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LAST UPDATED: June 27th, 2019
Lesson.ly provides onboarding and training tools that allow businesses to build, share, and analyze lessons for employees. Founded in 2012, Lesson.ly has grown from a simple startup to a company that can boast of customers like Birchbox, ModCloth, Angie's List, Lyft, and stripe. They advertise that their software "helps teams with new employee onboarding, sales, enablement training, and customer training."

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The Good

  • Lesson builder
  • Tools
  • Learning tracking
Lesson.ly brags that they have the "greatest lesson builder on the planet" which includes: • Content widgets ("combine text, images, questions, documents, adore, and video to build rich, engaging lessons") • No limits on lessons and courses • Courses that are automatically mobile and tablet friendly • The ability to grab and organize lessons into a custom course • The ability to give others access to create lessons • White labeling (personalized URL, color and logo) Other helpful tools let you: • Assign lessons and courses • Dictate due dates • Single sign-on • Self registration • User and assignment API Once your course is built and your users are active, you'll be able to track learning in order to "tie learning outcomes to increase productivity and revenue." You can do this by viewing all of the learning data by lessons, groups, or courses in customizable reports. Individual reports offer more personalized data. Reviewers find the software easy to use and have found that the investment has substantially cut onboarding time. Lesson.ly makes it easy to see exactly what you'll get if you invest in their software. They offer many online resources and even let you sample lessons on their site to get a feel for their platform. If that's not enough, Lesson.ly also offers a 14-day free trial so you can see for yourself.

The Bad

  • Limited features
  • Time in business
There are a number of features that Lesson.ly doesn't offer, many of which are offered by competitors with similar pricing. Lesson.ly's software is not SCORM or TIN CAN compliant, nor do they provide any eCommerce options, which may add a few extra steps and cost. They also don't allow live video conferencing or gamification (although neither of these features are common among competitors either). Lesson.ly has built a good name for itself in the three years that it has been in business, but it still has only been in business for three years. Likewise, while they can claim a few recognizable clients, they are not being used by any Fortune 500 companies. Lesson Online training solutions are a relatively new venture, but there are certainly some companies out there who have been doing it longer and who have built up more of a reputation.

The Bottom Line

Although Lesson.ly hasn't been in the game long, their reputation for easy-to-use software, robust features, and helpful customer service has helped them grow rapidly in the three years since they entered the market. They offer a number of great features, especially ones to help you to easily build your courses and then track and analyze the results once you get up and running. With a starting price point of $200 per month and a free 14-day trial, Lesson.ly is definitely among the more affordable of the online training solutions. However, they are lacking in some of the features offered by some competitors-most notably in SCORM or TIN CAN compliance, eCommerce solutions, and live video conferencing.
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