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Score 8.9 out of 100
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Score 8.8 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Learning Management

    A Cloud Guru (Linux Academy)

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    9.4

    Brightspace

    94%
    Brightspace ranks higher in 11/11 features

    Course authoring

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.5
    95%
    9 Ratings

    Course catalog or library

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0
    100%
    6 Ratings

    Player/Portal

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.8
    98%
    7 Ratings

    Learning content

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.5
    95%
    9 Ratings

    Mobile friendly

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.8
    98%
    8 Ratings

    Progress tracking & certifications

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.4
    94%
    9 Ratings

    Assignments

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.8
    98%
    9 Ratings

    Compliance management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating

    Learning administration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.8
    98%
    8 Ratings

    Learning reporting & analytics

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.8
    98%
    9 Ratings

    Social learning

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.4
    84%
    9 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • A Cloud Guru (Linux Academy) is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew
    • Brightspace is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.6

    A Cloud Guru (Linux Academy)

    96%
    25 Ratings
    9.2

    Brightspace

    92%
    44 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    10.0

    A Cloud Guru (Linux Academy)

    100%
    1 Rating
    9.0

    Brightspace

    90%
    25 Ratings

    Usability

    A Cloud Guru (Linux Academy)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.4

    Brightspace

    64%
    11 Ratings

    Availability

    A Cloud Guru (Linux Academy)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0

    Brightspace

    90%
    2 Ratings

    Performance

    A Cloud Guru (Linux Academy)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0

    Brightspace

    90%
    4 Ratings

    Support Rating

    9.0

    A Cloud Guru (Linux Academy)

    90%
    1 Rating
    10.0

    Brightspace

    100%
    11 Ratings

    Online Training

    A Cloud Guru (Linux Academy)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    4.0

    Brightspace

    40%
    2 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    A Cloud Guru (Linux Academy)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    1.6

    Brightspace

    16%
    6 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    A Cloud Guru (Linux Academy)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0

    Brightspace

    90%
    1 Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    A Cloud Guru

    If your organization is technical-based and offers its employees different online courses to enhance their knowledge, then A Cloud Guru will be perfect for you. There are multiple courses available from different cloud platforms. The platform is easy to use and navigate and does not require much knowledge. Even if you do not have basic technical knowledge, the courses available in A Cloud Guru are designed in such a manner that a non-technical person will understand the concept easily.
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    D2L

    If you're an educational institution (K-12, Higher Ed, etc.), this is an amazing tool, and it will provide you all the functionality to support anything you may want and need it to do. If you are looking at Brightspace as a tool for corporate training, I'm not sure exactly how good or bad it will be for you. My guess would be that it likely depends on your organization's size. Along that line, what I can speak to is how we use it for our customized training and in-house professional development/training, and it works fantastically for that. While we primarily use it for normal higher ed coursework, we regularly do training and professional development for all of our employees and I manage those along with our HR department. Because we use it for many other things as well, all of our employees are familiar with the product, which makes our trainings go that much smoother and makes my job that much easier.
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    Pros

    A Cloud Guru

    • The team at A Cloud Guru is excellent at responding to user feedback that is submitted through their website.
    • The content created is well organized and aligns to certification paths.
    • The content is accessible on mobile and web platforms, which is great for learning on the go.
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    D2L

    • Allowing users to embed content links from YouTube or Google Drive enables learners to experience a richer lesson.
    • Providing a powerful editor that allows developers to also include content from Adobe Stock as well as textbook publishers and cloud storage companies gives more power and creative ability to instructors.
    • Providing scaling for mobile and traditional computer systems ensures students will not have issues on the go.
    • The customization of home pages and groups enable courses to be used for small training sessions with breakout groups, large courses with separate sections, and even just more engaging courses that present themed icons and logos.
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    Cons

    A Cloud Guru

    • More material on other cloud providers GCP, Azure, Huawei.
    • Extend the sandboxes to other cloud providers not only AWS.
    • Include more material for non-technical people, sometimes the sales teams are completely lost in the platform but they would like to learn about it.
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    D2L

    • One can feel a bit rushed on the Brightspace platform during the log-out period. Security requirements may require this, but it makes end-users more conscious about getting through content than taking notes.
    • From my experience, there is not a direct connection between the platform and Outlook.
    • Some content on the platform can feel redundant.
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    Pricing Details

    A Cloud Guru (Linux Academy)

    Starting Price

    $0 per month

    Editions & Modules

    A Cloud Guru (Linux Academy) editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    Free$0.001
    Personal Basic$31.59 ($379.00)2
    Personal Plus$41.59 ($499.00)3
    Business Basic$41.59 ($499.00)4
    Business Plus$58.25 ($699.00)5

    Footnotes

    1. per month
    2. per month (per year)
    3. per month (per year)
    4. per month (per year)
    5. per month (per year)

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Contact Sales for Enterprise Pricing. https://acloudguru.com/solutions/business

    Pricing Info

    Brightspace

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Brightspace editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Must contact vendor for pricing information. 30-day free trial is available.

