Training Software FAQs

  • What is training software?

    Training software is often used as a synonym for Learning Management System (LMS) Software. However, it can be used to refer to any type of software used for corporate training or eLearning. Some programs choose to designate themselves purely as “training software,” even if they also function as LMSs.

  • What is a learning management system?

    A learning management system, or LMS, is a software program that hosts eLearning content such as lessons, worksheets, and online quizzes and tests. Instructors and administrators can update and edit learning content in the LMS as necessary. This type of software also reports on the performance of users as they complete lessons.

  • How can a learning management system help my organization?

    Learning management systems are extremely helpful for any business that needs to train their employees. Industrial safety and compliance training, legal training, continuing education and recertification, and onboarding training are all great reasons to use an LMS.

  • Do I need a learning management system (LMS)?

    You can benefit from using a learning management system (LMS) if your business regularly performs ongoing or renewed education or certification, if you onboard high volumes of employees regularly, if you have a reason for a high level of concern over confidentiality, if you have remote employees, or if you are in a rapidly changing field.

  • How can I learn more about eLearning and training software?

    Follow Capterra's Training Technology Blog and browse our LMS Research directory. Training is just one facet of the complex field of eLearning software.

  • Do I need a new LMS?

    The best way to find out if your existing LMS is no longer working for you is by gathering feedback from the people using it. If your IT team, the instructors, or the students using the system are experiencing difficulties, consider switching to a new LMS.

    You can start researching new learning management systems and find the best one for your needs by taking our quiz.

  • How difficult is it to implement a learning management system?

    The difficulty of LMS implementation varies based on several factors, including:

    1. How many learners will be using the software
    2. How many lessons or modules you'll need to run
    3. The complexity of lessons
    4. How often the information will need to be updated or changed

    Most LMS service providers offer assistance with the implementation process. Implementation time depends on a variety of factors as well, but most system are in place in under six months.

  • How does corporate training software differ from academic training software?

    Learning management software can be used for both academic and corporate training. An academic LMS will typically be more robust, with more comprehensive features, since it is will receive heavier use from both instructors and students. The reporting in an academic LMS may also be more transparent to the learners, since their scores are their grades, rather than workplace performance indicators.

  • How much does training software cost?

    Training software is typically priced according to one of three different ways:

    1. You pay a monthly or yearly fee based on the number of learners
    2. You pay a flat fee, either monthly or yearly
    3. You pay a one-time licensing fee that covers the subscription until the software license expires

    Use Capterra's pricing guide to see how the different LMS vendors structure their pricing. In addition, every year Capterra releasese a list of the Top 20 Most Affordable LMS Software solutions.

  • Are eLearning and ongoing training just for employees?

    Anyone who needs online workplace training can benefit from eLearning. If you work in an industry that demands ongoing education, consider a microlearning platform. With microlearning, lessons and information are delivered in small increments instead of long-form lessons and tests. This method is just as useful for supervisors and managers as for employees.

  • What are some common LMS features?

    According to our research, LMS software buyers are most interested in multimedia features such as videoconferencing and mobile learning. Their most-used features include assessment tools, blended learning features, student portals, and SCORM compliance.

  • What is the most popular LMS software?

    Every year, Capterra releases a list of the most popular LMS software. Right now, the most popular LMS options are Edmodo, Moodle, Blackboard, SuccessFactors, and SkillSoft.

  • What is the most user-friendly LMS software?

    Every year, Capterra releases a list of the most user-friendly LMS software. Right now, the most popular LMS options are SkyPrep, Bridge, Litmos, TalentLMS, and Mindflash.

  • What is the most affordable LMS software?

    Every year, Capterra releases a list of the most affordable LMS software. Right now, the most popular LMS options are TalentLMS, Accord, SkyPrep, LearnUpon, and Litmos.

  • What is open source LMS software?

    Open source means the source code of a software program is publicly available and free to use and alter by anyone. This makes the software highly customizable to anyone with programming knowledge, and generally means the program is free to use, even in its unchanged form.

  • What other types of software contribute to eLearning?

    The most basic course authoring software, which allows you to design content that is hosted in an LMS. In addition, look at mobile learning software and school administration software, depending on your specific needs.

  • What should you consider when purchasing an LMS?

    Before purchasing an LMS, consider the size of your company, your budget, how often your users need to access the software, and how comprehensive the training material needs to be. Capterra's Training Technology Blog covers a range of topics related to choosing the right LMS, and first-time LMS buyers should check out our LMS Buyers Guide.

  • What’s the difference between installed and cloud-based training software?

    Installed software is hosted on your computer’s hard drive or on-premise servers. Cloud-based software is hosted remotely by the software vendor or service provider and is accessed by the user from any internet-capable device.

  • Who should buy training software?

    Anyone who wants to modernize their employee learning processes can benefit from training software. Those that might be especially interested include:

    1. HR and talent managers that want to improve the onboarding process
    2. Employers in industries that tend to update or change requirements and protocols often
    3. Managers training employees for new positions
    4. Small businesses that need to keep certifications up to date, especially in fields such as construction and engineering.

  • What are the benefits of training online?

    Training online is more convenient, less wasteful, and also much faster than using printed learning content, quizzes, and tests. Online training materials can always be kept up to date, and using electronic methods ensures a more consistent learning experience across your organization.

  • Why use dedicated training software?

    While it is possible to host your lessons on a separate content management system (CMS), use online forms or survey software for assessments, and create performance reports using spreadsheets, centralizing it all on one dedicated platform stands to improve efficiency and save a significant amount of time and effort.

  • Should I invest in mobile learning?

    Most eLearning software includes a mobile learning component. If an LMS does not offer a mobile app, they usually at least offer a mobile-optimized website. This is useful because employees benefit from the ability to access learning content wherever they are at any time. Some methods of eLearning are purely mobile, such as certain microlearning software.

  • Are there free training software options?

    Yes! Moodle, LatitudeLearning, and Dokeos are a few great free options. Check out the top free learning management systems for training for a deep dive into other free LMS systems. Learning management systems are versatile in that they are able to manage both academic and corporate training seamlessly.

  • Are there any open source options for training software?

    Yes, there are many open source training software systems available including Moodle, CourseSites by Blackboard, LatitudeLearning, Dokeos, and Sakai 11. Check out the top open source LMSs for training, which addresses differentiating features and aspects to consider before implementing one throughout your organization.

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