Finding software can be overwhelming. We've helped many schools and businesses choose the right virtual classroom software so they can deliver training remotely and foster class discussion.

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Tovuti

Tovuti is an all-in-one, cloud-based solution designed to activate the potential of organizations through creating, delivering and tracking online training and education. The end-to-end solution gives users everything they need to... Read more

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SAP Litmos

SAP Litmos is a cloud-based continuous learning platform that unifies learning management, the extended enterprise, prepackaged content and a content management system to meet organizations’ training needs. SAP Litmos is SSAE 16... Read more

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Docebo LMS

Docebo is a cloud-based LMS solution to provide training programs for employees, partners and customers.  Docebo serves various industries including IT, technology, retail, consulting, healthcare, manufacturing, energy, oil and gas. Docebo... Read more

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BizLibrary

BizLibrary is a leading provider of online learning for growing organizations. Their award-winning microlearning video library engages employees of all levels, and their learning management system is a progressive catalyst for achievement.... Read more

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SkyPrep

SkyPrep LMS is a cloud-based learning management solution that offers a platform to training administrators for creating, managing and selling training courses. Key features include custom branding, automated learner enrollment and... Read more

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CoreAchieve

CoreAchieve is a cloud-based learning management solution that enables businesses to streamline processes related to content creation, compliance, audio/video employee training and more. Professionals can utilize the platform to develop... Read more

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Auzmor Learn

Auzmor Learn is a cloud-based learning management (LMS) system that helps businesses and organizations manage, track and deliver training to employees or affiliates. Auzmor Learn offers course-authoring capabilities and centralized... Read more

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Absorb LMS

Absorb LMS is a powerful cloud-based learning management system (LMS) designed to boost engagement and learning outcomes, while still being incredibly scalable and usable. Clients marvel at how quickly they can get up and running,... Read more

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Cornerstone OnDemand

Cornerstone OnDemand is a powerful, configurable platform that offers enterprise-level organizations a fully integrated talent management suite designed to ensure that the business can recruit, train, and effectively manage all of... Read more

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Intertek Alchemy

Intertek Alchemy is a cloud-based and on-premise solution designed for food manufacturers, packagers and distributors of all sizes. It helps companies engage with their frontline employees to drive safety, quality and productivity... Read more

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Thought Industries

Thought Industries offers a cloud-based customer training platform designed to suit the needs of business across multiple industries including software, manufacturing, professional training, continued education, continued medical education,... Read more

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Accord LMS

Accord LMS supports online courses, instructor-led training, certification and compliance management, gamification, and more. HTML5 content authoring, webinars, eCommerce and HRIS synchronization are fully integrated. Drag-and-drop... Read more

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SyberWorks Training Center

Syberworks is a hybrid learning management (LMS) solution that caters to small and midsize businesses across industries such as medical products, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals. The solution helps businesses to deliver and manage... Read more

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Meridian LMS

Meridian provides award-winning learning management solutions to corporations, federal state and local government agencies and member organizations where operational and compliance requirements are especially complex and critical to... Read more

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Crowd Wisdom

Crowd Wisdom is a learning management system that services the corporate extended enterprise market along with the association market. Its cloud-based services allow customers to provide a branded learning portal along with truly custom... Read more

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Brainier LMS

Brainier LMS is a learning management system developed for companies of all sizes. Businesses in hospitality, insurance, banking, consulting, training, property management, real estate, telecommunications and various other industries... Read more

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Freestone

Freestone provides a platform to host live events and on-demand learning content as part of a continuing education program. Track learner progress and issue certifications in one convenient, branded hub through diverse learning formats... Read more

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Custom Learning Portal

Custom Learning Portal is a learning management system (LMS) solution offered by Mindquest Learning that allows users to customize the front end of their learning system while pairing with MindQuest Learning’s Totara LMS for its... Read more

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BlueVolt

BlueVolt is a cloud-based learning management solution that’s designed for channel-driven businesses like manufacturing and distribution in the electrical, plumbing, HVAC and construction industries. Companies are able deliver,... Read more

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LatitudeLearning

LatitudeLearning is a cloud-based learning management solution. It is suitable for businesses of all sizes, across a variety of industries. LatitudeLearning includes modules for message editing, competency management, assessment authoring,... Read more

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Buyers guide


Last Updated: July 9, 2020

Distance learning courses are a long-established tradition in education and training. Indeed, the University of London established its international program in 1858, making it the world’s oldest provider of distance and flexible learning.

