About Absorb LMS

Absorb is a cloud-based learning management system (LMS) engineered to drive business productivity and deliver a top-tier learner and admin experience. Absorb LMS is a powerful and flexible software that allows its customers to fit the LMS to their learning program. Get more ROI from your learning program with simplified and AI-driven admin tools and a more intuitive user experience for learners to access, discover, and retain learning content.

Evaluating learning management systems (LMS) can be a challenging, but critical task. Selecting the right LMS is key to driving business results through learning and creating a return on investment for years to come. Whether you’re implementing your first LMS or looking for a better solution, read these key considerations.

Legacy Lacks Agility

In one corner of the LMS market, you have your well-known legacy vendors. These might seem like a safe choice, but their products and services are anything but nimble. These vendors are expensive—serving you less, but charging you more. The products work, but outdated interfaces and functions don’t meet modern expectations.

Inexperience Limits Results

Then there are hundreds of small LMS vendors. Some of these systems look enticing but are not established. They often lack the experience to drive results for developed businesses. Plus, many small vendors don’t have the people power to deliver 100% in-house support when you need it most.

The Absorb Difference

Finally, there’s Absorb. We’ve been exclusively focusing on eLearning for 18+ years. Serving over 1,750 customers and 23.5+ million learners, we have the experience and agility to supercharge your learning program. And we don’t have an outdated legacy product that hinders progress. In fact, we built the most agile LMS on the market and have industry awards to back it up. Absorb LMS earned recognition from Gartner, PCMag, and many others. But we didn’t stop there. Our team of eLearning experts are constantly making updates to enhance the experience for learners and LMS administrators.

Pricing starting from:

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  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Key benefits of Absorb LMS

Intelligent Assist: An AI feature that helps manage day-to-day admin tasks more efficiently using natural language, ask a simple or even complex request, and be taken directly to the pre-configured report page or action screen with one click.

Absorb Pinpoint: Uses AI and natural language processing to automatically transcribe and timestamp your video lessons – and then makes them searchable. A simple search query gives learners a direct path to the point in the video or transcript they need, transforming longer LMS video content into contextualized microlearning experiences.

Absorb Engage: A set of collaborative tools, like discussion and breakout rooms, that help facilitate learner engagement and boost user experience to keep your learners hooked.

Absorb Create: An online course builder and authoring tool that allows you to easily craft and publish interactive eLearning courses to the LMS, or to SCORM, xAPI, and HTML5 formats.

Easy-to-Use: Count on an intuitive experience. Get up and running in a matter of days—not weeks.

Feature-Rich: Tap automated enrollment, mobile learning, learner engagement and many more features to streamline learning.

Responsive Support: Rely on award-winning 24/7/365 support powered by our client services team—you’ll never talk to an outsourced rep.

Custom Branding: Get the best custom branding options in the industry. Wow your learners with beautifully designed portals.

Reporting and Analytics: Prove ROI for your learning program with an array of customizable reports and configurable dashboards.

Seamless Integrations: Leverage standard or custom integrations to connect with the HCM systems and content libraries you already use.

Outstanding Security: Entrust your company’s safety to our experts focused on the strictest data security standards, including SOC 2 and GDPR.

Typical Customers

  • Freelancers
  • Small Businesses (2-50)
  • Mid-size Companies (51-500)
  • Large enterprises (500 and more)

Deployment

  • Cloud-based
  • On-premise

Markets

United Arab Emirates, Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium , Brazil, Canada, Switzerland, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Germany, Denmark, Ecuador, Spain, Finland, France, United Kingdom, Ireland, Israel, India, Iceland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Peru, Puerto Rico, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Singapore, United States, Venezuela

Supported Languages

Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch , English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish

Pricing starting from:

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  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Absorb LMS Software - Custom branded learner interface
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Absorb LMS Software - Simple mass action administration
Absorb LMS Software - Native assessment creation
Absorb LMS Software - Easy to upload Learning Objects
Absorb LMS Software - Tabular data views
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Absorb LMS Software - Custom branded learner interface
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Absorb LMS Software - Clear and intuitive user transcripts
Absorb LMS Software - Customized Absorb Inform reporting dashboard
Absorb LMS Software - Simple mass action administration
Absorb LMS Software - Native assessment creation
Absorb LMS Software - Easy to upload Learning Objects
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Features

