Most organizations take employee training and development very seriously, as they should. Training your entire organization can be difficult with a legacy learning platform, especially if it doesn’t allow for the connection of LMS integrations.
A learning management system integration is a compatible third-party application that allows data to be shared from the app to the LMS, and vice versa. These APIs allow users to connect software to their learning platform in order to automate tasks, track learner data, generate reports, and provide general ease-of-use features to admins.
There are various applications that can connect to learning management systems, and each of them serves a specific purpose, with categories such as:
eLearning content management
Secure sign-on (SSO)
File storage, sharing, and management
Learning data and analytics
Human resource management
Let’s jump into the list of LMS integrations that can amplify your learning platform.
LMS integrations that streamline enterprise learning
LMS integrations are becoming a standard when choosing a learning platform. Being able to connect all (or most) of your organization's tools together will provide a better experience for learners and an easier time for administrators.
Here are 9 of the best LMS integrations your team needs for streamlined remote learning:
Slack is one of the best team communication tools in the world. It allows organizations to easily chat, share, collaborate, and work together no matter where they are. Plus, Slack’s software integrates with a ton of other tools and is known for its powerful API.
No matter the size of your company, Zoom is a popular tool for organizations to host team meetings, interviews, one-on-one chats, video conferencing, and much more…But, it’s also a great software for virtual training.
How Zoom connects to an LMS is by allowing organizations to create virtual instructor-led training sessions, webinars, or workshops. Zoom can turn your traditional onsite training into a virtual classroom with the click of a button.
Google’s known for making things easy and playing well with others. We’ve all seen and used that “Sign in with Google” button, and it's there for a reason. It enables developers to use a Google email to create a session within the application, negating the need for sending or receiving data from the database. This creates a secure login that poses no security risks.
The Continu + Google SSO integration enables Continu users to safely log into the learning platform with the click of a button. Coupling this with an organization's already existing Google Workspace account, makes this a very intuitive integration that makes user login secure.
LMS SSO integrations to consider
Ensuring your employees and external users are logging in to your LMS safely and securely is a priority when it comes to data protection. Enabling a trusted SSO integration will create a safer environment for your employees and organization.
Here are a few other SSO applications that integrate with an LMS:
Almost everyone knows what Google Calendar is. The ability for other applications to seamlessly integrate with GCal makes this email provider a top choice for most organizations. It’s a powerful tool not only for email but for their entire Google Workspace account. You get access to a variety of Google applications like Sheets, Docs, Slides, and much more…
When it comes to an LMS integration, Google Calendar is a great way to create, schedule, and manage training events in a single location. It shows the attendance of workshops, webinars, or virtual instructor-led training sessions and notifies attendees when the events will start or if anything’s been changed.
Two-way calendar sync to view schedules in Continu
5. Google Analytics - Learner Behavior
Another product from Google that integrates with an LMS is Google Analytics. A web analytics app that tracks and reports on website data, such as pageviews, average time-on-page, bounce rate, goal, and event tracking.
This is a very useful tool to use when measuring the effectiveness of your training materials and courses as a whole. Google Analytics doesn’t have to be strictly for marketing or eCommerce use, an online learning platform can take advantage of it as well.
In fact, the Continu + Google Analytics integration provides your instructors with valuable insights into how your learners are interacting with your online training programs. This LMS integration provides L&D professionals with solutions such as:
Understand granular learning behavior around training resources
Uncover opportunities to improve your training program design
Track progress and learner interactions within Learning Tracks, Workshops, or content
Report on actionable insights to streamline the remote learning audit process
6. Google Drive - Learning Resource Management
Lastly, Google’s Workspace collection is Google Drive. It’s a fantastic app for uploading, downloading, organizing, consolidating, and sharing resources for your team and external users.
Since most organizations have a Google Workspace account to host their email and remote work collaboration, it’s a no-brainer to use this as an LMS integration.
The Continu + Google Drive integration makes it super easy to import Google Slides, Sheets, Docs, and other files into Continu with a single click. For learning and development purposes our integration improves productivity by:
Upload and embed Google Drive files straight into training programs
Share files securely within Continu
Consolidate your learning materials within a single location
Third-party LMS integrations for media hosting
Besides Google Drive, there are various other useful LMS integrations for managing, importing, uploading, and hosting media files for employee learning, such as:
Salesforce is a CRM leader focused on sales, marketing, IT, and commerce-related business revenue. Their world-class sales software provides users with the ability to track deal progress, profits, spending, and much more within a single platform. Besides the software is top-notch, Salesforce can integrate with almost any other popular business tool.
In terms of integrating with a learning management system, the Continu + Salesforce integration enables your organization to visualize learning data from Continu directly within Salesforce. Administrators will also be able to:
View relevant sales training information from Continu about your sales and success teams
Receive up-to-date analytics from your training programs and assessments
Gain access to the Continu Salesforce Dashboard alongside your other Salesforce dashboards
8. OpenSesame - Learning Content
OpenSesame is an online marketplace for buying or selling high-quality eLearning courses and SCORM content. Their learning content library contains full courses relating to improving business skills, compliance training, diversity, and technology, making it a valuable resource for instructors.
OpenSesame is known for being able to integrate with any LMS and does so seamlessly with Continu. In fact, the Continu + OpenSesame integration provides 25 free OpenSesame Plus courses (for the first year) to users of both Continu and OpenSesame.
Besides free courses, the integration lets users import and track content from OpenSesame to Continu with ease.
Notable LMS integrations for external learning content
There are a number of learning content providers that integrate well with an LMS, but the ones that stand out most are:
Workday is a Human Resource Management (HRM) tool that enables organizations to not only manage or track their workforce but also analyze their skills and capabilities. Workday provides an all-in-one package to manage your organization’s:
If your organization currently has an LMS that doesn’t connect to these powerful LMS integrations, it’s time for a change. Legacy learning platforms are clunky, outdated, and inefficient making it harder for your team members to streamline or automate tasks.
Luckily Continu is a modern learning platform built for enterprise organizations that connect to all of the LMS integrations on this list (with more being added soon). Swap out your old LMS and choose a learning solution designed to:
Ramp up new hires quickly and effectively
Automate HR onboarding processes
Connect with your team to provide meaningful learning
Centralize all of your corporate information in a single tool
Track and measure employee training progress
Push and pull data from your other business tools
Invite, assign, and assess your employee's skills
Plus much more!
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