CourseStorm

CourseStorm

Impossibly Simple Course Enrollment Software

4.6/5 (25 reviews)

CourseStorm Overview

CourseStorm is a simple, cloud-based class registration system that offers a single platform from which to manage online course registration, marketing and payment processing. Incorporating built-in email marketing, payment processing and reporting technology, CourseStorm aims to deliver a powerful yet simple class registration solution.

CourseStorm equips users with the tools to manage individual and group registrations easily online, including class rosters, waitlists, class communication tools and customizable registration forms . CourseStorm also allows users to manage promotion codes, create payment plans and track memberships.

To further enhance the user experience, CourseStorm facilitates mobile registration. By promoting a mobile responsive design, CourseStorm enables prospective students to browse course catalogs and register for classes conveniently while they are on the move.

Pricing

Starting from
US$3,00
Pricing options
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Devices

Business size

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Markets

United States

Supported Languages

English

CourseStorm Reviews

Overall rating
4.6/5
96% positive reviews
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Sam C.

Intuitive, Easy to Use...but most of all...increased enrollment in our enrichment program.

Used Daily for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 2019/09/04
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

The pros...easy to use, pretty intuitive. ...and GETS THE JOB DONE. For those who have yet to implement an online registration platform for your education programs...it is a MUST. We implemented Coursestorm a few months ago to try and increase enrollment in our Enrichment Program....and we have succeeded in doing so EXPONENTIALLY. This was accomplished via strategic marketing tactics, advertising, social, etc....but you still need to have somewhere to drive potential registrants to...then make it easy for them to enroll. Coursestorm does that. I foresee even more success going forward now that we are capturing and creating a database of registrants to market future programs to. Honestly, for me it was a no-brainer but it was a tough sell getting my superiors to sign on for it. But now, they absolutely LOVE it. We also like the fact that you basically pay per registrant. There are no monthly fees, etc. which makes it easy to roll the cost right into the registration. Basically, making it no cost for us....which, as a non-profit...is a major factor. The customer support has also been outstanding. Very quick to respond to issues or questions. Lastly, implementation was a breeze and you don't need to design & add pages to your current website. If you're looking for a low cost solution to implement online educational registrations and increase your enrollments...I would highly recommend giving this platform a try.

Cons

As has been mentioned in other reviews...it lacks some features that I would like to see implemented. Bit I've sent some suggestions and have confidence the support team will implement. With that said...there's a delicate balance between ease of use and feature-rich. The more features you add to a product...the more confusing it can be to set up and use. As long as they keep the product intuitive...I onle see it getting better and better.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Tom B.

A small company trying to make a big difference

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/08/08
Review Source: Capterra

We've used 3 different vendors for camp registration software and have found CourseStorm to be the best combination of ease of use and affordability. We haven't tried them all, but for the most part we have enjoyed the experience. Service has been helpful, except when the answer has been "we haven't implemented that feature yet"

Pros

CourseStorm has an easy to use front end for the customers. Total time to complete a registration is kept to a minimum and check out is usually very straight forward. Starting up and copying new sessions is very easy. Taking payments works really well as long as it isn't complicated by use of different cards or a combination of cards and checks. Emailing out to groups works really well. The look of the online catalog is very positive.

Cons

There are still some features that are either in need of implementation or need a more intuitive implementation. Each season that passes, some of those have been addressed, but others remain.

Registrations from year to year (we do youth camps) are hard to update things like t-shirt size or current grade. Not easy for either the parent or us admins. And rebates or mixed payments can be very difficult to integrate at all. If a registration fails a credit card payment and wants to send in a check, there is no way to integrate that activity. You either have to cancel and restart the registration and use a promo code to allow for the payments received to date or take the check and let it continue to show as "failed payment" for every. And I mean for ever.
Also needs to allow for age restrictions for registrations, we run summer youth programs and keeping campers in the right age group is important, something that parents sometimes don't notice or choose to circumvent.
Would also like to see notifications and email ability for other than the single instructor and the registrants in a program. We run camps with several staff members and it would be good to have all staff members get the outgoing email blasts for a particular program, a feature that doesn't exist currently.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
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Likelihood to recommend

8.0/10
Linda C.

