Is LearnWorlds platform for online courses right for you?

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LearnWorlds Review


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LearnWorlds is another platform for online course creation that offers a wide variety of features such as a comprehensive course builder, marketing tools, web site builder and helps support.  

LearnWorlds begins with you creating your school. It offers a Welcome Screen walkthrough to get you easily started.

LearnWorlds welcome screen

Online Course Creation

When you create a course in LearnWorlds, it comes with guided steps on how to name your course and how to set a course friendly URL.
 
LearnWorlds - setting course title
LearnWorlds - course creation
 
 
 
This is then followed by you setting the access type for the course. Available are the following access type options:
  • Paid
  • Draft
  • Coming Soon
  • Free
  • Private
 

If you choose paid, you will be prompted to set a starting price of your course. There is also an option to set a discounted price. A nice thing about LearnWorlds is that there are also links to reading recommendations on how to set pricing.

Drip Feed functionality

Like other online learning platforms, LearnWorlds allows you to schedule your courses (drip feed). 

Course Page Builder

 
LearnWorlds Course page builder

Once you have created your course, you will be brought to a default template course page. You can then customise the look and feel of the course landing page. The page builder has the following features:

  • customisable layout, headers and footers
  • options to configure your page so that it is optimised for search engines. A cool feature here is that you are provided with a live preview of what your course snippet would look like under Google results. This allows you to tweak the title to encourage clicks
  • configure site navigation
  • add custom code like CSS and Javascript
Course Contents

Define and set access for different sections of your course
When adding course content to your LearnWorlds course, you first need to define sections in your course.You can set these sections as Draft, Soon (visible but not yet accessible), Free or Paid.

Once your sections are defined, you can add activities.

LearnWorlds - Course Content Creation

 

Each activity supports different content formats: 

  • Videos 
    Select videos that you uploaded to your LearnWorld’s course library or embed videos from Vimeo / Wistia.
  • EBooks
    eBooks are similar to Word documents where you add paragraphs of text, table and images
  • PDFs/Audio files
  • Embed Youtube videos/SoundCloud files
  • SCORM/HTML5 package
    Upload content developed and exported into SCORM packages by online learning authoring tools like Storyline, Captivate and iSpring
  • Live Sessions
    LearnWorlds supports Zoom Meetings, Zoom Webinars and Webex Meetings
  • Quizzes
    Create multiple-choice, True/False,  Poll, Short Answer, Text with Feedback type of quizzes
  • Exams
    Create multiple choice and True/False questions under an exam setting. You can set the duration in minutes and have passing grades.
  • Assignments
    Open-ended questions where learners submit their assignments via the editor or upload a file
  • Certificates
    Award certificates for completing exams or completing the learning units in the course. You can let users share the certificate on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook

Pricing options

 
Besides being able to offer a discounted price, you can create bundles and coupons.
 

Site Builder

Create your schools site with LearnWorlds site builder
Create your schools site with LearnWorlds site builder

LearnWorlds Site builder is very comprehensive. There are a variety of colour schemes that you can choose. There is a huge selection of fonts. You can customise buttons and configure layoutss.

Reporting

LearnWorlds provides the following reports:
 

User Analytics

Get data on user progress. You can filter by courses, average scores and progress. You can also create user segments and schedule reports.

LearnWorlds user analytics reports

Exams Reporting

Get data on:
  •  all the grades of those who took your course exams.
  • certificates issued to students of your courses

Sales Reporting

Obtain course orders data, course product revenues, instructor revenues and cancelled sales.

Payment Processing

When it comes to payment processing, you can set the currency of your choice from 20+ currency options. You can also connect to a Stripe, Paypal, 2CO2Checkout or Shopify account to receive and manage course payments and receive funds.

Third-party Integrations

Connect to email marketing tools like mailchimp, Constant Contact, Convertkit, Aweber

Marketing Tools

LearnWorlds offers various marketing tools. The tools allow you to set bundles and subscriptions. You can create promotions and also capture leads from visitors who register on your pages.

Set up your affiliate program

LearnWorlds provides also an Affiliate Management feature, allowing setting up of commissions, tracking of payments, leads and customers.

LearnWorlds Pricing Plans

 

Note: Prices are in USD

Starter

$29
$ 24 Monthly (billed annually)
  • $5 fee Per Course Sale
  • 1 Admin
  • Custom Domain
  • Page Builder allowing you to build 3 pages
  • Unlimited Courses

Pro Trainer

$99
$ 79 Monthly (billed annually)
  • Features in addition to Starter
  • No Transaction Fees
  • Build Unlimited Pages with Page builder
  • Site Builder with Blog
  • Access to subscriptions and memberships
  • Customise Course player, check out page and certificates
  • Course Integration with Zoom and Webex
  • Upload 10 SCORM/HTML5 packages for your learning activities
  • Set File Assignments
  • Affiliate Management
  • 24/7 Priority Email Support

Learning Center

$299
$ 249 Monthly (billed annually)
  • Features in addition to Pro Trainer
  • 20 admins/instructors
  • Bulk Student Enrollments
  • Fully labelled under your brand
  • Interactive videos - add quizzes to your videos
  • Ability to have your custom IOS & Andrioid App (with a extra fee)
  • Unlimited Scorm/HTML5 packages for your learning content

Other costs

There are no transaction fees. As you are using your own Paypal or Stripe accounts for payment processing, there are no additional processing fees.

Research of reviews online

I found the Reviews on TrustPilot to be acceptable. There were only 23 reviews and 87% of them were above great. Most people liked the features. For those who didn’t like it, it was mainly due to the interface, which after trying it out, I have to agree can be quite overwhelming for those who have little exposure or experience with creating web sites using site builders.

Is LearnWorlds the right solution for me to sell online courses?

Similar to other online course platforms, this is not for you if you:

  • require reporting for SCORM, XAPI online learning content
  • require gamification elements that you can customise (badges, points, leaderboards for interacting with your site)

If you need advanced interactivity in your courses, you will need to create those interactions with online learning authoring tools like Storyline, Captivate or iSpring and take up the Pro Trainer (upload up to 10 interactive packages) or the Learning Center plan (unlimited hosting of packages).  As mentioned in the earlier points, you will not be able to receive any reports on how your students interact with these packages.

What do I like about LearnWorlds? 

It provides a wide variety of learning content formats for its Pro Trainer plan price point. The site builder provides a wide range of customisable options. The course builder supports a wide variety of learning content formats. For example, you can add different types of quizzes. If all you require is the standard range of course formats, LearnWorlds definitely delivers.

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