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Adobe Captivate

Captivate is a great tool for creating content from scratch intended for use in responsive design. This is one of my go-to tools when this particular scenario exists. Captivate's responsive design option and the wide range of tools make the application an amazing option for mobile design. Despite having a PowerPoint import and conversion option, Captivate is NOT the tool to use when starting with content created in PowerPoint. Slides are imported as a single image, removing animations and any ability to edit the content.
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Blackboard Collaborate

It's useful for a classroom video session with a professor, as multiple students can access it at once (it will stream better if only the instructor uses video and others just use chat) and both lecture or answer questions, employing the Whiteboard feature as necessary. There is a hand raising option students can use to signal that they have a question, or they can just put a question in on the chat section.It is not as interactive as some video tutoring platforms I have seen, but it is something that our support services at school have access to with a site license, so it's ideal for us.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Adobe Captivate
7.9
Blackboard Collaborate
Course authoring
Adobe Captivate
8.1
Blackboard Collaborate
Course catalog or library
Adobe Captivate
8.1
Blackboard Collaborate
Player/Portal
Adobe Captivate
7.7
Blackboard Collaborate
Learning content
Adobe Captivate
7.5
Blackboard Collaborate
Mobile friendly
Adobe Captivate
8.1
Blackboard Collaborate
Progress tracking & certifications
Adobe Captivate
7.8
Blackboard Collaborate
Assignments
Adobe Captivate
7.4
Blackboard Collaborate
Compliance management
Adobe Captivate
9.0
Blackboard Collaborate
Learning administration
Adobe Captivate
8.3
Blackboard Collaborate
Learning reporting & analytics
Adobe Captivate
6.9
Blackboard Collaborate
Social learning
Adobe Captivate
8.2
Blackboard Collaborate

Performance & Compatibility of Online Events Software

Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
7.2
High quality audio
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
7.2
High quality video
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
6.9
Low bandwidth requirements
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
6.2
Mobile support
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
8.4

Screen Sharing

Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
7.9
Desktop sharing
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
7.2
Whiteboards
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
8.6

Online Meetings / Events

Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
9.4
Calendar integration
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
9.9
Meeting initiation
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
9.9
Integrates with social media
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
8.2
Record meetings / events
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
9.2
Slideshows
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
10.0

Online Events Collaboration

Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
9.6
Live chat
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
9.3
Audience polling
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
10.0
Q&A
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
9.4

Online Events Security

Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
8.0
User authentication
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
5.5
Participant roles & permissions
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
9.5
Confidential attendee list
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
9.0

Pros

  • Captivate allows the user the ability to create a drag n drop method within your presentation. I was able to successfully incorporate an activity within my course module that would allow the learner the chance to test their knowledge by dragging and dropping items into the correct sections. I found that to be nice and pretty seamless.
  • Captivate allows the user to create and include states and actions. I think this is important because it allows for the creator to make engaging and interactive slides that will hopefully keep the learner motivate and engaged in the material.
  • Captivate has the options of demo and simulation slide presentations. I found these to be useful within the course I was building because it prevented me from having to complete extra steps of using a different video caption software tool then having to upload it into Captivate. This feature was already included within Captivate which made it nice and easy to access and incorporate into my presentation.
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  • The Whiteboard feature is perfect for tutoring. We use it to write out formulas, draw diagrams, etc while in video chat to enhance explanations.
  • The file attachment feature is also very handy. This means we don't have to do a follow-up with a student using their email to send files of handouts, etc.
  • It's great that we only have to share a classroom access link for a student to enter a session. With other products, they had to set up a username and log-in with an account. Link access means 1 less hassle.
  • We are currently beginning to use the "record session" feature video sessions to use as training for new employees.
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Cons