Even so, seemingly unavoidable disadvantages have typically resulted in lower completion rates for distance learning than for in-person classes. Until the 21st century, there was no way to avoid the lack of direct interaction between student and teacher or the demoralizing effects of student isolation. Today, however, software has made it possible for distance learning to be conducted in real time and with a much more personal quality.

This guide will help prospective buyers learn more about virtual classroom software. In it, we’ll cover:

What Is Virtual Classroom Software?
Common Features of Virtual Classroom Software
Benefits of Virtual Classroom Software
What Type of Buyer Are You?
Recent Developments You Should Know About

What Is Virtual Classroom Software?

Virtual classroom technology is part of the broader learning management software category. It provides individuals and organizations with conferencing and collaboration capabilities. As a result, instructors can directly interact with learners anywhere in the world with an Internet connection, while maximizing both time and location flexibility.

Common Features of Virtual Classroom Software

Virtual classroom software can be used by educators as well as trainers at organizations with a large geographical reach, in order to bring learning to students wherever they are located while reducing travel costs to zero. Buyers should expect to find the following functionality in their new system:

Audio-video streaming Instructors can interact directly, in real time, with groups of learners or individuals via streaming audio and video.
Interactive whiteboards Virtual whiteboards allow instructors to share information with students, and include the ability to add real-time annotations, text and highlighting. Learners can also be given access, so they can share their video stream or desktop with the class.
Chat Learners and instructors can interact via personal or group chat, rather than sit passively listening to lectures. Questions can be addressed directly in real time, and instructors can conduct quick tests.
Recording Instructors can record classes for playback by absent students. They can also use the audio-video recording functionality to prepare introductions to lessons.
Breakout rooms Instructors can break classes into smaller groups via virtual breakout rooms, where learners can collaborate to solve problems. Breakout rooms have their own chat, whiteboard and document-sharing capabilities.
Media streaming Enables instructors to play audio/video files using a built-in media player.
Attendance reporting Instructors can monitor attendance and send out notifications about upcoming classes to learners.
Polling Enables instructors to conduct quizzes and surveys during class, then assess learner comprehension by viewing the results in chart form.
Desktop and file sharing Instructors can share their desktop as well as multiple file types (PDFs, Word documents etc.) with learners during class.

Benefits of Virtual Classroom Software

Organizations that use these systems are able to:

  • Provide students with the flexibility of following and completing courses at their own pace.
  • Deliver education and training to students who are currently employed or whose scheduling commitments prevent them from attending in-person classes.
  • Expand the reach of their education to anywhere on the globe, so long as students have access to the Internet.
  • Reduce travel costs for instructors and learners to zero.

What Type of Buyer Are You?

Virtual classroom technology can be used by individual tutors and organizations alike. Although marketing materials are often aimed at educational institutions, any organization with a large and dispersed workforce can benefit from using this technology for internal new-hire and personal development courses, as it eliminates the need for employees to travel for training.

That said, some solutions do cater specifically to higher or secondary ed, while others predominantly serve the corporate world. Meanwhile, some vendors offer different, specialized products for different types of buyers, while some products can be leveraged equally effectively by any type of organization.

What's most important when evaluating software is finding a product with the features and functionality you need, regardless of the type of buyer it's marketed to most heavily.

Recent Developments You Should Know About

Although some instructors still harbor doubts about remote learning and virtual classroom tools, they are becoming increasingly commonplace due to the many benefits they offer. Indeed, prestigious educational organizations are now using these tools.

For example, in August 2015, Harvard Business School demonstrated its confidence in virtual classroom technology by launching HBX Live: a virtual classroom capable of “seating” 60 students simultaneously. With this, students from around the world are able to log in and interact directly with faculty members teaching courses. Participants are displayed on individual screens, replicating the effect of sitting in an actual classroom, while others can “audit” classes via an observer model.