessments, incorporate game elements, manage certificates, facilitate virtual sessions, and more.
- Custom Branding And Security
Tailor EffectusLMS to reflect your brand. Customize learning paths, integrate with external apps, ensure data protection and user privacy.
- Analytics, eCommerce, And Accessibility
Generate custom reports. Enable easy and secure payment options, support localization features, ensure inclusivity and compliance with accessibility standards.
Plans And Pricing
EffectusLMS offers convenient, custom pricing options based on the number of users and level of customization. The team will advise you on the best plan for your needs after the consultation call. The LMS can also be bundled with admin support services.
An All-In-One Platform That Is Easy To Integrate With Other Tools
Whether you are a software company, a certifications center, or a financial institution, Constructor is here to help you engage your learners, make your courses more interactive using AI, and ultimately achieve your training goals.
Transform passive information consumption into high-engagement knowledge discovery with Constructor.
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- Quick Analytics
Track learning progress and gain valuable insights through detailed reporting down to single activities.
- Limitless Content Libraries
Enjoy an easy-to-use interface and feel empowered to produce high-quality content with rapid authoring.
- Easy Integration
Constructor is an all-in-one platform that can be integrated with the interactive training Labs AI Avatar to create engaging courses and a powerful proctoring solution, Constructor Proctor. You can easily integrate with external tools as well, like Salesforce among others.
Plans And Pricing
They provide learning solutions for corporate customers, including an LMS as well as Proctor, Virtual Labs, and Avatar. Their SaaS model ensures that pricing is customized to the unique needs of each organization, making it a perfect fit for businesses of all sizes and budgets.
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Bonus Alternatives: 5 Top Open-Source Learning Management Systems
Moodle is widely known among open-source LMS solutions. Most importantly, it’s entirely free of any charge and it comes with a mobile application as well.
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It features detailed guides on how to set up your own Learning Management System, tips on how to create online training courses and teach with Moodle, as well as a large community of Moodle users who interact on various topics.
- Detailed Guidelines
Moodle features extensive tutorials for various aspects of Learning Management System use, including installation, teacher and administrator quick guides, course setup, and learner progress tracking, activity setup, as well as mobile application guidelines.
- Moodle Community
This open-source Learning Management System comes with a forum that covers tips and best practices on a plethora of topics ranging from installation and upgrading all the way to teaching best practices and a comprehensive glossary of terms.
- Download Section
Moodle’s Download section offers plenty of additional plugins for activities and themes.
Moodle is among the platforms forming the ultimate list of open-source LMSs.
Plans And Pricing
No premium pricing options are available, as Moodle does not require any subscription fee.
An open-source LMS that is here to improve access to online training, backed up by the Chamilo Association, which aims to promote the software, maintain a clear communication channel, and build a network of service providers and software contributors.
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Chamilo offers easy-to-use authoring tools for creating online training that meets all learning preferences.
Chamilo offers mobile learning support, it allows users to learn at their own pace and access the online training material whenever they find it convenient.
- Online Community
To get support for Chamilo you can turn to its online community, available 24/7, to provide you with the available knowledge to solve a variety of issues you may face.
- Customizable Interface
Camillo offers intuitive language and media embedding settings with plenty of options so that you can customize the User Interface to reflect your brand.
Chamilo is included in the ultimate list of open-source LMSs.
Plans And Pricing
Chamilo software products are entirely for free. However, there is a network of official providers who offer professional-level services for organizations that do not have IT/media/infrastructure resources in-house to run the platform.
The Open edX is a tool empowering learners to access online course content, including videos and textbooks, plus checking their progress in the online training course.
Read what other members in the eLearning Industry community say about Open edX.
The Open edX LMS also has a discussion forum and a wiki at your disposal, that both learners and course team members can contribute to. There is also a dashboard through which the online instructor can enroll online learners, produce reports, and administer an online training course as it runs.
- Open edX Studio
This is the tool for building your online training courses, creating structure, and then adding course content. You also manage the course schedule and the course team, set grading policies, publish each part of your online training course, and more.
- Community Support
There’s a discussion forum and the Open edX Insights. Those will prove to be of great help. By being a part of the community structure you will benefit from the interactions with experienced members. The Open edX community includes webinars, upcoming events, and blog posts.
The emphasis is first on learner-facing interfaces and then content management. Practical guidance is enhanced, for making course teams self-sufficient in producing accessible online training content and identifying accessibility defects. EdX has an eye for finding out accessibility checkpoints and requirements into key business processes.
Open edX is placed among the ultimate list of open-source LMSs as well.
Plans And Pricing
No premium pricing options are available as it is an open-source, freemium tool.
Totara Learn meets all the requirements related to your employees’ roles, training needs and objectives through the effective delivery of individual learning plans.
