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Tovuti

Tovuti is an all-in-one training and learning management system for organizations of all sizes. From SMBs to enterprises, regulated industries, and government agencies, hundreds of organizations worldwide choose Tovuti to support ...Read more about Tovuti

4.8 (96 reviews)

129 recommendations

eloomi

Our learning and development platform is the simplest way to see success with people development. In one unified platform, you can now eliminate complexity and fuel productivity. From onboarding to compliance, from skill-buildin...Read more about eloomi

4.4 (92 reviews)

61 recommendations

SparkLearn

SparkLearn is a digital learning platform that takes learning to the next level by connecting great content with adaptive technology that helps everyone learn – whether they are on the go or working remotely. We provide simple to ...Read more about SparkLearn

4.5 (2 reviews)

41 recommendations

SmarterU LMS

Do you need to deliver compliance training with certifications, deploy an eLearning course library, or author courses – for employees, customers, partners, or volunteers? SmarterU LMS can help you! Specializing in online learning...Read more about SmarterU LMS

4.8 (33 reviews)

34 recommendations

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Absorb LMS

Absorb Software is an AI-powered learning management system (LMS) provider for all learners inside and outside an enterprise, across industries globally. Purpose-built for an engaging, personalized learner experience and efficient...Read more about Absorb LMS

4.5 (273 reviews)

27 recommendations

SkyPrep

SkyPrep LMS is a cloud-based learning management solution that offers a platform to training administrators for creating, managing and selling training courses. Key features include custom branding, automated learner enrollment an...Read more about SkyPrep

4.8 (149 reviews)

27 recommendations

Travitor

Travitor makes it easy to create, deliver, and track training. Plus get hundreds of top-rated courses in Compliance, Business, Safety, and Personal Development included. Help your teams do great work with featured courses like H...Read more about Travitor

4.5 (51 reviews)

23 recommendations

Learning Pool Platform

Learning Pool Platform delivers personalized and purposeful workplace learning at scale through the use of intelligent data. The platform applies insights into who a learner is, what they know, and what they need to do in real t...Read more about Learning Pool Platform

4.5 (2 reviews)

18 recommendations

iTacit

iTacit is a workforce app designed to simplify communication and improve engagement between employers and teams. This solution is suitable for organizations in various industries including healthcare, government, banking, manufact...Read more about iTacit

4.6 (35 reviews)

14 recommendations

Docebo

Docebo scales from 500 learners to thousands without skipping a beat - from content creation, management, delivery, through to measuring the business impact of their programs. ...Read more about Docebo

4.3 (184 reviews)

12 recommendations

LearnUpon

At LearnUpon LMS we’re on a mission to help you unlock the power of learning. Combining our award winning LMS and our industry-leading Customer Experience team, we pride ourselves on being a trusted partner to over 1,300 businesse...Read more about LearnUpon

4.8 (95 reviews)

12 recommendations

Kallidus Learn

Kallidus Learn is a cloud-based learning management system (LMS) featuring certification and compliance management, a built-in course library and SCORM compliance. The system is suitable for large and midsize organizations in a va...Read more about Kallidus Learn

4.3 (62 reviews)

9 recommendations

OpenSesame

OpenSesame is an elearning course provider that offers more than 20,000 courses covering business skills, safety, compliance, technology, industry-specific and certifications, and it is suitable for the training needs of organizat...Read more about OpenSesame

4.0 (26 reviews)

9 recommendations

360Learning

360Learning is a Collaborative LMS tool. The platform helps users to author and conduct interactive learning experiences so learners can practice, demonstrate, and repeat until they master the skill. 360Learning helps teams auto...Read more about 360Learning

4.7 (381 reviews)

8 recommendations

Brightspace

D2L, the leading learning experience platform for companies and education, we help organizations around the world create experience-rich learning programs and drive business outcomes through learning. D2L has been delivering high-...Read more about Brightspace

4.3 (212 reviews)

8 recommendations

ExpertusONE

ExpertusONE is transforming how today’s companies train their employees and how learning resources are found, shared, tracked, collaborated on, and retained. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, ExpertusONE is a leading global enterpr...Read more about ExpertusONE

4.1 (8 reviews)

8 recommendations

Thought Industries

Thought Industries offers a cloud-based customer training platform designed to suit the needs of business across multiple industries including software, manufacturing, professional training, continued education, continued medical ...Read more about Thought Industries

4.6 (79 reviews)

4 recommendations

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 about PeopleFluent Learning

3.9 (26 reviews)

4 recommendations

Cornerstone LMS

Cornerstone Learning helps you provide a connected learning and growth experience for your people. Create a personalized development and growth experience that inspires people and accelerates transformation. Get a solution designe...Read more about Cornerstone LMS

4.3 (221 reviews)

3 recommendations

Schoox

Schoox is workplace learning software with a people-first twist. People aren’t cogs, and Schoox was designed for how humans actually learn. We keep learners curious by letting you deliver more kinds of content wherever they are, f...Read more about Schoox

4.3 (50 reviews)

2 recommendations

Buyers Guide

Last Updated: March 16, 2023

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.

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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.