Total features of Absorb LMS: 108

  • API
  • Academic/Education
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Monitoring
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Assessment Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Audio/Video Recording
  • 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 Library
  • Content Management
  • Content Sharing
  • Corporate/Business
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Library
  • Course Management
  • Course Publishing
  • Course Tracking
  • Customisable Branding
  • Customisable Questions
  • Customisable Reports
  • Customisable Templates
  • Customizable Fields
  • Data Import/Export
  • Document Management
  • Drag & Drop
  • Electronic Forms
  • Electronic Signature
  • Employee Engagement Software
  • Employee Handbook
  • Employee Onboarding
  • Employee Portal
  • Employee Self Service
  • Employee Training
  • Engagement Tracking
  • Feedback Management
  • Forum / Discussion Board
  • Gamification
  • Interactive Content
  • Interactive Learning
  • Learner Portal
  • Learning Management
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Media Import
  • Media Management
  • Microlearning
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Learning
  • Modeling & Simulation
  • Multi-Language
  • Multi-User Collaboration
  • Orientation Workflow Management
  • Performance Metrics
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Question Library
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Recommendations
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Self Service Portal
  • Self-Learning
  • Self-Service Content Curation
  • Single Sign On
  • Skills Assessment
  • Skills Tracking
  • Social Learning
  • Storyboarding
  • Student Portal
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Talent Management
  • Template Management
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Third Party Course Library
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Third-Party Integration
  • Training Administration
  • Training Companies
  • Training Management
  • Training Record Management
  • User Management
  • User Onboarding
  • Video Conferencing
  • Video Management
  • Video Support
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Workflow Management
  • eCommerce Management
  • eLearning Companies

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5
(216)
Value for Money
4.4/5
Features
4.3/5
Ease of Use
4.4/5
Customer Support
4.4/5

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Nicolas
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  • Industry: Financial Services
  • Company size: 201-500 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Flexible and very complete LMS

Reviewed on 8/7/2022

Pros

It stands out for its simplicity of use and its pleasant user interface. It offers great flexibility in the design of learning experiences, adapting them to the characteristics of each training process. It has an electronic signature so that participants can demonstrate that they met the requirements of their training process. Integrates seamlessly with any eLearning content library.

Cons

I consider that this is a platform with a lot of potential, the only thing that I think can be improved is to simplify some processes to make the configuration easier.

Stefan
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  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: 201-500 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1-5 months
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Easy to use LMS platform with the right amount of features for our needs

Reviewed on 28/4/2022

We were looking for an LMS platform for internal training that could be expanded to customer...

We were looking for an LMS platform for internal training that could be expanded to customer training afterwards. The sales engagement with Absorb LMS has been a great experience, providing us with the tools and knowledge to properly evaluate the platform (including a trial portal which we could test with our own content).

Onboarding was well structured, with a clear plan of tasks to accomplish both on our side and on the vendor side. Absorb provides a series of well-made self-training modules to go through, which complemented the training provided by the implementation project manager.

Compared to other LMS, the platform itself is easy to use while providing a good breadth of features for our use. It's a mature product, with a solid backend. We did not experience any performance issues or security concerns.

Look and feel customization is relatively basic. The interface is also quite rigid: for example, thumbnails or banners must have precise dimensions, otherwise images are stretched. Because of that it requires a lot of efforts, trials and errors, if you want to have a visual experience distinct from the Absorb default.

The main shortcoming we experienced is that some common workflows could be streamlined. They can involve a lot of clicks, which is irritating when you're repeating the same workflow several times in a row. Keyboard shortcuts could be introduced to facilitate some operations, which would alleviate this.

