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Overview

Built to deliver flexible training, the intuitive design and robust features create an engaging learning environment that...

Lessonly by Seismic is powerfully simple training software used by over 3 million learners and over 1000 companies to learn,...

  • 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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  • Free account
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User reviews

4.4

198

5

4

3

2

1

115

69

6

5

3

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
91%
would recommend this app

4.7

137

5

4

3

2

1

103

30

3

1

0

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
98%
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.

CJ

Christine J.

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.

RW

Rachel W.

Great looking site design and flawless implementation. Amazing pricing and good product support.

SH

Stephen H.

Pros

They rarely have to ask for help in accessing and completing their assignments. It is customizable and has great design that makes it feel like a forward thinking learning platform.

AR

Anonymous Reviewer

Their onboarding with us was excellent - super supportive and patient with our long decision making process. Their customer support is super responsive and great to work with.

OC

Olivia C.

This has proven to be a really invaluable resource and has improved our training program and saved time in developing it. I love that it integrates with Zendesk.

AR

Anonymous Reviewer

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.
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Allison P.

Thus, whenever you update a course, you will have to re-enroll all users. It has limited assessment options.
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Eunice S.

Resources don't have a thumbnail- makes them look empty/incomplete. No place for text on the home dashboard.
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Allison P.

Cons

The quizzes and practice on demand are a bit clunky. There are no options to roll out the same quizzes to the same user, only limited to scoring system where they can re-take if failed.

OS

Olivia S.

There is nothing that has really proven to be a problem.

AC

Ariell C.

Not enough customization and assigning and organizing lessons can be a little confusing.

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Alexander T.

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  • Last review3 months ago

Key features

  • Total features97
  • API
  • Academic/Education
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Assessment Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Built-in LMS
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Certification Management
  • Certification Tracking
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Competency Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Contact Management
  • Content Delivery
  • Content Library
  • Content Management
  • Content Sharing
  • Corporate/Business
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Library
  • Course Management
  • Course Tracking
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Questions
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Document Management
  • Drag & Drop
  • Electronic Forms
  • Electronic Signature
  • Employee Engagement
  • Employee Handbook
  • Employee Onboarding
  • Employee Portal
  • Employee Self Service
  • Employee Training
  • Engagement Tracking
  • Feedback Management
  • For Sales Teams/Organizations
  • Forum / Discussion Board
  • Gamification
  • Goal Setting / Tracking
  • Gradebook
  • HR Management
  • Interactive Content
  • Job Description Management
  • Learner Portal
  • Learning Management
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Media Management
  • Microlearning
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Learning
  • Modeling & Simulation
  • Multi-Language
  • Multi-User Collaboration
  • Onboarding
  • Orientation Workflow Management
  • Performance Management
  • Performance Metrics
  • Presentation Tools
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Recommendations
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Search/Filter
  • Self Service Portal
  • Self-Learning
  • Self-Service Content Curation
  • Single Sign On
  • Skills Assessment
  • Skills Tracking
  • Social Learning
  • Student Portal
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Talent Management
  • Task Management
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Third Party Course Library
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Training Administration
  • Training Companies
  • Training Management
  • Training Record Management
  • User Management
  • Video Conferencing
  • Video Support
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Workflow Management
  • eCommerce Management
  • eLearning Companies
  • Total features67
  • API
  • Academic/Education
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Assessment Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Built-in LMS
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Certification Management
  • Certification Tracking
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Competency Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Contact Management
  • Content Delivery
  • Content Library
  • Content Management
  • Content Sharing
  • Corporate/Business
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Library
  • Course Management
  • Course Tracking
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Questions
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Document Management
  • Drag & Drop
  • Electronic Forms
  • Electronic Signature
  • Employee Engagement
  • Employee Handbook
  • Employee Onboarding
  • Employee Portal
  • Employee Self Service
  • Employee Training
  • Engagement Tracking
  • Feedback Management
  • For Sales Teams/Organizations
  • Forum / Discussion Board
  • Gamification
  • Goal Setting / Tracking
  • Gradebook
  • HR Management
  • Interactive Content
  • Job Description Management
  • Learner Portal
  • Learning Management
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Media Management
  • Microlearning
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Learning
  • Modeling & Simulation
  • Multi-Language
  • Multi-User Collaboration
  • Onboarding
  • Orientation Workflow Management
  • Performance Management
  • Performance Metrics
  • Presentation Tools
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Recommendations
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Search/Filter
  • Self Service Portal
  • Self-Learning
  • Self-Service Content Curation
  • Single Sign On
  • Skills Assessment
  • Skills Tracking
  • Social Learning
  • Student Portal
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Talent Management
  • Task Management
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Third Party Course Library
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Training Administration
  • Training Companies
  • Training Management
  • Training Record Management
  • User Management
  • Video Conferencing
  • Video Support
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Workflow Management
  • eCommerce Management
  • eLearning Companies

