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Renaissance Accelerated Reader

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Adobe Captivate

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Renaissance Accelerated Reader

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Likelihood to Recommend

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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Renaissance Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader is what it is. It has been around for years and pretty much has a lock on this type of service. With that being said, Renaissance still makes improvements and works with the customer to make things better. If people use the product the way it is intended, results can be great. Yes, there is a danger that a product like this hurts the love of reading by "forcing" kids to read. *There are articles written about the positives and negatives of AR elsewhere if you look* But Accelerated Reader gathers plenty of data that can be used by educators to help their classrooms if they choose to use the product as intended.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Adobe Captivate
7.9
Renaissance Accelerated Reader
7.9
Course authoring
Adobe Captivate
8.1
Renaissance Accelerated Reader
7.3
Course catalog or library
Adobe Captivate
8.1
Renaissance Accelerated Reader
8.3
Player/Portal
Adobe Captivate
7.7
Renaissance Accelerated Reader
8.2
Learning content
Adobe Captivate
7.5
Renaissance Accelerated Reader
8.1
Mobile friendly
Adobe Captivate
8.1
Renaissance Accelerated Reader
8.0
Progress tracking & certifications
Adobe Captivate
7.8
Renaissance Accelerated Reader
8.7
Assignments
Adobe Captivate
7.4
Renaissance Accelerated Reader
7.3
Compliance management
Adobe Captivate
9.0
Renaissance Accelerated Reader
7.7
Learning administration
Adobe Captivate
8.3
Renaissance Accelerated Reader
8.1
Learning reporting & analytics
Adobe Captivate
6.9
Renaissance Accelerated Reader
8.4
Social learning
Adobe Captivate
8.2
Renaissance Accelerated Reader
6.5

Pros

  • Adobe Captivate is a full-featured authoring tool, offering users a wide range of interactive and educational tools. Adobe Pro applications excel at providing you most of the options that you want and more than you need.
  • Captivate offers live authoring in responsive design. This feature is essential as we look to develop more content for use across mobile devices.
  • Captivate integrates seamlessly with the other Adobe Creative Suite tools that we use. We combine PhotoShop, Acrobat, and Captivate to create some amazing learning tools.
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  • If used correctly, Accelerated Reader helps students grow with their reading comprehension and vocabulary skills. I advise teachers to have one on one conversations with students when setting goals (allow students to have input) so that the students are given more responsibility to achieve their own goals.
  • Renaissance's online chat/customer service is outstanding. They can usually answer my questions and do so in an understandable manner. They seem to be willing to help and will follow through if necessary.
  • There are many reports that Accelerated Reader administrators can use to help decipher the data created from their students taking Accelerated Reader quizzes.
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Cons

  • While Captivate does an amazing job at recording movement of mouse and keystrokes on the screen, it would be great to have the ability to capture the same items via a plugin to 3rd party software (Outlook, Firefox, or other Adobe applications). The results would be that while working in another application and realizing that someone might want a quick tutorial on something, rather than launching Captivate, one could use the plugin to quickly capture the screen and mouse movement.
  • Configuring the LMS to have quizzes at the end and have a passing score could use an enhancement. While it works great, it is not the most straight-forward setup there is. One finds themselves searching online for solutions and answers how to accomplish certain setup steps for LMS or SCORM.
  • It would be nice to be able to have the control of Captivate on a 2nd or 3rd monitor that is not being captured, to be able to see more of the real estate of your screen that you are capturing.
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  • Creating Spanish reports similar to the ones accessed in English.
  • Simplifying the way books students can find an AR quiz. It does not find books if students are missing a "question mark" or "exclamation mark".
  • Deleting a quiz when a student enters the wrong book title and begins a quiz. It has been difficult to remove a quiz and the quiz appears even after the monitor password has been entered.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Captivate9.3
Based on 3 answers
We are all in with Adobe products as creative tools, but are leaning more and more on Articulate for course development. It is likely that Captivate will continue to be a tool in our belt even if it isn't our immediate go to
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Renaissance Accelerated Reader8.8
Based on 2 answers
Hopefully the administration sees the results and the benefits.
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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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Renaissance Accelerated Reader9.1
Based on 1 answer
Great product.
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Support

Adobe Captivate8.2
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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Renaissance Accelerated Reader9.1
Based on 3 answers
Past experience. The customer service is amazing.
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Implementation

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Renaissance Accelerated Reader9.1
Based on 1 answer
Just get started!
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Alternatives Considered

Adobe Captivate is an okay software program, but it is not something I'd pick over Articulate Storyline or Articulate 360. I only selected Captivate because it was mandatory for my course plus I wanted to explore it to find out how it worked. But after using it, I didn't find it to be as appealing as I thought. It's not a horrible software tool, it has its perks but it's just not as user-friendly as I'd hoped it would be.
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We love Accelerated Reader at our school and back this program 100% to increase student reading, vocabulary, and comprehension in order to close the reading gap. I haven't seen any other program with the positive results that accelerated reader has done for our students in the last four years. We have gone from having the bottom state testing scores to reaching near the top in various subjects across the board in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade.
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Return on Investment

  • Adobe Captivate has had a positive impact on our learning and employee development initiatives. People are always impressed at how professional our content looks and is received. The tool is definitely worth the investment.
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  • Students scoring at or above state expectations.
  • Students reading at or above grade level.
  • Hearing students talk about meeting goals and seeing the positive effects on student success as they monitor their progress on Accelerated reader.
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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

Renaissance Accelerated Reader

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