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182 Ratings
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Score 8.4 out of 100
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Score 8.5 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Lessonly ranks higher in 1 feature set: Learning Management

Learning Management

8.5

Absorb LMS

85%
9.4

Lessonly

94%
Lessonly ranks higher in 11/13 features

Course authoring

8.8
88%
8 Ratings
9.7
97%
107 Ratings

Course catalog or library

8.4
84%
7 Ratings
9.1
91%
105 Ratings

Player/Portal

8.4
84%
8 Ratings
9.3
93%
84 Ratings

Learning content

8.9
89%
5 Ratings
9.5
95%
103 Ratings

Mobile friendly

8.0
80%
4 Ratings
9.0
90%
58 Ratings

Progress tracking & certifications

8.3
83%
8 Ratings
10.0
100%
95 Ratings

Assignments

8.7
87%
6 Ratings
9.4
94%
106 Ratings

Compliance management

7.6
76%
7 Ratings
9.1
91%
62 Ratings

Learning administration

8.6
86%
9 Ratings
9.4
94%
99 Ratings

Learning reporting & analytics

7.5
75%
8 Ratings
9.5
95%
94 Ratings

Social learning

9.0
90%
3 Ratings
9.3
93%
71 Ratings

Gamification

10.0
100%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Single Sign On (SSO) Enabled Learning

8.4
84%
3 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Absorb LMS is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Renew
  • Lessonly is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.3

Absorb LMS

83%
10 Ratings
9.4

Lessonly

94%
113 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.1

Absorb LMS

91%
1 Rating
9.0

Lessonly

90%
1 Rating

Usability

Absorb LMS

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

Lessonly

91%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

9.0

Absorb LMS

90%
4 Ratings
9.7

Lessonly

97%
189 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Absorb LMS Software Inc.

All in all, the Absorb LMS system is a user-friendly system for the employee as well as the administrator. Creating courses is not cumbersome and allows for a variety of types. The only missing type of content that it doesn't allow is the upload of a PPT that can be viewed directly in the training window instead of forcing the download to the user's computer. The workaround is to save the PPT presentation as a video or to create a scorm file. I really like the scheduled emailed course activity reports that can be set up for course owners so that they may track course completion by users. All in all, I would highly rate the system from a cost standpoint, user-friendliness, and in the area of course creation. I do wish the more advanced reporting features were included without a significant cost upgrade.
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Seismic

If you are onboarding new employees or consultants and you have a complex product, solution, or your business is layered and complex, this can help distill down the layers into basics so that new team or partners can build their knowledge base up the right way. This ensures they are learning what needs to be learned, and not what they surmise or assume, which can be incorrect and cause issues down the road - this is especially sensitive in our field. Training of all kinds can be done easily with this tool.
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Pros

Absorb LMS Software Inc.

  • The admin reporting dashboard is amazing. Customizing widgets with course stats for our courses allows us to see (or share with stakeholders) visual representations of our progress immediately upon login.
  • Publishing SCORM content from Create into the LMS is seamless. Maintenance and editing is a breeze!
  • I have worked in many systems in my tenure as a designer at multiple companies- the admin side of Absorb is by FAR the easiest to learn and use. Many systems have a deeply nested structure that is difficult to navigate - Absorb has lots of features and options but doesn't nest them in a way that difficult to understand.
  • The LMS is flexible and provides options regarding course setup that is nearly limitless. If you want multiple lessons within one course you can do that- if you want only one lesson per course but then you want to build a curriculum you can do that. You can enforce orders with ease. Set up enrollment rules with ease. Use email messaging from within the system- or turn it off for individual courses while not affecting global levels. Those are just a few examples of things I have done in Absorb with ease that couldn't be done in other systems I worked with.
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Seismic

  • Open to feedback and ideas and constantly innovating and iterating on their product to serve new needs that arise
  • Making me feel like more than just a customer: They aren't transactional and focus on building the relationship and making me feel heard.
  • Extremely easy to use product so building content takes little time, and I can leverage other subject matter experts to build content as well.
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Cons

Absorb LMS Software Inc.

  • Communication of updates in the Platform can be improved.
  • Social interactions amongst the learners can be improved to facilitate an environment of learning.
  • A quick search bar can be added to search for courses.
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Seismic

  • Media import (audio, video) are still in infancy. Reliability of uploaded content isn't 100%.
  • The Events function lacks some features that are more built out in other platforms.
  • Reporting interface has a bit of a learning curve, but overall isn't bad.
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Pricing Details

Absorb LMS

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Absorb LMS editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Lessonly

    Starting Price

    $0

    Editions & Modules

    Lessonly editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    ProContact sales team1
    Pro + CoachingContact sales team2
    Enterprise Learning for Global TeamsContact sales team3

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Likelihood to Renew

    Absorb LMS Software Inc.

    I enjoy using Absorb, especially as a first-time user and not being familiar with an LMS. I have also received a great amount of support.
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    Seismic

    Worried about its acquisition by Seismic and hope that they don't change the product or the terms drastically.
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    Usability

    Absorb LMS Software Inc.

    No answers on this topic

    Seismic

    It's completely simple and intuitive, anyone can pick it up. The hardest part is looking for a save button and finally figuring out you don't need one. We don't provide training for users and never have complaints. For creators, we provide best practices, but using Lessonly itself requires nothing .
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    Support Rating

    Absorb LMS Software Inc.

    Support is very helpful when needed. It is easy to open a ticket and support is always quick to assist in getting the issue fixed the first time. My only issue was an issue we had for a long time when trying to get the file feed up and running which never seemed to work right, however it does now work correctly the way we want it to.
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    Seismic

    The support team is very friendly and eager to help you learn the ins and outs of Lessonly. They can set up training for large groups or send links in a chat for individual help. They are quick to respond and if one person doesn't have the answer, they will collaborate with others to help find the answer.
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    Alternatives Considered

    Absorb LMS Software Inc.

    Absorb LMS is the only LMS we have used and we made the selection based on recommendations from other Learning and Development Professionals in our industry.
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    Seismic

    I felt some of these products had more features than were necessary and needed for our team. Some of them were limited on the number of content creators that were allowed which to me forces you to use one or two people to create content where I would rather see it done by key members of each department.
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    Return on Investment

    Absorb LMS Software Inc.

    • Absorb [LMS] allows us to decrease live customer training by 80 percent
    • Required much larger time investment than expected
    • Consulting services routinely delivered modules late
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    Seismic

    • We've had an increase in quality overall as a company, as we are able to continually train our employees outside of our New Hire Training program.
    • We've seen stronger communication as we are able to send out material to our stylists about products, policies, procedures, etc. and they are able to provide us with feedback. After all, it is their tool for learning and we want to know the best way to provide that information to our Team Members.
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