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It provides for rich functionality, which can be implemented quickly and with a significant cost reduction comparing to proprietary solutions. This award-winning open-source learning platform is designed for helping you develop, train, manage, and engage your staff.
- Learning On The Go
It is fully responsive in terms of design. The User Interface adjusts seamlessly depending on the device. Mobile apps are also available through a partner network that can be extended or fully branded to be in harmony with the way your LMS looks and interacts.
- Learning Plans
Learning plans that show all the learning, competencies, and objectives employees are currently working on are available. Through learning plans, learners can monitor their progress and directly access their respective online training activities. You may manage the process with approval workflows, comment boxes, and notifications.
- Flexible Authoring Options
Totara Learn combines instructor-led, self-paced, and social learning all in a single online training course. It is a very flexible system that permits full control over roles and permissions, course progression, group-based online training activities, and much more.
Totara Learn is featured in the ultimate list of open-source LMSs.
Plans And Pricing
Pricing for Totara Learn is based on the total number of active users per year. A range of user tiers is available.
An open-source LMS that is free for instructors. It makes teaching and learning easier in terms of implementation, adoption, customer support, and success.
Click to read Canvas reviews to discover how other eLearning Industry community members have experienced the software.
It is adaptable, reliable, and customizable, designed to get out of your way and let you do your thing. Its interface and features are crafted to save you time and effort, resulting in getting adopted faster and deeper than many other Learning Management Systems.
- Powerful Community
Over 300,000 Canvas users are involved in sharing, collaborating, and shaping Canvas.
- Easy To Use, With Personalized Support
It is up to the standards of online learners and instructors. Easily accessible from mobile devices as well. A time-saver that gets adopted in growing rates. Plus, in-house Canvas experts are there to ensure the speediest, most frictionless interactions.
- Easy Plug-In For Third-Party Tools
Its extensive open API paves the way for third-party apps to plug right into Canvas.
Canvas is valued among the ultimate list of open-source LMSs.
Plans And Pricing
Quotes and further pricing details are available only upon request.
Top Things To Consider When Choosing One Of The Best Learning Management Systems
What Is The Reason You Need An LMS?
First things first, this is the basic clue that will determine what kind of LMS can help you achieve your goals.
There are several ways an LMS can help a business grow.
For example, you might need the best LMS for employee onboarding if you want to train new hires or do upskilling/reskilling. Actually, this is one of the most common use cases. Several companies decide to use an LMS to support their new employees through their onboarding process. It can help newcomers learn more about your business culture, understand standard business procedures, become informed about your products and services, and acquire certain skills so that they are able to deliver when they actually get their first projects.
Another common LMS use case is to increase employee development and retention. An LMS can support your training and development goals immensely. Υou can design online courses that will ensure your employees’ skill enhancement, offer them a chance to get informed about new product features, or simply keep them up to date with new trends, etc. Another reason you might want to use an LMS for customer training, especially, if your product is software. Also, if you have a company in the tech industry, you might need to assist clients in how they can effectively use your product.
Of course, you may also take advantage of an LMS to focus on your employees’ compliance training, boost your sales enablement to gain more revenue, expand your partner training if you own a worldwide corporation, or even offer exclusive member training. In case you want to focus heavily on compliance, then take a look at the best compliance training LMS software.
As you can understand, there might be several LMS solutions available based on your specific use case.
What Are The Key LMS Features That Fit Your Online Training Needs?
When searching for the ideal LMS for your company, there are several things you have to consider. You need to identify the factors that will make or break the deal for you when choosing the right Learning Management System. Focus on your unique online training requirements. The way you evaluate those parameters is what will help you reach a decision with a good ROI. Pay attention to your online training needs and goals in order to pick the right LMS solution without regrets.
Many companies love data-driven results. If you belong to this category, then obviously you’ll need your LMS to have tracking and reporting features. The reports will help you get the right results to assess and understand the ROI of your LMS. They will also help you evaluate and assess your online training efforts. You’ll have the chance to learn how long the lessons took, if your employees had to revisit certain topics, or if they need more information about a subject. Reporting will reveal everything you need in order to make your online training courses more engaging and effective. For more info on this, you might want to take a look at the best learning analytics LMS software.
Tools For Testing And Assessment
Another great feature is the assessment and testing tools that your LMS needs to have. Such a feature is vital for your Learning and Development team, mostly because it helps your trainers learn how the employees have performed. By using such tools, they’ll know if the employees managed to retain the information after their training. In other words, it will help evaluate the success of your online training program. For the best training ROI, please consider consulting one of the top content providers in the market.
