I am excited to announce that Tagoras has published the 2013 Association LMS Report today.  We have been a part of Jeff Cobb and Celisa Steele’s research report since the very first one published in September 2009. It’s amazing to see how far our CourseStage LMS offering has come in that time, and it’s also exciting to see how the report itself has grown. I believe that a strong competitive environment is healthy for innovation, so I’m happy to see several new systems evaluated in this year’s LMS report. This will only be a benefit to associations seeking LMSs that cater to their organizations’ professional development needs. With that being said, I rarely promote my company’s products on my blog, but I am especially excited to share what Tagoras wrote about our CourseStage LMS.


“Our Take on CourseStage”: A Summary

The Association LMS report includes Tagoras’ expert opinions on our system after reading our product surveys and viewing our product demo.

CourseStage features that the report emphasizes include:


  • Learning plans that allow for both mandatory and optional courses to be completed for credit
  • A robust eCommerce system built on Magento, specifically for CourseStage use
  • The ability to handle numerous certification types
  • A live training module that tracks live and hybrid events
  • Quiz remediation and feedback that can be customized per answer/score in CourseStage
  • CourseStage’s sister product, CourseCreate, that now features a scenario builder that supports simulation branching and is growing more and more popular with medical associations
  • CourseStage’s numerous integrations with AMSes, not only for single sign-on, but also e-commerce and transcript data
  • An online support center and the building of a knowledge center that will allow clients to post tips of their own

Tagoras ends their overview with this:  “…Web Courseworks represents an ideal middle ground, offering an intelligent approach to improving the base Moodle code for clients and providing hosting, support, and custom content development.”


I have long been a believer that it is important to thoroughly research which options are best for you before committing to an LMS.  The Tagoras report can provide associations with a good roadmap to finding an LMS that suits their needs.

If you would like to purchase the full version, please click here: http://www.tagoras.com/catalog/association-lms/

(Full disclosure: Web Courseworks markets a Moodle based LMS to non-profits, associations, and corporations for specific educational initiatives.)

Managing eLearning is written by the Blog team at Web Courseworks which includes Jon Aleckson and Jillian Bichanich.  Ideas and concepts are originated and final copy reviewed by Jon Aleckson.