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7 Killer PDF Add-Ons You Wish You Had, and 13 to Pass Up

7 Killer PDF Add-Ons You Wish You Had, and 13 to Pass Up

The Portable Document Format is a wonderful thing. We all use it – university papers, applications, work documents. It is the industry standard for fixed-format document viewing with cross-platform possibilities. I have found 7 killer PDF add-ons you wish you had, and also 13 add-ons not worth wasting your time with.

There are many ways in which to manipulate a PDF that perhaps you didn’t know before. Here are ways that PDF formatting can be done using the tools listed below:

  • Merging PDFs
  • Converting webpages to PDFs
  • Converting webpages to images
  • Replacing the need for PDF readers
  • Converting PDFs to word
  • Viewing PDFs online
  • Print webpages as PDFs
  • Bookmark a page in a PDF being read online
  • Editing and manipulating PDFs online

PDF tools 1: extensions

a) Docs PDF/Powerpoint Viewer (by Google) (4/5 – 2082) 833,833 users (0.25%)

Docs PDF/PowerPoint Viewer

    This extension is extremely popular but has not attracted a huge amount of supportive votes. This is a simple tool allowing only viewing, not manipulation. A drawback is that it cannot open files that require a login. Also, when I tried to view an academic article, it simply showed a HTML version. Bad luck?

    Description:

    “Automatically previews pdfs, powerpoint presentations, and other documents in Google Docs Viewer. By clicking on a link for a supported document format you’ll be taken to the Google Docs Viewer.  No more downloading large files and launching another application just to view it. The Google Docs Viewer does not work on files that require a log-in to view, but you can make it ignore specific domains in the options so you will still download the file. On the options page you can also disable any file formats you don’t want to use the Viewer for. Please note that Chrome now has a PDF viewer which is separate from this plugin.  If you prefer to use Google Docs to view PDFs then you can enable that in the options.”

    b) Print Friendly and PDF (4/5 – 248) 130, 736 users (0.19%)

    Print Friendly & PDF

      With a moderately high level of users, PrintFriendly and PDF is hard to judge as only 0.19% of users accredited it. It is a really nice tool for quickly and tidily printing web pages without the mess of tabs and sidebars. Tidier PDFs of webpages can also be saved with this. I found this really great for saving newspaper articles I wanted to reference as PDFs. It works best on individual articles or posts, not homepages where there is a lot of imagery and mixed information.

      Description:

      “Save paper and ink when you print. Print Friendly removes ads, navigation and junk before your print. Pages are optimized for the ultimate print reading experience. You can click-to-delete any content before printing. It remove images or individual images. Change the text size from larger to smaller. Generate PDFs for archiving, sharing, or saving. PDFs include clickable links, and source URL so you can continue to interact.

      Features

      * Print Preview

      * Save as PDF

      * Email Page

      * Remove Images and text you don’t want

      * Change font size”

      c) PDF viewer (4/5 – 33) 246, 206 users (0.01%)

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        As the official description notes, it is an “experiment” trying to overcome the problem of native code assistance. It has a 4/5 rating, but only from 0.01% of the almost quarter of a million users. The commentary is very positive, and I had no problem with it.

        Description:

        “PDF.js is an HTML5 technology experiment that explores building a faithful and efficient Portable Document Format (PDF) renderer without native code assistance. This extension provides PDF.js as the default PDF viewer in Chrome.”

        d) Save as PDF (3.5/5 – 537) 150, 631 users (0.36%)

        Save as PDF

          This extension gives the user limited features to manipulate and save webpages on the free version. More features are available if you login and pay. It beats “Print Friendly and PDF” by being able to generate PDFs from complicated webpages.

          Description:

          “Lets you download web pages as PDF in one click. This extension lets you easily save web pages to pdf. It uses https://pdfcrowd.com html to pdf online service. The extension works right out of the box using the default settings. If you want to customize the pdf you can sign up for a paid account at Pdfcrowd. The available options include page size, page orientation, margins, password protection, initial view, etc. You can learn more about the extension at https://pdfcrowd.com/save-as-pdf-explained/

          e) PDFescape Free PDF Editor (3.5/5 – 157) 72, 898 users (0.22%)

          PDFescape Free PDF Editor

            If you don’t want the bother of having a PDF reader to open and edit PDFs, this replaces readers by allowing you to do all that online. A drawback is if you want to do this offline – then a reader would be very useful! My experience with this was very positive – like being able to add links, white-outs, freehand or text notes to all kinds of reports and files. It is a little slow to load long documents, but that’s my only criticism.