Responsive Learning/Mobile Application
Learning on multiple devices has become a trend in the last few years, so it might be one more feature to consider. In this case, compatibility and multiple-device support should be of top priority to you. Especially, if you expect your employees to do this work on the go. Also, have in mind that LMSs with such features are the most user-friendly.
A big corporation might also consider choosing an LMS that offers customization and branding. Customization options will definitely make your eLearning project more appealing to your learners. Do you want your company logo on the LMS? This is the way to go. Other options could be gamification elements, online training certificates, multiple languages, welcome/enrollment screens, role assignments, content delivery options, dashboards, etc.
SCORM Or xAPI Compliance
You might be in an industry that clings to content that uses these sets of technical standards. These eLearning standards give you the ability to track and trace the results of your learners in your LMS. SCORM compliance is a great feature to have because you can create your online courses in any authoring environment and then run it in your SCORM-compliant LMS. xAPI compliance is an ideal tool if you need to share learning between multiple applications and systems. xAPI is an integral part of eLearning, especially if you’re interested in informal learning and mobile learning. It helps track your learners’ progress and, since eLearning nowadays is all about data and personalized learning paths, it will be really useful to you.
Course Catalog Feature
Some companies opt for a catalog feature when they implement their employee training. You will find endless possibilities, depending on the LMS that you choose. You can create your own directory of online courses, search within the catalog by using keywords, location, lecturers, dates, categories, or even explore custom taxonomies. With this feature, you can showcase how many lessons you are planning to offer in your Learning Management System. You will also be able to choose which user will get to see certain courses and who will not.
LMS Comparison: Cloud-Based Vs. Open-Source LMS
Most business owners wonder which LMS would be the best option for their needs. If you are in such a dilemma, especially between choosing an open-source or a cloud-based LMS, we hope that this article will clear the air. These LMS options both have a long history. Through the years, things have evolved and features have been added, eventually leading to the following differences.
The Main Benefits Of Using A Cloud-Based LMS
If you opt for a cloud-based LMS solution, one of the pros you get is that no installation is required. This means that you have faster deployment. When it comes to budget, costs are based on each client’s needs, making it more efficient and affordable in certain cases. In fact, a cloud-based LMS has considerably low startup costs. A cloud-based LMS is hosted on the provider’s server, offering data security and maintenance by the provider. You get advanced versions, which may include many more functionalities. Such an LMS is considered user-friendly and also helps you avoid IT hustle.
In addition, software updates are automatic, giving you extra features on a cost-free basis. It is also mobile-friendly since it is optimized for responsive design. A cloud-based LMS would be a better option for those looking to deliver online training to multiple locations. What’s more, client support, offered by the provider’s experts, is available 24/7, so you don’t have to worry about maintenance and data security. Finally, it offers subscription plan scalability, making it cost-effective. The greatest thing about it is that most cloud-based LMS providers offer a free trial, so you can try and see if it covers your business needs in a decent amount of time.
For more details, feel free to check our latest top list featuring the top cloud-based Learning Management Systems.
The Main Benefits Of Using An Open-Source LMS
On the other hand, an open-source LMS requires installation and setup. One of the main advantages of an open-source LMS is that it is budget-friendly since you can find low-cost, but also free solutions as well. Most LMS tools come with a set pricing model, which might exceed one’s budget. An open-source LMS is a great choice for small businesses and institutions that are looking for a budget LMS. This type of LMS is installed on the company’s server, as a result, the user has to take care of maintenance and data. In case the client needs additional functionalities, they can do so à la carte.
However, if you opt for this type of LMS, you’ll need to handle updates manually. Also, keep in mind that support can be found through forums and user communities. As any free thing on this planet, using a free LMS usually gives you limited features and courses. Also, you might not be able to have a large number of users. However, you’ll still have a good overview of the software, making it a good, basic stand-alone solution. Since it is an open-source tool, there are options for modification and enhancements for its users.
LMS Consultation, LMS Reviews, LMS Directory Listings
You can also get an LMS consultation tailored to your needs in as little as 3 minutes. This simple 4-step process will help you find the Learning Management System that works best for you. Whether it’s your first time with a Learning Management System or you are looking to transition from your current LMS, we are here to help.
There are so many Learning Management Systems out there that the task of finding the right one can prove to be quite difficult. This list contains the best solutions the Learning Management System market has to offer. If used right, it can significantly aid you in addressing the needs of your online learners. If you have a preference for a specific Learning Management System, make sure to submit a review in our Learning Management Systems directory.
Are you an LMS vendor? Don’t forget to create a free listing in our LMS directory. The process is quite simple and it won’t take more than 3 minutes of your time.
Explore eLearning Industry’s Top LMS Lists Per Use Case
If you need more specialized insight, and your goal is to determine the extended enterprise LMS that is right for you, then you can evaluate your options and invest wisely by taking advice from this list of the Best Enterprise Learning Management Systems. In the same article, you will also find a list of 8 questions that will guide you through the selection process.
