Comparing E-learning Systems

E-learning systems are software that provide the framework for the entire e-learning process, with their help you can create, store, deliver and track content. Nowadays, the market offers a significant supply of such software, prompting questions about how to choose and compare e-learning systems. We’ll help!

This journal presents you the most important functions and characteristics of e-learning systems.

Why Do We Need E-learning Systems?

E-learning systems simplify and make organizational education more cost-effective and facilitate the work of employees responsible for education: they help identify and evaluate individual and organizational learning goals, track the achievement of goals, and collect the data necessary to monitor the learning process. Although they are most often called e-learning systems, many different names can be used: for example, LMS (Learning Management System), LXP (Learning Experience Platform) or LES (Learning Experience System).

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Development of E-Learning Software

E-learning systems first appeared in higher education in the late 90s. These early LMSs, such as Blackboard and Moodle, usually consisted of pre-designed lesson modules and assignment functions. The courses were mostly pre-recorded classroom lectures and written study materials. In the early 2000s, companies started to use e-learning systems, and with the growth of interest and the expansion of financial possibilities, e-learning systems developed into comprehensive online learning platforms with content preparation, administration, and analysis functions.

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Comparison Of E-learning Systems – Pricing

Different types of e-learning systems are available with different pricing models, which can differ not only in the price but also in the payment schedule. There is some overlap between the following categories, but each system can be classified into at least one of them. 

Free of Charge

Systems that don’t cost money to install and run. The disadvantage of these usually open-source programs can be that they do not contain special, unique functions and support. However, on the one hand, they can be customized extremely flexibly (either from image or functional point of view), on the other hand, if you would like to test how e-learning works first, it might be worth starting with these. Klippe Learning helps you find and implement the open-source system, the operation of which can be developed flexibly and cost-effectively.

An open-source program can be a good choice even if you have a trained team of programmers who can adapt the freely available code to your own needs. 

Examples for open-source e-learning systems: Moodle, Ilias, Iomad


Freemium software can be used free of charge, but additional functions can be added for a fee. This allows you to spend only on the functions that are essential for you, but be cautious while choosing, because it may occur that the functions available for free will not be sufficient for the educational goals of your organization, and the costs associated with the various functions may even be higher than of a completely purchased program. In addition, expenses related to even newer functions that arise unexpectedly can make planning difficult.  

Examples for freemium e-learning systems: Canvas, NEO LMS, TalentLMS


SaaS (Software as a Service) provides cloud-based e-learning functions, which are accessible from anywhere, only an Internet connection is needed. This is the most common mode of operation and pricing among e-learning systems, but within there are several types. You can pay, for example, based on the number of students or courses.

In this case, you don’t actually buy the software, you rent it, so you don’t have to pay a huge sum at once, but you have to pay a smaller amount at intervals. The costs will thus presumably be higher in the long term, and you will not have as much control over the operation, security and functions of the program as if you purchased an e-learning system.. 

It is also possible to use an open-source system in SaaS form, Klippe offers this solution as well.

Examples for SaaS e-learning systems: Docebo, TalentLMS, Moodle Cloud, Cornerstone

Software License: Open and Closed Source Solutions

With open-source systems, you buy the software license and use it as long as you want. While closed systems have a limited timeframe of use, they typically determine the license fee based on the number of users, in addition to time. You store data on your own servers, enabling system functionality even without internet access, as it can be accessed via intranet. Opting for this solution can provide regularly updated features for long-term planning, albeit with typical high fees for both licensing and ongoing support.

Examples for SaaS e-learning systems: Totara, Moodle Workplace, SAP SuccessFactors, Blackboard

Comparison of Recommended E-learning Systems

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Moodle is a free and open-source modular system, written in PHP. It is based on pedagogical principles, and is also used in schools, universities, and companies. Learning materials can be created with plug-ins. A number of community-developed plug-ins are also available to help extend the learning experience. Moodle has an installable version, while a cloud-based incarnation is also available.

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ILIAS is an open-source web-based system, that runs on any PHP and MySQL supporting server. It offers a flexible environment for online learning that goes beyond the limitations of courses, it can be considered more like a kind of content library. This also offers the opportunity to run ILIAS as an open knowledge platform, where you can make the content available to unregistered users.

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Canvas is a paid, web-based system. It includes many customizable tools for creating and managing courses, as well as generating analysis and statistics.

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E-learning System or LXP?

LXP (Learning Experience Platform) is a platform where users can choose learning material from personalized content (e.g. Docebo). The administrator alone controls the content accessible to users in e-learning systems, whereas LXP enables students to collaborate and contribute to the course material.

LXP gives students more freedom to delve into their areas of interest. It is like a streaming service provider of educational materials, which presents the available content in a personalized library designed according to the user’s needs and previously acquired knowledge.

LXP vs traditional e-learning system? The answer depends on the organization’s goals. Traditional e-learning systems are perfectly suitable for mandatory trainings or for learning programs with clear objectives. They usually have a variety of features and offer better tools to achieve predetermined results. LXPs place more emphasis on students’ interests and professional development, but they create recommendations based on limited information, which can have disadvantages.

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