eLearning That Fits Your Needs: A Guide To TalentLMS Pricing, Plans, And Options

A Guide To TalentLMS Pricing Plans And Options For eLearning That Fits Your Needs

Take TalentLMS, our Cloud powered Learning Management System offering, as an example. It’s always available, and there’s no need to install, upgrade, or backup anything. For you, there’s just the fun and productive part of creating and running your courses.

Eager to start? That's great, for in this article we’ll examine the available TalentLMS pricing options, so you can pick the one that matches your needs.

Free Learning Management System

Price-wise, it doesn't get any better than this: Our free tier is meant as a way to demo TalentLMS, but it can also be used as a very capable Learning Management System if you're a very small company or organization that is OK with the “up to 5 users” and “up to 10 courses” limit.

Unlike some other “free” plans that come with strings attached, our free plan doesn't have a time limit, and also doesn't require you to enter your credit card details to create an account.

TalentLMS Plans

Our programs come in “Standard” and “Unlimited” versions, which differ in the amount of courses, users, and features that are supported.

TalentLMS standard plans limit the total number of registered users based on a hard limit (e.g. 25 users for the Small Standard plan). You can delete a user to free a spot for another one, but you can't have more users than your plan supports.

Unlimited plans, on the other hand, allow for an unlimited number of users to be registered, but support a base number of “active users” per month (e.g. 25 users for our Small Unlimited plan). With an Unlimited plan you can have as many active users as you want by paying a small fee for each extra active user.

All plans are offered in annual and monthly billing options. Since the former are cheaper, they are recommended for all users, unless they only need to run a Learning Management System for a few months.

As for support, our team offers support for all account tiers, including the free one; this being the Cloud, backups, monitoring, and service updates handled automatically for you.

And with that, let’s have a look at our standard plans:

  1. Standard Small.
    Our small plan is great for, well, smaller companies or organizations (under 30-50 employees). Paying just $29/month (annually) is an extremely affordable way to have your own eLearning deployment that can support unlimited courses and up to 25 users.
  2. Basic.
    Next up from small is the basic plan, which comes to $99 per month (for annual billing) and allows the same unlimited courses, but increases the supported users up to 100, and adds Single Sign-On, so you can integrate it with your company's or organization's intranet.
  3. Plus and Premium. 
    For larger businesses, but still in the realm of SMEs, there's our “Plus” plan, which for $199/month offers unlimited courses for up to 500 users, Single Sign-On support, and custom reporting. For a larger business that has to support a few hundred of employees (or students) and wants to do it on the cheap, “Plus” is the package we would recommend. Premium, the top of our Standard plans, has the exact same features as Plus, but for $349/month it doubles the amount of users you can train to a thousand.
  4. Unlimited Plans. 
    Our 4 Unlimited Plans allow you to register an unlimited number of users, with pricing based only on the number of active users that login to your eLearning portal each month. Depending on the plan, there's an amount of active users that can be connected each month. Beyond that capacity, there's a charge of $4 for each additional active user. These plans are great for companies or organizations with a large potential student base but that only train a small part of it (e.g. want to eventually train 500 users in your organization, but only need to train 50 of them at a time). It's also great for companies wanting to sell courses, as you can let an unlimited number of users register (e.g. open a demo account) and only be charged for students that actively use your eLearning service. The 4 Unlimited Learning Management System plans are:

    • Small Unlimited, which offers 25 active users per month for $79/month.
    • Basic Unlimited, which offers 100 active users per month, Single Sign-On support and custom reports, for $179/month.
    • Plus Unlimited, which is the same as Basic Unlimited but ups the active users to 250, for $279/month.
    • Premium Unlimited, which doubles the active users to 500 for $379/month.

Annual Vs Monthly billing

The quoted prices all refer to the annual billing option, which offers a hefty discount compared to month-by-month pricing, but requires you to pay for a whole year ahead.

We believe that annual billing is the best (and more cost-effective) option for all kinds of businesses and organizations that want to run an eLearning service.

That said, if you need the flexibility to run an eLearning portal for just a couple of months or so, our monthly billing might be the better option for you.

Prices for monthly billing vary from $39/month for our Standard Small plan (compared to $29/month with annual billing) up to $459/month for our Standard Premium option (compared to $349/month).

Conclusion

Ready to deploy your own eLearning portal?

