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

NEO vs. itslearning


NEO is a word-class, award-winning learning management system (LMS) for schools and universities. NEO helps schools manage all classroom activities, such as creating and delivering educational content, assessing students, tracking their results, and promoting communication and collaboration between students and teachers/faculty. NEO is a product of CYPHER LEARNING, a company that specializes in providing learning platforms for organizations around the world.

itslearning is an LMS for K-12 and Higher Ed institutions.

NEO School portal

User interface

The NEO interface has an intuitive, responsive design that looks sharp and automatically adjusts based on the type of device. It provides attractive tile-based dashboards for students, teachers and administrators, a graphical class catalog, as well as simple pop-out navigation.

Many features can be enabled or disabled to suit young children through to college students. NEO provides rich content authoring as well as a visually attractive way to create and organize lesson material. NEO provides mobile apps for iOS, Android and Windows.

The itslearning interface has a responsive design but is not as intuitive as NEO. The platform is mostly text-based, and it lacks many graphical elements such as dashboards for each user type and a graphical class catalog. The platform doesn’t offer many options in terms of customization, such as a customizable visitor portal, color schemes, logos, fonts, and more. itslearning has mobile apps for iOS and Android.

NEO Student dashboard

Ease of use

NEO is very intuitive and easy to use. In addition, it includes an online help center with videos, getting started guides, and searchable help content. NEO also has a rapid response support forum where staff members typically respond to questions within 15-30 minutes during business hours 24/5.

itslearning is relatively easy to use, but harder to navigate because of the text-based design. itslearning provides a Help center, video tutorials and a support forum.

NEO Help center


NEO provides the range of functionality you'd expect in a modern LMS, such as support for classes (instructor led, blended, self-paced, and micro learning), twelve kinds of assignments, full-featured gradebook, content authoring, beautiful lesson layouts, gamification, automation, learning paths, drip content, adaptive learning, mastery and competencies (including US common core standards and Next Generation Science Standards), question banks, class templates, rubrics, collaboration tools, resources catalog, a customizable portal, and more.

NEO supports many important industry standards such as SCORM, Common Cartridge Format, LTI, QTI and LDAP. We also integrate with a wide variety of systems, including Google Drive, G Suite, Office 365, OneDrive, Calendars (iCal), Turnitin, Zapier, GoToMeeting, Zoom, WebEx, SIS, Equella, and more.

itslearning offers a significantly smaller feature set and lacks many of the essential features that educators require in their classroom, such as gamification, learning paths, or collaboration tools. Classes are built around activities and don’t have an organized layout, which makes them hard to navigate and configure. There is no sequence of lessons with content and assessments and no clear and easy way of organizing lesson material.

Here is a list of the features included with NEO that are not supported by itslearning:

User Interface

  • Customizable visitor portal
  • Graphical dashboards
  • Graphical course catalog
  • Graphical resources catalog
  • Graphical lessons tiles
  • Customizable terminology
  • Support for more than 40 languages
  • Automatic translation of messages and forum posts
  • Windows native app
  • Branded mobile apps


  • Content sync
  • Gamification
  • Automation
  • Drip content
  • Micro learning
  • Adaptive learning
  • Badges
  • Waitlists
  • Class reviews and ratings
  • Seating charts
  • Certificates of completion
  • Prerequisite certificates
  • Compliance

Assessment and analytics

  • Attendance tracking
  • Team and attendance assignments
  • Personalized assignments
  • Scheduled reports
  • Custom reports


  • Forums
  • Wikis
  • Chat
  • Public blog
  • Social networking
  • Teams
  • Organizations


  • Integration with your own email server
  • G Suite
  • Integration with 1,000+ apps via Zapier
  • iCal
  • xAPI
  • Equella
  • Turnitin
  • Unicheck
  • LDAP
  • Panopto
  • Skype for Business
  • GoToMeeting
  • GoToTraining
  • WebEx
  • CometChat
  • MathJax
  • PayPal
  • Authorize.net
  • Stripe
  • PayUbiz
  • PayU Latam
  • MailChimp


  • Student help desk
  • Archiving students
  • Terms and conditions
  • E-commerce functionality
  • SEO features
  • Trash can for restoring deleted content

NEO Class catalog


NEO costs about $6 per student per year for its Small school plan and $7 per student per year for its Enterprise plan. There are no setup fees, cancellation fees, storage fees, bandwidth fees, support fees, or other hidden costs.

We have heard anecdotally that itslearning costs $12 per student per year and requires a significant setup payment.

NEO Class page


This presents a comparison of the most important features between NEO and itslearning.

NEO is a more modern, powerful, and intuitive LMS than itslearning offering a larger set of features suitable for both K-12 and Higher Education clients. If you require additional information on NEO, please contact us at contact us.


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.