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Schoology

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Absorb Anywhere LMS

Absorb worked well for us for a number of years but once we started to push the limits of the software, the company and the product let us down. Support became unresponsive and the product enhancements that we were told were coming never did.
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Schoology

Overall, Schoology provides a solid learning management system on par with Blackboard. Schoology is best utilized in environments where students have 1:1 access to computers, laptops, or smart devices for extended periods of the class period. With mobile apps also available, instructors can choose to allow students to use their personal devices to access Schoology functionality for in-class discussions, assessments, or updates. Schoology is also best suited for secondary education purposes (8-12 grade) and higher education, as much of the social interaction and assessment functionality may be difficult for younger students to utilize and/or navigate. However, primary education instructors may find Schoology to be beneficial for digital record keeping, tracking grades, and parent/teacher communications.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Absorb Anywhere LMS
Schoology
8.0
Course authoring
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Schoology
9.0
Course catalog or library
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Schoology
7.9
Player/Portal
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Schoology
6.7
Learning content
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Schoology
7.7
Mobile friendly
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Schoology
8.0
Progress tracking & certifications
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Schoology
7.8
Assignments
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Schoology
9.0
Compliance management
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Schoology
7.1
Learning administration
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Schoology
8.2
Learning reporting & analytics
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Schoology
8.0
Social learning
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Schoology
8.2

Pros

  • Clean interface for learners
  • Logical organization of courses
  • Admin portal is OK
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  • Google Assignment App - this is a game changer for schools using Google and Chromebooks.
  • Most open LMS - it integrates with more outside apps and programs.
  • New interfaces on the way - a cleaner look for all and an elementary version of the interface.
  • More question types coming for assessments including labeling.
  • Options are availble for assessment monitoring for schools and districts.
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Cons

  • Customer Support is unresponsive and poor
  • Inconsistent interface in the product
  • Reporting out of Absorb is cumbersome
  • No search functionality within courses.
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  • One feature I'd like to see added is the option to individually assign an entire folder of contents to a particular student. As of now, each separate assignment can be individually assigned, but more often than not, teachers need to send multiple materials and it would be easier to open a folder and share.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Schoology9.0
Based on 5 answers
While we have taken time to re-evaluate our selected 1:1 devices, Schoology's impact on student learning is unquestioned. Students are able to connect with other learners, create and share products of their learning, and develop their digital fluency through their use of Schoology.
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Usability

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Schoology8.0
Based on 4 answers
It's very easy to use Schoology. As with any LMS, it helps to learn some tips and tricks prior to getting started. But, each item is clearly indicated within the platform. If I want to add materials, it is right at the top of my screen. If I want to view the calendar, it is indicated to the right of my screen. Navigating a course and the platform is quite straightforward. Additionally, the benefit of Schoology's help center and user community makes asking and answering questions quick and easy.
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Support

Absorb Anywhere LMS1.0
Based on 1 answer
Poor response time and generally poor responses.
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Schoology8.2
Based on 2 answers
Over the past few months I have seen an increased success rate with support. I have focused many of my requests on the customer chat feature. From there issues can be resolved or passed along to the appropriate parties
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Alternatives Considered

At the time of selection, we went with Absorb as they were one of the few that could handle online transactions for courses. We are in the process of migrating to Skilljar and will be discontinuing our subscription to Absorb in 2018.
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When we set out on the journey to adopt an LMS, we were looking for a system that would integrate with our current systems, allow for personalized learning and differentiation, user friendly, device agnostic, include online support/help, can integrate standards and learning objectives, allow for various types of assessments and measurements, progress monitor, employee empowerment, provide for equitable access to resources, create partnership opportunities, among others. With the exception of integrating with our Campus gradebook system, Schoology has done all of that and more.
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Return on Investment

  • We were able to lighten the work load on our finance team by moving course purchase processing to the online platform.
  • Learning team was able to reduce the amount of live training and travel.
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  • We found that Schoology, a revolutionary cloud-based system, is technologically ahead of some of our other systems. We use Infinite Campus as our student information system and are strongly considering changing to an SIS that will integrate with Schoology.
  • We have noticed the normal distribution pattern of early adopters, followers and laggards.
  • In our district we have moved years ahead of our competition districts with the ability to collaborate across a vast district and deliver professional learning anywhere and anytime.
  • eLearing Days have been developed to make up for days that use to be lost to numerous snow days. There is an enormous return on investment just for that reason alone.
  • Schoology has the ability to differentiate like no other LMS tool. That makes Schoology priceless in our eyes.
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Pricing Details

Absorb Anywhere LMS

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

Schoology

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details