Enrichment Program

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 2019/07/29
Review Source: Capterra

Overall we find it easy to use and we can get any questions we have answered quickly.
I have tried to get some of our ways of doing things changed to conform to CourseStorm but some of it is challenging. Having to cancel classes by a certain date is sometimes hindering but I understand there is a pay out date that needs to be adhered to (i.e. we'd like to leave classes open up to day of class but if we do we'd have to issue check refunds (more work) for credit card purchases IF the class ultimately does not run.

Pros

We love the photos and unlimited descriptions for our classes. We love ability to edit everything, so there is no fear of making and error. We love having customer service at our fingertips and they answer almost immediately. Having a Help tab that explains everything is also very useful.

Cons

Reporting Revenue for me and our particular ways is hard. I have to separate my reported items by codes (I have 11 codes) and also by CASH, CHECK or CREDIT CARD. It takes a lot of time to separate out the excel spreadsheet and make it what I need. At least if there was an option for choosing CASH, CHECK, CREDIT on the Export Registrations tab saying Included only registrations CHECKS for date to date, that would cure a lot of my angst. We'd like an area in the class section to put hidden notes like "instructor was sick on..." or "class was delayed because..." Also would like to be able to put phone numbers in instructor list and be able to email instructors ONLY from the system with updates / like we can do for customers. No option for purchase order - the process of clicking off check payment at check out is confusing to our customers. We'd like to see number of participants under classes - pinwheel options - so we can see on the page without going into each class individually. We report GO NO GOs every week, tooling in and out of every class to see roster numbers is cumbersome.

Response from CourseStorm

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review for us!

I'm happy to hear you have no fear when using the system. We know that things change quickly and it's important for administrators to be able to update course information as needed and when needed and not wait for someone to do it for them.

We're putting a lot of effort to growing our Help Site as well. If you find it helpful now, just wait and see what it provides in the coming months!

This is great feedback about the reporting. I'll make sure it's in our Ballot Box.

I'm also going to reach out and set up a time to talk about some of your other requests, as we do have the ability to add some hidden fields and I may have a solution for your roster counts.

I'm also very excited to say that we're getting ready to launch a few new features. 1. An integration with MailChimp that will likely solve the problem with emailing instructors and 2. A new way to issue refunds that will allow you to extend your enrollment times.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

7.0/10
Glory B.

Courestorm is the Fisher Price of Student Enrollment

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/05/31
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

I have trained several coworkers on using Courestorm and always emphasize that as long as you follow the prompts you will get where you need to go in this program. It's incredibly user-friendly and logically designed. We've also appreciated the consistent, high quality and speedy response from Courestorm when troubleshooting any issues we've had, which are few and far between. Ease of use, friendly customer support and lack of design clutter are my three favorite things about using this program.

Cons

When Courestorm transitioned away from email logins as the way to verify a student/their account, I have been running into more duplicate student accounts. I am grateful for how easy it is to merge accounts, but considering the breadth of duplicates am a little worried about these growing tumbleweeds in our student database. I am advocating for this software to be used in the larger library, which currently uses the Evanced program for library class registrations (Demco software). I wish Courestorm also had room/location reservation options so we could switch everybody over to this program. I also wish you could slide around uploaded images inside of the program so they didn't get cropped weirdly sometimes. I currently use an Indesign template to make sure all of the image crops are appropriate, which adds an extra step to my workflow.

Response from CourseStorm

Thank you for your praises and feedback. We have logged your suggestions in our Ballot Box for future system development.

We're also reviewing how images are uploaded to the system and will have new documentation on our help site soon based on feedback we've been hearing from customers.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Teresa M.

Excellent Registration Software

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2019/09/25
Review Source: Capterra

I found this software online accidentally at 4 am in January of 2018, and it had me hooked me within minutes. The more I read about it, the more I loved it. CourseStorm gets our classes noticed with an option to add inviting pictures. The customized payment plans have been exceptionally smooth when registering and collecting payments.