Take TalentLMS for a demo ride with our Free LMS plan create or visit our webpage to select the plan that best suits your needs (and wallet).

And if our standard plans are too small for your enterprise or organization, contact our sales department to learn about our custom eLearning plans.

This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

Snappico: Learning On The Go

Snappico: Learning On The Go And Having Fun While At It.

Snappico hits all the right eLearning buzzwords, as it sits at the intersection of three trends that have seen considerable adoption in the last couple of years or so: micro-learning, gamification and infographics.

The micro-learning core consists of the mobile flash card app that displays tiny self-contained pieces of information to its users.

To add to the fun factor and keep engagement high this is combined with gamification elements, such as score keeping with social leaderboards, rare and collectible card sets, trying to keep up with your friends, and more.

Finally, infographics, in the original sense, because we attempt to visualize the knowledge offered in the cards, favoring graphics and illustrations with as little text as we can get away with.

What is Snappico?

Think of it as a portable, visually rich, Wikipedia in a mobile application, that you can browse when you're bored or when you want to learn something new without much effort. It's perfect for any kind of commute (unless you're the driver), and the content is varied and great for both kids and adults that want to jolt their brain while on the go.

We try to cover as many topics as we can (from DNA's structure and sports to the history of the Roman Empire) and already offer over 130 topical card sets, with 10 new sets landing every week.

How Snappico works

First you have to get the app (oh, and, have we mentioned it's free?). It's only available for iOS at the moment, but if you're an Android user watch this space, as there's an Android version in the works which we'll hope to launch soon.

From within the app, you can subscribe to various topics (card sets) and collect your cards. You get one (two-sided) card per topic for each day, but you can also use credits to unlock additional cards faster.

Each completed card set increases your collection's value, so in order to beat other users score-wise you have to complete as many sets as you can. You need to be quick to subscribe to new sets, though, as they come with limited availability.

As you complete your sets and increase your score, you also rise to even higher levels, which give you access to sets that are only available at those levels. So, those that worked faster to get a head-start and don't get too complacent and lazy about it tend to stay on top.

With its nicely illustrated cards and game elements, Snappico will probably remind you of the collectible cards of old (with baseball or soccer players, formula 1 cars, etc.) and those have indeed been a great inspiration to us.

We've also placed special emphasis on having well written micro-lessons on each card, and getting them to be as effective and clear as they are, proved to be a form of art all of its own. Everyone can ramble for 10 paragraphs, but essentializing the same information down to bite size takes a certain talent.

Conclusion

All in all, we're quite happy with how Snapicco turned out and it's already doing quite well regarding user adoption. And don't forget that we're only beginning with this app, as besides the upcoming Android release, we also have a few more surprises coming to it in the future.

If you're an iOS user and haven't already downloaded your free copy, we suggest you check it out and get some micro-learning on.

This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

14 Things That Your Learning Management System Doesn’t Do (But TalentLMS Does)

What Your Learning Management System Doesn't Do (But TalentLMS Does)

eLearning is a very competitive industry. Vendors compete on features, performance, ease of use, stability, extensibility, support, pricing, and lots of other things.

That’s part of what keeps us motivated to work on new TalentLMS features, enhancements, and updates (like the recent update about TalentLMS in Cloud that we've released mid-May). And, judging from the results, we are probably doing a few things right.

Besides the seamless Cloud-based turnkey experience and our well praised support, here are 14 things TalentLMS does that your Learning Management System doesn’t.