If your interest is solely in customer training, check out the article Best Customer Training LMS Software to find out about the must-have features to facilitate the online training process and keep your customers engaged.
If you are leaning to opt for an open-source LMS and you are intrigued by the possibilities it brings along, check out this list of the Top Learning Management Systems With Open Source, so that you make a safe choice. Research extensively to find the open-source solutions that meet your expectations.
Are you looking for a cloud-based LMS? Of course you are! Don’t miss out on the valuable information you can find in this article featuring the Top Cloud-Based Learning Management Systems.
Test driving a learning platform gives you the ability to see if its features and functions are worth the investment. That’s why this list with the Best Learning Management Systems Offering An LMS Demo, along with 10 questions that can help you determine if the LMS platform is right for you, can help you evaluate your options and invest wisely.
Read Reliable LMS Decision-Making Resources
There a few pointers to keep in mind when you are looking for a free LMS consultation. How do you decide your must-have LMS features, and which ones can fall by the wayside? Are you getting a free LMS consultation while not being sure of your LMS implementation schedule? Can LMS consulting really help you achieve the best LMS value for money? Learn how to make the most out of free LMS consultation by downloading the eBook: LMS Vendor Selection Process Made Easy: Tips To Use Free LMS Consulting To Improve eLearning ROI.
Need help choosing a Learning Management System for your company? It’s always best to try before you buy! Delve into this list of the Best Learning Management Systems Offering LMS Free Trials. It’ll give you the ability to see if the features and functions are worth the investment. Plus, there are 9 tips to help you make the most out of your LMS free trial.
Last but not least, make sure to check out our eBook: Making The Case For Corporate Training Software: How To Choose And Implement A New Corporate LMS For A Healthier Bottom Line to discover what the best Learning Management System experts have to contribute to the subject.
LMS Case StudyLMS Case Study
Many educational institutes used an eLearning platform Learning Management System (LMS) to automate the administration of their training events. In the same time, these institutes have a lot of different libraries, but without any integration of their local LMS and local libraries.
As a result, the learners have to search on their own for learning nuggets related to their learning goals. Consequently, the learners suffer from the Information Overload problem, when they find thousands of results that are not suitable and related to their goals.
To solve this problem, the ALC LMS presents interesting, relevant, and personalized learning nuggets.
learning library: Terms such as digital library, electronic library and virtual library are often used synonymously with learning library.
A learning library is an organized and focused collection of digital objects, including text, images, video and audio along with methods for access and retrieval and for selection, creation, organization and maintenance.
The Learning Library is more than a collection of books, documents and materials of traditional library on an electronic (digital) form it also contains any digital material, e.g., Software, multimedia. Plus it includes extensive “Meta-Data” to help the learner evaluate the learning nuggets.
List of other digital libraries: http://www.faena.com/aleph/articles/the-8-best-digital-libraries/
Besides ALC Learning Library, the majority of the modern traditional libraries have been automated and computerized by saving information of objects and resources (e.g., books, magazines, CD’s, etc.).
Furthermore, some of these libraries adopt also some LL functions (electronic resources) by saving digital objects.
Consequently, the user can search for these resources via internet anywhere to review full content of eBook or to see some information about a paper based book. This kind of library could be named as On-Line Library.
Digital library software packages: The market of Digital Library Software is growing some of those Packages are commercial Software, while others are free Open-Sources. The following list shows some examples:
SirsiDynix digital library, http://www.sirsidynix.com/%20Solutions/Products/digitalarchive.php
Content manager-IBM’s Digital Library Software,< http://www-306.ibm.com/software/data/cm/cmgr
DigiTool (of Ex Libris), <http://www.exlibris.co.il
Artesia digital asset management-DAM, <http://www.artesia.com/our-products.aspx
Greenstone Digital Library Software, <http://www.greenstone.org
Fedora digital object repository management system, <http://www.fedora.info
Learning management system: LMS is software that automates the administration of training events; it manage the log-in of registered users, manage course catalogs, track learner activities and results as well as provide reports to management.
The market of LMS is increasing very fast and there are >70 vendors some of LMSs are commercial Software, while others are free Open-Source LMSs. The following list
shows some LMSs:
Commercial LMS: e.g., WebCT <http://www.WebCT.com>
and eCollege <http://www.ecollege.com
Open-Source LMS: e.g., MOODLE <http://www.moodle.org>
and ILIAS <http://www.ilias.de
Recommendations systems: Last decade, RSs have been widely implemented and accepted in many sectors of Internet. We are familiar with recommendations of products (e.g., books, music, movies) and of services (e.g., restaurants, hotels, Web sites), likewise recommendation is not arising from the digital era but an existing social behaviour in daily life. In everyday life, we rely on recommendations from others.
