eLearning can be a powerful tool in the right hands. The flexibility and customizability allowed by the non-traditional platform can be a huge boost to learning and creativity as compared with traditional learning platforms.
However, it can be difficult to know which eLearning programs and platforms are the best, and for which situations they are the best. Our site compared and analyzed several of the most popular solutions currently on the market, and came up with a list of the top platforms for eLearning. We segmented them into “Coaching” and “Academia,” since the platforms used by single teachers and coaches have very different requirements than academic institutions do when formulating and using an eLearning program.
For example, teachers and coaches will want to deploy something quickly, with minimum effort and maximum student engagement. It’s difficult enough to get students engaged with traditional learning, and eLearning may be new and interesting, but it isn’t a cure-all. When a course is poorly constructed and lacking in engagement, the Chronicle for Higher Education reports that anywhere from 50 – 70 % of students will drop out before the course is half finished. Most teachers and coaches are willing to sacrifice some functions in order to gain more use out of the program for their students, and they don’t have an extremely long list of requirements, as schools tend to do.
Educational institutions and academia, on the other hand, will require a more complete LMS solution. The solutions designed for these institutions must handle most academic processes.
We tried out, analyzed, and thoroughly tested the most popular Learning Management Systems (LMS). We came up with a list of the top platforms in every aspect, in ease of use, availability, core features, pricing and cost, and a thorough summary of the product.
Our criteria for different eLearning software types were discrete. For Training and Coaching reviews, the goal was to discern which platform had the easiest use for a new user, which would allow for course creation in the least amount of time. If each individual teacher or coach had to spend days or months learning how to use the software, the LMS would be significantly less effective, no matter how good the end product may be.
For Academia, however, our criteria were to discover which package provided the most complete set of functionalities for educational institutions. While we did attempt to look for ease of use as well in this case, the primary goal was to find products that offered solutions for academic institutions that covered absolutely every base, and left no rough corners. Every functionality component had to be thoroughly examined, and we came up with a list of the absolute best eLearning programs for this situation.