Social Learning Platforms

To put it simply, social learning is learning from and with others. A social learning platform allows users to collaborate, share and comment on their organization's formal and informal learning experiences on a secure and trusted network. The solution includes course sharing and commenting, course ratings, course discussions and blogs, all of which allow learners to share knowledge and interact with one another.

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TOPYX LMS

TOPYX is a cloud-based learning management system (LMS) that features social learning tools. It provides organizations with access to formal training with informal learning. It is suitable for enterprises, government institutions,...Read more

4.25 (16 reviews)

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Edmodo

Edmodo is a cloud-based learning management application for teachers to connect and collaborate with parents and students. The solution allows teachers to create academic groups, distribute assignments and homework, schedule ...Read more

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Moodle

Open LMS leverages open-source software to deliver an effective and engaging online learning experience. As the largest commercial provider of highly curated, enhanced, SaaS-based versions of the world’s most widely used open-sour...Read more

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Schoology

Schoology is a cloud-based learning management solution specializing in curriculum management, course instruction and system-wide resource sharing and collaboration. Users can upload course content and assignments into the databas...Read more

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itslearning

Itslearning is a multi-national, cloud-based learning platform that provides a complete course management and delivery solution for users in K-12 schools. Using resources generated by content providers, fellow Itslearning use...Read more

4.06 (18 reviews)

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Docebo

Docebo is redefining the way enterprises leverage technology to create, deliver, and understand the business impact of their learning experiences through The Docebo Learning Suite. With Docebo's multi-product learning suite, ente...Read more

4.21 (114 reviews)

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Skillsoft

SkillPort is a cloud-based learning management solution offered by SkillSoft. The solution is used by businesses of all sizes across industries such as financial services, health care and manufacturing. Users can browse through th...Read more

4.17 (58 reviews)

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LatitudeLearning

LatitudeLearning© is a cloud-based LMS designed specifically to manage extended enterprise training programs. The learning platform makes it easier to deliver quality training across all channels of your extended network. Control ...Read more

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Instancy Learning Management System

Instancy is a cloud-based solution designed to help organizations plan, design and manage online learning programs for classroom training, video tutorials and more. The platform enables enterprises to schedule webinars, assign ins...Read more

4.57 (7 reviews)

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PeopleFluent Learning

PeopleFluent Learning is a cloud-based learning management system suited for midsize and large organizations. It features content management, skills and compliance management, social learning, reports and e-commerce. PeopleFl...Read more

3.88 (26 reviews)

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Subscription models

  • Per employee/per month: This model allows you to pay a monthly fee for each of your employees.
  • Per user/per month: Users pay a monthly fee for users—normally administrative users—rather than all employees.

Perpetual license

  • This involves paying an upfront sum for the license to own the software and use it indefinitely.
  • This is the more traditional model and is most common with on-premise applications and with larger businesses.

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Axis LMS

Axis LMS is a cloud-based learning management solution that enables businesses of all sizes to create training materials and courses. Key features include content creation, reporting, group collaboration and internal messaging. ...Read more

4.33 (3 reviews)

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CANVAS

Canvas LMS from Instructure is a cloud-based learning management system (LMS) specifically designed for K-5 on up through higher education institutions. Canvas LMS is a scalable platform that can be used by educational institution...Read more

4.51 (2655 reviews)

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BizLibrary

At BizLibrary, we’re on a mission to elevate employees’ skills, create better places to work and do our part to build a more compassionate and competent future. We lean into these goals every day by supporting organizations’ learn...Read more

4.50 (58 reviews)

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Accord LMS

Accord LMS supports online courses, instructor-led training, certification and compliance management, gamification, and more. HTML5 content authoring, webinars, eCommerce and HRIS synchronization are fully integrated. Drag-and-dro...Read more

4.52 (47 reviews)

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bxp software

bxp software is a web-based, modular customer management solution that offers applications for customer service, call center, and help desk, among others. Developed for simple and multi-channel users....Read more

4.20 (5 reviews)

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Cornerstone LMS

Cornerstone Xplor and Cornerstone Learning help you provide a connected learning and growth experience for your people. Create a personalized development and growth experience that inspires people and accelerates transformation. G...Read more

4.30 (205 reviews)

57 recommendations

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SAP Litmos

SAP Litmos is a cloud-based continuous learning platform that unifies learning management, the extended enterprise, prepackaged content and a content management system to meet organizations’ training needs. SAP Litmos is SSAE 16...Read more

4.21 (264 reviews)

69 recommendations

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Schoox

Schoox is a cloud-based social eLearning solution that helps companies deliver employee training, development and certification courses. Available online or via mobile app, Schoox allow users to create custom-branded academies t...Read more

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ExpertusONE

ExpertusONE is a cloud-based learning management solution that caters to global enterprises with more than 5,000 employees. ExpertusONE has mobile learning apps for learners and is accessible on Android or iOS devices. It pro...Read more

4.13 (8 reviews)

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Saba Cloud

Saba Cloud provides companies across the globe with a cloud-based learning and talent management application designed to drive employee engagement, elevate skills and improve business productivity. Saba Cloud provides traditi...Read more

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Buyers Guide

Last Updated: March 11, 2022

In today's internet age, continuous learning and interaction is necessary in all businesses. Every organization wants its employees to get engaged with their learning and complete their e-learning courses as well. In the past, these may have seemed mutually exclusive, but social learning has flipped the script. Learning doesn't need to be a lengthy or time-consuming process, but rather an experience that's quickly accessed, executed and enjoyed by everyone within an organization or community.

