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Overview

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Absorb is a cloud-based learning management system (LMS) engineered to drive business productivity and deliver a top-tier...

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LearnWorlds helps professionals within the education industry create and sell custom online courses, as well as carry out...

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

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Pricing

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No pricing info

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

Starting from

24

Per month

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

4.5

218

5

4

3

2

1

132

72

6

5

3

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
93%
would recommend this app

4.7

82

5

4

3

2

1

65

13

3

1

0

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
95%
would recommend this app

Pros

Absorb has been great to learn, the customer support team and CRM's are amazing to work with. They are always willing to help achieve overall success for Admin and learners.
Their customer service is by far THE BEST customer service I have ever received working with any other company. They are fast, responsive and always willing to help me out.
Great looking site design and flawless implementation. Amazing pricing and good product support.

Pros

It integrates the most features into what I want while giving me a ton of freedom to create the course how I want, to make my course look awesome, to integrate tons of media types.
They have constantly improved the platform and have gone the extra mile to help make our school successful with professional development offerings. We couldn't be more happy with our LMS selection.
LearnWorlds has afforded me the opportunity to market my own courses at an affordable price, which helps me to beat my competitors pricing.

Cons

Again we were really disappointed about the department/sub-department functionality. So if you are using Absorb for multiple clients not just internally then beware.
Thus, whenever you update a course, you will have to re-enroll all users. It has limited assessment options.
Resources don't have a thumbnail- makes them look empty/incomplete. No place for text on the home dashboard.

Cons

But lack of student authentication leaves me no choice but to find another platform elsewhere. Stubborn developers dont think its important.
They are aware of the problem and said it was forwarded to the development team but no solution has come about.
The dev team couldn't answer my question --- and they CC'd my client which made things totally awkward.
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review6 days ago
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  • Last review12 days ago

