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Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate can open up the door to eLearning, but it is not quite as intuitive as I would have liked to see. There is a lot of support for Adobe Captivate, but it must be constantly sought out on specific topics. The integration of Adobe Stock and Assets gives Captivate a strong push.
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Coursera

It's absolutely ideal for programming. Today, most programming environments are available for free and enthusiasts can tinker with programming on their own. But Coursera structures that process and presents iteratively more complex assignments to the student.I found it useful for non-programming. I took a refresher Calculus course and the user was able to enter solutions symbolically which I found impressive.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

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

Pros

  • Captivate is good for fine tuning multi-modal presentations. I have a course that has undergone a name change. With Captivate I could edit my current presentations without have to re-record the entire lecture.
  • Captivate offers a large amount of transitions and effects. These helps give online lectures a polished look.
  • Captivate exports to a wide range of video qualities and formats, which makes it easy to get finished lectures into our learning management system.
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  • Wide variety of courses
  • Free courses available as well as paid
  • Big names in the tech field are providing courses
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Cons

  • The learning curve for adding and manipulation effects can be quite steep. If I haven't used Captivate in a while, it takes several minutes to remember how things work.
  • Audio editing could be improved by making it easier to place edit markers without having to pause the play cursor at a given spot.
  • Recording new audio or video to an existing presentation makes my Captivate crash. I've had to record audio in a separate program and import as media. Fixing this bug would be very helpful.
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  • The problem with Coursera is the moderation in the forums. From the few courses I have taken, many of my classmates were criticized heavily or bullied by other classmates for asking questions in the forum. This hasn’t gotten any attention from the forum moderators which makes the community feel uneasy with helping each other.
  • Most of the courses and the related materials used to be freely available on Coursera. However, with the recent changes, some of the courses are categorized into specific tracks, and they are not free anymore. However I am glad that one can still audit the paid courses, but access to the course materials may be limited.
  • Some courses are only available on specific dates and I have missed out on classes I was really interested in.
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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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Coursera10.0
Based on 1 answer
Constantly renewing already. One of my favourite MOOC platforms.
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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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Coursera10.0
Based on 1 answer
User-friendly and developer-friendly Web UI.
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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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Coursera10.0
Based on 1 answer
I have resolved many issues with Coursera.
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Implementation

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Coursera10.0
Based on 1 answer
Coursera is familiar, intuitive, compatible and easy to use and implement.
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Alternatives Considered

Each software offers different strengths and weaknesses; however, the cost, reliability, and ease of use of Captivate outshines the competition. As a user since the RoboDemo days, I've been continuously impressed with what can be accomplished with Adobe Captivate.
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Edx is a direct competitor to Coursera. It also offers online courses. I find that on average courses on Edx are more oriented towards theory than on Coursera.

Codeacademy, dataquest and datacamp are tools to learn / improve your programming skills 'in the browser'.

They are much more practical and are a good way to learn new skills by putting them in practice via tutorials.
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Return on Investment

  • Captivate has a steep learning curve, it takes a while for users to become proficient.
  • Travel for training has been nearly eliminated when Captivate has been utilized to create the learning modules.
  • SME's are paid more than content developers so it makes sense to have content developers create the content instead of an SME needing to spend the time to get up to speed to use the software or to train in person.
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  • Renewed the path to education
  • Increased overall quality of work
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Pricing Details

Adobe Captivate

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

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