CoreAchieve LMS Review

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CoreAchieve LMS At A Glance

Good: Unlimited course content storage, tracking of both online and offline learning, business intelligence for deeper analysis into learning data.
Bad: Integration to additional web meeting solutions is offered as a service.
Bottom Line: Cloud-based LMS that helps nonprofits, professional associations, government agencies and larger corporations provide customized learning to their employees.

Product Overview

Organizations use LMS solutions, such as CoreAchieve LMS, to facilitate access to learning materials that range from videos/audio materials and presentations to interactive lessons and assessments. Most LMS solutions should:

  • Provide learning experiences that are adaptable to learners
  • Provide access to LMS from any device from any location with internet access
  • Make it easy and intuitive for instructors to make changes
  • Give an opportunity to instructors and learners to collaborate online
  • Integrate with accounting and/or payment system
  • Create custom branded UI solution for organizations
  • Include easy access to learning progress data
  • Be able to scale as organization grows, and
  • Provide analytical insights to help with learning content improvement

LMS helps to make learning interesting and engage learners so they take a more active role in their own development.

CoreAchieve LMS is a cloud-based learning management system that lets instructors create learning content, manage access, set up personalized learning paths and track online and offline training progress. Companies can purchase the software as it is or have it customized based on their business processes. CoreAchieve supports unlimited courses and has been tested with 5,000 concurrent learners accessing the software with no delays.

The software has many features, including:

  • Painless implementation that will enable any organization to launch training courses quickly
  • Quick and easy deployment in cloud-based SaaS or PaaS models
  • Customizable reporting that will support information access for all learners, administrators and course authors
  • A Learner Profile that gives access to full history of purchases, courses, credits and certificates
  • xAPI (Tin Can API)/SCORM compliant content management system (CMS) that import features for learning objects and adding elements
  • Course management capabilities that direct learners through a specific learning path
  • Certificates and achievements that learners can share in social media.
  • Automated and semi-automated assessment scoring
  • Instructor Led Training (ILT) in person or virtual capabilities
  • Technical and course development support, including built-in tutorials
  • Transition from User Interface (UI) to User Experience (UX)
  • Analytical model and Business Intelligence tools

We explore some of those features in detail in our Features section below.

Features

Course Builder/Content Management

CoreAchieve is designed with Asynchronous Learning at the core and extended with additional features to support blended learning and instructor lead training. The framework to deliver all learning options in CoreAchieve is based on catalogs of courses, quizzes, learning materials and learning paths.

No matter how simple or complex the learning content us, CoreAchieve will support its delivery and distribution. Trainers can start from uploading their existing materials and use the CoreAchieve course builder or they can import entire courses using SCORM. Some features include:

·Build and organize a Catalog of Learning materials and Quizzes

  • Upload audio, video, HTML, PDF and documents or reference to the external materials
  • Build quizzes, assessments and surveys
  • Single-choice, multi-choice, matching, fill the blank, text and audio responses
  • Course building
  • Use lessons template or generate PDF for each section
  • SCORM compliance and xAPI (Tin Can) support
  • Assign access to learning object to users and/or groups
  • Monitor and manage Learners and Course progress
  • Configure Course Completion criteria
  • Set up rules for lesson progression within a course
  • Grade assessments
  • Issue certificates

Reporting

CoreAchieve delivers built-in reporting on main aspects of the learning process (e.g., course progress, completions, credits earned and certificates received). Features include:

  • Power BI analytical model gives trainers extended access to their data for in depth analysis and customization of existing reports
  • Visual survey results
  • Quiz results analysis
  • Access data from existing BI tools

Webinars with Zoom

Instructor led courses help create an immersive learning experience that effectively tracks and measures success of the learner. With webinars and video conferencing tools, learners can easily receive real-time OR recorded training regardless of the course location. And with CoreAchieve’s user-friendly mobile functionality, learners can get access to content anytime, anywhere. Some features are:

  • Schedule new webinars from CoreAchieve
  • Registration by instructor and self-registration
  • Multi-session support
  • Reminder notifications
  • Automatic attendance verification
  • Recorded webinars

Personal profile

With CoreAchieve, each learner has their own personal profile to track their training activity. They can easily track the progression of courses to see what courses were started or completed, as well as access their certificates, credit logs and transcript. Some examples of metrics they can track are:

  • Learning: progress and history
  • Achievements: certificates
  • Communications: comments and discussions
  • Purchase history

In-person Instructor-led Training

Instructor-led courses help create an immersive learning experience that effectively tracks and measures success of the learner. With webinars and video conferencing tools, learners can easily receive real-time OR recorded training regardless of the course location. And with CoreAchieve’s user-friendly mobile functionality, learners can get access to content anytime, anywhere. Some features are:

  • Enrollment with and without approval
  • Wait list support
  • Schedule single and recurrent sessions
  • Registration by instructor and self-registration
  • Enrollment confirmation and waitlist notifications
  • Roster and attendance tracking
  • Self-reporting on external activities completion
  • Facility management

Communications

Some communication features are:

  • Sharing information through a news blog
  • Posting comments and receiving feedback
  • Common and course-specific discussion boards
  • Maintaining FAQ

Learning Paths

With learning paths, instructors can assign access to multiple courses to learners and/or groups of learners. CoreAchieve intuitive user interface is designed with both the instructor and learner in mind and enables the instructor to create individual or group learner’s learning path in a few clicks. This provides learners with a shortcut to the specific information necessary for them to succeed and further their education.

