How to create a world-class Learning Management System for Microsoft Teams and SharePoint

Welcome to our comprehensive blog series where we explore the journey of creating an budget-friendly, innovative Learning Management System (LMS) that integrates with Microsoft Teams as an App and also connects to other services such as SharePoint, Power BI and Power Automate.

As organizations increasingly seek integrated, efficient, and user-friendly platforms for their learning and development needs, leveraging the power of Microsoft Teams, in conjunction with robust tools like WordPress and Thrive Apprentice, offers a compelling solution.

This series aims to guide and inspire those tasked with implementing an LMS that not only integrates seamlessly with Microsoft Teams but also enhances the overall learning experience.

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Create a feature-rich LMS to use with Microsoft Teams

The Need for an Integrated LMS in Microsoft Teams

1. Centralizing Learning in a Familiar Environment:

  • With many organizations already utilizing Microsoft 365, embedding and integrating an LMS within Microsoft Teams presents an opportunity to centralize learning in a familiar workspace.
  • This integration streamlines access to training materials, making learning a natural part of the daily workflow.

2. Leveraging Microsoft Teams for Collaborative Learning:

  • Microsoft Teams excels in fostering collaboration and communication, key elements in a modern learning environment.
  • Integrating an LMS within Teams allows for real-time discussions, group projects, and easy access to instructors and peers.

Series Overview: What to Expect

In this blog series, we will cover the major topics that you will need to understand when debating if runing an LMS hosted in WordPress is appropriate for you organisation.

What features should all good Learning Management Systems have?

This post will focus on defining the key features and capabilities your LMS should possess to align with your organizational goals and learning strategies.

Choosing the Right LMS: Buy vs. Build Considerations

The first question in your head is probably, should I buy a 3rd party solution, build my own or use a hybrid concept of the two?  We will delve into the decision-making process of whether to build a custom LMS or to buy an off-the-shelf solution, considering factors like cost, time, and integration capabilities with Microsoft 365. 

» Should I Buy or Build my next Microsoft Teams LMS?

Introducing Thrive Apprentice: A Powerful WordPress LMS

Here, we'll introduce Thrive Apprentice and its features, showcasing how it can be a game-changer for your WordPress-based LMS.

Is WordPress Safe and the Right Choice to Use with Microsoft 365?

Addressing common security concerns, this post will explore why WordPress is a secure and strategic choice for integrating with Microsoft 365.

Configuring SSO with WPO365 and Azure AD

A technical guide on setting up Single Sign-On between WordPress and Microsoft 365, enhancing security and user experience.

Setting Up Courses, Lessons, and Assessments in Thrive Apprentice

We will provide a step-by-step guide on creating engaging and effective online courses using Thrive Apprentice.

Analyzing Learning with Thrive Apprentice Reporting

This post will explore the reporting capabilities of Thrive Apprentice, highlighting how to track and analyze learner progress.

Expanding Your LMS: Advanced Integrations and Customization

The final post in our series will discuss how to further enrich your LMS through advanced integrations and customizations.

Setting the Scene for an Integrated Learning Experience

Our series will not only guide you through the technical aspects of setting up and enhancing an LMS within Microsoft Teams but will also provide insights into creating a learning culture that leverages the full potential of integrated digital tools. We aim to equip you with the knowledge and inspiration needed to create a dynamic, efficient, and engaging learning environment within your organization.


Stay tuned as we embark on this journey, exploring the intricacies and advantages of building a comprehensive LMS within Microsoft Teams. Whether you're an IT professional, an HR leader, or a training coordinator, this series will provide valuable insights and practical guidance to help you create a seamless and effective learning experience for your organization. Let's transform the way we learn and collaborate in the digital workspace.