            Description:

            “This Google Chrome extension allows you to automatically open PDF files you discover online in PDFescape. Using this extension allows you to quickly open PDF files online inside of PDFescape (instead of your default PDF reader). No additional software or registration is required! PDFescape’s Chrome Extension is completely free (as is PDFescape). By opening PDF files online in PDFescape, Google Chrome users no longer need Adobe Reader or any other PDF reader. PDFescape is able to edit PDF files, fill out PDF forms, add form fields and hyperlinks to files, print & view PDF files, rearrange pages, completely remove pages from files, and much more.”

            f) Convert PDF to Word (3.5/5 – 238) 98,550 users (0.24%)

            Convert PDF to Word

              There are many websites that perform this service for free, so it is not very revolutionary. I tried it and it crashed – twice. The PDF to Word app listed below gave a much better service.

              Description:

              “Convert PDF to Word without installing any app on your computer. The Pdf to Word convert is an easy tool for converting your pdf files to word format. In this new version of our extension, we want to bring the user all the knowledge gained from our web app PDF to Word Converter App for Chrome and freely available. We hope you enjoy the changes.”

              g) PDF Bookmarker for Google Docs (4/5 – 12) 2207 users (0.54%)

              PDF Bookmarker for Google Docs

                For someone who reads a lot of long PDF reports or articles (like me) this is a very useful way for not losing track of what I am reading online. Pick up at the last page you bookmarked, with no scrolling to find where you left off. Or so it says. Maybe I got it wrong, but I opened a small PDF in Google Drive Viewer as instructed, but I could not find the “bookmarker” anywhere.

                Description:

                “Click the bookmark button on the thumbnail icon in the left column, and the extension will remember the bookmarked page. When you open the pdf again it will open to the page you last bookmarked, and you can continue reading. NOTE: The bookmarks are synced to the cloud, so your bookmarks will transfer between all computers using the extension.”

                h) iWeb2x – URL to PDF and image (4/5 – 78) 11238 users (0.69%)

                iWeb2x - URL to PDF & Image

                  The PDF function is really nice – I tested it on a newspaper landing page, and it produced a good PDF (you can choose greyscale as well if you like). The image option was less satisfactory, allowing no cropping options or downloading options – you have to right-click to save. “Webpage Screenshot” is a way better extension for this.

                  Description:

                  “Convert web page to printer friendly PDF, image snapshot, or high resolution wallpaper.

                  1. Web Page to PDF

                  – Convert web page to an elegant printer friendly PDF to print or read offline

                  – Control page size (Letter, Legal, A0-A9, B0-B10, +more)

                  – Control page orientation (Landscape, Portrait)

                  – Control PDF render mode (Color, Gray)

                  – Exclude web page images or background color to optimize printing

                  – The service uses the following online service iWeb2Print

                  2. Web Page to Image

                  – Convert web page to an image snapshot or high resolution wallpaper

                  – Support several image formats (PNG, GIF, JPG, TIF, BMP, PPM, PGM)

                  – Support standard wallpaper sizes (1024×768, 1280×600, 1920×1200, +more)

                  – Set image size to “Screen” to save entire web page rather than its visible area

                  – Set image format to “PNG” to get high resolution image. Size may be huge!

                  – Set image format to “JPG” to get small size image

                  – The service uses the following online service iWeb2Shot”

                  i) Sign Now – Sign and Fill PDF and Word Documents (4.5/5 – 29) 2506 users (1.12%)

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                    If you don’t mind the look of an electronic signature, then this is quite a time-saver. Sign online, and go. However, you do have to create an account to use it.

                    Description:

                    “Sign documents anywhere or get anyone’s signature for free. SignNow’s extension makes it easy to sign pdf’s from the web or your gmail.  Simply click “Open in SignNow” from any pdf in your browser, including in gmail, to easily sign a document. Need to sign a document? Need to get someone’s signature on a document? SignNow makes it easy to do both for free, and forget about printing, scanning, or faxing. Simply:

                    1) Upload any PDF, Word, or rich text document

                    2) Sign realistically by drawing with your mouse, by typing, or by uploading. People won’t even know your signature was electronic.

                    3) Email the signed document to anyone, or save the document to a free SignNow account.”

                    j) Send to Google Drive (4.5/5 – 94) 31270 users (0.3%)

                    Send to Google Drive

                      A pretty nice tool if you want to quickly save a webpage to the Drive as a PDF. This is an alternative to saving it to your computer and then having to upload it to Drive. It’s limitation is not being able to function on sites requiring a login or session. Some pixel distortion occurred in some of the images on the webpage I sent to Drive. The text worked out fine.