Key features

  • Total features107
  • API
  • Academic/Education
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Monitoring
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Appointment Management
  • Appointment Scheduling
  • Assessment Management
  • Asset Lifecycle Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Audio File Management
  • Audio/Video Recording
  • Availability Management
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Blended Learning
  • Booking Management
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Built-in LMS
  • Business Coaching
  • Calendar Management
  • Calendar Sync
  • Cataloging/Categorization
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Certification Management
  • Certification Tracking
  • Class Scheduling
  • Client Management
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Communication Management
  • Competency Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Contact Management
  • Content Library
  • Content Management
  • Content Publishing Options
  • Content Sharing
  • Corporate/Business
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Library
  • Course Management
  • Course Publishing
  • Course Tracking
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Customer Accounts
  • Customer Database
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Questions
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Synchronization
  • Discount Management
  • Document Management
  • Drag & Drop
  • Electronic Forms
  • Electronic Payments
  • Electronic Signature
  • Email Management
  • Email Marketing
  • Email Reminders
  • Employee Engagement
  • Employee Handbook
  • Employee Onboarding
  • Employee Portal
  • Employee Self Service
  • Employee Training
  • Engagement Tracking
  • Event Calendar
  • Event Scheduling
  • Feedback Management
  • File Management
  • Filtering
  • For Schools
  • Forms Management
  • Forum/Discussion Board
  • Full Text Search
  • Gamification
  • Goal Setting/Tracking
  • Gradebook
  • Image Editing
  • Instructor-Led Courses
  • Interactive Content
  • Interactive Learning
  • Invoice Management
  • Learner Portal
  • Learning Management
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Life Coaching
  • Media Import
  • Media Management
  • Metadata Management
  • Microlearning
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Alerts
  • Mobile Commerce
  • Mobile Learning
  • Modeling & Simulation
  • Monitoring
  • Multi-Currency
  • Multi-Language
  • Multi-Location
  • Multi-User Collaboration
  • Multimedia Support
  • Orientation Workflow Management
  • Performance Metrics
  • PowerPoint Conversion
  • Program Management
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Promotions Management
  • Question Library
  • Quizzes
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Recommendations
  • Recurring/Subscription Billing
  • Registration Management
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • SCORM Compliance
  • SEO Management
  • Scheduling
  • Search/Filter
  • Self Service Portal
  • Self-Enrollment
  • Self-Learning
  • Self-Service Content Curation
  • Session Notes
  • Shopping Cart
  • Single Sign On
  • Skills Assessment
  • Skills Tracking
  • Social Learning
  • Social Media Integration
  • Storyboarding
  • Student Portal
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Tagging
  • Talent Management
  • Template Management
  • Templates
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Text Editing
  • Third Party Course Library
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Training Administration
  • Training Companies
  • Training Management
  • Training Record Management
  • User Management
  • User Onboarding
  • Version Control
  • Video Conferencing
  • Video Management
  • Video Streaming
  • Video Support
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Visual Analytics
  • Web Forms
  • Website Integration
  • Website Management
  • Workflow Management
  • eCommerce Management
  • eLearning Companies
  • Total features157
  • API
  • Academic/Education
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Monitoring
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Appointment Management
  • Appointment Scheduling
  • Assessment Management
  • Asset Lifecycle Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Audio File Management
  • Audio/Video Recording
  • Availability Management
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Blended Learning
  • Booking Management
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Built-in LMS
  • Business Coaching
  • Calendar Management
  • Calendar Sync
  • Cataloging/Categorization
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Certification Management
  • Certification Tracking
  • Class Scheduling
  • Client Management
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Communication Management
  • Competency Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Contact Management
  • Content Library
  • Content Management
  • Content Publishing Options
  • Content Sharing
  • Corporate/Business
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Library
  • Course Management
  • Course Publishing
  • Course Tracking
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Customer Accounts
  • Customer Database
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Questions
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Synchronization
  • Discount Management
  • Document Management
  • Drag & Drop
  • Electronic Forms
  • Electronic Payments
  • Electronic Signature
  • Email Management
  • Email Marketing
  • Email Reminders
  • Employee Engagement
  • Employee Handbook
  • Employee Onboarding
  • Employee Portal
  • Employee Self Service
  • Employee Training
  • Engagement Tracking
  • Event Calendar
  • Event Scheduling
  • Feedback Management
  • File Management
  • Filtering
  • For Schools
  • Forms Management
  • Forum/Discussion Board
  • Full Text Search
  • Gamification
  • Goal Setting/Tracking
  • Gradebook
  • Image Editing
  • Instructor-Led Courses
  • Interactive Content
  • Interactive Learning
  • Invoice Management
  • Learner Portal
  • Learning Management
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Life Coaching
  • Media Import
  • Media Management
  • Metadata Management
  • Microlearning
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Alerts
  • Mobile Commerce
  • Mobile Learning
  • Modeling & Simulation
  • Monitoring
  • Multi-Currency
  • Multi-Language
  • Multi-Location
  • Multi-User Collaboration
  • Multimedia Support
  • Orientation Workflow Management
  • Performance Metrics
  • PowerPoint Conversion
  • Program Management
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Promotions Management
  • Question Library
  • Quizzes
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Recommendations
  • Recurring/Subscription Billing
  • Registration Management
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • SCORM Compliance
  • SEO Management
  • Scheduling
  • Search/Filter
  • Self Service Portal
  • Self-Enrollment
  • Self-Learning
  • Self-Service Content Curation
  • Session Notes
  • Shopping Cart
  • Single Sign On
  • Skills Assessment
  • Skills Tracking
  • Social Learning
  • Social Media Integration
  • Storyboarding
  • Student Portal
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Tagging
  • Talent Management
  • Template Management
  • Templates
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Text Editing
  • Third Party Course Library
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Training Administration
  • Training Companies
  • Training Management
  • Training Record Management
  • User Management
  • User Onboarding
  • Version Control
  • Video Conferencing
  • Video Management
  • Video Streaming
  • Video Support
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Visual Analytics
  • Web Forms
  • Website Integration
  • Website Management
  • Workflow Management
  • eCommerce Management
  • eLearning Companies

