10 LMS integrations you need for better eLearning

LMS integrations you need for better eLearning

A great learning management system shouldn’t work in isolation. Depending on the nature of your organization, an LMS may deliver most value by integrating with existing applications. The benefits of LMS integrations are many and varied. Working with systems that are already familiar can increase the rate and ease of user adoption. Integrations can also deliver a much better user experience. Systems that can talk to each other and work together reduce manual admin and user frustration. Another major benefit is the increased range and depth of reports that LMS integrations can deliver. The more integrated your systems are in general, the easier it will be for individuals, teams and departments to work together towards the same goals. Because we value LMS integrations at LearnUpon, we developed a range of options for the systems and platforms our customers use most. Here are ten LMS integrations you need to deliver more efficient eLearning.

 

Salesforce integration

How the integration works: Connecting LearnUpon with Salesforce, the world’s number one cloud CRM, takes just a few clicks. After that, LearnUpon customers can access all of their training data directly within the Salesforce platform. That means that information about learner actions like enrollment, commencement and completion automatically syncs in real-time between LearnUpon and Salesforce databases. You can also use single sign-on (SSO) to allow learners to use one set of credentials across both platforms. SSO enables users to move directly from an intranet or corporate network to a personal learning portal without needing to login again.

Why you should integrate: If you already use Salesforce, integrating the platform with your LMS is a no-brainer. The main benefits are an improved user experience for admins and learners and lots of useful reporting options. To access LMS features, users simply click on a learning tab in Salesforce, without needing to login to LearnUpon or even leave the Salesforce platform. Real-time information display and widgets also help admins to quickly see which courses learners are registered for. As learners access things like training materials, videos and exams, all tracking and completion data is available to admins in Salesforce itself. The integration also makes it easy to generate training reports in Salesforce.

Key data transfers: Users, learner progress and completion history.

 

Shopify integration

How the integration works: LearnUpon’s eCommerce features make it easy for Subject Matter Experts and training companies to sell online courses. To make eCommerce for eLearning even easier, LearnUpon customers can integrate their LMS with Shopify, the world’s leading eCommerce platform. The integration allows customers to link courses in LearnUpon directly to their own products in a customized Shopify store.

Why you should integrate: The LMS integration makes starting an eLearning eCommerce venture simple – it takes less than two minutes to integrate LearnUpon’s LMS with Shopify. And then you’re ready to provide a simple and secure experience to customers all over the world.

Key data transfers: Users, products and purchases

Learn more: How to sell online courses with Shopify

 

PayPal, Authorize.Net and Stripe payment integrations

How the integration works: If you decide to sell online courses, you should offer prospective customers user-friendly payment options. That’s the goal of our LMS integrations with PayPal, Authorize.Net and Stripe. As one of the world’s most popular payment gateways, millions of customers use PayPal to make and receive online payments. Authorize.net has over 400,000 customers internationally. And Stripe Connect allows LearnUpon customers to seamlessly integrate their account to provide a fast and efficient checkout process without being redirected from their LearnUpon store.

Why you should integrate: Our range of LMS integration options allows you to choose the payment gateways that are most popular with your customers. By integrating your LMS with PayPal, Authorize.Net or Stripe, you can deliver a secure and simple shopping cart experience to customers all over the world.
Key data transfers: eCommerce purchases

 

Google Analytics integration

How the integration works: If you choose to sell courses, you should measure your store’s performance to enhance user experience and boost eCommerce conversions. Integrating your LMS with Google Analytics will give you access to powerful data about things like: which channels customers use most to reach your store, how visits fluctuate by days of the week and hours of the day, and which courses are most popular.

Why you should integrate: Measuring the performance of eCommerce initiatives is essential to determining if the work you’re doing is valuable, and what kind of Return on Investment you can expect. Analyzing the information tracked in Google Analytics can ultimately help you to increase course sales.
Key data transfers: Page click tracking, page views, and lots more

 

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Microsoft Azure AD integration

How the integration works: Our integration with Microsoft Azure AD makes it easy for LearnUpon customers to manage user access and enable SSO with Microsoft applications like Office 365. Users simply login to LearnUpon using their organizational accounts hosted in Microsoft Azure AD.

Why you should integrate: The LMS integration makes it even easier for learners to access and use their LMS securely. Admins enjoy a simple step-by-step user interface to configure the integration.

Key data transfers: Users, groups and custom data

 

LinkedIn integration

How the integration works: The LMS integration allows learners who complete courses to display and share certificates on their LinkedIn profile.

Why you should integrate: LinkedIn reports that users who display certification achievements receive up to six times more profile views than average. Our LinkedIn integration also allows those who deliver training to promote courses. Every time a learner shares a certificate with their followers, it builds awareness about your eLearning offerings.

Key data transfers: Certification completion and expiry dates

 

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Twitter integration

How the integration works: Integrating with Twitter gives course providers new opportunities to communicate with users and promote their courses. LearnUpon customers can embed their Twitter feed in their eCommerce store or on the dashboard of their LMS. Learners can also can use the Twitter integration to tweet about courses they’ve successfully completed.

Why you should integrate: Embedding your Twitter feed will help learners and prospective customers to stay up-to-date with company news. Enabling learners to tweet about course completions is a win-win. It adds social proof to your marketing efforts and helps learners to share news about their achievements.

Key data transfers: Certification completion and expiry dates

 

LRS integration

How the integration works: A Learning Record Store, or LRS, works with the Tin Can API to collect, store and retrieve data about a huge range of learning experiences. LearnUpon integrates with all Learning Record Stores on the market, including Wax LRS by Saltbox, Grassblade LRS, WaterShed LRS and Learning Locker. Integrating with an LRS means that Tin Can statements can be retrieved for reporting and analysis of learner data as they’re needed.

Why you should integrate: It’s not essential to integrate with an LRS to generate Tin Can reports. LearnUpon stores, tracks and reports on Tin Can statements even without a Learning Record Store, for example. But an LRS gives you more options for reporting on, and crunching, that Tin Can data. Integrating your LMS with an LRS also helps data to be presented in a way that’s accessible and easy to interpret.

Key data transfers: All of your Tin Can API statements

 

API integrations

How the integration works: As well as integrating with other software systems and platforms, LearnUpon’s API can be used to customize your LMS. Our API is used to create users, add them to groups, enroll them in courses, and extract user and course completion data. Some customers use our API to generate enrollments in courses from third-party apps. Others use the progress made by learners in LearnUpon to build gamification and leaderboards outside the LMS.

Why you should integrate: Customers integrate with our API to automate processes, reduce manual work and create a more efficient and convenient experience for admins and managers. Integrating with an API allows you to access data in an automated way, avoiding the need for admins to login, search, and report on data in a manual fashion.

Key data transfers: Users, Courses, Groups, Enrollments

Learn more: Should you use SSO or an API with your LMS?

 

Webhooks integrations

How the integration works: Integrating with webhooks allows you to customize and automate eLearning processes. You’ll find webhooks most useful if you want to access real-time information. Your developer will create a “module” (a simple script or piece of code on your website) that allows you to “listen” for the event you’re interested in: when a course is completed, or a learner fails an exam, for example. As soon as the event occurs, your LMS will use the webhook to notify you in real time. You can then use information forwarded with the webhook to update or create additional actions elsewhere in a separate website or application.

Why you should integrate: Our customers use information pushed by webhooks to automate reports and flag important learning events in related applications.

Key data transfers: Users, courses, groups and enrollments

Learn more: Should you use SSO or an API with your LMS?

 

But that’s just the start! There are lots more system integrations coming this year to make delivering eLearning easier than ever.