Likelihood to Recommend
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.
I would say that Edmodo is very feature rich and a great website and communication tool for teachers to use. However, I would inquire as to whether someone looking at LMS platforms is looking for just those features or something more comprehensive. For all the positives I could say about Edmodo, I really don't believe it fills the role of a true LMS system. It has a very familiar interface (Facebook-like) and it is super easy to get started as a teacher, student, or parent. It allows for great communication and it is easy to share resources. However, if you wanted to develop a true online course, or even a blended course for that matter, other LMS platforms make this easier and have more developed tools than does Edmodo.
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- The ability to quickly and easily create systems demos with text captions automatically added in.
- The three-mode approach you can use -- you can record one system simulation and then use it to create a non-interactive demo, a guided user-interactive demo, and/or a non-guided user assessment.
- The ability to set which area of the screen you want to capture, rather than necessarily being forced to capture your entire screen.
- The ability to use actions and variables (although, admittedly, I haven't really delved into this in Captivate myself...)
- The ease of publishing output to an Adobe Connect server.
- Wonderful communications tool to help a teacher to plan!
- Wonderful student engagement.
- Fantastic time savings for teachers who can have more time to help individual students rather than talk too much in classrooms.
- Great for collaboration of tests or assignments amongst sharing teachers.
- Easy to create surveys for students and teachers to evaluate needs.
- It drives me crazy that the caption text doesn't automatically put a period at the end...I always have to end up going into each and every one to add that darned period!
- The caption boxes aren't as slick looking as they should be nowadays, and the ability to customize them isn't quite as robust as I'd like.
- Getting live tech support is exceedingly expensive and Adobe has the worst, most frustrating website (which is ironic, considering the products that they sell). Adobe has many very good products, but they're not a company I enjoy doing business with.
- One of the biggest drawbacks to Edmodo is that it’s difficult to find things with the search bar. Often, even if a teacher knows the exact title of a post or attachment, the search will fail to find anything. And since the feed is chronological, something posted at the beginning of the year is completely buried by more recent posts, making it almost impossible for students to go back and reference that information. An improved search tool would help here.
- Additionally, the apps, which are at interesting idea, aren’t particularly well integrated or explained, leaving many teachers uncertain of their usefulness. This is particularly true of the paid apps.
- Edmodo is a primarily a communications tool and not a full-fledged LMS, and therefore it doesn’t have many of the sophisticated tools and options that Blackboard, Haiku, or Moodle offer (such as chats, forums, contingent assignments, etc.). Many teachers don’t understand the difference between Edmodo and LMS tools, leaving them frustrated when the service doesn’t allow them to do a particular activity. However, knowing the purpose of Edmodo and choosing the appropriate tool for the teacher’s needs will minimize this issue.
Likelihood to Renew
Based on 2 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.
Based on 20 answers
My renewed use of Edmodo depends on my needs next year. As with all technology, needs change each year, so teachers should reassess the tools they plan on using to make sure they use the one that is most appropriate to meet their needs. If I am still meeting with an advisory and running the gaming club, then I will continue to use Edmodo.
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.
Based on 5 answers
The web based version of Edmodo is very user-friendly no matter the age of the user. With a structure similar to Facebook, it has visual appeal as well as easy-to-understand posting structure for comments.
Based on 1 answer
Every issue I have ever had was handled with care and quite thoroughly. After the initial conversation on the phone, I received frequent emails letting me know what they were working on, and also received follow up phone calls. After I found the resolution, I got one more call to ensure everything was working properly. The follow up was quite surprising.
Based on 4 answers
Edmodo support teams are always ready and available to assist any need requested. If the support personnel does not know the answer, they are excellent in finding someone who can help.
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Based on 5 answers
Not at this time. You guys make an excellent tool!
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Professional in OtherHigher Education Company, 1001-5000 employees
These two platforms are similar. The user interface of Edmodo is just friendlier and more obvious to navigate, however once you are used to either interface, they both are highly functional and improve learning and engagement.
Return on Investment
- It has enabled us to tailor our courses to the authoring tool that our client wants to use.
- It lets us work with more clients.
- It gives us more options in terms of authoring.
- Great customer service.
- Ease of assessing every student on every class.
- Needs work to solve the feed cluttering.
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