• Introduction
  • User interface
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Cost
  • Summary

INDIE vs. LearnWorlds

Introduction

This document is a detailed comparison between INDIE and LearnWorlds, taking into consideration the features, functionality, and cost of each platform.

INDIE is an LMS for entrepreneurs that makes it easy to create, manage and sell online courses. With a beautiful and intuitive design, easy to use features and attractive pricing, the platform is the perfect solution for people that want to market their knowledge and grow their online business.

LearnWorlds is an e-learning platform for creating and selling online courses.

INDIE visitor portal

User interface

INDIE has a modern, responsive design that looks great on any device. The platform has a clean and intuitive interface including beautiful tile-based graphical dashboards for all users, and an attractive course catalog that allows entrepreneurs to showcase their courses. INDIE users can fully customize their website with their own logo, color themes, terminology, visitor portal, and more. INDIE is available in more than 40 languages, including right-to-left languages.

The LearnWorlds' interface is more text-based and there are no graphical dashboards for instructors and learners. For example, the instructor dashboard provides a significant amount of information such as charts and statistics and it can be a bit overwhelming for first time users. Course creators can customize many aspects of the platform, but in order to edit their selling site efficiently they still need some HTML and CSS knowledge.

LearnWorlds don’t provide an authoring tool and instructors cannot create the courses directly. Instead, they have to upload or link to external content such as videos or pdfs. The lack of an authoring tool might be an inconvenience for most course creators that want to edit content outside the learning platform. The process of uploading or embedding links from other sites (e.g. YouTube) also takes a lot of time and instructors have to get through multiple steps to get everything up and running. There is also no option to record video or audio directly from your browser.

Another important aspect is the lack of accessibility features, which are essential for engaging learners of all abilities and backgrounds. LearnWorlds currently has support for less than 10 languages.

INDIE Learner dashboard

Ease of use

INDIE is very intuitive and easy to use. In addition, it includes an online help center, with videos, getting started guides and searchable help content. INDIE has a rapid response support forum where staff members typically respond to questions within 15-30 minutes during business hours.

LearnWorlds provides 24/7 customer support via email, onboarding support and a knowledge base with tutorials and guides.

INDIE Help center

Features

INDIE provides the range of functionality you’d expect in a modern LMS for entrepreneurs, such as support for courses content authoring, integrated e-commerce functionality, graphical course catalog, beautiful module layouts, gamification, automation, drip content, a customizable selling site, support for affiliates, marketing tools and more.

INDIE integrates with a wide variety of systems, including Google Drive, Calendars (iCal), PayPal, Stripe, Authorize.net, PayUbiz, Zapier, MailChimp, Panopto, and SMTP/POP3.

LearnWorlds offers limited functionality in terms of learning experience and time-saving features. A key difference is the lack of an automation feature that allows instructors to add rules for certain events such as user enrollment, inactivity or course completion.

The platform’s gamification option features a set of pre-made badges that cannot be customized by instructors. You cannot award points to learners or display results on leaderboards.

In terms of course marketing tools, instructors can add testimonials, but learners cannot rate or review courses, which is also a minus for learner engagement.

Here is a list of INDIE LMS features that are not available in LearnWorlds:

User Interface

  • Graphical dashboards
  • Support for 40+ languages
  • Automatic translation of communications
  • Accessibility features
  • Content authoring
  • Customizable welcome pages

Content

  • Audio and video recording from the browser
  • Automation
  • Gamification
  • Course syllabus
  • Completion progress
  • Archiving courses

E-commerce

  • Course ratings and reviews
  • Selling digital media
  • Advanced SEO features

Assessment and analytics

  • Custom reports
  • Saved and scheduled reports
  • Survey assessment

Collaboration

  • Built-in chat feature
  • Forums
  • Public blog

Integrations

  • PayPal Payments Pro
  • PayUbiz
  • PayU Latam
  • Authorize.net
  • Google Drive
  • Panopto
  • CometChat

Other

  • Inactivity management
  • PCI Compliance
  • Archiving learners
  • QTI and CCF standards
  • Trash can for restoring deleted items

INDIE Course catalog

Cost

INDIE's pricing plans range from $103/month for 1,000 active learners and $639/month for 50,000 active learners (yearly billing). There is a discount for yearly billing. There are no setup fees, cancellation fees, storage fees, bandwidth fees, support fees, or other hidden costs. INDIE only considers learner accounts, instructor and administrator accounts are not charged.

LearnWorlds's plans range from $24/month to a starting price of $199/month (yearly billing) for corporate clients.

INDIE Course page

Summary

This presents a comparison of the most important features between INDIE LMS and LearnWorlds.

INDIE is a platform designed for individuals and entrepreneurs that want an accessible way to market their knowledge by creating, delivering, and selling self-paced online courses.

INDIE is a more attractive, easier to use, and has a more comprehensive feature set than LearnWorlds. If you require additional information on INDIE, please contact us at sales@cypherlearning.com.

Disclaimer

This comparison paper was written in April 2018 based on publicly available documentation on both vendors' sites. It was prepared as a guide and is not intended to be exhaustive. The comparison information is for guidance only and does not constitute any contractual representation, warranty or obligation on our part. Liability for errors, omissions or consequential loss is expressly disclaimed.

Since pricing and features can change rapidly, we do not represent that this information is up-to-date, and we encourage you to get the latest information directly from the vendor's web site. If you find any information in this comparison guide to be inaccurate, please contact us with details and we will correct the information within 72hrs.