CYPHER Learning and the reinvention of learning management systems

From universities to corporate offices, learning management systems (LMS) have become an essential tool for people who want to share and disseminate information online. CYPHER Learning, a leading provider of multi-media learning platforms, has reinvented the way we use LMS, prioritizing accessibility and user retention.

At the beginning of last month, CYPHER spear a range of new features for its suite of learning management systems, including its new graphical dashboard system for administrators, teachers and students, dark mode functionality and surveys functionality at the site scale. These additions come from their previous LMS updates, including integration with the popular payment service. YooMoney.

We caught up with CYPHER Learning CEO Graham Glass to discuss new developments in CYPHER’s LMS.

“A lot of learning management systems are pretty clunky, they have tons of features, but when you plug into them it’s like 1980s or something,” Glass said. “We wanted to create something that looks like the Apple of LMS […] we wanted to make a consumer product, but at the same time a very complete and very rich set of features. So we spent a lot of time designing the user interface for our product.

CYPHER’s LMS works beyond the education sector. They provide LMS to universities and schools with NEO LMS, companies with LMS MATRIX, and more particularly, entrepreneurs with LMS INDE, in which the company plans to invest more in 2022. Discussing the different LMSs, Glass explained how users across industries are looking for more accessible ways to share, and that while NEO, MATRIX and INDIE cater to different audiences, what attracts them to LMS are many of the same characteristics.

“I predicted that K-12 would like gamification the most, followed by higher education followed by business and it’s actually the other way around,” Glass said, discussing the demographic that responded most vehemently to the question. LMS user interface.

Gamification is becoming an important factor in learning management systems and in online learning as a whole. Systems like Blackboard and, more recently, Microsoft SharePoint has taken further steps to integrate gameplay mechanics into their products, as it turned out user engagement. A report of Fortune Business Insights, which forecasts LMS market trends for the next seven years, points out that the driving force behind success in LMS lies in platforms that give users the ability to “administer, report, track and automate the process of e-learning courses. . “This is why many organizations and businesses, as the report indicates, have adopted LMS platforms to implement e-learning methods.

MATRIX LMS has been adopted by companies across America, from the COSTCO retail chain to the personal care brand Dermologica. Earlier this year, CYPHER was successful in securing a $ 40 million growth fundraiser from Invictus Growth Partners, marking its first outside funding.

Speaking in more detail about the mechanics of CYPHER’s LMS and how attractive they are, Glass explained, “If you’re using automation and gamification and some of the other features built into our platform, it’s almost like you’re a filmmaker, you can script the adventure that your students are going to have with your course, and you can make your course truly surprise and delight. It’s no longer a boring thing.

According to a recent report by Adroit Market Research, CYPHER Learning is a key player in the international market for enterprise learning management systems

The training provider currently hosts over 1 million users in 20,000 organizations, their LMS in particular, supports 40 languages. CYPHER’s global reach is due in part to their goal of giving users a sense of community. As Glass says, expanding to 25 offices around the world and providing machine translation functionality for all LMSs, users “in Poland, Malaysia or the Philippines if they want to select a platform for learning, the fact that we actually have an office in their country, we speak their language, we know their customs, we adapt to their local prices, all that stuff, that really interests them.

This push into international reach and scope of functionality is CYPHER’s effort to create an LMS that can work at all levels, so users don’t have to work outside of the system to perform necessary tasks. LMSs that do not adapt to user needs in terms of accessibility and ease, rarely well with their audience. It is with this incentive that CYPHER has developed the functionalities at its disposal, from its survey function or its report card function in the system, a new NEO functionality more typical of student information systems. (SIS). Glass mentioned that this new addition will be launching in the coming weeks. The inclusion of adaptable features is important for LMS, especially at the height of distance and hybrid learningbecause it eliminates the need to use different tools to perform an otherwise simple task, such as filing ballots.

LMS as a learning companion

The development of a multifunctional LMS and a strong focus on personalization pushes towards CYPHER’s bigger goal for 2022.

“So one of the things we do with NEO is that we incorporate correspondence learning and artificial intelligence so that NEO becomes an active learning assistant. So if you are a student learning biology in school, or you are in a large company and you are in technical support, and you take various courses, our site will give you recommendations to improve your learning. goals. We will also allow students to include their own learning goals, and we will allow tutors and teachers to include learning goals on behalf of students. Our learning platforms are going to be like this intelligence platform that will start to proactively help people on their learning journey.

CYPHER, just like its competitors, is in a constant state of innovation and improvement. The push towards an AI-supported system is a new development in the EdTech sector and the one that is most in line with the LMS market 2021-2028 report. Whether it’s in-person synchronous learning or asynchronous distance learning, CYPHER’s LMS is at the forefront of a growing trend with vendors, making learning management systems the number one point. directory for online learning and work.

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