Integrations

  • Total integrations38
  • ADP Workforce Now
  • BambooHR
  • Gmail
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Workspace
  • Greenhouse
  • Indeed
  • LinkedIn for Business
  • Meta for Business
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Okta
  • SAP SuccessFactors HXM Suite
  • Slack
  • Twitter
  • Workday HCM
  • Xero
  • Zapier
  • iCIMS Talent Cloud
  • Total integrations35
  • ADP Workforce Now
  • BambooHR
  • Gmail
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Workspace
  • Greenhouse
  • Indeed
  • LinkedIn for Business
  • Meta for Business
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Okta
  • SAP SuccessFactors HXM Suite
  • Slack
  • Twitter
  • Workday HCM
  • Xero
  • Zapier
  • iCIMS Talent Cloud

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Geoffrey O.

E-Learning, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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LearnWorlds

The Best Learning Platform In the world

Reviewed a year ago

Great LMS in the world.

Pros

The best learning platform I have ever interacted with.

Cons

An option should be made to allow the users to grade participants in the discussions as well as allow the participants to grade their peer's assessments. Secondly, the platform should allow the instructors to assign the students to peer assess the other learner's assignment other than the instructor doing the assessment. In short, it should have features that allow peer assignment

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Gail R.

Mental Health Care, 201-500 employees

Used weekly for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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LearnWorlds

A Welcomed Change

Reviewed a year ago

I really couldn't be happier with this product. They make everything easier than our old LMS. I really appreciate that we can use our own certificates. On our last LMS we needed to use their templates and they were below our standards.

Pros

LearnWorlds is much more intuitive than our old LMS. When it isn't intuitive and I am struggling, their customer service is the best I have ever experienced. They will point out the articles and instructions I need and will go so far as creating a tutorial video and emailing it to me if I am still not getting it. They are absolutely amazing.

Cons

So far, adjusting to the rules of the landing page. One wants immediately tries to pick up text boxes and rearrange them to the desired effect but the rules are different from Microsoft tools or Adobe. It just takes some adjusting to.

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Sherry P.

E-Learning, 1-10 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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LearnWorlds

I love the Learnworlds platform

Reviewed 2 years ago

Great experience! LW has the best support and customer service I’ve ever experienced with any other LMS.

Pros

Ease of use, ability to customize, and having full control to make changes.

Cons

It does not integrate with Constant Contacts. The blog looks nice, but I would prefer more than 2 different templates to use.

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Vincent C.

Financial Services, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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LearnWorlds

My experience

Reviewed 9 months ago

Always helpful, responsive and accessible.

Pros

Cool, user-friendly software, which develops continuously. A good mix between online marketing focus and organisational LMS. A client service team and spirit which rocks.

Cons

We use SCORM files. The speed with which SCORM based e-learnrings are loaded and played is clearly way lower than on other LMS. This leads to waiting time for the users.

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Eric D.

Information Technology and Services, self-employed

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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LearnWorlds

The best LMS I worked with in years

Reviewed 12 days ago

Just the best LMS I used in years. It is so easy and quick to create a site, add courses and content and sell them.

Pros

It is really easy to get started, start your design from a wide choice of templates and create courses to upload your content. Learners can very quickly log in and get started. Really an awesome platform.

Cons

This is a LMS platform that has tons of options to allow academic like schools to get online and share courses, but also small and medium size businesses to sell their courses. One of the task is to go through a lot of options to turn off to suit your needs.

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E-Learning, 1-10 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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LearnWorlds

The winner

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

I had been trying LMS software for months and had actually settled down for another one until I tried LearnWorlds. What I liked about it is the fact that as soon as I started using it, it was easy to learn. They have excellent support and were one call away when I needed help. They have extensive and thorough training materials and moving from the previous LMS was a breeze. I think this is a keeper.