Intuitive customizable reporting in CoreAchieve will allow instructors to monitor and manage student progress within the learner path. This will help the instructor to proactively identify problems a student or the course itself may have.

CoreAchieve allows instructors to have more than one certificate template assigned to a learning path. One of them can be automatically generated and saved to the learner’s profile, and others are to be manually issued by instructor. All certificates also come with expiration date if required. In addition, instructors can:

  • Organize Courses into Learning Paths
  • Set up the rules for Courses progression
  • Assign Access to Learning object to Users and/or Groups
  • Issue Certificates upon Learning Path completion

CE Credits and Certification

Within CoreAchieve, instructors can track a continuing education credit (CE or CEC) programs to assist learners to receive credit towards a course or assist professionals to maintain their license in their profession. Features include:

  • Sharing information through a news blog
  • Recording CE Credits and generating transcripts
  • A Certificate Templates Registry
  • Issuing certificates automatically or on demand

Authentication

Organizations can benefit from having their user data linked and having single username/password combination for people to remember without need to re-enter upon login to the different applications. It also reduces need in IT department support to set and re-set accounts.

The CoreAchieve platform is integrated with several authentication providers and CorePartners can build additional integration if a client’s provider is not on the list. CoreAchieve can also be configured to allow login through using Microsoft, Google Linkedin and Facebook credentials. As easy as clicking on the appropriate social media button will bring the user directly into their learning account, eliminating the need of creating yet another account. CoreAchieve also has SSO authentication functionality with Active Directory, Personify and Aptify.

Administrative Function

CoreAchieve platform supports data separation by organizational units (Business Units). As a head organization, the client has complete control over all data in the platform and the ability to create learning content available for everyone or specific for a selected Business Unit.

Each Business Unit has an autonomy in their user education management and may have an ability to create learning content specific to them. Branding is available for each Business Unit. Please note that SaaS customers are limited to one Business Unit. Some features include:

  • User authorization with several sign on providers
  • Flexible, permission-based security
  • Dictionaries
  • Certificate templates
  • Notification templates
  • Advanced logging and audit capabilities

Target Market

CoreAchieve is intended for nonprofit organizations, professional associations, government agencies and medium to large corporations.

We’ve listed 10 of its clients below.

  • American College of Radiology (ACR)
  • American Water Works Association (AWWA)
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophtamology Inc. (ARVO)
  • Caterpillar Inc.
  • Intel
  • National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)
  • National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE International)
  • Novartis International
  • Safeway Inc.
  • Toyota Inc.

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Implementation/Integration

The CoreAchieve implementation has six process steps.

  1. Business process analysis – In this phase, CorePartners conducts a kickoff call to introduce the implementation team and find out the client’s needs and requirements for the software. Then, they offer a conference room pilot program, so the client’s end users can try CoreAchieve for a limited time to see if the software works in their environment before committing to it.
  2. Customization – During this phase, the implementation scope, timeline and budget are approved by the client. Next, CorePartners begins customizing the software so that it fits the client’s requirements.
  3. Content preparation – CorePartners adds content to the software, such as course materials and surveys. It also creates user profiles and roles (e.g., learner, administrator).
  4. Testing – End users can test the customized software and report any corrections or feature adjustments. Administrators can also verify that CoreAchieve successfully integrates with their existing business applications.
  5. Training – CorePartners trains the system administrators and end users on CoreAchieve’s various features.
  6. Go Live – The software is ready for the client’s administrators and end users.

Customer Service & Support

CoreAchieve offers a knowledge base in addition to phone, email and chat support.

Pricing

CoreAchieve has recently announced a new free plan that supports up to five users. The plan includes includes unlimited courses, and CoreAchieve regularly monitors system usage, so it will warn administrators if it recognizes more than five users. If an organization has more than five users or want advanced features, they can upgrade to any of the paid plans.

CoreAchieve is available in four pricing tiers. Each tier includes a free trial and unlimited courses.

  • The Starter plan costs $175 per month for up to 50 active users.
  • The Basic plan costs $299 per month for up to 100 active users.
  • The Standard plan costs $798 per month for up to 300 active users.
  • The Premium plan costs $1,220 per month for up to 500 active users.

Its Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) tiers also include a free trial and unlimited courses. The four tiers are:

  • The Basic plan costs $419 per month for up to 100 active users.
  • The Standard plan costs $948 per month for up to 300 active users.
  • The Premium plan costs $1,495 per month for up to 500 active users.
  • The Enterprise plan costs $2,470 per month for up to 1,000 active users.

Shortcomings

Users have mentioned to CorePartners that they’d like integration to additional web meeting solutions.

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About

CorePartners Inc. is a high-technology computer engineering company that has built a reputation for excellence in custom software development and IT consulting. It was founded in 1998 and incorporated in 2003 in Maryland.

Over the years, CorePartners has delivered advanced technologies, proven products and custom software solutions to nonprofit professional and trade associations, numerous U.S. government agencies and medium to large corporate clients.

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