DigitalChalk Corporate LMS blurs the boundaries between an academically-oriented learning management system (LMS) and a corporate online learning platform. On the corporate side, it handles the usual functions, such as administering users, trainers, and course content. It also manages delivery of that content over multiple channels and, of course, provides the necessary reporting on training progress to human resources (HR) and business leads. It has one of the best course authoring toolsets we’ve reviewed. DigitalChalk Corporate LMS offers productivity tools such as Microsoft PowerPoint-to-Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) conversion as well as smart ways to ensure your employees completed their course videos.
DigitalChalk Corporate LMS offers plans for businesses of most sizes. Pricing begins at $311.67 per month for 75 active users (paid annually). The system bills for active users, which only tallies those who log in each month. So, if a user takes time off or doesn’t end up enrolling in courses, then you won’t get billed for an unused account. By the same token, if you accept more users than your plan permits, you can either pay per user or level up to next plan that month. The three other plan options (all paid annually) are $449.17 per month for up to 150 users; $586.67 per month for up to 300 users, and $724.17 per month for up to 500 users.
Administration and Dashboards
The Administrator and Learner dashboards are remarkably similar in DigitalChalk Corporate LMS: both foreground courses in which you’re enrolled (Current Courses) or have completed (Completed Courses). This setup is illustrative of DigitalChalk Corporate LMS’s approach to an LMS. Where other systems foreground reporting—like SmarterU’s data-driven dashboard—DigitalChalk Corporate LMS is laser-focused on online courses. To that end, there are tabs for the Catalog, Course Manager (from which you can create new courses), and Instructor Gradebook. While we’ll return to the subject of course administration shortly, we will focus first on the spine of DigitalChalk Corporate LMS: the Administration tab.
The Administration tab is a model of robust user interface (UI) design. Every system tool is in a single screen. Under Manage Users, admins can export or import users via a CSV file or manually register users by using a field or keyword. System Management houses everything from social media tie-ins to various screen layouts, which DigitalChalk Corporate LMS calls Chalkboards. In many instances, left-aligned menu items are contextual. For example, if you click on Themes, through which you can tailor your color scheme, then a Manage Logo option will appear at the top of the list.
Near and dear to any admin’s heart, Reports offers a handful of editable templates related to students and accounts. Moreover, when you click on Reports, a Custom Reports option appears at the top of the screen. From there, you can create and save reports (as a CSV file) related to users, registrations, courses, and offerings. Our only quibble with Reports is that, even though DigitalChalk Corporate LMS offers scheduled reports, admins must manually enter the recipient’s email addresses.
Courses and Learners
DigitalChalk Corporate LMS’s centerpiece is its course builder, which couldn’t be simpler to use. Once you’ve created a course shell, you can add course elements, for which there is generous support. You can import just about any file type, including videos up to a gigabyte (a generous ceiling). You can also embed web archives, post assignments with grade weights, and create true or false and multiple-choice tests. When it comes to exams, you can raise the stakes by building question banks from which to shuffle questions or even set time limits.
DigitalChalk Corporate LMS is also a savvy video manager. In addition to preventing users from fast-forwarding over clips (disabled by default), you can set checkpoints with questions to test learner attention and retention. DigitalChalk Corporate LMS can caption any video you upload with the click of a button.
We suspect that most admins will cheer DigitalChalk Corporate LMS’s Microsoft PowerPoint-to-SCORM converter. Aside from SmarterU, DigitalChalk Corporate LMS is unique in its ability to allow admins to create SCORM-compliant courses from Microsoft PowerPoint presentations. Also, if you have an existing SCORM package, then you can upload ZIP files. With support for elements outside the LMS, including Instructor-Led Training (ILT) via webinars, DigitalChalk Corporate LMS also enables blended learning initiatives. There are just two components missing: generous language support (DigitalChalk Corporate LMS is available only in English and Spanish) and gamification features (such as badges and leaderboards).
At any time, admins can edit or delete course elements by using contextual menus and rearrange them via drag-and-drop. When it comes to course certificates, you can customize its appearance, visibility (to other students), and distribution (whether it’s earned by passing the course or completing components). Classes can be distributed for free, at a cost, or with promo codes via the Private Catalog.
Once a course is live, admins can manage enrollment and participation through the Instructor Gradebook. DigitalChalk Corporate LMS provides both an overview of class activity (visualized through pie charts) as well as the ability to drill down on particular students. That is, you can see which course elements a student has started, passed, or failed, including how much of each video students watched and whether the student downloaded related documents. You can even access a roster list for ILT sessions or electronically record attendance by using the Instructor Gradebook.
On the learner side, the DigitalChalk Corporate LMS UI is identical to that of the admin, except it lacks tabs for the Instructor Handbook, Managing Courses, and Administration. Instead, everything about the learner experience directs the user towards course enrollment.
As mentioned earlier, DigitalChalk Corporate LMS supports both asynchronous (for example, on-demand courses) and synchronous (like ILT sessions such as webinars), and blended courses. The system can accommodate links to GoToMeeting, WebEx, and other popular webinar tools. The learner can track their courseload using the DigitalChalk Corporate LMS calendar or sync with an external calendar such as Apple Calendar, Google Calendar, and Microsoft Outlook.
The Bottom Line
DigitalChalk Corporate LMS stands out for its rich course assembly features and accountability tracking. The LMS also employs a smart, contextual UI that rivals that of SAP Litmos LMS. Customers interested in selling their training materials will welcome the availability of e-commerce plans. However, DigitalChalk Corporate LMS’s pricing scheme is more expensive—and complicated—than that of our Editors’ Choice picks Absorb LMS and Docebo. Customers looking for gamification features or extensive language support might consider alternatives such as SAP Litmos LMS. However, for midsize businesses looking to develop e-learning content inside their LMS, DigitalChalk Corporate LMS, with its 30-day money-back guarantee, is a smart pick.