More and more information is available electronically; moreover, the World Wide Web is still growing faster as a result, the users suffer from the Information Overload problem when searching on Internet. Generally, the aim of RSs in Web applications is to present interesting information that fits the users tastes and preferences with little effort. In contrast, sometimes RSs are used to hide special information! and specifically, the aim of RSs in eLearning applications (e.g., LMS) is listing the closest available learning objects to what the instructor describes as the module’s content
Current usage of RS: RSs have been widely used in many Internet activities. It is worth mentioning some examples of the current actual uses of RS.
eCommerce: RSs are used to suggest products to their customers and provide consumers with information to help them decide which products to purchase. Examples: Amazon.com and barnesnoble.com.
Web pages: RS is used to solve the overload problem in the Internet, when using search engines (e.g., Google, Yahoo) which produce thousands of pages to one researched item, most of them have worthless relation to the researched item or of no interest to the user. Example of search engines which used RS:
Mi Yahoo! http://www.my.yahoo.com
Censorship systems: RSs used to protect children from accessing undesirable material on the internet. e.g., cyberpatrol.com as well as Prevent citizens from exploring some Web sites; which some governments already did.
Other sectors: Examples:
Encyclopedia: e.g., <http://www.en.wikipedia.org
RS and eLearning: eLearning somehow is a new field to apply RS, which may be used to recommend the most appropriate content to students.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
The suitability of RS approaches: Actually, RSs consist of approaches everyone has techniques. However, there are many systems that use Hybrid Recommender System (HRS), which combines two or more recommendation techniques to gain better performance.
Here, we are going to study the suitability of the main RS approaches to recommend digital objects from DL to a LMS.
Content-Based System (CBS): In this type, the objects are selected by
having correlation between the content of the objects and the user’s preferences.
Examples: Infofilter (Elkhalifa, 2004) and InfoFinder
In the case of LMS, CBS can be used within LMS as a primary approach to recommend
digital learning objects from DL by detecting similarities between the current
eCourse attributes (name, keywords, abstract etc.) and the digital objects attributes
Collaborative Filtering Systems (CFS): It recommends items or objects to a target user based on similar users’ preferences and on the opinions of other users with similar tastes. It employs statistical techniques to find a set of users known as neighbours to the target user, examples: Amazon.com and ebay.com.
CFS has some methods to calculate the likeliness from the rating matrix, the suitable one to our RS is Memory-Based Algorithm (also known as k-Nearest Neighbour Method), because it is suitable to environments where the user preferences have to be updated rapidly.
Demographic-Based System (DBS): It uses prior knowledge on demographic
information about the users and their opinions for the recommended items as
basis for recommendations (Nageswara and Talwao, 2008).
It aims to categorize the user based on personal explicit attributes and make
recommendations based on demographic group that a user belongs to such as (income,
age, learning level or geographical region) or a combination of these clusters/groups.
Examples: Grundy, a book RS, where people’s descriptions of themselves
were used to build a user model and then predict characteristics of books that
they would enjoy (Rich, 1979) and the Free e-mail suppliers
put advertisements based on the user demographic information such as RS used
in Hotmail and Yahoo.
The DBS could be used in the process of recommending digital objects as a complementary approach.
Rule-Based Filtering (RBF): It is filtering information according to
set of rules expressing the information filtering policy (Terveen
and Hill, 2001). These rules may be part of the user or the system profile
contents and it may refer to various attributes of the data items. In general,
this system is used widely with:
Censorship: RBF is useful in the protection domain e.g., the protection
of kids from accessing some materials, e.g., Cyberpatrol.com and Cybersitter.com
(Itmazi and Gea, 2006).
Spam filtering: RBF is useful to be used against the Spam e-mails, e.g.,
Spam Assassin <spamassassin.apache.org/> and MailEssentials <http://www.gfi.com>.
In RS, RBF could be used to filter the recommendations list of digital objects
upon some rules of system and student.
Hybrid Recommender System (HRS): It combines two or more recommendation
techniques to gain better performance with fewer of the drawbacks of any individual
one (Robin and Burke, 2002). Examples of systems: Tapestry
(Goldberg et al., 1992), which mixed CBS and CFS,
hybrid algorithm system (Vozalis and Margaritis, 2004)
which mixed CFS and DBS and Information lens, which combines the CBS with the
RBF (Mackay et al., 1989).