  1. Converts presentations to videos.
    If you've been doing seminars, internal training, and so on, you probably have tons of PowerPoint presentations. Problem is, they are not that exciting as a training material, and they also require a compatible viewer program. TalentLMS lets you automatically convert these presentations to video for incorporation in your online lessons.
  2. Consumes content directly from Wikipedia, YouTube, Prezi, etc.
    Speaking of incorporating external content into your courses, internet is filled to the brim with excellent eLearning material in all kinds of formats. Instead of manually copying and pasting or making do with links to it, TalentLMS allows you to directly consume content from Wikipedia, YouTube, Prezi, SlideShare, and many more sources. Content can be seamlessly integrated with your own material and reused in many lessons and courses.
  3. Sends reports at scheduled intervals (to anyone you choose).
    You probably know that TalentLMS has a powerful reporting system that gives you insights to all aspects of your eLearning portal and its users. But did you know that you can also automate your learning reports in TalentLMS and have them sent at scheduled intervals to specific recipients? Perfect for keeping your instructors or pointy-haired boss in the loop.
  4. Lets you build custom reports and perform mass actions.
    Besides the default report types that TalentLMS provides, you can also go wild creating your own custom Learning Managent System reports (using the same powerful filters and tools that are available for the default report types). Even better, TalentLMS lets you perform mass actions on the results of a report, updating, notifying, or even deleting multiple items (students, instructors, groups, courses, etc.) at once.
  5. Integrates video conferences.
    Web based eLearning is great for giving students the freedom to study at their own pace. Sometimes though, a little face-to-face (or “real time”) session is indispensable.
    With the video conference tools TalentLMS offers, you can have the best of both worlds. You get not only audio and video conference capabilities, but also real time chat and a virtual whiteboard to boot. Even better, video sessions can be scheduled and handled just like normal lessons, through TalentLMS’ support for instructor-led training. What distinguishes us is that video conferencing comes as part of the main TalentLMS offering. You do not have to integrate, install, or buy a 3rd party video conference subscription; it just works for you!
  6. Lets you collect subscription payments.
    While TalentLMS is ideal for internal training inside a business, it also allows you to build your own full blown eLearning school and sell courses. And when it comes to getting paid, it also allows you to offer subscription based courses. Subscriptions allow your end-users to have access to all of your paid courses by paying a single monthly fee, as opposed to a per course, one time purchase. Subscriptions currently only work with the Stripe payment service, but they will soon be available through PayPal too.
  7. Lets you build custom user types.
    Besides the default built-in user types (Instructor, Student, and Administrator) TalentLMS comes with, the software also lets you build your own custom user types. You can add your own fields and information to these custom user types (depending on your business needs) and define their privileges and permissions in excruciating detail (if that’s your thing).
  8. Integrates with Stripe.
    For those of you selling courses, TalentLMS offers built-in integration with Stripe, the fastest growing payment processor in the world. And for those whose region is not covered by Stripe, we also offer PayPal support. Between the two services, TalentLMS covers 99% of the world (the rest is probably Antarctica, so not much business interest there) and allows you to handle payments from all major credit card companies.
  9. Offers gamification.
    Adding a little bit of competition makes for a more interesting and challenging learning experience. In modern web terms this is called “gamification” and TalentLMS offers that too (surprise, surprise). Gamification takes the techniques that game designers use to engage players, and applies them to non-gaming experiences such as learning. TalentLMS's built-in gamification options include “points” (score), “badges” (medals), “levels”, “leaderboards” (high score lists), and “rewards” (bonuses).
  10. Connects with 200+ services through Zapier.
    TalentLMS was the first learning platform to offer integration with the Zapier platform, a service that enables web apps to communicate letting the user easily build coordinated tasks. This enables TalentLMS to integrate with any Zapier-compatible web app, a list which includes Dropbox, Evernote, Salesforce, Gmail, Twitter, MailChimp, and Trello.
  11. Lets you share courses even with non-registered users.
    TalentLMS was designed with flexibility in mind, and the knowledge that one-size doesn't always fit all. So while some other platforms may force an impenetrable wall between registered and non-registered users, TalentLMS allows you to share a course with anybody, regardless of his registration status, if you so wish.
  12. Offers social signups for your end-users. 
    Why force new users to open another account for your eLearning portal? TalentLMS lets them register through their social accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc.), removing one extra step that doesn’t offer much (if anything) to their experience.
  13. Offers a free account for life.
    While we run a commercial service (and a very successful one at that), we still understand that some people want to evaluate our offering risk-free, while some small businesses, especially in developing countries, might not be able to afford our full featured plans. Instead of just offering a limited-period demo account, we did something better: we offer a starting plan that allows for up to 5 users and up to 10 courses, free for life.
  14. TalentLMS isn't superstitious.
    But we added a 14th item in this list, just in case you are :-)

Conclusion
Here we are: 14 things TalentLMS does but your Learning Management System doesn't. Sure, you may find that the latest version of some competitive Learning Management System does a few of them. But I guarantee you that it doesn’t do most. And then there’s our ease of use, performance, stability, and pricing to consider.

So, take TalentLMS for a test online drive (now, with our free-for-life starting plan) and see for yourself.

This post was first published on eLearning Industry.