Associations use learning management platforms to help educate and provide certification for their community.

The term learning management systems (LMS) has come to mean many things, and the applications that call themselves such, also vary tremendously in the features offered. For many that serve as a traditional LMS they allow for the administration, documentation, tracking, reporting, automation, and delivery of educational courses/content, training programs, or learning and development programs. They often have the ability to combine synchronous and asynchronous content. Learning management systems often are designed to serve as stand-alone solutions and their workflows reflect that concept, however, when these solutions are integrated, they are able to provide a powerful, seamless learning experience for members and provide staff with valuable information to help guide decision making.

Best Practices

  • While many LMS's have an ecommerce capability, it is recommended that financial transactions happen in iMIS and the content is delivered in the LMS. This allows iMIS to determine pricing and who can purchase what. It also eliminates the need reconcile the LMS revenue in iMIS.
  • Setup on-demand content as products in iMIS and content delivered live as events.


  • For many LMS’s the cost is tied to the number of users/members. Understanding how each vendor defines a user can have a serious affect on the price from platform to platform. Some platforms go by the number of unique users per month or year, some by the total number of people in your community.
  • If your organization is already using an LMS and you wish to integrate it to iMIS, the workflow will change slightly and you will need to have an effective way of communicating that to existing users.

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