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Absorb Anywhere LMS

Absorb worked well for us for a number of years but once we started to push the limits of the software, the company and the product let us down. Support became unresponsive and the product enhancements that we were told were coming never did.
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Bridge

Bridge is suited for scenarios where you need ppl to complete steps in order or test that they received the correct amount of knowledge after watching a video. I do think Bridge is less appropriate for companies that use it in external training scenarios as there is some key functionality missing. We gotten very good at brainstorming and finding solutions/ways to get Bridge to work the way that we need it to
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Feature Rating Comparison

Onboarding

Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
6.6
New hire portal
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
6.1
Manager tracking tools
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
6.7
Compliance tracking and reporting
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
6.8

Performance and Goals

Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
6.3
Corporate goal setting
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
6.6
Subordinate goal setting
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
6.0
Individual goal setting
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
5.8
Line-of sight-visibility
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
6.2
Performance tracking
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
7.1

Performance Management

Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
6.3
Performance plans
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
6.9
Plan weighting
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
7.3
Manager note taking
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
6.0
Performance improvement plans
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
5.6
Review status tracking
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
6.9
Rater nomination workflow
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
6.4
Review reminders
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
5.8
Workflow restrictions
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
6.2
Multiple review frequency
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
6.4
Reporting
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
5.9

Learning Management

Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
6.9
Course authoring
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Bridge
7.2
Course catalog or library
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
6.3
Player/Portal
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
7.0
Learning content
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
6.8
Mobile friendly
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
7.5
Progress tracking & certifications
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Bridge
7.1
Assignments
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Bridge
7.1
Compliance management
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7.3
Learning administration
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
7.4
Learning reporting & analytics
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
6.5
Social learning
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
5.1

Pros

  • Clean interface for learners
  • Logical organization of courses
  • Admin portal is OK
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  • Bridge makes it easy to track learner completion. Some of the education we've placed on Bridge is mandatory and must be refreshed annually. Bridge makes it easy to track because you can set expiration dates on courses and have reminder emails sent to managers for learners that are behind on their learning.
  • Adding your own content is simple. It is easy to upload PowerPoint content to Bridge and then edit individual slides within Bridge. You can also easily add scorm files for more interactive courses.
  • Security of assessment improves because we've replaced our paper tests with the Bridge's "smart questions" that will automatically alter appearance to prevent memorization or sharing answers.
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Cons

  • Customer Support is unresponsive and poor
  • Inconsistent interface in the product
  • Reporting out of Absorb is cumbersome
  • No search functionality within courses.
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  • One thing I would be relieved to see is a feature that lets the manager account print a certificate of completion directly from the Insights page or from accessing one of their learner's pages. Right now the only way for the manager to access the certificate is to export data into a csv file and then copy and paste a web address into their browser and then print. This process is much easier for a learner, but in our environment the learner's are often accessing material on their smart phones and they would not print their own certificate. However, manager's will be audited and will need to show evidence that learning has been completed and they will need to print certificates even when the learners are not at work that day or at that time. It would be a huge help if printing certificates were easier from the manager account.
  • Bridge makes it easy to upload PowerPoint and scorm files, but it's internal capabilities for course building are minimal. Being able to build varied, text-based content within Bridge would be a great enhancement.
  • It would be helpful if manager accounts could review test results for each individual question by question. This way they can follow up with incorrectly answered questions to ensure material is understood. It is our policy that this follow up is done, but by moving assessment to Bridge it has made it difficult to do.
  • Assigning learning is generally quite simple and can even be done automatically when you add learners through smart groups linked to role, for example. However, it would be wonderful if you could add learning while on an individual leaner profile - similar to the way you can add a course to a program, so that while on the learner page you see they are missing a particular course or program you can hit a button that says add learning, search for the content and select it. Right now if you're on a learner page and see a course is missing you have to change to the Author then switch to course or program then find the course or program then switch to learners and then find your learner and then add them. It's too much navigating for something that should be simple.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Pretty likely because Bridge is a good product that will probably meet our needs. However now that I am more familiar with what the LMS can/can't do I will probably be a better shopper to see if there is another LMS that can fill the gaps that this one has
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Support

Absorb Anywhere LMS1.0
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Poor response time and generally poor responses.
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Alternatives Considered

At the time of selection, we went with Absorb as they were one of the few that could handle online transactions for courses. We are in the process of migrating to Skilljar and will be discontinuing our subscription to Absorb in 2018.
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We looked at Ruzuku and Lightspeed VT also. Ruzuku lacked some features we considered 'must haves'. Lightspeed VT is a very powerful program but too expensive.
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Return on Investment

  • We were able to lighten the work load on our finance team by moving course purchase processing to the online platform.
  • Learning team was able to reduce the amount of live training and travel.
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  • More effective in getting training completed than bringing people in from all over town for live sessions.
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Pricing Details

Absorb Anywhere LMS

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Bridge

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required
Additional Pricing Details

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