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Score 8.4 out of 100
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Score 7.5 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • SmarterU.com ranks higher in 1 feature set: Learning Management

Learning Management

8.5

Absorb LMS

85%
8.6

SmarterU.com

86%
Absorb LMS ranks higher in 7/13 features

Course authoring

8.8
88%
8 Ratings
8.0
80%
2 Ratings

Course catalog or library

8.4
84%
7 Ratings
10.0
100%
2 Ratings

Player/Portal

8.4
84%
8 Ratings
9.0
90%
2 Ratings

Learning content

8.9
89%
5 Ratings
8.0
80%
1 Rating

Mobile friendly

8.0
80%
4 Ratings
7.0
70%
2 Ratings

Progress tracking & certifications

8.3
83%
8 Ratings
10.0
100%
2 Ratings

Assignments

8.7
87%
6 Ratings
9.0
90%
2 Ratings

Compliance management

7.6
76%
7 Ratings
9.0
90%
2 Ratings

Learning administration

8.6
86%
9 Ratings
10.0
100%
2 Ratings

Learning reporting & analytics

7.5
75%
8 Ratings
7.0
70%
2 Ratings

Social learning

9.0
90%
3 Ratings
7.9
79%
2 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: Support Rating
  • SmarterU.com is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.3

Absorb LMS

83%
10 Ratings
10.0

SmarterU.com

100%
2 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.1

Absorb LMS

91%
1 Rating

SmarterU.com

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

9.0

Absorb LMS

90%
4 Ratings
8.0

SmarterU.com

80%
2 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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Neovation Corporation (SmarterU)

I think that SmarterU can be implemented in any organization in any industry. Especially in industries with more complex training requirements. The administration of the system is simple and the usability of the system to end users is even more simple
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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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Neovation Corporation (SmarterU)

  • Software works on multiple devices: computer, iPad, iPhone, Chromebook, etc.
  • Easy to navigate
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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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Neovation Corporation (SmarterU)

  • Reporting System can be improved.
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Pricing Details

Absorb LMS

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Absorb LMS editions and modules pricing
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Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    SmarterU.com

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    SmarterU.com 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

      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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      Neovation Corporation (SmarterU)

      No answers on this topic

      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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      Neovation Corporation (SmarterU)

      Really good support initially, now support is OK but we have fewer needs.
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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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      Neovation Corporation (SmarterU)

      Most online LMS systems work really well to track and manage training that the system is delivering. However, most systems are not very good at managing training requirements which are delivered outside of the system. For example, First Aid training, or license requirements are accomplished through third party. SmarterU was the only system we evaluation that was able to track these items with the ability to monitor the renew dates properly.
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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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      Neovation Corporation (SmarterU)

      • It has helped us to make sure our training is consistent across multiple locations and trainers and ensured less drift.
      • The course tracking and certification allows us to manage new hires and make sure they complete all required training to later achieve an RBT certification.
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