Key LMS Trends for 2022 and Beyond

By David Butler • December 6, 2021

If Netflix has given us anything other than a great variety of movies and shows to binge on, it is that it has decisively revealed that consumers want their content on-demand. This principle holds true with online learners as well. Online learning is not only cost-effective but also provides an ability to better embrace the balance of education, work and life. But, perhaps, more importantly, learners are already searching online anyway and if you don’t provide the variety of content they need, they will find it someplace else.

For associations,  embracing technology is more than having a website or using Teams calls to administer business. It means taking a holistic approach to technology and on-demand resources — and this includes implementing an LMS, to keep your association thriving in 2022 and beyond.

What is LMS?

Simply put, a Learning Management System (LMS) is a type of software or web-based technology that helps associations organize, administer and review learning processes. There are two components to an LMS; the user interface, where the student will interact with the learning material and the server, which runs the base functionality and program. An LMS serves associations as a platform with the ability to educate its members with a program, event or online course, anytime and anywhere.


Learning Management Systems: Poised for Growth

According to the Facts and Factors research report, the global E-learning Market was estimated at $144 billion USD in 2019 and is expected to reach $374.3 billion USD by 2026. The global E-learning Market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.6 percent from 2019 to 2026. With all that financial growth, technological advancements to Learning Management Systems are constantly evolving. In today’s digital world, it’s important to stay on top of emerging trends to ensure you are offering the best experience to your members.

Here are some top LMS trends for 2022:

  1. Connectivity with other Systems (Career Centers, AMS, social platforms)
  2. Personalization
  3. Content Creation and Repurposing
  4. Social Learning
  5. Interactivity (Polls, Testing, Survey, Assignments)
  6. Gamification, Badging and Certification


Learning Management Systems:  Key Components

LMS software has advanced leaps and bounds from years past and just about every type of association, from professional societies to trade associations, utilizes some form of LMS technology today. When selecting the right LMS for your association, there are a few key components you should first consider. LMS should be built on modern technology, utilize the cloud and have course authoring and delivery tools that make it easy for users and admins.


Cloud-Based LMS

The most important factor to selecting a modern LMS platform is that it is cloud-based. Why? This technology enables your users to access the LMS platform without having to install any software or plug-ins on their device to access your content.  In today’s LMS world, this is a must-have! The innovative Path™ Learning Management System is a trending, cloud-based approach to educational content management and designed specifically for lecture-based learning applications. Associations already using this technology suite have a distinct advantage with the ability to deliver online courses and content anytime, anywhere. Path™ allows associations to manage all of their content, such as conference recordings, recorded lectures from live and virtual meetings, as well as traditional presentations, in an easy-to-use, rapidly deployed, digital library. Path LMS can be used to not only deliver an association’s existing content but to also wrap assessments, testing, certificates around the content to create a more robust learning offering.  


Live Events and LMS

Associations can actually improve live and virtual events with LMS. First and foremost, however, you’ll need to select the right virtual platform. A close second is ensuring you offer compelling event content. Communicate with your constituents what type of content is important to them and how they would like to consume that content.  Hybrid or blended learning is also a great way to improve engagement. As restrictions ease, consider having events that  include live components  such as keynotes, as well as virtual components that can be available on-demand.  Other ideas that can be utilized are attention checks like polls, surveys or knowledge checks, as well as gamification and break-out rooms for concentrated topic discussions. All of these learning opportunities are augmented with the right LMS in place.


The Right LMS for Your Association

Associations offer a veritable war chest of valuable industry content. Key audience members seek out this content from associations directly to advance their careers, obtain certifications and achievements to make themselves more marketable. Naylor’s strength is assisting associations with maximizing opportunities for engagement and revenue by helping them reach their organizational goals. 


In over 80 industries and for over 50 years, Naylor has been paving the way for associations to become more profitable and stay ahead of industry changes. With our industry-leading LMS, we help you drive more NDR and member engagement. 


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