                      Description:

                      “Allows you to upload a pdf version of the current page to your Google Drive using the pdfcrowd service. This extension’s purpose is to make it easy to save a web page to your Google Drive. To use (see screenshots):

                      * Click the extension icon on the page you would like to upload

                      * Click the “Save in Google Drive” button at the top of the Google Docs Viewer that pops up in a new tab

                      * See options for more features

                      Limitations:

                      * Will not work on sites that require a login or session”

                      like searching in Chrome store

                        like searching in the Chrome store…

                        PDF tools 2: apps

                        a) PDF Mergy (4.5/5 – 638) 288990 users (0.22%)

                        PDF Mergy

                          Again, another tool that you can find as a web app within moments on a search engine, but if you are a frequent user then it could be a good app to have installed. I like the option of being able to merge PDFs from the computer and Drive, and have the option of saving to computer and Drive as well after. Sometimes you have to upload instead of doing drag ‘n drop.

                          Description:

                          “This WebApp provides a simple way to merge PDF files. You can either select the files you want to merge from you computer or drop them on the app using drag and drop. After that use drag and drop to bring the files in the desired order. The resulting merged PDF file will contain all Documents in the order as they appear on the screen.  When done, press merge to initiate merging. In order to process your files, they will be uploaded to a remote server. The files are uploaded and stored only for the purpose of being merged. Some minutes after processing them all files are deleted permanently from the remote system. Please note that this App currently does not feature any encryption. So you should not use it with confidential files especially if you are on a untrusted network.”

                          b) Free Online PDF Tools (3/5 – 285) 218390 users (0.13%)

                          Free Online PDF Tools

                            Despite the advertisement of multiple functionality, this does NOT work at all.

                            Description:

                            “Free Online PDF Tools: rotate PDF, merge any files to PDF,split PDF, PDF to JPEG,any file to PDF, Barcode2PDF . PDF Tools. Merge two or more files (Images, PSD, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, HTML…) into a new PDF document. Convert any document to PDF: Images, PSD, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, HTML To PDF Converter. Convert any file to JPG’s: upload any file and download zip file contain all pages as jpeg. Unlock PDF documents: get access to password-protected PDF files. Unlock restricted PDF documents by removing printing, editing and copying restrictions”

                            c) PDF to Word Converter App (3/5 – 472) 209062 users (0.23%)

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                            PDF to Word Converter App

                              This takes you to an external website. The extension of the same function (listed above) did not score much better, at 0.24%. However, it worked perfectly for me (no crash like the extension) and successfully converted a 100-page PDF into a smooth Word version.

                              Description:

                              “PDF to Word Converter is a easy way to convert yours pdf files to word files. PDF to Word converter App gives you a tool that easily converts your PDF files to word and now the word to pdf. Soon we will have major improvements in the app to better use google chrome and its derivatives.”

                              d) Free PDF Maker (3/5 – 51) 38694 users (0.13%)

                              Free PDF Maker

                                This is apparently for making PDFs from HTML, images and text. After a lot of click-throughs, I tried to make a PDF from a few lines of HTML. Crash.

                                Description:

                                “Simple little free app to help you create and download PDF files from text, images or HTML

                                – Create and download PDF files

                                – Create PDF from text

                                – Create PDF from images

                                – Create PDF from from html”

                                e) Free Online PDF Unlocker (3/5 – 85) 54288 users (0.16%)

                                Free Online PDF Unlocker

                                  this connects to an external web-app and requires click-throughs… not fun to use on the go.

                                  Description:

                                  “Free Online PDF Tools: Unlock PDF Files, and enable printing and editing.

                                  1. Select PDF file to upload.

                                  2. Click on the “UNLOCK NOW” Button.

                                  3. Download Unlocked PDF File.”

                                  f) PDFzen PDF Viewer and Editor (2/5 – 206) 20583 users (1%)

                                  PDFzen PDF Viewer & Editor

                                    The comments inform that overall there are still too many bugs and problems with PDFzen to recommend for use. The document I tried to load took so long that I gave up.