  • Adobe Captivate has some limitations in how dialog boxes and text frames work. This restricts the creativity of my team.
  • It would be nice to have an automatic voice to text feature to turn the narration into closed captioning.
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  • I recently tried to use the Share Screen feature, which would be extremely valuable for online tutoring, but despite installing the additional Blackboard Screensharing app, it won't work. I have not yet contacted support to get help with it, but it seems this should work when one follows the instructions.
  • It's not incredibly intuitive in its setup. For example, to get the "share video" icon to appear (the only way you can activate the camera to start video feed), you have to do a sound and video test first.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Captivate9.2
Based on 3 answers
There is no doubt in my mind that we will be using Adobe Captivate for years to come. There are so many uses for the software that we are just scratching the surface. The more we use it, the better it gets. This is a great option for anyone looking for an eLearning authoring tool.
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Blackboard Collaborate9.0
Based on 1 answer
It is a tool that faculty likes to use. It has so much flexibility to allow students to see a class even if they happen to not be available in the classroom.
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Usability

Adobe Captivate8.0
Based on 2 answers
Adobe Captivate does take some getting used to. There are features that are much more convoluted than they need to be, but overall it is a great product with a some excellent features. Being in a pretty small market, Adobe Captivate and Articulate Storyline dominate the space. They are not the same software, but allow for eLearning authoring. Each has their benefit and their downside, but, for me, Adobe Captivate edges out Storyline.
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Blackboard Collaborate8.9
Based on 3 answers
Collaborate is a easy to use, easy to learn, and a well supported product. It is not overly complex yet it is quite feature rich. I think that most users (both instructors and students) should find it easy to use without much outside help.
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Reliability and Availability

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Blackboard Collaborate8.0
Based on 1 answer
The availability of the software is quite impressive. You can access it at any time that you want and from anywhere that you want, but that depends on how the software is set up by the University. There might be sudden outages due to not having enough space on your database, which we had that very issue happen recently here at our University. During that time, you could not access their blackboard at all until it was brought up online again.
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Performance

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Blackboard Collaborate9.0
Based on 1 answer
The performance of the software is remarkable. The loading speed of the pages is more than satisfying, it all depends on the users internet package. So far, there wasn't any issue of Blackboard slowing down other software or systems when integrated with them
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Support

Adobe Captivate8.1
Based on 2 answers
The support team is good in responding and maintaining communication. Sometimes...well...almost always, you will find yourself having to use a 2nd attempt with more details and easier terminology to get the tech to understand the question or situation. These techs should know English 100% and their product 100% to be on a support team for the USA. I do not get the impression this is true.
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Blackboard Collaborate9.0
Based on 1 answer
Blackboard support is quite knowledgeable and quick to respond to requests.
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Alternatives Considered

Captivate is SIGNIFICANTLY more user-friendly than Storyline or Flash. We found Storyline challenging and not as integrated as Captivate and Flash made it much harder to make edits to older content. While Storyline is viable we just don't feel it has the same capability or power as Captivate, its not as cost effective and it doesn't make our lives easier. Captivate is the ONLY tool we will use.
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Blackboard is just the most widely known software. All of them have issues and glitches, but Blackboard is well supported.
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Scalability

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Blackboard Collaborate8.0
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The reason for this rating is that the software is a pretty good tool that can be utilized for use in all of the Universities around the world. It has the capability to fulfill the needs of various different education systems. Although, there are slight improvements that are needed, therefore the rating is at 8.
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Return on Investment

  • Helps us easily convert some (as appropriate) live instructor led courses into on-demand eLearnings, which enables to better utilize our in-person classroom time. By stuffing less into our in-person events, our learners have a better experience (course ratings) and retain more (process compliance)
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  • Though we have not been faced with an emergency yet, the return on investment we hope will be if we ever for some reason need to hold all classes online, for example in the case of natural disaster. We envision an ability to incorporate all classes into our LMS and get instructors to then activate Blackboard Collaborate to hold class times.
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Pricing Details

Adobe Captivate

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

Blackboard Collaborate

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