The learning management systems of the SaaS revolution have begun to reshape the way we handle education in business. Training was once a bleak hurdle to deal with, but thanks to these systems, new models and technological conveniences brought in with these innovations have made it a different world. In the near future, we can probably expect big educational and scholastic institutions also adopting these changes as well. Moodle seems to be king of the roost in this industry, if you look at the reviews. But, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some great Moodle alternatives.
See, the LMS industry is broad and rich, with many developers who have a lot of personality and character. But, people immediately encounter Moodle, see all the (deserved) hype, and look no further. Well, I like Moodle, but it’s unfair to not give these Moodle alternatives some love.
So, here are some other good LMS systems that are quite worth considering before you commit to Moodle.
#1 – DigitalChalk
DigitalChalk is an impressive online system with a lot of extensive compatibility, flexibility and fidelity. While it doesn’t bring a lot that Moodle doesn’t do, it does it in its own style, and it’s pretty slick.
This cloud-based system offers compatibility with iPads and Android Tablets, is easily brandable, includes telephone support, web service API integration, custom tracking and reporting, singular sign in, and it’s a low cost, pay as you go system anyone can use.
One size fits all has its merits, and DigitalChalk brings powerful features into this universal scale to make it a solid LMS and easily able to compete with Moodle in more than a few departments.
#2 – Firmwater LMS
Firmwater is another fairly new LMS with a lot of potential and a lot to offer. Citing security as one of their most sacred doctrines, they offer high end SSL encryption for all the subsystems in the service, guaranteeing security as much as it can be guaranteed by anyone.
However, security’s not all there is to this sucker. It also offers custom domains, simple UI, course sale rights, brandability, custom LMS sites for clients, proctoring, email notification, bulk imports, full API, and much more. Their mobile capacity leaves a bit to be desired for now, but with the customization that it allows, manually making it mobile friendly isn’t so bad.
#3 – Inquisiq R3
This one’s a little different, being kind of an open ended bare bones kit, but I recommend this for consideration for a legitimate reason. It has some good features, and if you don’t need all the bells and whistles of the others, or of Moodle, then this is a good one to consider.
It offers ad hoc reporting, training rule automation, a simple interface, fully customizable fields, classroom and online instruction rules, e-commerce integration, mobile compatibility for Android and iOS, and dynamic course management.
So, it’s a good system, it just trims some of the fat for those who don’t need all that advanced stuff. It’s simpler, but still advanced enough to empower you to use the new, better ways of training. The mobile support is always a plus, as well.
These are Moodle alternatives that deserve having a hat tipped to them. Before you marry yourself to the idea of Moodle, consider these, because while Moodle is still my favorite and that of many others, it’s not the only game in town, nor the only good one.