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Likelihood to Recommend

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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Coursera

It's absolutely ideal for programming. Today, most programming environments are available for free and enthusiasts can tinker with programming on their own. But Coursera structures that process and presents iteratively more complex assignments to the student.I found it useful for non-programming. I took a refresher Calculus course and the user was able to enter solutions symbolically which I found impressive.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Absorb Anywhere LMS
Coursera
8.8
Course authoring
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Coursera
9.0
Course catalog or library
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Coursera
9.2
Player/Portal
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Coursera
9.0
Learning content
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Coursera
9.5
Mobile friendly
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Coursera
8.0
Progress tracking & certifications
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Coursera
9.2
Assignments
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Coursera
9.0
Compliance management
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Coursera
9.0
Learning administration
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Coursera
8.3
Learning reporting & analytics
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Coursera
8.0
Social learning
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Coursera
9.0

Pros

  • Clean interface for learners
  • Logical organization of courses
  • Admin portal is OK
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  • Interaction: the student learns by doing. For programming courses, this means programming!
  • Assessments: the courses I'd taken ask students to grade each others work with a rubric. This is hugely effective and permits tests and quizzes to be other than multiple choice.
  • Creativity and enthusiasm of the instructors. Some of the approaches demonstrated real out-of-the-box thinking by the instructors. For example, the Rice Python course was a self-contained website requiring no installation of IDE on one's computer, and the final project was a working version of Asteroids.
  • Low cost of entry: most of the course I enrolled in were free, with an optional fee for certifications. This really gives people the freedom to explore learning. It's almost like a Public Library of Learning.
  • Coursera forces a weekly discipline on the user with lectures and assignments and this really motivates one to put in the effort.
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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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  • More free courses
  • Better entry level explainers
  • Continued development of the online classroom environment
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Likelihood to Renew

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Coursera10.0
Based on 1 answer
Constantly renewing already. One of my favourite MOOC platforms.
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Usability

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Coursera10.0
Based on 1 answer
User-friendly and developer-friendly Web UI.
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Support

Absorb Anywhere LMS1.0
Based on 1 answer
Poor response time and generally poor responses.
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Coursera10.0
Based on 1 answer
I have resolved many issues with Coursera.
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Implementation

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Coursera10.0
Based on 1 answer
Coursera is familiar, intuitive, compatible and easy to use and implement.
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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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There is a Mentor Course, for those chosen that have been good at some courses. You can find almost everything (talking about courses), of lots of topics and categories. It's simply amazing. You can learn a lot, even if you don't pay for the certificate.
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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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  • As mentioned, we haven't been using this from an organization perspective. I am sure employees are taking courses from Coursera but I am just not aware of it.
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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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Coursera

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