Tribal Habits vs Traditional LMS Comparison

Making the right LMS comparison is a critical decision that enables your organisation to drive growth, engagement and outcomes.

This page compares two of the key choices – a modern learning platform, like Tribal Habits, to a traditional learning management system – to help you choose the one that’s right for you.

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Tribal Habits is a modern learning platform designed to be an integrated solution for all learning and training needs, while integrating with other key platforms in your organisation – human resources, e-commerce, identity management (SSO) and communications.

Tribal Habits combines a learning management system, training content creation, a ready-made library of training modules, an image library and editor, video hosting and streaming, compliance and CPD tracking and learning data analytics.  

Traditional learning management system

Traditional learning management systems were originally developed in the early 2000s as a way to host externally generated learning modules. They are largely user management platforms. They then host training content created by external sources.

Traditional learning management systems rely on external sources of content – separate elearning authoring software, external training libraries or simple uploads of passive documents. These platforms are often used by large organisations with extensive training resources.

LMS comparison

Let’s start by comparing some of the key outcomes required by modern organisations for creating, sharing and managing learning.

Tribal Habits Learning Management System
Content creation capability
Built-in fully featured training creation tools including guided process, real-time analysis, 20+ building blocks with 40+ layouts, 2 million image library, image editor and video hosting.
Often no training creation tools or limited to simple pages of text and images, external video links and basic quizzes. Usually requires separate elearning authoring software.
Access to ready-made training
Built-in library of 100s of ready-made training modules covering both compliance and skills. Modules created using built-in training creation tools with consistent interface and seamless blending with your own content.
Possible built-in library of 100s of ready-made training modules covering skills (and potentially covering compliance). Modules created by third-parties and often with different interfaces between each module.
Ready-made training in your branding
All ready-made training appears in your organisation's branding.
Ready-made training appears in the branding of the external company which created it.
Ready-made training can be edited
All ready-made training can be completely edited and customised by your organisation. Add policies, change scenarios, replace images, update quizzes and more.
Ready-made training cannot be edited or customised by your organisation.
Training data capture and reporting
Full capture of all learning data - progress, completion, assessments but also every answer to every quiz, question, poll, survey, activity and upload in every module. Full online and offline filtering and analysis.
Usually full capture of progress and completion data. Usually captures assessment scores. Other learning data is typically not captured from externally produced training modules.
'Learner-first' user experience
Interface is designed for learners with prioritising dashboard, fully-responsive and accessible design, light-weight implementation with immediate load times and on-demand streaming of media. Administrators access a purpose-built interface for training management.
Interface is often shared between learners and administrators without customisation for either. External training modules are large (>100MB) and may be slow to load with no streaming of media. Responsiveness and accessibility of interface varies.
Only charges for active users
With Tribal Habits, you only pay for 'active users' each month, eg someone who logs in at least once during a calendar month. There is no charge for simply storing users. Our plans start from as little as 10 monthly active users.
Most LMS providers will charge you for every stored user in your portal, so you need to constantly manage user numbers. Plans tend to start from 100 users.

Got an existing LMS?

It’s easy to move from an existing LMS into Tribal Habits.

  • Bring your legacy training content (SCORM 1.2, SCORM 2004, cmi5, xAPI and AICC).
  • Import historical training records (including completion and re-certification dates).
  • Integrate or upload existing user details in a variety of ways.

And there are no upfront costs and we have a range of training and support to assist.

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Feature comparison

Let’s now consider some of the most requested key features which help modern organisations to create, share and manage learning.

Tribal Habits Learning Management System
Basic training creation tools
Interactive training creation tools
Media training creation tools
Built-in stock image library
Built-in image editor
Built-in video hosting
Real-time training content analysis
Import SCORM, xAPI, cmi5, Tin Can
Share SCORM (link to 3rd party LMS)
Include graded assessments
Include assessable offline tasks
Include events (webinars, workshops)
Combine modules into learning pathways
Fully responsive to mobile devices

Fully accessible to WCAG 2.1 Level AA

Track all progress and completion data
Track all learning answers and responses
Track all training time and points
Track continuing education (CPD, CLE)
Track licences and qualifications
Track external training and accreditations
Track skills and compliance
Dedicated manager dashboard and reports
Role-specific training catalogues
Multi-branding and external users
SSO, API and integration support
Automated due dates and reminders
Automated escalation and notifications
Automated recertification of expired training

Avoid the hidden cost of a traditional LMS!

There is one big question to answer before committing to a traditional LMS:

Where is your training content coming from?

This is the hidden cost that LMS providers don’t talk about. Going with a traditional LMS means having training designers in-house, buying expensive external modules and hiring consultants to create training.

Tribal Habits is powerful, yet easy to use training creation tool that allows anyone to create online training – eliminating this hidden cost!

"Tribal Habits gives us more control over our content in terms of developing and editing it. It’s much more responsive than other learning platforms we have used before, where you request changes and it takes a long time to be done. We can just make changes instantly now."

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"Tribal Habits is unique in the market as it allowed us to rapidly capture and transfer organisational knowledge via text, imagery, video and interactive elements. It also shares tips from participants, meaning the knowledge captured increases as users complete topics!"


"Content creation is easy and fun on Tribal Habits; the system’s built-in structure ensures that content is organised in a manner that enables the final output to be exactly what’s needed. This gives me great confidence that my training will hit the mark."

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"It would have taken us up to a year to create the topics using a traditional e-learning authoring tool. With Tribal Habits we were delivering amazing training in three months, and we've estimated the cost has been about 25% of what it would have been had we gone with a traditional solution."

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"Tribal Habits' online compliance library has been a game-changer for us. We now have total peace of mind that our people are safe and our brand and organisational reputation is protected. Delivering compliance training online has also saved us a significant amount of time, money and hassle."

"Tribal Habits' video feedback on the topics we created is amazing - really useful suggestions and so easy to follow. People are already loving the training! The system is so easy to use, and the interactive elements have allowed us to make training a lot more engaging. We couldn't ask for anything more."

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