      Likelihood to Renew

      A Cloud Guru

      No answers on this topic

      D2L

      I would never give any system a perfect score. In the technology environment today we need to be constantly looking at ways to improve the user experience and LMS companies like Desire2Learn need to know that we have options today with other systems and they need to stay current with features and listen to their customers.
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      Usability

      A Cloud Guru

      No answers on this topic

      D2L

      Overall, the learning environment works as expected. However, there are plenty of bugs. For example, for a few versions, trying to print out a PDF from the Content screen in several browsers would produce a blank page. We inform D2L support about these issues, most of which are known issues. However, they are very slow to respond. D2L seems to spend more time selling than actually coding and testing their product. Most of the issues are not major -- however, there have been a few that are unbelievable. In fact, this past week we had a sudden issue where the "Submit" button in quizzes would not appear if users had a certain browser/operating system combination. This is a major problem, if students cannot submit their exams! D2L is slow to respond to these kinds of situations, which do occur more often than I would like.
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      Reliability and Availability

      A Cloud Guru

      No answers on this topic

      D2L

      Both students and instructor enjoy the 24-hoiur access. After, all isn't that the point of online learning. As an instructor located in an Eastern time zone state it is great to connect with students located in a Pacific time zone state. I have gotten comments about the early hours I am in the course room grading assignments . . . 4:00 a.m. PST; 7:00 a.m. EST So, it's sleep time for my students and "first cup of coffee" time for me.
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      Performance

      A Cloud Guru

      No answers on this topic

      D2L

      Easy to navigate; little to no delay from one section of the course room to another; actually fun to use after overcoming the learning curve.
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      Support Rating

      A Cloud Guru

      The support team of A Cloud Guru is quite quick. There are scenarios where A Cloud Guru was not working in my organization. We reached out to their support team and they quickly resolved the issue. Also, if any individual is facing issues accessing A Cloud Guru, their support team is quick to resolve the issue.
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      D2L

      I have had excellent support from Desire2Learn. Any ticket that I submit is acknowledged immediately and the correction is usually almost as quick. We use this for thousands of classes and it is pretty well liked by both faculty and students. We have been using it for almost 4 years now and most of our instructors have become pretty proficient with it.
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      In-Person Training

      A Cloud Guru

      No answers on this topic

      D2L

      Did not participate in the in-person training due to distance; training was completed online
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      Online Training

      A Cloud Guru

      No answers on this topic

      D2L

      The training provided online did not, necessarily, fit the version of the system that I was using. Screens were somewhat different and not all options were readily available. This could have been due to customization on the part of my institution however, I rather believe it was due to version changes and training materials not yet being updated.
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      Implementation Rating

      A Cloud Guru

      No answers on this topic

      D2L

      The D2L implementation team listened to our concerns and built a system based upon our needs. We wanted to keep them after the initial implementation.
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      Alternatives Considered

      A Cloud Guru

      The main differentiator was the contents as we were interested in a cloud platform other similar platforms did not have the below: it is very good to establish cloud learning development plans and then track them and manage them for the team. The platform supports learning tracks, exams, and sandboxes with all major cloud providers guarantees that you don't get an accidental charge as a result of [the] testing and exploring the cloud
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      D2L

      I have used Blackboard Learn 8 and 9. I am currently learning about Canvas. Blackboard is overall much clunkier and lacks the intuitive feel in some parts of D2L. Its grade book is much harder to control and manipulate than D2L's. Its navigation menu can be more radically modified from the default than D2L's, but this doesn't seem that useful to me. Discussions in Blackboard can be more easily reorganized than in D2L, but no grading of discussions is possible. Blackboard Assignments is a good innovation which allows markup directly in the students' submissions, but it displays student work in a confusing manner that doesn't allow for any customization, and its markup options need further tweaking. Furthermore, no rubrics can be used in Blackboard in any way to grade any kind of work (that I am aware of). Overall, I would choose D2L over Blackboard.
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      Scalability

      A Cloud Guru

      No answers on this topic

      D2L

      During my first semester working with Desire2Learn the integrated learning management system was more down than up. This meant reconfiguring assignment due dates, frustration for both the instructor, students, and help desk staff. After an upgrade, Desire2Learn has been reliable.
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      Return on Investment

      A Cloud Guru

      • Engagement scores around investment in L&D have increased.
      • There's excitement around upcoming changes to our technology instead of fear we have seen in the past.
      • We feel confident we will be able to deliver these new technologies - although we are at the start of our journey.
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      D2L

      • I cannot speak to whether this system is less expensive than the more fully featured Blackboard, but employees are far less efficient, frustrated, and require frequent calls to the help center to set up fairly simple course templates.
      • I have been asked to consider teaching courses which will be completely online at my current institution. I have done such online courses several times at other universities, but I have decided Desire2Learn is too frustrating and cumbersome to do so. I am now exploring using Google Drive to teach a course online. Otherwise, I will not teach online until required or I find an alternate system.
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