Pros

* Ease of initial setup when I first found this software.
* Classes are set up for registration in minutes.
* Classes are duplicated for even quicker reposting.
* Cost is well worth the product value; fees withheld without an invoice.
* Fast and friendly responses whenever I reach out to customer support.
* Customer Reps stay in touch to ask if I am satisfied.
* Customized mass emails to all class registrants.
* Payment process allows for reversals, if necessary, up until class date; this avoids deposit and refund.
* Custom Payment Plans permitted for each class individually.

Cons

* No name badge template. Possibility of using Excel roster to create.
* Classes default listing is Alphabetical vs. Chronological.
* Probably other concerns but no time to find them while the product is working so well.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10

CourseStorm Pricing

Starting from
US$3,00
Pricing options
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

CourseStorm offers a pay-as-you-go pricing model where users are charged only when they earn money. No fees due for cash or check payments collected.

CourseStorm asks students to pay a small fee for credit card registrations, or the organization can pay the convenience fee.

To learn more about CourseStorm's pricing model, contact CourseStorm directly.

CourseStorm Features

  • API
  • Registration Management
  • Reporting & Statistics

  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Assessment Management
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Calendar Management
  • Communication Management
  • Content Management
  • Course Authoring
  • Customizable Branding
  • Data Import/Export
  • Learning Management
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Records Management
  • Self Service Portal

Additional information for CourseStorm

Key features of CourseStorm

  • Activity management
  • Automatic backup
  • Contact management
  • Course catalog
  • Custom forms
  • Customizable questions
  • Data encryption
  • Discount management
  • Email marketing
  • Enrollment management
  • Family Tax Credit Reporting
  • Forms management
  • Image library
  • Incremental backup
  • PCI DSS compliance
  • Payment plans
  • Payment processing
  • Registration management
  • Reporting
  • Schedule Classes & Instructors
  • Security & encryption
  • Student management
  • Waiting lists

Benefits

  • Users can generate custom registration forms, providing users with the tools to adjust the information on registration forms conveniently.

  • CourseStorm offers a mobile responsive design, affording students the flexibility to register for classes on the move.

  • CourseStorm includes built-in payment processing, enabling users to accept online payments simply and securely.

  • CourseStorm facilitates effective email marketing, allowing users to send students course news, updates and reminders quickly and effectively.

  • CourseStorm is PCI compliant, ensuring all credit card information is received and encrypted securely.

  • CourseStorm FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for CourseStorm.

    Q. What type of pricing plans does CourseStorm offer?

    CourseStorm offers the following pricing plans:

    Starting from: US$3,00

    Pricing model: Subscription

    Free Trial: Available

    CourseStorm offers a pay-as-you-go pricing model where users are charged only when they earn money. No fees due for cash or check payments collected.

    CourseStorm asks students to pay a small fee for credit card registrations, or the organization can pay the convenience fee.

    To learn more about CourseStorm's pricing model, contact CourseStorm directly.

    Q. What are the main features of CourseStorm?

    CourseStorm offers the following features:

    • Activity management
    • Automatic backup
    • Contact management
    • Course catalog
    • Custom forms
    • Customizable questions
    • Data encryption
    • Discount management
    • Email marketing
    • Enrollment management
    • Family Tax Credit Reporting
    • Forms management
    • Image library
    • Incremental backup
    • PCI DSS compliance
    • Payment plans
    • Payment processing
    • Registration management
    • Reporting
    • Schedule Classes & Instructors
    • Security & encryption
    • Student management
    • Waiting lists

    Q. Who are the typical users of CourseStorm?

    CourseStorm has the following typical customers:

    Freelancers, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Public Administrations, Small Business

    Q. What languages does CourseStorm support?

    CourseStorm supports the following languages:

    English

    Q. What type of pricing plans does CourseStorm offer?

    CourseStorm has the following pricing plans:

    Subscription

    Q. Does CourseStorm support mobile devices?

    We do not have any information about what devices CourseStorm supports

    Q. What other apps does CourseStorm integrate with?

    We do not have any information about what integrations CourseStorm has

    Q. What level of support does CourseStorm offer?

    CourseStorm offers the following support options:

    FAQs, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support