What users are saying about

Adobe Captivate

86 Ratings

Moodle

129 Ratings

Adobe Captivate

86 Ratings
Score 7.6 out of 101

Moodle

129 Ratings
Score 7.8 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Captivate

Well suited: Gives your presentation a different appearance and allows you to create simulations that lessen your steps when it comes to making training/simulation videos.Less appropriate: Not as user-friendly as I thought. Animations/states are hidden and cause the creator to take extra steps versus using a different type of software program tool.
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Moodle

The most important one would be the resources available to support it. While this is true of any LMS product, the flip side of the flexibility and customization advantages is the cost and time to support the product.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Adobe Captivate
7.4
Moodle
9.4
Course authoring
Adobe Captivate
8.3
Moodle
Course catalog or library
Adobe Captivate
7.0
Moodle
9.0
Player/Portal
Adobe Captivate
7.7
Moodle
9.0
Learning content
Adobe Captivate
7.0
Moodle
10.0
Mobile friendly
Adobe Captivate
7.3
Moodle
10.0
Progress tracking & certifications
Adobe Captivate
9.0
Moodle
10.0
Assignments
Adobe Captivate
6.5
Moodle
9.0
Learning administration
Adobe Captivate
8.0
Moodle
9.0
Learning reporting & analytics
Adobe Captivate
6.0
Moodle
9.0
Social learning
Adobe Captivate
Moodle
10.0

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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  • Moodle is open source, so it is "free". It can be installed locally or on a typical Web hosting service.
  • In the hands of people with the right skills, it is flexible, and has a lot of reporting capabilities if the administrator knows how to query the system.
  • With built-in LTI (Learning Technology Interoperability), it can connect to and exchange data with any third-party system that is LTI compatible. This is HUGE. Using LTI, however, is imperfect at times, so one must tenor expectations.
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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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  • Moodle HQ attention is divided amongst the needs of many different types constituents, e.g. institutions who use Moodle to support face to face or hybrid courses, rather than fully online programs like ours. While anyone can make an "add-on" for Moodle, it can be difficult to get changes in the core application approved by Moodle HQ, which can limit the kinds of add-ons that can be created.
  • The number of experienced hosting providers in the U.S. is small, and one (Moodlerooms) is now owned by a commercial competitor (Blackboard).
  • Because Moodle is open source software, there is no commercial entity providing technical support. There are so many configuration options that some expertise is needed to configure Moodle for the specific needs of an institution. Commercial hosting providers can help, but many institutions will find they need at least one full-time staff member to administer and configure Moodle, even beyond administering the server used to host Moodle.
  • The interface of Moodle sometimes seems dated compared to newer applications, e.g. Canvas. Newer interface elements are being adopted into Moodle Core, but many are left to individual "Theme" developers, with varying degrees of support. Three columns are assumed, and the "Block" structure is confining (e.g. one cannot place a block in the central region of the course).
  • Although Moodle is intended to be aligned with constructivist learning principles, it cannot "force" instructors to teach in a constructivist way (nor can any LMS).
  • Reporting tools are scant. Third-party plugins are needed to provide adequate reports. We recommend Configurable Reports and the Ad-Hoc Database Queries tool. We would like to see tools like these become part of Moodle Core.
  • Automation tools (e.g. import of student enrollments from a Student Information System) have been limited and not robust in the past. This is improving, both within add-on services provided by hosting services such as Remote Learner, and within Moodle Core. This situation still needs improvement.
  • The Gradebook function is complex and generates many support questions.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Captivate10.0
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.
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Moodle9.6
Based on 19 answers
We have no complaints with the Moodle product or MoodleRooms. Though there are yearly reviews, one should not change LMS more often than three to five years. If that decision is made, will your content easily transfer from your current vendor to the new one? No one really wants the labor and mental cost of having to do everything all over again. If a change is made, there definitely needs to be a transition period for the early adopters who are not afraid of change and for the newest employees to help things move smoothly through the process.
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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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Moodle9.3
Based on 7 answers
Moodle can be used on a tablet, on a mobile phone, and on a PC. It is easy to navigate for learners and figure out for administrators. The learners can easily complete tasks and the administrators can easily track completion. The last thing about Moodle that one may not realize is that it somewhat resembles Facebook in its layout. This means that users are already familiar with the interface and therefore they are more comfortable using it.
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Reliability and Availability

No score
No answers yet
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Moodle9.5
Based on 3 answers
It's free, open source software. The biggest expense is hosting it, followed by paying a developer (or developers) to keep things up and running (especially with unique authentication needs, enterprise wide use, etc).
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Performance

No score
No answers yet
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Moodle10.0
Based on 1 answer
Moodle is an excellent LMS in relationship to any other one that I have seen or used. The pages load quickly and the reports complete in a reasonable time frame. Moodle has taken on Respondus, StudyMate, BigBlueButton, Turning Tech, Turnitin2, Certificates, Attendance, Tegrity, Questionnaire, Virtual Programming Lab, and Badges. All of these programs work right in with Moodle and do not cause any issues. Instructors may also use Camtasia and Snagit software as well as using webcams, downloading videos from the Internet, adding into books, or any of the many other areas within Moodle. Our instructors use the grade books without many problems and really don't ask questions much anymore. We upgrade Moodle every semester and are currently on 2.9+. Our instructors have basically learned to use most of the resources and activities.
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Support

Adobe Captivate10.0
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.
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Moodle9.3
Based on 4 answers
We use Moodlerooms. I know they work with a triage method but sometimes the things you feel important is not to them. I also feel larger institutions (more $) can get a higher priority.
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Online Training

No score
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Moodle6.0
Based on 1 answer
I have used a few sites and they were adequate but my best learning experience was face to face and hands on.
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Implementation

No score
No answers yet
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Moodle9.8
Based on 2 answers
Find a partner who will work with you during the implementation process. Be sure to provide ample training for veteran users on the changes and for newbies on the overall product.
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Alternatives Considered

Captivate is better for software simulations and handles images a bit better. Storyline always makes a box around the images, which is problematic for selecting items in a drag and drop environment. The workflow of being able to edit images right within the software is also a plus for Captivate.
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We switched from Blackboard to Moodle based on two criteria: cost and control. We had been hosting Blackboard through a sister institution who had a schedule of upgrades and maintenance incompatible with our course schedule. We also needed to massively reduce costs during a severe funding cut to public institutions of higher education. Moodle helped us do that, even though our final costs were higher than initially expected.Canvas was not ready for review at the time we selected Moodle. We routinely compare different LMS products as they surface in the marketplace. Canvas has a good interface, but at this time we don't feel the discussion/forum feature is strong enough to support fully online learning.
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Scalability

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Moodle9.5
Based on 2 answers
Moodle is the easiest software to find out issues that occur. Although we have very few problems, it is simple for our Server Administrator to find out any that I cannot figure out that are the simple issues that our new instructors may have. He is able to search within the server where I cannot and is able to search within the server logs that I cannot see. Most of these problems are resolved within 24 hours or less.
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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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  • Switching from Blackboard to Moodle helped us reduce costs at our institution during a critical funding shortage.
  • Although we have had to develop reports ourselves, our access to data and reporting within Moodle has allowed us to focus on measuring effective teaching and learning practices within our institution in a way that wasn't possible with Blackboard. We are in the process of developing specific learning analytics to further improve this aspect of our institution.
  • As we progressed in using Moodle, we found we had to allocate significantly higher resources than originally estimated, including a full-time LMS administrator internally, and increased support services at our hosting provider.
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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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Moodle

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
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