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Learning management software


I am setting up an Accredited Centre for training a market research qualification and will be accepting learners from different organisations.

I need some simple software that can initially manage smaller numbers (say 50 -100) but can grow as the Centre grows.

I have expereince of using Blackboard and feel it is over -featured ( and probably too expensive) for our current needs. There are loads of systems out there but they all seem to be aimed at corporations or universities.

Alternatively a way of adapting any other software to provide some of the features of lms?



Joanna Chrzanowska

5 Responses

  1. SKILLS365
    Hi Joanna,

    There are a host of ‘low-cost’ LMS out there but in my experience you will struggle to match capacity, expandability and cost effectiveness.

    Can I suggest that you look at SKILLS365 –

    This is a capable LMS which can be tailored to your exact needs.

    Feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss.

  2. Do you need an LMS?
    Hi Joanna

    LMS’s are a great tool for producing lots of data about training usage – time spent by each user on each course/page, marks in each question, etc. So an LMS may be the right choice for you if you want to record learner responses to groups of questions and compare that with how well they have studied particular parts of the course. This would be useful if you want to assess the efficacy of parts of the course for example.

    However, if all you want to record is simple details such as learner name, test date & test results, depending on the authoring tool you use for the test you could have learner-entered information written to a database. This would obviously be a cheaper option.

    Feel free to get in touch if you’d like to discuss whether this could be done for your organisation’s needs.

    Good luck!

  3. LMS

    LMS can be a nightmare, especially when deciding at which level you want to take the plunge.

    We recognised this a long time ago, and offer a ‘lite’ version of our LMS that can grow as your needs grow, but can remain small and compact if you so wish.

    Have a look at our website or contact me direct.



  4. Open Source LMS Moodle
    Hi Joanna

    You might want to consider using a free open source LMS. Moodle is currently very popular and relatively easy to set up. See more at There is also an article on Moodle in the Knowledge section of our site at


  5. LMS Option
    If you are accustomed to Blackboard then you might want to look at eCollege. We are liscensed by eCollege to sell their product and service package to small colleges and universities, small to medium size companies, non-profits and independant consultants. The eCollege package includes the LMS (and all upgrades), hosting, 24/7 Help Desk for instructors and learners, a very easy to use authoring environment and a fee per user business model. This enables you to pay for only what you actually use and saves you from buying more capacity than you need or want. That way you can start with one course and a few learners and grow as you need it.

    Feel free to contact us for more detailed info:


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