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Score 8.6 out of 100
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Score 8.3 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Learning Management

    8.7

    Absorb LMS

    87%

    LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Absorb LMS ranks higher in 13/13 features

    Course authoring

    9.0
    90%
    4 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Course catalog or library

    9.0
    90%
    3 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Player/Portal

    9.0
    90%
    4 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Learning content

    9.3
    93%
    3 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Mobile friendly

    8.0
    80%
    4 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Progress tracking & certifications

    8.4
    84%
    4 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Assignments

    9.0
    90%
    4 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Compliance management

    7.4
    74%
    4 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Learning administration

    8.7
    87%
    4 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Learning reporting & analytics

    8.4
    84%
    4 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Social learning

    9.0
    90%
    3 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Gamification

    10.0
    100%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Single Sign On (SSO) Enabled Learning

    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

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

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.3

    Absorb LMS

    83%
    5 Ratings
    5.9

    LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)

    59%
    32 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    Absorb LMS

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0

    LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)

    100%
    1 Rating

    Usability

    Absorb LMS

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.6

    LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)

    96%
    3 Ratings

    Support Rating

    9.0

    Absorb LMS

    90%
    4 Ratings
    6.0

    LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)

    60%
    19 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Absorb LMS

    Absorb LMS is a very easy-to-use, intuitive solution to your LMS requirements. The platform comes loaded with features and is completely plug-and-play. It has been developed for mid-size to large organizations. It helps to organize your learning content in a way that you will see a boost in the learning engagement right from the start. The platform can help organizations reach their learning and development goals regardless of whom training is being training are provided. It may not be very suitable for very small organizations or startups due to its pricing and what I feel is that it has been designed keeping the requirements of the mid-size to large organizations.
    Ankit Hasija | TrustRadius Reviewer

    LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)

    I've learned hundreds of software applications over the last several decades, and trained teams in offices and one-on-one. At one point, books and trade magazines were a great way to get up to speed with an application, but they've become less and less effective for getting started. Video lessons have some strengths; you can get a rapid overview of a program's capabilities and watch an experienced user using its tools efficiently. On rare occasions they'll even point out bugs that could trip you up, but I wish instructors shared more of those issues. However, it takes a very self-motivated learner to sit through training sessions. Most people don't fit that category, and a subscription may end up gathering dust like a pandemic gym membership. My account is sometimes dormant for months, but then I'll be watching lessons continually the following month. I've often wondered if it was worth it for that reason. I have some friends that voraciously devoured class after Lynda.com class, and built successful careers on that training. But many others never use their account. It's helpful to consider whether you're a self-motivated learner. If not, it may not be the best format for you. More complicated software often can't be adequately introduced in a several-hour-long series of videos. I found Final Cut Pro (7) hard to learn online, also Logic Pro. Other somewhat complicated programs like DVD Pro were a snap to learn, and I learned a lot about PHP and Actionscript programming from Lynda.com. Some web and graphics software is exceptionally explained by real experts, such as Lynda's Photoshop classes, which are the best I've seen on that subject. Many of her web production courses will take you every step along the way to creating your own website, even if you haven't coded before. Adobe and Apple have both published similar project-based tutorial classes in book form, and I think they're a bit more polished, but the video instructor can help move you along through all the content more easily. Learning software seems to work better from an online video than a book these days; it's helpful to already be sitting at the computer where you're able to try everything out as it's explained. Most people don't seem to retain software principles unless they're trying them while learning. A bad instructor can make it difficult to sit through a video class. Lynda.com and others generally have a large variety of content creators, so you're not as limited with instructors as you might be at a University, where the same instructor may teach several related applications. Departmental faculty may have much more targeted and creative applications for your software though, while paid corporate software training can be mind-numbingly bad. Continuing ed classes that I've taken usually seemed to just focus on learning the tools in a software product. They often don't or even can't show you how to apply the software for your purposes as full time faculty at a University might. Some Lynda.com instructors weren't great, but most seemed a cut above the continuing ed and corporate software trainers I've learned from or contracted. The majority of the classes seemed to apply the software for an impressive final project. Redundancy is a real drawback among the online lessons. Often the advanced classes repeat many of the concepts from the introductory "Essentials" courses. If you know an earlier version of an application and just want to learn new features, a book may be a faster route to your goal. I originally suggested the "New Features" lessons that Lynda began to offer for updated releases, and I think they're especially helpful. It's much harder to skim through a video than a page of text, so I'd anticipate having to complement your Lynda.com lessons with other instructional materials. Lynda.com didn't have as many of the "fluff" courses that LinkedIn is now offering. These titles read like articles from Cosmo. They might be better served to offer "How to respond to a connection request from a recruiter who works in a field completely unrelated to you."
    Arthur Kegerreis | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pros

