Thinkific Platform Details & Review

Thinkific is the world's leading digital course creation platform. It allows you to build a course, share it with the world and make money with your knowledge.

Thinkific

Thinkific is a digital course creation platform where educators can curate online courses for their students. In addition, they offer competitive LMS features that let their customers run online courses effectively.

Thinkific Features

  • Assessments & Certificates - Offers comprehensive quizzes, engagement surveys, assignments, exams and certificates.
  • Progress Tracking - In-depth reporting to track student progress.
  • Live Lessons - Deliver lessons via live audio/video and let your students engage with you in realtime (via Zoom integration).

Thinkific Pricing

  • Paid plan starts at $39/month to $399/month.
  • The free plan includes access to all the core features of the platform.
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Pros

  • Easy-to-use UI that makes running courses on Thinkific all the more seamless.
  • A very prompt support system responds to customer queries and problems and comes with an active Facebook group filled with Thinkific customers.
  • You can design the access portal, the courses, and the payment methods all in one interface without needing third-party integrations.

Cons

  • Not built for community engagement - in 2022, an LMS is not enough to successfully run courses. Thinkific lacks critical community features like gamification and incentive systems.
  • Cannot manage multiple cohorts under the same roof - this may constrain you as your courses start scaling and diversifying.
  • The pricing is slightly more expensive than alternatives and confusing for some.

Thinkific Reviews

"ZERO SECURITY. Use at your own RISK"

Most options are available with higher-priced plans. The biggest negative with the platform is that it offers ZERO SECURITY. A paid subscriber can access the content URL using a simple "View HTML" that can then be shared with anyone. Absolutely anyone.

Review on G2.

"User friendly, although expensive"

As a small business who does not use all the feature, I find it fairly expensive. On the other hand, I would appreciate it if there were more flexible payment plan options, a sliding payment scale, and coupon code options to provide exclusive discounts. I don't use the selling/payment integration, landing page and confirmation email features or this reason. Everything except for the course itself is done externally and students enrol for "free".

Review on G2.

"Thinkific LMS Review"

Very "user friendly", allows for a quick start and easy management (even if you are not "tech savvy"). Includes easy-to-follow tutorials for getting started. Offers a limited free version to test out the LMS before committing.

Review on G2.

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