Thinkific is a cloud-based learning management system (LMS) that lets users create, market and sell online courses.
In Thinkifc, users can build multimedia courses. The system has support for video, audio, PDF, text, HTML, voice over slide presentations, surveys, quizzes and downloadable attachments. Users can drag and drop their content into Thinkific’s course builder.
Users can offer either free or paid courses. They can design promotions and offer coupons. Student purchases are immediately deposited into users’ accounts through the system.
Thinkific offers users custom domains and brandable sites, and users can edit their own CSS and HTML if they choose. Thinkific courses can include in-course discussions. Teachers can monitor students’ progress and reward them with certificates of completion.
Students can begin their courses on one device, and Thinkific will automatically save their places, even if they switch to a different device.
Thinkific is priced per month. It is available worldwide. Support is offered through YouTube tutorials and the Thinkific blog.
Rocky from HeyItsRocky
I highly recommend Thinkific to anybody who wants to build an online course. Other LMS platforms are focused on enterprise space, or require a bunch of tech professionals to set it up for you. For thinkific, I recommended it to 50+ year old teachers who were able to navigate the platform and build courses. It's incredibly easy!
Not much. Thinkific does have a short learning curve, which they cover in their training. But it's pretty drag and drop.
Gordon from Firemark Enterprises
Employees number: 1 employee
It works, gets the job done, and you're up and running quickly.
Easy to use, flexible, and it's a hosted solution, so you're not managing your web server, CMS, LMS, etc., Leaves you time and energy to focus on course content
Simple, and limited to a few themes for look-and-feel. Payment processing charges are barely competitive.
Dan from TUNE
Employees number: 201-500 employees
Value for the money, attractive front end with little effort.
The way Thinkific presents content, from landing page to course completion page, is beautiful and appealing to the user. There are ample ways to connect with the user through various integrations if desired. It's also useful that you can customize the branding and even your own site theme if you have the available resources to do so! After switching from a sub-par LMS, our users are more engaged and more excited about signing in to consume our courses.
Reporting leaves much to be desired - best count on using Zapier to pull data into a 3rd party for analyzing user progress and completion rates. It's also frustrating that I have to wait for some reports to be emailed to me after requesting them. Perhaps the most frustrating part is that the front-end is designed using Liquid, which is difficult for a novice with basic CSS / HTML knowledge to navigate in order to make small text changes across the site.
You can start absolutely free and develop your own html pages with their online tool.
In addition, you get great support even from the owner himself.
Nothing like this ever existed.
Perhaps adding support to develop with npm might be a nice addition.
The platform has many valuable features. I didn't use them yet but I'm looking forward to that. I'm glad that they exist and make things easier for teachers willing to give online lessons to those interested in their topic. So far my experience with thinkific was good.
The landing page took me a while to build because you actually need to know some coding but as I understood this is being optimized right now which is great.
Kate from Students for International Development
Employees number: 2-10 employees
Super user-friendly, great design/customizable, killer customer service, motivating/engaging/incentivizing for learners, Canadian ??
The only con for would be that you can't have a private class with a free account. It would be great to have this option for registered nonprofits with small overhead budgets that have volunteers to train. Can't really think of any others!
The turn-around time for feedback to queries was awesome. It ranged from a few minutes to a couple of hours. I received numerous links for support and resources which were really helpful. The support team is efficient and very resourceful. They are genuinely interested in your progress and success.
Having engaged in an online webinar, I realised how easy the platform is to use.
The Facebook Group is a great resource. The participants are friendly and I learn so much from them. I look forward to actually launching my first courses.
I can set up my own course without paying any fees. I also like that it is very user friendly especially for me as a first time course creator.
I don't see any examples of courses for first time course creators. I would like to see a successful course that has been created to use as an example of how a well put together course would look.
I've been dreaming about creating my own online class and it felt like an overwhelming task. They made it very easy and doable for me. I'm not computer savvy at all and their program is extremely user friendly.
More payment options would be nice. Also, itt would be nice if we could record our voice directly into the class (like you can do with a text) and not just download a recording.
The Thinkific interface is so user friendly. The weekly trainings with Aaron have been critical to building my confidence in working with Thinkific and getting started. I love the left side bar menu - so easy to use for setting up and building landing page. The ease of integration is also well done.
I'm experienced at building websites with Wordpress and have a fair bit of experience with HTML coding, and yet, I find having to customize the landing pages with HTML (i.e. finding the line of code, etc.) way too complicated and time consuming. I'm looking forward to the upgrade that I hear is coming out soon. That is the only con I can think of at this time.
The best thing about Thinkific is they push you to finish your course. I needed that extra push! There are some many things to learn in business that people want to learn and people want to teach what they know. I am taking a course to learn how to teach a course.
Online learning is the future.
I think that their sign-up and sign in page could use improving. There is always going to be room for improvements, I hope people are able to get past issues, as nothing is perfect.
There is a saying in the startup world that says " If your product is perfect you launched too late."
Peter from NSoft
Thinkific is a very sophisticated platform with all the necessary stuff for course creators. Wonderful UI, smooth and fast working. Their plans are realistic and the feature lists are awesome. They have good quality educational videos and also a helpful support team. I was investigating other platforms too, but they are the best price/value solution.
Brendan from Chex Consulting
Employees number: 2-10 employees
Thinkific allows me to put down my idea from countless meetings and classes into a format that I can reuse time after time. You can easily add chapters, consolidate info, add PDFs and add videos. The testing and polling is a great way of ensuring you students are retaining the information. Being able to add the widget to your own website is extremely helpful to help you build your brand while utilizing what Thinkific does best. The fact that it is free while I work on monetizing shows that they are betting on the success Thinkific will bring. Great tool and I am excited for the success to follow.
I love the ease of use.
I wish they had stock photos right in the website. The do suggest free stock sites to use.
Allow the editing bar to follow you as your content builds. It makes it tough when editing fonts because you have to select what you want to edit then scroll up to the top of the page to select the font, size, etc.
Greg from Greg De Tisi Coaching
Employees number: 1 employee
The reason being is that the ease of use and sheer user friendly platform is a delight to work with. Being not the techy I am usually annoyed after about 10 minutes if any system but this is not only simple to operate and use but I created a course in just over a week. I am still in shock as to how I managed to do so much so easily and feel lucky to have found Thinkific. Thanks guys for thinking of us!
Ease of use, attractive platform, modern and slick.
None I can think of yet!
All I can say is that - if you are thinking of Thinkific think no longer and get it if you are creating a course and want ease of use. It's a no brainer.
Twice our landing page was changed due to software upgrades made by Thinkific. Clearly, they are not testing their software enough before pushing upgrades. It would be fine if it were something not public facing but the landing page and title of the site? Not good. Started out strong but really lost our trust. Maybe ok for part-time or hobbyist but cannot trust a business to them.
Easy to use. Seemed like a good idea.
They do not test updates enough and twice have completed changed our landing page without our knowledge or consent (rolled back to old data or knocked out customization completely). Is too steep to pay for something we can't trust our business to.
If brand image and reliability are important to you. I would think twice.
Kimberly from SkillPro Training
Employees number: 11-50 employees