    Absorb LMS

    • Ease of use
    • Simple interface
    • High degree of customization
    • Ability to offer paid for content
    Jason Davitsky | TrustRadius Reviewer

    LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)

    • Industry expert authors/instructors - you're learning from people with pedigree.
    • Breadth and depth of catalog - not only is there a wide range of topics and disciplines, but there are frequently several levels of depth within each (eg. Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced).
    • Time needed to complete each course AND each section of a course are included - you know what you're getting into from the first click.
    Chris Salles | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Cons

    Absorb LMS

    • Automated creation of manager groups.
    • Easier way of seeing who employees report to so we can create manager groups.
    Drew Randles CSSR, CSMR, CIR | TrustRadius Reviewer

    LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)

    • LinkedIn Learning provides learning paths, but it's left much to be desired. Not enough direction about the why, or learning outcomes.
    • Some courses provide exercises/quizzes. Others do not. There's definitely a missing piece to test comprehension.
    • The library is so large, it's difficult to really build your own learning. I find it better for just-in-time learning.
    Rocky Kev | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pricing Details

    Absorb LMS

    General

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

    Starting Price

    LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)

    General

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

    Starting Price

    Likelihood to Renew

    Absorb LMS

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)

    LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com) 10.0
    Based on 1 answer
    It can help all employees learn to strengthen current skills or to learn new skills and then can learn to excel in their current department or they learn a new skills in a new department creating interconnection and cross-departmental value in a company.
    Erika Schaefer | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Usability

    Absorb LMS

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)

    LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com) 9.6
    Based on 3 answers
    Very user friendly, easy to copy and/or download notes offline, and follow up with your instructor is easy as pie. You can even LinkedIn with your instructor and follow up with questions/concerns online and in several forums. Very cool concept and easy to use.
    Cedric Allen | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Support Rating

    Absorb LMS

    Absorb LMS 9.0
    Based on 4 answers
    Poor response time and generally poor responses.
    Ron Massicotte | TrustRadius Reviewer

    LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)

    LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com) 6.0
    Based on 19 answers
    The technical team behind LinkedIn Learning (or Lynda.com) knows their job, and they usually solve problems very quickly. While I haven't had many run-ins with them (thus the low rating), I do find that when we call them, the problem gets resolved in a reasonable amount of time. The flip-side of this comment is that we never have needed to call them with a high-priority issue.
    Jaymason Gallien | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Alternatives Considered

    Absorb LMS

    Absorb LMS is certainly better than most of the platforms out in the market due as it's far more intuitive and offers far more templates and customizations, while the other two platforms are also good in their respective specialties, Absorb LMS completely nails it in the number of features and functionality it offers. The customizations that Absorb LMS is offering are not available on the other platforms which have been very much beneficial to our company.
    Ankit Hasija | TrustRadius Reviewer

    LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)

    Our organization has used different webinars, including ones on LinkedIn, to provide similar insight. But it's a totally different ballgame. Lynda.com offers in-depth tutorials rather than just a 2-hour video broadcast. With lynda.com there are more information and experts, as well as so many different courses fit for every need/want. There is also a lot more flexibility with lynda. You can take it on the go, watch on mobile and at anytime, rather than being tied to a certain time slot.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Return on Investment

    Absorb LMS

    • Honestly, I can't really say that Absorb [LMS] has had a positive or negative impact on the business
    • Some features are better than the last program we used, but nothing earth shaking
    • Some features are less than ideal, but it's nothing we really feel the need to complain about
    Marquis C. Brantley | TrustRadius Reviewer

    LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)

    • I can't think of a negative impact that Lynda.com has when it relates to the extensive library of training software that is available to subscribers. I'm lucky that my job provides a free subscription for instructors. I use Lynda.com to hone in on my technical skills.
    Ai Ashe | TrustRadius Reviewer

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