RESULTS AND DISCUSSION
Best LMS Solutions With Content Libraries For 2023
Is choosing one of the top LMS solutions with a content library worth the buy? This top list will clear everything up! Educating your teams on new skills is crucial if your goal is to drive growth in today’s economy. And it can help you ensure a prosperous future for your business. Thus, it’s vital to invest in human capital. Not only will you manage to enhance employee performance, but you can also help your employees acquire the skills and knowledge needed to prevail in times of need. Being ready to adapt to fundamental changes and create a more equitable society is the number one objective in the modern corporate world.
An LMS with no courses on it might not be your ideal solution if you want to see results fast. Sure, plenty of corporate organizations and educational institutions use LMS platforms. However, it’s good to have emerging technologies in your reach to train your learners effectively. A content library is such an example that can improve LMS service delivery and help your business grow exponentially.
By opting for an LMS with a content library, you offer your employees a wide range of courses. Do you want to enable your organization to provide training opportunities simply and flexibly? If the answer is yes, then, as many other L&D professionals do, you understand the need to have available training courses within your LMS right from the start.
And if you’re torn between leveraging a content library, opting for developing new courses independently, or even acquiring custom-developed content, we’ve got you covered. Read on as we present the rankings of the best LMS solutions with a content library. Then, go through the extra tips on LMS selection.
Award-Winning LMS Tools Offering A Content Library
Spark Learners’ Curiosity With An LMS And Content That Connects More Deeply
You can’t have a great learning program without great content. With Schoox, you can create custom libraries perfectly curated for your learners. They partner with multiple content providers, offering a library of over 18,000 courses. Do you want to create engaging learning experiences with personalized content that resonates whether you’re training employees, an extended enterprise, or both?
- Off-The-Shelf Course Libraries
- Variety Of Course Options
- Always Up-To-Date And Maintenance Free
Create A Rich Content Library For Your Learners
360Learning’s learning platform fosters internal mobility to solve the talent shortage by empowering companies to upskill from within. Through collaborative learning, companies turn their experts into champions for growth.
- Import Courses From Anywhere
- AI-Powered Course Recommendations
A Growing Library Of Over 700 Unique Courses Your Teams Need For Success At Work
Train your teams with bite-sized skills courses authored by experts. Tack TalentLibrary onto your TalentLMS plan, save time and money on course creation, and enjoy growing your people with training that everyone will show up for. Want to give your teams a head start on the track to success with TalentLibrary on TalentLMS?
- Rely On Experts
- Make Training Stick
- Never Stop Learning
Absorb Enables Engaged Learners And Efficient Administration—Unlocks Potential
Fuel learner engagement with expert-designed, video-based microlearning courses with Absorb Amplify. Add proven, industry-leading content from partner libraries. Even build your own content library with Absorb Create.
Learn how you can create and/or curate relevant, expert-made courses for your learning programs.
For more info on the user experience, explore Absorb LMS reviews in our directory.
- Relevant Knowledge
- Choice Of Courses
Rockstar Learning Platform Can Be Bundled With An Extensive Course Library
Create better learning experiences with ELB Learning. This team offers a comprehensive product suite and exceptional services. They’ve got all you need to achieve your training goals, including an LMS that delivers video-based microlearning on demand.
Visit their website to request a demo.
- Microlearning Module Builder
- User-Generated Content
- Course Libraries
Create Engaging Learning Experiences For Your Employees, Customers, And Partners
UpsideLMS is a leading Learn Tech provider with 19+ years of experience, 50+ awards, and 2.5 million+ users worldwide. Their flagship products are their world-class Learning Management System, UpsideLMS, and eLearning library, Plethora. Take your digital Learning and Development game from good to great with their AI-powered, award-winning LMS!
Get a live demo from their expert.
For UpsideLMS reviews, feel free to visit our directory.
- New-Age Online Content Library
- Browse Through Over 20,000 Courses And Videos
- Quality Of Content
Benefits Of LMS Solutions With A Content Library
The largest LMS providers usually team up with content providers and offer users a wide variety of online courses you and your team can access. Let’s think of the LMS solutions with content libraries as a Netflix or Spotify-style service for online training.
Instead of having employees search on their own for online course libraries, you can give it to them right on a plate. Why bother with LinkedIn courses, Coursera, or even Skillshare if you can find an LMS that allows you to access classes on the spot? From taking language classes online to IT online training and even creative courses, you can have plenty of online learning resources right in your LMS.
Instead of hopelessly letting employees spend time finding training webinars or free online library courses with certificates, your LMS content library can help save time. And, with the right LMS, you get a trusted advisor so that you can select the courses that best fit your training needs. With content libraries available on your LMS, you ensure that you always get updates on new course offerings. And if any maintenance is needed, you’ll get the relevant announcements without having to worry.
The main benefit of an LMS with premade courses is it makes training more affordable than having to create your own custom eLearning courses. And that’s a great solution when it comes to common topics or courses. Instead of spending your money to create it, you can leverage off-the-shelf courses that other specialized Subject Matter Experts have created. For example, your LMS content library will surely have online courses on soft skills training, management training, health and safety state standards, etc. Also, you’ll find plenty of courses on compliance.
