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Skilljar, founded in 2013, is a cloud-based learning management system that allows businesses of all size to create and manage training programs online for customers, vendors, and partners. Upload content, customize with your own branding, publish courses, and analyze results no matter your level of developer or technical expertise.

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The Good

  • Features
  • Video solutions
  • Management tools
  • Private forums
  • Course analytics
  • Free trial
Skilljar aims to be an all-in-one online training platform by offering an extensive list of features available to users. First of all, you can create lessons of any type-video, audio, text, PDF, SCORM 1.2, and HTML5 files all work. You can even schedule live training events, send calendar invites, and manage attendance. In addition to lessons, you can create quizzes and surveys to assess how well your lessons have been received. Video solutions, which is a feature often ignored by many competitors, are also well supported with Skilljar. You can stream videos using their secure video hosting platform and you even have the ability to disable fast forward if you want to require full viewing. Videos can also be embedded directly from YouTube, Wistia, Vimeo, Brightcove, and other hosts, which eliminates extra work if you've already been using those platforms. Skilljar has a lot of management tools to track progress, as well. Courses completion can either earn points or credit hours, which then translate to certificates (which are directly integrated with LinkedIn) and learner transcripts. One unique feature is that Skilljar allows private forums for peer-to-peer and teacher-student interactions. Custom branding, thorough eCommerce options, and course analytics round out Skilljar's long list of features. A free trial period and very positive customer reviews may help with any doubt potential customers may have with this startup only being two years old.
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The Bad

  • Feature limitations
  • Time in business
  • Collaboration
Some features are limited to the higher paying customers. Those paying $500 per month do not have access to phone support, only email. Additionally, even those on the $750 per month "Business Plan" do not get single sign-on capabilities nor developer APIs, both of which are only granted to those on the "Enterprise Plan." Skilljar is most popular among small-medium business sizes. They're a newer company-only founded in 2013-so they have yet to prove themselves at the Fortune 500 level. Software Insider ranked Skilljar as above average in every category (even "far above average" in administrative features), but ranked them below average in "collaboration," though they gave no explanation to this ranking.
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The Bottom Line

After only two years, Skilljar has earned a positive reputation thanks to the robust list of features they offer customers. Many competitors offer similar solutions, but are usually missing a few features at some point in the process. Everything from the designing of a course to the management of classes to the analytics of the results contains a number of helpful features. Skilljar supports pretty much every delivery format, even live webinars. The same can be said of their curriculum tools-quizzes, surveys, certification, gamification, course building, analytics, and mobile compatibility. Their eCommerce solutions are also thorough, covering everything from the selling of courses to payment. Online training platforms are a relatively new venture, so you won't find many who have been around for a long time. Skilljar offers a free trial that may offer some comfort for potential customers taking a chance on this new startup.
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