                                    Description:

                                    “The PDFzen Google Drive app lets you easily edit your PDFs in Google Drive. PDFzen is a free online PDF editor, and HTML5 means you can edit & share your PDFs without leaving your browser. Best of all, PDFzen is now available on the PDFs you already have stored in Google Drive. Fill out PDF forms, sign documents, highlight text, leave comments, and even draw on the PDF. You don’t need to create an account to use PDFzen. With the PDFzen Google Drive app you can open your PDFs in PDFzen and start editing immediately – right in your browser and on the docs you already have in Google Drive. When you are finished, you can save your edits back to Google drive, download the document as a PDF or get the link to share via email or social media. HTML5 PDF editing means PDFzen works right from the browser of your iPhone or iPad too. Have PDFs on your desktop that you want to upload to PDFzen? The free desk PDF Reader integrates directly with PDFzen, so its just 1 click to immediately open your PDFs in PDFzen for quick editing & sharing. This is great for quickly publishing to the web, and collaborating with others. (desk PDF Reader is available for Windows & Mac, with Linux coming soon.)”

                                    g) PDF Cloud Tools (3/5 – 81) 56501 users (0.14%)

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                                    PDF Cloud Tools

                                      This did NOT work at all. The website landing page is there but any choice of services leads to nothing. Very annoying.

                                      Description:

                                      “PDF Cloud Tools: With this web application you can easily work with PDF documents. Rotate, merge, convert, unlock, and more. We Edged software have introduced a cloud based free online PDF app to make your work easy and comfortable. As a user friendly APP you can use it anywhere any time without installing a single line of code into your computer. With our PDF APP you can:

                                      Convert a word document into a PDF document

                                      Convert a excel sheet into a secured PDF document

                                      Convert a PDF document into a image

                                      Convert a PSD file into a PDF Document

                                      Convert a HTML file into a PDF Document

                                      Convert a Beautiful PowerPoint presentation into a PDF Document

                                      Merge any word, image, html, PSD, PowerPoint and excel sheet into a PDF document

                                      Unlock your PDF Documents

                                      Facebook Photos to PDF Documents

                                      Convert your Instagram into a PDF Documents

                                      PDF Document to online flip book”

                                      h) PDF Documents Merger (2.5/5 – 27) 9152 users (0.3%)

                                      PDF Documents Merger

                                        The drag and drop feature didn’t work for me, nor did I wait around for the merging. This is too slow, even if it is functional.

                                        Description:

                                        “Drag and drop to merge any files (PDF, image, docs, html…) into a single PDF file. Supporst: PDF, images, PSD, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, HTML … You can drag & drop files from your desktop on this webpage with Google™ Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari. drag and drop any document (Images,Office,Html,Txt…).”

                                        i) ILOVEPDF Merge and Split PDF (4/5 – 19) 6775 users (0.28%)

                                        ILOVEPDF Merge & Split PDF

                                          This links to a website – not an app, but works fine and fast.

                                          Description:

                                          “Merge PDF files or split PDF files online for free! Quick and easy service to merge PDF or split PDF files.”

                                          j) Sejda PDF (4/5 – 12) 1760 users (0.68%)

                                          Sejda PDF

                                            It worked, but it is actually just a link to a web app, not an integrated Chrome app.

                                            Description:

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                                            “Split and Merge PDF Files. Advanced PDF manipulation. Sejda is a quick, friendly and hassle-free online tool for manipulating pdf documents. Doesn’t require registration and is free to use. Split and merge PDF Files. Mix and alternate pdf files. Apply page headers and footers with page numbering to pdf files. Encrypt (protect) and decrypt (unprotect) pdf files. Rotate PDF pages. Extract text from PDF files. You’re limited to 50Mb. The process is as fast as processing on a local computer, runs in the cloud, without the hassle of installing extra software. Works on all desktop platforms, Mac, Linux and Windows.”

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                                            5 Learning Management Systems (LMS) for Effective Learning

                                            5 Learning Management Systems (LMS) for Effective Learning

                                            Businesses rely on talent to generate and sell value. Without skilled people to create its products, manage its operations and execute its strategies, a business would inevitably fizzle out of the game and leave better-staffed competitors to take the field.

                                            This is the reason why ambitious companies go great lengths to attract top talent,[1] shelling out millions of dollars in the process and bending traditional work policies just to bring highly skilled but demanding candidates into the fold.

                                            Clearly, the contours of business are changing. But so are the demographics of work.

                                            Millennials have become the dominant generation in the job market in terms of population, and some have already transitioned into leadership roles. Most millennials consider opportunity to learn and grow more important than overall compensation.[2]

                                            Companies also today expect employees to come equipped with razor sharp business acumen.[3] Unfortunately, there is an alarming discrepancy between the actual skills businesses need and those currently possessed by job candidates.