Social learning involves learning through observing other people's views, behaviors and attitudes, then looking at the results of all those actions. Later, the learner adapts those attitudes or behaviors and models them. Therefore, with social learning, the knowledge sharing process is quite spontaneous and automatic, as learning happens just by watching others in action or while interacting with them.

If used properly, social learning is the ideal learning approach for learners/employees of most organizations. Hence, we wrote this Buyer's Guide to help you better understand how a social learning platform works and detail everything you need to know before making the final purchase decision.

Here's what we'll cover:

What Is a Social Learning Platform?
Common Features of Social Learning Platforms
What Type of Buyer Are You?
Benefits of Social Learning Platforms
Key Considerations

What Is a Social Learning Platform?

 

To put it simply, social learning is learning from and with others. A social learning platform allows users to collaborate, share and comment on their organization's formal and informal learning experiences on a secure and trusted network. The solution includes course sharing and commenting, course ratings, course discussions and blogs, all of which allow learners to share knowledge and interact with one another.

Such solutions also help organizations improve employee engagement by providing the necessary data and tools within a single platform. Also, system administrators can create customized learning experiences for each employee/user from any type of data or content stored in the system.

Example of a user profile in Spoke

User profile in the Spoke social learning management system

As with most complex challenges, selection of a suitable social learning platform is much easier when it's broken down into parts. In the next section, we'll break down the most common applications and features of social learning platforms.

Common Features of Social Learning Platforms

Vendors offer a variety of functional breadth and depth in their social learning platforms. The best social learning platform vendors might offer some or all of the following differentiating capabilities:

Live chat

Quick communication method for learners who are looking for instant knowledge sharing. If you need quick help, view the list of 'available' learners and contact them immediately in real time.

Social stream

Display all the latest news, updates and announcements from all learners. Also used to share each learner's key achievements since it's visible to all on the platform.

Groups

Create distinct groups based on specific knowledge criteria, such as job roles, experience levels or training topics. Similar learners get an opportunity to experience better knowledge sharing discussions.

Experts area

Allows learners to access the knowledge base of a variety of different 'subject matter experts' who act as knowledge silos.

Surveys

Allows you to identify what your learners exactly want to learn. Send a quick questionnaire to your employees seeking feedback on which type of content they enjoy or need the most.

Give our advisors a call at 855-998-8505 if you need help determining which vendors offer which specific features.

What Type of Buyer Are You?

Before you start evaluating different social learning platforms, you'll want to know what buyer category you belong to. We believe almost all buyers fall into one of the below categories:

  • Corporate training professionals. Social learning platforms are quite necessary in the corporate training domain. Highly regulated industries, such as financial or insurance, require their employees to remain updated on important news in order to better comply with various government and industry standards. Social learning platforms help employees quickly learn about the latest industry events.
  • Education-industry professionals. Schools, universities and other educational institutes are another major category of buyers of social learning platforms. One of their primary purposes is to facilitate the spread of knowledge among students. Content such as assignments, course information, a teacher's knowledge base, syllabus and test information can be securely shared on social learning platforms for students to access from any location.

Benefits of Social Learning Platforms

Some of the benefits of social learning platforms should already be clear from our discussion above, but they can be distilled as follows:

  • Enhanced collaboration and engagement among employees. When employees are learning from each other, collaboration among them improves significantly. In addition, you'll also develop a robust learning community that'll grow stronger each day and will reinforce itself.
  • Capture and leverage organizational knowledge. While it's important to focus on the training needs of your employees, it's also critical to remain open to the possibility of your employees teaching a specific topic or two to their peers or seniors. Hence, a social learning platform helps leverage the collective knowledge of your employees on different topics on which they have good understanding. The platform also encourages employees to think outside the box and share their ideas with other employees.

Key Considerations

Social learning platforms can be purchased either on their own, or as part of a learning management system (LMS) suite. Keep the following considerations in mind while you evaluate vendors to build an effective shortlist:

Does the software support integrations? Check with the vendor to see if the social learning platform supports integration with your existing software, such as your learning management system (LMS) or human resources (HR) software. Quick integrations would be helpful to import and export data efficiently.

Is the software scalable? You'll need to check with the vendor on scalability of the social learning platform you're considering as it will help when your organization grows. The software must be able to support multi-location IT network infrastructure of your organization for when you grow in future.

Does the vendor offer customer support? Check whether the vendor offers 24/7 support, support only during business hours or none at all. Other than that, ask for what support options are available, such as email, phone or live chat.