Top 26 LMS features,
real-life examples & selection factors

Top 26 LMS features, real-life examples & selection factors

February 20, 2024

Key LMS features

Learning content management

1 Content authoring

LMSs often feature a content authoring tool to create learning resources for lessons, training courses, and exams. The tool can include built-in customizable templates, text formatting, collaborative authoring, content reuse, and repurposing functionalities.

2 Course management

These features help instructors assemble learning materials into units or entire courses and control their delivery and availability. For example, educators can allow access to new modules at certain stages of a learning program or for specific categories of learners.

3 Multi-format content support

To create comprehensive eLearning resources educators should be able to pull data from diverse sources. Therefore, LMS editing tools should support different data formats and embed multimedia content such as images, audio, and videos.

4 Learning object repository

A LOR is a centralized database designed to store learning content, organize it using metatags, import and export it from external sources, and facilitate file management. Repositories can also incorporate smart search engines with filters for easy navigation.

5 Course catalog

A content library helps learners browse, preview, and download training materials or purchase them in the case of LMSs for commercial use. It can provide users with course descriptions and reviews and typically features a built-in search engine with filtering settings for easier search.

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Real-life examples of LMS features

360Learning’s content authoring tool

The 360learning toolkit includes a user-friendly authoring interface featuring multi-format support, collaborative content creation, a reward system for external contributors, and a Reaction functionality to gather user feedback.
360Learning’s templates for content authoring

Image title: 360Learning’s templates for content authoring
Image source: 360learning.com — Authoring Tool: Create Impactful Courses in Minutes With Collaborative Learning

Factors to consider for LMS feature set selection

LMS types by learning scenario

You should select a certain number of features to design your system fully aligned with your business needs and within reasonable development and adoption costs. This choice largely depends on your learning context, type of users, and didactic approach.

Enterprise LMS for corporate training

Enterprise LMS for corporate training

Features to focus on include multitenancy and role-based access to provide trainers, staff members, customers, and partners with different tools and resources. Companies should also integrate their LMS with HR software to deliver personalized employee training based on roles and departments.

LMS for eLearning & online education

eLearning service providers should configure an LMS with solid ecommerce features to maximize the profitability of their offering, along with good analytical capabilities to assess customer needs.

LMS for traditional education

Educational institutions should invest in blended learning features to combine in-class and remote education, along with proctoring tools to supervise exams. Another staple, especially for K-12 education, is gamification, as it helps engage young students with a short attention span.

Integrations to expand LMS functionality

Beyond embedded features, you can extend the functional scope of your LMS system by integrating it with external software solutions.

Learning management system
ERP software
Ecommerce portals
mLearning apps
Learning CMS
Collaboration software
HRMS
CRM software
to leverage additional features for the back-office management of your educational services.
to access more advanced functionalities for marketing and sales, including targeted ads and multiple monetization options.
to provide LMS users with an additional point of access and complement the microlearning capabilities of your system.
to enrich your toolset with more advanced features for content authoring, editing, and storage.
to work on shared documents and enable peer-to-peer interaction among learners.
to collect data from employee profiles and deliver targeted corporate training matching user role, department, and qualifications.
to fuel your LMS with customer information and enhance its adaptive learning capabilities.

Our LMS services

Itransition can help you develop an LMS equipped with a rich set of features and facilitate its adoption or revamp your existing solution to better align it with your evolving educational needs.

LMS consulting

We can guide you through each phase of your LMS development and implementation project, assisting you with business analysis, tech stack and feature selection, planning, and budgeting.

LMS development

Our team delivers custom learning management systems covering design, front-end and back-end development, integration with other applications, and end-to-end testing.

LMS maintenance & support

Itransition provides post-release maintenance services to monitor the LMS solution and fix bugs or performance issues that may hinder its correct operation, together with user training and technical assistance to streamline software adoption.

LMS modernization

Our developers can enhance the performance, usability, and maintainability of your legacy LMS via architecture renovation, code refactoring, functional upgrades, UI/UX redesign, and app migration to a cloud or hybrid environment.

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Choose the right features for your LMS

LMSs aim to facilitate complex educational workflows, from course design and lesson planning to student enrollment. However, equipping them with a wide range of potential feature combinations might be disorienting to students and instructors alike. Defining your operational scenario can help you choose the right LMS feature set and implement a solution that will support your educational offer. To streamline this process, consider relying on Itransition’s experience in LMS development and consulting.