Integrations

  • Total integrations36
  • ADP Workforce Now
  • BambooHR
  • Gmail
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Workspace
  • Greenhouse
  • Indeed
  • LinkedIn for Business
  • Meta for Business
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Okta
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • SAP SuccessFactors HXM Suite
  • Slack
  • Twitter
  • Workday HCM
  • Xero
  • Zapier
  • Total integrations34
  • ADP Workforce Now
  • BambooHR
  • Gmail
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Workspace
  • Greenhouse
  • Indeed
  • LinkedIn for Business
  • Meta for Business
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Okta
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • SAP SuccessFactors HXM Suite
  • Slack
  • Twitter
  • Workday HCM
  • Xero
  • Zapier

User reviews that mention these apps

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Lessonly

A great platform for employee learning

Reviewed 6 years ago

Working with the Lesson.ly team has been fantastic. They are incredibly responsive to customer needs and concerns. They have helped me through every step of the development and roll-out process. Lessons are incredibly easy to build. They are also rolling out new features frequently. I've really enjoyed developing my content and sharing it with my employees. They've also enjoyed a new format for learning - one where they're not listening to me lecture all the time! Not SCORM compatible, but that's the only major inconsistency with other LMS platforms. I recommend Lesson.ly, especially for small education departments like me!

Pros

Lessons are easy to build. They frequently add new content for free. It is reasonably priced for small organizations. The staff is incredibly responsive and helpful. It works well with a lot of content which can be embedded.

Cons

Not SCORM compliant - this is common to other LMS platforms. Also, the gradebook could use some more views - but they're working on it!

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Lessonly

Great platform and great people!

Reviewed a year ago

I love Lessonly. I'd like to see improvements to the gradebook and have pre-made content available, but neither of these things are dealbreakers. The LlamaNation community is a huge "pro" and one of the biggest differentiators between Lessonly and other LMS platforms. I am proud to be a llama! I highly recommend Lessonly to anyone looking for an intuitive LMS for creating custom content.

Pros

Lessonly's platform is super easy to use to create custom, engaging L&D content. And if you ever get stuck, they have fantastic employees ready to help and a customer community for additional support.

Cons

The ONLY downside to Lessonly is that everything must be created. There is no (to my knowledge) out of the box content. Lessonly should hire us to create that for them!

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  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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Lessonly

Lots of functions in a single LMS

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

Excellent for small and medium companies, it is a great tool oriented to corporate training, but not so for online institutes or schools,. You can get started very quickly without a huge learning .

Cons

Make sure you have all the content and workflow well organized before using this tool, sometimes it is very difficult to look for information in the LMS, definitely need more customization in terms of formatting the content. They should improve the use of templates.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Lessonly

Simplify your e-learning!

Reviewed 6 years ago

As a user of several large LMS systems, most recently one from Oracle, I constantly lamented the fact that I was spending more of my time managing and learning their HUGE system than I was thinking about the impact of the learning material I was creating. When my learners told me they "just wanted to know what they had to do" I wasn't able to act on that feedback and make learning easier within the...

Pros

Ease of use and helpful service team.

Cons

I have to use a lot of other software to manipulate images, videos, etc...because Lesson.ly doesn't include much in the way of content or design within the software.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Lessonly

Lesson.ly is an awesomely cohesive product!

Reviewed 6 years ago

From a creation standpoint, Lessonly had been incredible easy to use and allows me to integrate creativity into my lessons. I have fun creating the lesson and enjoy receiving feedback from my colleagues. From a learners standpoint, I appreciate Lessonly because it allows for a different kind of learning experience. It also allows me to take my time and really absorb the information. I love that there is learning center Dashboard that I can access at any time. Lessonly has been a wonderful addition to my company and I would definitely recommend this product.

Pros

The speed and functionality

Cons

The limitations in overall script formatting.

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Lessonly

Simple, basic LMS.

Reviewed 5 years ago

It was a simple, easy way for us to scale learning for our quickly growing organization. That being said, it feels like we grew faster than Lessonly was able to keep up with, so now we're looking for a more robust LMS that will provide more flexibility as we become more sophisticated in how we're approaching education as a company.

Pros

The interface is clean, and lessons are relatively easy to create. Because it has such a minimalist design, there were very little extra work needed to make it look nice and enticing for our team to use.

Cons

They've only just now begun to add support for SCORM, relying solely on their built in editor for awhile. The customer support team is responsive, but very few changes or updates seem to be made from user feedback. It also felt as though substantial updates to the app were few and far between. This was disappointing, to say the least.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Lessonly

The Goldilocks of LMS Software

Reviewed 3 years ago

Before committing to Lessonly, I looked into quite a few LMS solutions. I found this to be the perfect middle ground in terms of price and features. It's really suited for a smallish (under 50 employees company), though I believe they have other plans for larger businesses or teams. Beyond just features, I couldn't be happier with their support. I never found their sales team be pushy which is always a wonderful bonus. They also have quite a few meetup events with company reps which I'm a big fan of.

Pros

-From the pitch to implementation, their support was fantastic. They really helped to make sure this would suit our needs and after signing the contract, they followed up to set up a few meetings to make sure we fully understood how to use it to its full capacity. -It's extremely straightforward and easy to use for both administrators and learners. It was so simple I felt like I was missing something, but they assured me that wasn't the case :) -It offers a lot of information and lessons on how to actually train and improve your training process at no additional cost. This has proven to be a really invaluable resource and has improved our training program and saved time in developing it. -I love that it integrates with Zendesk.

Cons

-I wish it allowed for some more customization or formatting variation. -Though you can easily embed videos, you can't host them through Lessonly. We knew this going in so it obviously wasn't a dealbreaker, but it would be nice. -As an administrator, I really wish it was possible to create a grading key. I find I create a lot more multiple choice quizzes because it's just too hard to grade written answers.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Lessonly

Simplicity

Reviewed 6 years ago

We transitioned to Lesson.ly from another, more complicated, LMS and have been very happy with the transition. The team are extremely helpful and always on call to troubleshoot any issues. (Despite the time difference between us, we're in the UK). The training materials provided are extensive, but unnecessary sometimes as the it's very intuitive to use and implement. The integration with OBIQ (haven't tested the latest Slack integration), has been very useful and setting it up was easy. The Reporting function has been very useful in seeing where learners are struggling and reassessing our approach. Overall, we're very happy with Lesson.ly!

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Lessonly

Lessonly is the most intuitive LMS out there!

Reviewed 6 years ago

Due to the growth of our company, we needed a Learning Management System (LMS) that would help onboarding all the new hires. Before we used a powerpoint presentation, but that wasn't maintainable nor scalable since we have multiple offices around the world. That's why we started looking for a web-based LMS that was very easy to work with, both for the administrator creating content as for the users...

Pros

- Easy to create content for administrators / creators - Very intuitive to work with for new hires - Web-based so changes in lessons made are updated automatically - Overview of all users who did (not) complete their lessons - Automatic email reminders for uncompleted lessons - Great service from Client Experience Manager

Cons

The dashboards with information and statistics about who is assigned to which lesson and which user has still lessons open are available, yet they could be more advanced based on our personal preferences. I have been informed this is on the roadmap so I am really looking forward to that.