Motivis Learning Review

Motivis Learning
Motivis Learning
Motivis Learning
Salem, NH
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Motivis Learning At A Glance

Good: Motivis Learning connects student information from all parts of its platform, offering a 360-degree view of student data that educators need to create strategies for long-term success.
Bad: Motivis Learning's LMS doesn't have gamification features built into its platform.
Bottom Line: Flexible system allowing educators and students to check, adjust and connect over a student's learning path and performance.

Product Overview

Motivis Learning is a learning relationship management platform (LRM) with a learning management system (LMS), community engagement system and student information system. The platform allows students, teachers and administrators to view data and outcomes of a student’s entire learning program, not just a single course. For this review, we’ll focus on the features and functionality of Motivis Learning’s LMS.

Motivis Learning’s LMS is a flexible system that allows educators and students to check, adjust and connect over a student’s learning path and performance. The solution’s top benefits include:

  • Scalable and personalized learning for every student’s needs
  • Simple goal tracking and adjustment
  • Integration of student data with other systems in LRM platform
  • Collaboration between students and teachers
  • Flexible deadline assignments
  • User-friendly, feature-rich interface


Motivis Learning offers many LMS features that not only allow students to see their progress (besides just their grades), but also give educators the tools they need to view everything a student’s done and provide useful feedback. Here’s a list of features that help personalize learning paths:

Authentic assessment – Choose the assessment model and criteria that best fit your learning strategy. This can be based on any scale system or a student’s competency.

Rubrics – Whether analytical or holistic, rubrics are complete assessments of required assignments. They’re responsive to the device you’re using, so rubrics can be easily viewed on a computer, tablet or phone.

Group discussions – Whole classes can engage in group discussions in a forum setting. Discussions can be linked to an assignment, but they don’t have to be. Instructors are able to pull out each student’s contribution for evaluation.

1 on 1 discussions – Educators can have discussions with individual students about a course topic or assignment. This can be helpful when educators notice a student needs additional help.

Aggregate coursework view – In just one click, instructors get a high-level view of an entire class’s progress. This can be broken out by learning outcomes for further evaluation.

Personalized learning plan – Educators can personalize learning paths on a student-by-student basis by creating custom rubrics, adding or removing assignments and updating assignment due dates.

Assignment calendar – Not only can instructors easily adjust a student’s assignments and due dates based on goals and progress, but students can get permission to manage their own calendar as well.

Access to student data – Motivis Learning connects student information from all parts of the LRM platform. This gives educators a 360-degree view of student data so they can create learning strategies for long-term success.

  • Asynchronous Learning?
  • Employee Training?
  • Gamification?
  • Content Library?
  • Mobile Learning?
  • SCORM Compliance?
  • Synchronous Learning?
  • Testing & Assessments?

Target Market

Motivis Learning aims to help educational facilities create personalized learning paths for their students, whether in K-12 or higher education. Here’s a list of institutions using Motivis Learning’s solution:

  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • EF Academy
  • Nicolet College
  • Careerwise
  • Virtual Learning Academy Charter School
  • Hult International Business School
  • Ohio Valley
  • Cornell University
  • College Unbound
  • Winston-Salem State University

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Motivis Learning works closely with its clients to determine the best way to implement the LRM solution. To find the best process for each customer, Motivis Learning follows six steps:

  1. Discovery – The vendor schedules an initial meeting to understand the curriculum.
  2. Design – Motivis Learning designs the implementation project to meet the curriculum’s needs.
  3. Scope – After the project is designed and approved, the vendor creates a detailed timeline.
  4. Development – Motivis Learning partners with the educational facility to migrate data into the new solution.
  5. Testing – The solution is tested to make sure everything is working correctly, and your team will be trained on using the new system.
  6. Go Live – Once the new system is launched, Motivis Learning mentors users. Developers will be on hand to address any issues found during this time.

Customer Service & Support

Motivis Learning offers a Customer Success Group that provides up front support and best practices to ensure the solution is effective. Customization services are also provided to guarantee the system is collecting the data you need.

Potential users and clients can view the public Insights page on Motivis Learning’s website to find out more about education technology research and news, Motivis Learning updates, professional development and more.


Motivis prices its platform based on the number of users and institutional size. Please contact them directly for a quote.


Although Motivis Learning focuses on communication and collaboration between students and educators, the LMS doesn’t include gamification tools for information retention and learner engagement.


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In 2013, the College for America (CfA) at Southern New Hampshire University was created as an experiment in competency-based education. Because a traditional LMS couldn’t support all the learning and analytics needs of this experiment, Motivis Learning created its LRM platform.

Since then, Motivis Learning has expanded on its student-centered learning model by providing a learning platform that combines content, communication, student information, goals and assessments.

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on 2018-01-19 04:24:13

Implementing Motivis at our school was a complete nightmare. I couldn't see my grades for 2 months and we switched back to a much better gradebook called PowerSchool. Motivis caused quite literal riots at our school.

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Avoid this like the plague

on 2017-11-10 10:37:12

Our school has had to switch back to PowerSchool because, after the product's being constructed and tested over the summer and most of the fall, it still doesn't work. The students can't even see an overall average grade. The gradebook is feature-poor: e.g., we can't see all of a student's grades in one screen. A screen will show at most the grades for only one assignment. Getting into an assignment to enter the grades entails clicking multiple links. It is hard to implement: e.g., we didn't get it up and running sufficiently for teachers to enter grades until 6 weeks into the fall trimester, despite its being tested over the summer on summer students. One teacher gets only sporadic login access.

The fallout from the parents has been huge. They couldn't see their children's grades for 6 weeks. It turned out that someone at our sister school lied about their getting it running. On the basis of their rosy assessment, we moved forward with implementing it. They've had it for a year and still don't have it working right.

Now we're switching back to PowerSchool. Even though PowerSchool isn't used much by schools anymore, Motivis is so bad that teachers and students cheered when they learned at separate assemblies that we're returning to it. (Yes, we've had to have multiple student assemblies through the fall because of Motivis's problems.)

Oh, did I mention that students can hack Motivis? I have not heard that they can hack the grades, but they can hack, e.g., the attendance roster for a class. Just to demonstrate to a teacher how bad Motivis is, a student showed his teacher that he could change her roster for the class so all the names were the same. Also, students can block the staffer in charge of detentions so he couldn't add them to the detention list.

Since I'm still a teacher at the school, I need to remain anonymous. But several teachers have since left the school, in no small part because new teachers get such a bad impression of us when they see that we wait forever for a system to be implemented, and when we finally get it running to a small extent, it turns out to be far worse of a system than any teacher has seen before. If the wait had been for an improvement, that might have meant something...

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