OttoLearn Review

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OttoLearn At A Glance

Good: Adaptive training aimed at individual learners, quick content creation, multilingual support.
Bad: Training via SMS and two-factor authentication are not currently offered.
Bottom Line: Agile microlearning solution that increases learner training retention with two-minute Mastery Moment activities.

Product Overview

OttoLearn Agile Microlearning is a mobile-first, desktop-friendly application, that uses bite-sized content to improve learner engagement and retention. Instead of participating in long and complicated courses, learners can review content and practice a daily two-minute set of activities called Mastery Moments. Users simply create a knowledge map that displays their content and specify learner prerequisites, then OttoLearn’s algorithms identify and fill those learner knowledge gaps.

Because users can assign learners training modules, learners don’t need to spend time enrolling. OttoLearn employs adaptive learning, which means it sends learners new content they need to master rather than materials they already know. Robust analytics help training administrators to review the progress of each learner, and identify areas of challenge. The feedback option allows learners to let the admin know if they dispute an activity’s answer or want clarity.

OttoLearn’s mobile app can be downloaded on both the Apple App store and the Google Play store. Organizations can use OttoLearn as a standalone solution or in conjunction with other SCORM-compliant LMS software, such as SmarterU, Saba or Cornerstone. OttoLearn also supports single sign-on through OpenID providers.

Its other benefits include:

  • Accessiblity from any device with a web browser
  • Ability to create content quickly
  • Availability in 20 languages through its built-in translation tool

Essentially, OttoLearn can be used for any training needs, such as new employee onboarding, certification renewals and employee skills improvement.

The free trial accommodates up to 50 users, and is a fully featured OttoLearn account, with sample content modules from the OttoLearn Essentials library, however no new content can be added. Existing module content can be edited to allow the trial user to experiment with the content editor.

The three user-based plans all allow the administrator to create their own content, and includes unlimited usage, a mobile app, an adaptive learning engine, knowledge cards, OttoLearn Essentials library, embedded YouTube videos, two engagement schedules, multilingual content, automated translation and robust analytics. Additional users can be added to each plan in user-packs of 50.

Team – The Team plan has all the features of the free trial, plus a one-year analytics history. Users can access up to 50 training modules. The plan allows for up to to 50 users.

Growth – The Growth plan has all the features of the Team plan, plus a dedicated account manager, video content streaming, up to five engagement schedules, a two-year analytics history, up to five custom security profiles, the ability to launch OttoLearn modules from another LMS, custom user attributes, single sign-on and basic developer API support. Users can access an unlimited number of modules. The plan allows for up to 250 users.

Enterprise – The Enterprise plan accommodates 500 learners and up and has all the features of the Growth plan, plus unlimited engagement schedules, custom analytics and reporting, a seven-year analytics history, unlimited custom security profiles and advanced API developer support. Enterprise clients also get to enable their custom security policies through system permissions.

Features

Here are more details about a few of OttoLearn’s key features.

Content studio – This built-in authoring tool allows administrators to create content quickly using text, videos, images and other multimedia files. OttoLearn also has a translation tool, so administrators can create and deploy content in multiple languages. If an administrator needs to update their content, OttoLearn simply distributes it to learners automatically.

Knowledge map – Administrators can design a knowledge map that consists of learning modules. Each module is broken down by topic, and administrators can require learners to successfully complete one topic before moving on to the next one. Each topic is broken down into concepts to help learners grow their knowledge. And each concept has different short Mastery Moment activities, and OttoLearn tracks whether the learner completes them successfully.

Administrators can also create a scaffolded learning path that tracks a learner’s knowledge in a particular area from novice to master. There are various ways to set up scaffolded learning paths, such as mastery prerequisite, sequential exploration or scheduled mastery depth.

Knowledge cards – Knowledge cards provide an additional way for learners to boost their training retention. The cards have articles associated with particular content, and learners can search them by category. OttoLearn then analyzes those searches to find areas of improvement in their mastery. In addition, learners can complete Mini Moments, which allow learners to self-direct their learning in targeted areas, especially those with unmet prerequisites.

Analytics – OttoLearn includes interactive reports where users can drill down into specific details. It provides standard templates for learner engagement and module mastery, but users on the Growth and Enterprise plans can access additional metrics, such as knowledge gaps and learners’ proficiency. Users on the Enterprise plan also have access to a customizable analytics dashboard and consultative analytics with an OttoLearn Expert with a Power BI integration.

Target Market

OttoLearn is intended for all company sizes and industries. We’ve listed 10 of its clients below.

  • Payworks
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Morneau Shepell
  • Pita Pit
  • World Trade Centre (Winnipeg)
  • ArcelorMittal
  • GANNETT/USA Today
  • Nissan Australia
  • CWB National Leasing
  • Magellan Luxury Hotels

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Implementation/Integration

Clients can sign up for the free trial before purchasing any of the paid plans. They’ll go through onboarding with an account manager and can also purchase additional implementation services. Admins can earn certifications via the OttoLearn Academy course, too.

As mentioned, OttoLearn integrates with LMS software, but it also integrates with human resource management systems (HRMS) and other third-party solutions via the application programming interface (API).

Customer Service & Support

Admins can contact support by email or live chat, and the Growth and Enterprise plans offer phone support and a dedicated account manager. The Enterprise plan also has a service level agreement (SLA) with a four-hour response time.

Pricing

The three paid plans are based on the number of users and billed annually. All plans start at $2 per user, per month. However, the Enterprise plan has additional implementation and support services, so please contact Neovation directly for a quote. OttoLearn also offers an Enterprise CORE plan that includes a concierge-level implementation and support package.

OttoLearn also has usage-based plans that are based on total activity usage. They start at one cent per activity, per month (billed annually), and each activity consumes one usage credit. The Team plan costs $120 per month for up to 10,000 credits, and the Growth plan costs $600 per month for up to 50,000 credits. The Enterprise plan supports up to 100,000 credits, but companies will need to contact the vendor directly for a quote.

 

Shortcomings

Because Neovation is committed to continual improvement, it has a public roadmap with feature improvements that are based on client feedback. Some of the features clients have asked for that are currently under consideration include training via SMS and two-factor authentication using Google Authenticator. Neovation has other features in its pipeline, such as eCommerce functionality, content syndication, offline learning and a two-way instructor chat.

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About

Founded in 2012, Neovation Learning Solutions grew out of an existing online marketing business that built custom learning solutions for its clients. SmarterU was launched in 2009 under the original company as its cornerstone product, then OttoLearn was launched in 2018. Neovation’s Flare Learning division (custom course creation and conversion) was launched in 2013 to meet clients’ needs for bespoke eLearning content.

Neovation’s mission is to “make learning magical.” It runs by three core values: innovation, diversity and integrity. Its recent awards include the Craig Weiss Group’s 2020 Top 50 Learning Systems, eLearning Industry’s 2019 Top 20 Extended Enterprise LMS and 2019 Best LMS Free Demo and Brandon Hall’s 2018 Gold Award for Best Advance in Learning Technology.

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