Cons

We have some blended learning that we were not able to bring to the platform. However, because we were focusing our business on a subscription model, we were not very worried about it.

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Akhilesh K.

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LearnWorlds

This a true gem LMS for anyone and everyone

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

1) Unlimited learners and unlimited courses ! 2) Mobile ready courses 3) Integation options with 5 different payment gateways including 2Checkout , Stripe , Paypal and Shopify 4) Option to convert your LMS to native android and apple app with some extra fee. Good for eventual scaling . 5) Very easy to build courses on this platform 6) Very agile customer support

Cons

They reduced the flexibility in pricing one's courses as this "investment" also has to be considered. Although in higher plans, there is no transaction fee, it's still a pain for small entrepreneurs to start their journey with learning words.

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Alicia S.

E-Learning, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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LearnWorlds

Perfect Solution for our Online School

Reviewed 2 years ago

The data we can pull from our courses is above and beyond. Learnworlds has given us everything we need to create innovative, engaging online courses that people LOVE taking. The interface is user-friendly and integrates with several other programs like Zapier and Mailchimp. They have constantly improved the platform and have gone the extra mile to help make our school successful with professional development offerings. We couldn't be more happy with our LMS selection!

Pros

I love so many things about this software. I think first and foremost the best part is the team behind it. From every aspect of using this software they have been helpful and forward thinking. Everything they have promised, they have delivered. They are extremely helpful and responsive throughout the entire process. I researched over 100 LMS options when I began our school and I have never once regretted choosing Learnworlds.

Cons

I wish there were more prebuilt templates in the ebooks. I also wish the built in assessment tool offered more question formats. They have recently added multiple selection answers which is great! I am also looking forward to more updates in the extra sections for users involving social interaction and communication in addition to what they already offer. For example, I'd like to be able to easily email users in a course directly from the LMS.

Vendor response

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this insightful review, Alicia! We work hard to meet expectations like yours, continuously adding new features, and we are happy to hear we hit the mark for you! We are constantly working on new features or advancing the existing ones, so stay tuned.

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Dean V.

E-Learning, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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LearnWorlds

Learnworlds in South Africa

Reviewed 4 years ago

Learnworlds is truly innovative in its approach to providing a flexible and functional LMS platform at a really affordable price (even in SA), which is tied to Rand/Dollar exchange rate). I am based in SA, and the support (via email) has been really good. However, there are some limitations with the Currency component and payment options (for a SA business)

Pros

Social and community learning functionality - learners are able to engage each other and faculty via the social media community set up. Learners are kept up to date on any school happening. The e-book functionality enables learners to actively engage in note taking and summaries. The learner can highlight content and make notes, which are then stored and linked to the relevant content which the learner can easily

Cons

Not as flexible on the design functionality. Users are limited to fairly cumbersome templates, and there is a lot of "dead space" between sections. The user is unable to trim this "dead space" and make the space more streamlined.

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Kelly S.

Education Management, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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LearnWorlds

Excellent Platform, very happy!

Reviewed 2 years ago

Overall, I love this company! We are very happy with the platform!

Pros

We did extensive research and trials on at least 10 different LMS programs prior to deciding on Learnworlds. We ultimately went with Learnworlds because of the simplicity of the program, without compromising the quality of courses that are delivered. We love the interactive feature on the videos, and the course pages are very professional and modern. They also host free workshops frequently to provide support to their users, which has been very helpful. Overall we are very happy!

Cons

This seems to be a quickly growing company, with new features and improvements every week, which is wonderful, but there is always a fine line between keeping it simple and not making it so complicated that it becomes overwhelming (the new site design editor is excellent, but definitely a learning curve compared to the original editor. On the old designer allowed almost anyone on our team to get on...

Vendor response

Thank you so much for this 5 star review Kelly! Thanks for the useful feedback which we have shared with our team. We are always taking into consideration our customers' feedback and, wherever possible, implement it in our frequent updates. Our Customer Success Team is here for you anytime.