Open Source LMSs are 'free' and commercial ones incur a cost. Open Source LMSs require a lot of set up, hosting, maintenance and upgrades to keep afloat.
The choice here is whether to use an installed LMS approach (on your organization's hardware )or to use a cloud-based service. A cloud-based learning platform (cloud LMS or LMS on cloud) is one that doesn't require you to install specific hardware or software in order to access and use it. By logging into a website you can access the features of the software.
Yes, and it's an ideal solution if you have an internal IT department or access to developers then an open-source or Moodle-based system can provide a good solution but it has its challenges. Some of these systems can be a little flat or user-unfriendly but that does not impact on their ability to deliver the functionality that you need.
We would recommend that you go through the LMS providers and their pricing here.
Moodle (while still a popular choice) suffers from the reality that it offers a poor user experience. It is also really difficult to customize… painfully so.
If you need cloud-based learning management system packed with features but without the hefty price-tag then you need to take a serious look at Seamscloud.
You could find more examples here.
Yes, your LMS vendor or third party vendors can help you create Bespoke e-Learning courses. They may use the raw content that you have or use content that is specifically created for you. The examples and case studies would be relevant to your organization and the assessments would be specifically designed for you.
One of the main benefits of using an LMS is the growth and development of skills and knowledge amongst your employees.
The LMS provides a business with somewhere to centralise its training and development content. The content can be stored, managed, edited and deleted from within the same administration dashboard.
However, we can distil down the use cases into a high-level list:
Yes. You can assign a certification to a course. Each user that completes the course will get the related certification.
That's a tricky one. In the end, best (or simple LMS) is the one that best suits your requirement. We can help put together some questions for you to ask a prospective LMS software provider. You might want to start here on that one.
The must-have features that no LMS should be without: