Businesses with skills gaps should check out these platforms to efficiently deliver training content and monitor learner progress.
However companies plan to close their employee skills gaps this year, it’s clear that digital learning platforms will play a critical role. In a survey of training professionals last year, online learning tools and systems were the top most anticipated purchase.
These tools and systems are essential for tracking progress on skills goals, delivering targeted training content, and encouraging learner engagement. But with so many different options to choose from, it can be difficult to figure out which tool is best for your company’s particular skills gap needs. That’s where we come in.
Using data from real user reviews, here are five top-rated digital learning platform options you should consider to help close those ever-widening skills gaps in your organization.
5 top-rated digital learning platforms
|Product (click to jump to that section)||Average overall rating (out of 5)|
|Academy of Mine||4.88|
Products are ordered from highest overall rating to lowest. To learn more about our methodology, click here.
Average overall rating: 4.94
Average ease-of-use rating: 4.91
Average value-for-money rating: 5.0
Looop is a cloud-based learning management system (LMS) built around providing what the vendor calls a “frictionless user experience” for businesses of all sizes. Trainers and administrators can use Looop’s simplified content creator to create training resources that leverage text, video, and podcasts—all without needing to understand HTML or coding. Employees can also create their own content to be shared within the organization.
Detailed dashboards and analytics give insight on which resources are driving desired results or not, while the ability to create structured learning paths for each employee ensures organizations can support workers with a training sequence that best fits their preferences and needs. Looop also supports blended learning through features such as event scheduling and RSVP tracking.
Pricing for Looop starts at $299 per month for up to 50 users.
What users say about Loop
- Great mobile app
- Intuitive for both trainers and learners
- Timely vendor support
Creating a course in Looop (Source)
Average overall rating: 4.88
Average ease-of-use rating: 4.65
Average value-for-money rating: 4.88
Primarily targeted to those wanting to sell and market their e-learning courses online, Academy of Mine is also a full-fledged LMS that can serve the training needs for a variety of industries such as healthcare, construction, real estate, and insurance. The platform supports both instructor-led training (via virtual conferencing and webinars) and self-paced learning through courses that can leverage audio, video, presentations, quizzes, and discussion boards.
Administrators have access to analytics on learner progress and grades. They also have full control over the pace content is consumed at through features such as content drip (setting a custom delivery schedule for when new content is made available) and minimum time allotments that force learners to slow down. Customers also get courtesy time with Academy of Mine’s customization team to help them create content or change the look of their interface.
Pricing for Academy of Mine starts at $499 per month with an unlimited number of courses and users.
What users say about Academy of Mine
- Highly customizable
- Great support and service offerings
- Gives you bang for your buck
Editing an assignment in Academy of Mine (Source)
Average overall rating: 4.85
Average ease-of-use rating: 4.71
Average value-for-money rating: 4.79
LearnUpon is an LMS solution that can support a variety of corporate learning needs, including training customers, partners, or employees. Alongside course and assessment creation capabilities, LearnUpon also includes the ability to customize different branded portals and user groupings to optimize the experience for different types of learners.
Gamification features such as points, badges, and leaderboards can drive learner engagement, while eCommerce capabilities and Salesforce integration allows you to sell your courses online to external audiences. Blended learning support is included (which can be integrated with many popular webinar tools), as is the ability to create preset or customizable reports, which can be scheduled to automatically go out to stakeholders.
Pricing for LearnUpon starts at $599 per month for up to 50 active users.
What users say about LearnUpon
- Polished aesthetic and user interface
- Easy to implement and set up
- Able to integrate with a variety of other systems
An example of a learner dashboard in LearnUpon (Source)
Average overall rating: 4.82
Average ease-of-use rating: 4.96
Average value-for-money rating: 5.00
GoSkills is a scalable LMS that can support training rosters of two or 2,000. The platform is built around bite-sized micro courses that aid in learner engagement and productivity, which can be created using GoSkills’ authoring tools or purchased pre-made about topics such as Microsoft Excel, project management best practices, and even soft skills.
Users can create teams and assign courses to them, tracking their progress and any accrued certifications along the way. Learners also have the ability to set and track their own learning goals. Social learning and gamification features are included, alongside reporting and analytics capabilities.
There is a free version of GoSkills with limited functionality. After that, pricing starts at $39 per user, per month.
What users say about GoSkills
- Great for continuous learning
- Highly effective premade courses
- Very user-friendly
A training course library in GoSkills (Source)
Average overall rating: 4.78
Average ease-of-use rating: 4.61
Average value-for-money rating: 4.42
With customers ranging from local businesses to Fortune 100 enterprises, Lessonly—a cloud-based LMS—is capable of helping a diverse set of companies with their skills gap needs. A drag-and-drop course creator makes it easy to embed and edit different types of multimedia, while capabilities like the ability to record video responses and practice typing sales emails go beyond your usual assessment options.
Dashboards can be customized to show basic information such as course completions, or more in-depth metrics such as training engagement. Integrations with the likes of Salesforce, Zendesk, and Google Chrome can also pull relevant Lessonly course information and present it to workers when they need it in those systems. The Lessonly University also gives you access to lesson templates and best practices to improve your learning content over time.
Lessonly’s pricing varies from customer to customer, and is not made publicly available.
What users say about Lessonly
- Easy to scale up or down depending on needs
- Intuitive course and assessment creators
- Support is very responsive to needs
Creating a training course in Lessonly (Source)
But wait, there’s more
Though these five platforms represent some great options to close company skills gaps, they’re not the only ones out there. Check out our learning management system (LMS) and learning experience platform (LEP) pages to discover more tools and filter the options to your specific needs. We also have a page dedicated entirely to free learning tools.
Here are some additional training technology resources you can check out as well:
To be considered for this report, products had to meet both our LMS software market definition and our review count minimum.
- LMS software market definition: In order to be considered an LMS software system, products must have course management and learner tracking functionality. Any LMS systems that cater solely to academic institutions were removed from consideration.
- Review count minimum: Products had to have 20 or more unique reviews over the past two years, from 1/23/18 to 1/23/20.
From there, the five products with the highest average overall user rating were selected for inclusion.
NOTE: The content in this piece provides opinions and points of view expressed by users. It does not represent the views of Capterra.
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