                                            To stay in the game, employers need to continually upgrade their training and skills development strategies to cover the entire employee lifecycle.

                                            What are Learning Management Systems (LMS)?

                                            Learning management systems are software-based solutions for authoring, presenting, consuming, storing, and tracking educational content and training materials. These systems aim to centralize all instructional content (e.g., lessons, training modules, instructional videos, presentation slides, worksheets, online quizzes, ebooks, takeaway notes, etc.) in one place.

                                            LMS enable instructors to design and deliver learning experiences to students, with the added capability of evaluating the effectiveness of the instructional materials and grading the learning progress of students.

                                            On the other side of the equation, learners use LMS to develop skills and acquire new knowledge virtually anytime and anywhere via the different channels and content formats made possible by digital technology.

                                            Over the years, a wide range of features and technologies have been integrated into learning management systems to help enhance the experience of training designers, instructors, and learners. These include cloud and mobile technology, artificial intelligence, responsive design, scheduling, gamification, data analytics, and interoperability with other applications.

                                            5 Best All-Purpose Learning Management Systems

                                            There are dozens of LMS vendors catering to the general market or to specific segments such as K-12 learning, higher education, and corporate training.

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                                            With so many options available, selecting the right LMS solution for your needs can be complicated and costly, especially when you end up adopting a platform that doesn’t exactly match your goals or requirements.

                                            Short of conducting a comprehensive audit of your needs and finalizing a learning roadmap, the safest bet would be to adopt full-featured but affordable LMS solutions.

                                            Based on user reviews, here are the 5 best LMS to help people gain knowledge, build skills, and achieve mastery:

                                            1. Canvas Network

                                            Launched by Instructure as an open source software in 2011, Canvas is an end-to-end cloud-based service originally engineered for the education sector.

                                            Widely adopted for K-12 and Higher Ed learning, Canvas can be repurposed for anything that involves an instructor, a subject matter, and a student.

                                            Used around the world by people of all ages and organizations of all types, Canvas arguably has the largest learning and support community in its class. It works on desktop computers, tablets and mobile phones.

                                            To get a glimpse of the platform’s fresh interfaces, you can visit the Canvas Network, a learning community that provides educational and instructional materials created by colleges, universities, corporate businesses, independent course developers, and other knowledge-sharing entities around the world.

                                            Hosting hundreds of interesting topics from data science to horticulture, the learning network also serves as evidence to the scope, capabilities, and popularity of the Canvas LMS platform.

                                            Canvas is hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS) infrastructure, which enhances the platform’s reliability, speed, scalability, and overall online performance.

                                            Additionally, platform adopters enjoy a low-risk environment since cloud-based solutions require no hard stops for version updates, upgrades, or system migrations.

                                            The Canvas website does not show a price matrix but says the service adopts a simple formula for computing fees: a one-time implementation fee and an annual subscription fee based on total number of users. It also promises free basic services for teachers who want to use the platform.

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                                            In addition to Canvas, Instructure also offers Bridge (an LMS designed for corporate environments), Arc (a video platform for online learning), and Gauge (an assessment management system).

                                            Check out this video if you want to learn more about Canvas Network:

                                            2. Google Classroom

                                            This free service from Google aims to improve the teaching and learning process using cloud technology, web apps, workflow simplification, and seamless communication between students and instructors.

                                            Using Classroom, educators can easily create and schedule classes, distribute assignments, send feedback, and grade quizzes all in one place. By streamlining processes, Classroom helps teachers save time and organize classes more effectively. Both students and teachers can also work using any device anytime and anywhere.

                                            Classroom works perfectly with other Google tools, having been launched initially as part of Google’s G Suite for Education. This LMS solution taps Google Drive for content storage and distribution, as well as Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides for the creation and sharing of instructional materials. Meanwhile it integrates Google Calendar for scheduling and Gmail for communication.

                                            With G Suite, other communication channels such as chat messaging, video conferencing, and a dedicated website are enabled.

                                            Easy to set up and manage, Google Classroom is free to use. One of my very first courses was actually hosted on Google Classroom.

                                            Going beyond the classroom environment, Google offers G Suite Enterprise for Education for large institutions. This suite provides enhanced search and analytics capabilities as well as advanced tools for enterprise communications.

                                            3. Moodle (Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment)

                                            If budget and capability equally top your list of LMS adoption criteria, then Moodle might just fit the bill. Which is to say there’s none (i.e., bill).

                                            Moodle is a free and open-source learning solution for distance education, workplace training, flipped classrooms, and other pedagogical environments.

