Top 5 LMS Off Beaten Track Infographic

Adobe Captivate Prime

Captivate Prime hit the market in August, 2015, so it’s a new kid on the block. One of its oft-cited advantages is the Fluidic player, which claims to be able to play almost any content format you can throw at it. Another great plus is the accompanying mobile apps for both iOS and Android.
At the same time, some reviewers note that the visual design leaves much to desire. In addition, one would expect better localization from Adobe: the fact that Captivate Prime is available only in English is a bit disappointing.


Introduced in 2012, LearnDash has been on the market for quite some time now. And even though it’s not as popular as the top dogs, it certainly has an audience. LearnDash sports an impressive array of powerful features such as multi-tier courses, drip-feeding content, advanced quizzing, and user reporting. If your website already uses WordPress, integration should be a breeze, since LearnDash is a WordPress plugin. LearnDash is also one of the most affordable solutions out there, making it a great choice for the budget-conscious.


UpsideLMS is an established product first released a good five years ago. The system offers many features you would expect from a mature LMS, including e-Learning course setup and delivery, virtual classrooms and training sessions, user performance evaluation, and more. It also boasts responsive design, meaning work should be seamless on both desktop and mobile. Its moderate pricing options make it a good fit for small and medium-sized businesses.


Canvas is a comprehensive cloud-native LMS that can give the biggest e-Learning players a run for their money. Some of the more interesting features include collaborative workspaces, pre-grade teacher annotations, an integrated media recorder, automated tasks, and advanced analytics. Canvas relies on the SaaS model (based on Amazon Web Services in the cloud), and is fully mobile-optimized (both iOS and Android apps are available). As of 2011, Canvas is released under an open-source license.

Matrix LMS

Matrix is a fully-fledged cloud-based LMS with many features. The platform is highly customizable (logo, URL, portal, terminology and color scheme), integrates with various third-party software (Google Drive, LTI, Turnitin, iCal calendars, PayPal, Stripe, GoToMeeting, and more), and supports over 40 languages. Matrix LMS is also fully mobile-ready: the complete feature set is accessible via dedicated mobile apps. The LMS comes with affordable pricing options for smaller groups of students, which makes it a good fit even for smaller businesses.