The Importance Of Content Libraries Within An LMS
Have you ever tried to make a recipe but never got to use quite the right ingredients? Think of a content library in that way. Sure, there are times when you want to create a unique training program for your team, but more often than not, you need to have a standard main course menu (see what I did there?).
Creating original training and using your in-house specialties and signature creations is essential. But to do all that, most of the time, you have to create training content from scratch. Also, you might have plenty of departments request specific training for their teams to improve this and that. However, your time is limited. And you can only do that much. So, at times, managers or employees might ask you to recommend the right type of training. What if they don’t even know what type of training content they want to consume? Or what if they do know what they want and they need a fixed menu where they can find training on different categories? You wouldn’t want to limit their choices, right?
If that’s the case, a professional training library can help you provide what is needed for your workforce. And to get what you need, you must ensure that your audience has plenty of training course choices. Off-the-shelf courses are ready-made for the masses. And that’s much faster hands-on training than you could ever create.
When you want to free up your resources, choosing an LMS with a content library is a must. It will empower you to do the things that only you can do, while the rest of the company can train on what they need training on fast.
Best Practices When Offering Off-The-Shelf Courses
What I love about using a content library is that it gives your internal L&D team the time and space for what matters. And that is building courses specific to your business, e.g., specific requirements for onboarding, upskilling, reskilling, etc. For example, a content library can’t possibly have courses on how your factory runs. Or, don’t expect to find a franchise operations manual that resembles yours in an LMS content library. But for specific topics, you can find off-the-shelf courses that your team will thank you for!
Caring for your employees is the best way to get the most from them. After all, a company’s success starts and ends with its employees. And your organization doesn’t differ. So, caring for your employees means that you want to help them succeed. And to help employees succeed, you must find ways for them to grow into new opportunities. Choosing the right LMS can help you deliver training that focuses on positivity, skill advancement, and performance enhancements, thus giving you the power to maximize employee performance and contribution.
The biggest selection of courses you give your team, the better. By offering access to courses outside an employee’s learning track, you’ll have the opportunity to learn a lot about your team. Based on the courses a team member selects, you might come to realize that they are interested in a different role in the company. Or you’ll see that they want to move up to management. When employees are willing to invest time in courses that help them achieve personal development goals, you have rising talent in your hands.
Evaluation Tips When Choosing Content Library LMS Tools
Shaping your company’s culture is not a small feat. You have to make your leadership team understand your eLearning initiatives. These, of course, will be aligned with performance goals and desired outcomes. Thankfully, a content library is an easy way to grow your business. But first, identifying what type of courses would work best for your training needs is key.
Giving a wide variety of off-the-shelf courses will improve employee retention for your organization. After all, employees usually leave their jobs because they feel there’s no progress for them. By offering training and helping your people grow primary or secondary skills, you give them a reason to stay. And even help them get ideas for new projects they might like to take over!
When evaluating LMS vendors that offer content libraries, make sure to:
- Explore what type of courses they offer.
- See if the courses are industry-specific enough.
- Try out content libraries to check the quality.
- Read reviews and look for previous awards/achievements.
Reinventing training course topics that many others have already done is a waste of time. Instead, reputable LMS content libraries allow you to explore the power of high-quality solutions. An eLearning content library within your LMS will help you deliver training in your organization fast.
However, as you begin evaluating eLearning libraries, be ready to face limitations or potential roadblocks. It happens to the best of us. Also, make sure you know what you are getting. Is it an unlimited selection, or is there a limit to how many learners can take the training? It would be a good idea to ask your LMS provider if there are any discounts for bulk purchases or for a specific number of end users. Plus, maybe you need to have your IDs create special tests and quizzes for better efficiency. Last but not least, find out if the LMS can scale as your needs change.
Operations PlanYour Operations Plan section has two sub-sections as follows: 14 – Key Operational Processes Your Key Operational Processes are the daily functions your business must conduct. In this section, you will detail these functions. For example, will you maintain a Customer Service department? If so, what specific role will it fill? By completing this section, you’ll get great clarity on the organization you hope to build. 15 – Milestones In this section of your business plan, list the key milestones you hope to achieve in the future and the target dates for achieving them. Here is where you set goals for specific and critical undertakings, such as when a new product will be created and launched, by when you plan to execute new partnerships, etc.
Section VIII – Management Team
Your Management Team section has three sub-sections as follows:
16 – Management Team Members
This section details the current members of your management team and their backgrounds.
17 – Management Team Gaps
Particularly if you’re a startup venture, you will have holes in your team; roles that you’d like to fill later. Identify such roles here, and the qualifications of the people you will seek later to fill them.