Pros

Easy to use
Solid onboarding training for admins
Provides content hosting
Supports SCORM and xAPI (Tin Can)
Supports Instructor Led Classes
Zoom integration
BambooHR integration
Salesforce integration
Overall mature platform
Great customer support

Cons

Look and feel customization lacks flexibility
Some workflows could be streamlined, especially for course management
No actual course authoring functionality: users need to import learning objects created with external tools, such as 3rd party eLearning authoring tools. This is fine for our needs, but it would add flexibility if there was at least some content authoring functionalities.

Alternatives Considered

Skillsoft, Cornerstone LMS and SAP Litmos

Reasons for Switching to Absorb LMS

The intersection of ease of use, features, customer service and costs of Absorb was superior to all other alternatives we considered. Some were superior in terms features but were too expensive for our needs. Some were less expensive but the customer service was a concern. Some were not as user-friendly. It all came down to that equation: ease of use + features + services + costs. Absorb LMS hit the sweet spot for us.
Bill
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  • Industry: Consumer Goods
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1-5 months
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Best training and onboarding

Reviewed on 1/11/2022

Pros

The main thing for me was the onboarding process with [SENSITIVE CONTENT] was fantastic. She was patient and understanding of my crazy schedule. She hit all the key points that were important to me with a new program. Also, the ability for the employees to choose their own ongoing trainings was very important.

Cons

Cost is quite high in my opinion. I will not be using the entire program but have to pay for modules that I will not use.

Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Construction
  • Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 0.0 /10

Great Software, Suffers terribly from its customer service.

Reviewed on 15/11/2020

I rushed into this purchase a little and didnt investigate the level of support that would be...

I rushed into this purchase a little and didnt investigate the level of support that would be offered. In hindsight this would have been a game changer for me as I would have went elsewhere.
The software is good, though it doesnt manage blended learning easily which is frustrating.
Customer Support is absolutely non existent.

Pros

Good User Interface,
Good Course Management.
Good sync with BambooHR on most things.
Good Learner interface.
Good Customisation options.

Cons

Difficult to manage blended learning.
Some factors in course management could use improvements. (Managing assessments)
Cannot see how many absences from courses that users have.
Some issues with how it syncs with Bamboo(overwriting course information)
Customer Support is non existent. 10+ days to resolve any issues. Most issues I have to try and resolve myself by resetting and that causes me other issue.
Can sometimes be 'buggy' and will introduce random bugs which can be time consuming to fix and result in me resetting the system sync.

Axelle
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  • Industry: Construction
  • Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1-5 months
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

very simple to learn and to use

Reviewed on 1/11/2022

Pros

the simplicity for the end user and for the training coordinators

Cons

some inconsistences in the user fields. they enforce to create more custom fields than necessary

Alternatives Considered

Docebo

Switched From

Cegid Talentsoft

Reasons for Switching to Absorb LMS

the simplicity for the end user and for the training coordinators
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Absorb LMS FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Absorb LMS.

Absorb LMS offers the following pricing plans:

Your needs are specific. And since LMS pricing isn't one size fits all, examining the advantages and disadvantages of popular LMS pricing models is crucial in deciding which one is right for you: pay per user, pay per active user, and other LMS pricing and costs associated with a perpetual license. Absorb LMS understands that it's imperative to meet you where you are. That's why we offer a more tailored pricing approach based on your input and our recommendations. Absorb reps consult with you about your company size, budget, eLearning goals, usage patterns, and other considerations to craft the unique pricing model that works for you and is flexible enough to accommodate future growth and changes.

Absorb LMS has the following typical customers:

51-200, 201-500, 501-1,000, 1,001-5,000

Absorb LMS supports the following languages:

Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish

Absorb LMS supports the following devices:

Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

Absorb LMS integrates with the following applications:

ADP Globalview Payroll, ADP Vantage HCM, ADP Workforce Now, Auth0, BambooHR, BizLibrary, Centrify Identity Service, Clarity Wave, ClearCompany, Dayforce HCM, Degreed, Foxy, Google Analytics 360, Google Workspace, Meta for Business, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft SharePoint, Namely, Okta, OneLogin, Oracle Cloud HCM, Oracle Taleo Cloud, PayPal, PingFederate, Salesforce Sales Cloud, Skillsoft, Twitter, UKG Pro, Workday HCM, Zoom Meetings

Absorb LMS offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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