                                            It is also a full-featured LMS supported by a robust community and a thriving developer ecosystem. Not surprisingly, Moodle is used in more than 15 million courses by more than 130 million users in 230+ countries.

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                                            Among other things, Moodle enables administrators and educators to create a dynamic and dedicated website to host organic, easily accessible, and highly customizable courses that can be experienced on desktops and mobile devices anytime and anywhere.

                                            Moodle provides a personalized and intuitive dashboard as well as a host of collaboration tools for content designers, teachers, and learners. A universal calendar, an efficient file management system, an automatic notification system, multimedia integration, and a progress tracking tool all come with the package.

                                            Check out this video if you want to learn more about Moodle:

                                            4. Absorb

                                            This platform recently bagged PC Magazine’s Editors’ Choice Award for Best LMS.

                                            Co-designed and built by former course authors, Absorb takes learning experience to the next level. This turnkey LMS solution is responsive, full-featured, and highly customizable for maximum impact.

                                            Course developers can orchestrate a wide range of experiences depending on audience or learning situation. In addition to surveys, polls, and e-commerce integration, Absorb supports formal online learning and certifications standards such as AICC, SCORM, and Tin Can.

                                            The user interface can also be modified to match the learner’s location, group, or department, allowing for a different look and feel for customers, channel partners, management trainees, and newly hired employees.

                                            Absorb supports all personal computing devices from desktops to mobile phones. There are also native or hybrid apps for iOS and Android.

                                            The only possible drawback to the platform’s powerful feature set is its pricing. The service reportedly implements a flat, one-time setup fee depending on your business and training requirements. According to the site, any plan comes with a dedicated success team for your account.

                                            Although small companies are welcome to try, midsize to enterprise-scale organizations are probably the best segment to readily adopt this LMS solution.

                                            Take a look at some examples of Absorb in this video:

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                                            5. Watershed Collaborative

                                            Created by a group of educators, this nonprofit rethinks the priorities of an LMS, asserting that too many systems miss the most essential elements of what makes learning stick. They promise a better user experience – emphasizing Learning before Management and System.

                                            Watershed aims to support an inquiry-based learning experience through an integrated mix of online and in-person learning strategies and interactions designed expressly for teams – including collaboration, reflection, and dialogue.

                                            While Watershed was founded initially to serve the K-12 education market, the company has since expanded its scope to cater to all types of teachers and learners with its video-rich, state-of-the-art platform.

                                            If you’re a mission-driven educator, content creator, institution, or business, this LMS may be the one for you.

                                            Watershed specializes in assisting you with the instructional design of courses and provides content production services to ensure top-quality video assets with lasting value. Their LMS makes it easy for course creators to continuously update and tailor content to support small and large groups, while ensuring the technology and instructional strategy supports communities of learners.

                                            Pricing varies based on products and services, but revenues support the nonprofit’s ability to make its platform and courses available at little or no cost for high-need educators and educational settings.

                                            Honorable Mentions

                                            There are dozens of LMS vendors in this growing market and the brands included in foregoing list are by no means the only viable options for companies or learning institutions looking to upgrade their learning infrastructure.

                                            Many other excellent services are worth checking out. These include:

                                            1. Docebo is an LMS designed for hyper-engaging students, employees, customers, and other learners. The system helps organizations identify and resolve competency gaps with strategic learning interventions.
                                            2. Cornerstone OnDemand is a talent, training, and performance management solution offered as an SaaS (Software-as-a-Service). This service enables learners to create personalized playlists of instructional content.
                                            3. Lessonly is an LMS solution that makes it easier to recall and reinforce whatever skills or knowledge you have learned through quizzes, coaching, and constant practice.
                                            4. Skillsoft is an online training and corporate learning platform developed by a two-decade old and billion-dollar company with the same name.
                                            5. D2L BrightSpace is a learning management system that has all the basics for delivering excellent, rich-media experiences for classroom or workplace training.

                                            Conclusion

                                            There are many ways to learn but some are more effective and meaningful than others. Whether you are a teacher looking to enhance classroom learning or an HR manager creating a long-term talent development plan for employees, the key to impactful learning is to understand and bridge the needs of learners, the goals of your institution, and the actual capabilities of the learning tools you are considering.

                                            Note that using multiple LMS platforms is possible although not recommended. On the other hand, adopting other learning solutions beyond LMS (such as podcasts, mentoring, and onsite in-person workshops) may significantly improve learning outcomes. Always go for products and plugins that seamlessly integrate into your core LMS tool.

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