18 – Board Members
If you maintain a Board of Advisors or Board of Directors, detail your Board members and their bios in this section.
Your goal is to answer the following key questions:
- What facilities, equipment, and supplies do you need?
- What is your organizational structure? Who is responsible for which aspects of the business?
- Is research and development required, either during start-up or as an ongoing operation? If so, how will you accomplish this task?
- What are your initial staffing needs? When and how will you add staff?
- Who will you establish business relationships with vendors and suppliers? How will those relationships impact your day-to-day operations?
- How will your operations change as the company grows? What steps will you take to cut costs if the company initially does not perform up to expectations?
Operations plans should be highly specific to your industry, your market sector, and your customers. Instead of providing an example like I’ve done with other sections, use the following to determine the key areas your plan should address:
Location and Facility Management
In terms of location, describe:
- Zoning requirements
- The type of building you need
- The space you need
- Power and utility requirements
- Access: Customers, suppliers, shipping, etc.
- Specialized construction or renovations
- Interior and exterior remodeling and preparation
- Production methods
- Service methods
- Inventory control
- Sales and customer service
- Receiving and Delivery
- Maintenance, cleaning, and re-stocking
- Licenses and permits
- Environmental or health regulations
- Patents, trademarks, and copyrights
- Typical staffing
- Breakdown of skills required
- Recruiting and retention
- Policies and procedures
- Pay structures
- Anticipated inventory levels
- Turnover rate
- Lead times
- Seasonal fluctuations in demand
- Major suppliers
- Back-up suppliers and contingency plans
- Credit and payment policies
What type of business financing are you interested in obtaining at this time?
The ALC will make money by selling:
- Premium Information created by the ALC Members
The driving revenue model is: the price for information goes up as the value goes up. The way to measure value is through downloads of the information.
Financial HighlightsYour full financial model (income statement, balance sheet and cash flow statement) belong in your Appendix, but in this section you’ll include the highlights. For instance, include your revenues, key expenses, and projected net income for the next five years. 21 – Funding Requirements/Use of Funds If you are seeking funding for your company, detail the amount here, and importantly for what you will use the funds.
Exit StrategySell to a Larger LMS Provider like Blackboard. They would be buying the IP and copyrighted algorithms that have been developed under the @lantis® brand. They will be buying the Brand which will have value they can see.
Most business plans include at least five basic reports or projections:
- Balance Sheet: Describes the company cash position including assets, liabilities, shareholders, and earnings retained to fund future operations or to serve as funding for expansion and growth. It indicates the financial health of a business.
- Income Statement: Also called a Profit and Loss statement, this report lists projected revenue and expenses. It shows whether a company will be profitable during a given time period.
- Cash Flow Statement: A projection of cash receipts and expense payments. It shows how and when cash will flow through the business; without cash, payments (including salaries) cannot be made.
- Operating Budget: A detailed breakdown of income and expenses; provides a guide for how the company will operate from a “dollars” point of view.
- Break-Even Analysis: A projection of the revenue required to cover all fixed and variable expenses. Shows when, under specific conditions, a business can expect to become profitable.
It’s easy to find examples of all of the above. Even the most basic accounting software packages include templates and samples. You can also find templates in Excel and Google Docs. (A quick search like “google docs profit and loss statement” yields plenty of examples.)
Or you can work with an accountant to create the necessary financial projections and documents. Certainly feel free to do so… but I’d first recommend playing around with the reports yourself. While you don’t need to be an accountant to run a business, you do need to understand your numbers… and the best way to understand your numbers is usually to actually work with your numbers.
But ultimately the tools you use to develop your numbers are not as important as whether those numbers are as accurate as possible–and whether those numbers help you decide whether to take the next step and put your business plan into action.
Then Financial Analysis can help you answer the most important business question: “Can we make a profit?”
Some business plans include less essential but potentially important information in an Appendix section. You may decide to include, as backup or additional information:
- Resumes of key leaders
- Additional descriptions of products and services
- Legal agreements
- Organizational charts
- Examples of marketing and advertising collateral
- Photographs of potential facilities, products, etc
- Backup for market research or competitive analysis
- Additional financial documents or projections
Keep in mind creating an Appendix is usually only necessary if you’re seeking financing or hoping to bring in partners or investors. Initially the people reading your business plan don’t wish to plow through reams and reams of charts, numbers, and backup information. If one does want to dig deeper, fine–he or she can check out the documents in the Appendix.
That way your business plan can share your story clearly and concisely.
Otherwise, since you created your business plan… you should already have the backup.
And one last thing: always remember the goal of your business plan is to convince you that your idea makes sense–because it’s your time, your money, and your effort on the line.
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