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Adobe Captivate

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Schoology

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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Captivate

Captivate is leading the pack with this software solution. While Adobe has owned it for a few years now, Macromedia had already built an amazing tool. Captivate will provide you solutions for training internal staff as well as customers. It is so much easier to quickly record a short tutorial and send it out to your staff to watch at their own pace, than to host a classroom of people that are all learning at different speeds...the slower bunch taking more time and frustrating the faster bunch. With Captivate, I can create any type of video I want and add music, or background audio, or speech to it along with sound effects. Great solution!
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Schoology

Schoology is fantastic for working with students at the middle and high school level. I have no experience with it at the elementary level, but I do know that our elementary teachers are loving it. It works well for sharing work and feedback with students as well as for designing self-paced units for students and professional learning purposes. It is also great for PLC groups and clubs to share resources and for teachers like me who are the only one in my building teaching what I teach.Schoology could do better on the mechanics of the grading for submitted Google documents.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Adobe Captivate
7.9
Schoology
8.2
Course authoring
Adobe Captivate
8.1
Schoology
9.0
Course catalog or library
Adobe Captivate
8.1
Schoology
8.6
Player/Portal
Adobe Captivate
7.7
Schoology
7.0
Learning content
Adobe Captivate
7.5
Schoology
8.0
Mobile friendly
Adobe Captivate
8.1
Schoology
8.1
Progress tracking & certifications
Adobe Captivate
7.8
Schoology
8.1
Assignments
Adobe Captivate
7.4
Schoology
9.1
Compliance management
Adobe Captivate
9.0
Schoology
7.2
Learning administration
Adobe Captivate
8.3
Schoology
8.5
Learning reporting & analytics
Adobe Captivate
6.9
Schoology
8.1
Social learning
Adobe Captivate
8.2
Schoology
8.3

Pros

  • Easy learning curve. Captivate makes it easy for a new user to pick it up and understand where to begin. Adobe, in general, does this very well and Captivate is no exception. When you begin using Captivate, many of the tasks to create a video come naturally as things are laid out in a way that makes sense.
  • Embedding with LMS (Learning Management Systems). Adobe has made it very easy to deploy your produced video to any of the popular LMS's available. Captivate also gives you a very easy way of including a SCORM score for any quizzes that must be passed at the end of the video in order to proceed to the next video.
  • Capturing Audio has never been easier. With Captivate you can easily add voice-over audio that you can record directly inside of Captivate, or import a pre-recorded audio clip. You can import sounds from other sources for effects in the video and Captivate already includes all of the commonly used sounds for mouse-clicks, error sounds, etc.
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  • The ability to integrate Google Drive assignments is wonderful. Adding Google Sheets, Docs, and Slides are very helpful for presentations within the Schoology framework for both students and teachers. Being able to enter assignments in multiple ways and types enhance the learning of the students.
  • The fact that Schoology is so user-friendly is great for both teachers and students to easily acquire the skills to be successful in it. Schoology allows for both collaborations with team members that may not always have the same planning periods and with students. Students are able to contribute and collaborate across class periods into large projects within Schoology.
  • Feedback - it is wonderful that as I grade assignments in Schoology it allows me to give students feedback which is huge that cannot happen as quickly in any other way. I can easily insert a link in my feedback to assist a struggling student or perhaps just to assist a student that needs a little extra help. The ability for students to resubmit an assignment is also easily performed by the students and can be quickly graded by teachers.
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Cons

  • Captivate can stagnate and is less user-friendly when it comes to adding animations and certain transitions on your presentation.
  • I found that Captivate wasn't always so user-friendly when it came to using the Demo presentation feature. There were times when I'd have to re-record my steps because for some reason it wasn't accepting certain clicks and/or it would capture things I didn't want it to capture.
  • I found myself getting frustrated a lot when using Captivate because some of the things that I was used to clicking/creating on a different software tool (that was more user-friendly) and the results I was looking for caused me to take extra steps when using Captivate.
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  • I would like to see them continue to develop their assessment platform to provide more meaningful analytics of both group and individual performances.
  • I like how the community of users have a forum to aide each other. However, on rare occasion the feed is a little overwhelming.
  • I would like more information about hooking more parents into the platform so that they could interact better with the school and their children.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Captivate9.2
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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Schoology9.0
Based on 5 answers
While we have taken time to re-evaluate our selected 1:1 devices, Schoology's impact on student learning is unquestioned. Students are able to connect with other learners, create and share products of their learning, and develop their digital fluency through their use of Schoology.
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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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Schoology7.9
Based on 4 answers
As mentioned, I think Schoology is great for posting assignments, allowing students to submit different assignments, allowing students to comment on submissions, giving teachers one consolidated area to grade all assignments, and entering grades immediately after reaching assignments. Sometimes it is hard to grade quickly because it takes a while to load submitted documents.
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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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Schoology8.1
Based on 2 answers
Over the past few months I have seen an increased success rate with support. I have focused many of my requests on the customer chat feature. From there issues can be resolved or passed along to the appropriate parties
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Alternatives Considered

TutorPro's LiveContent leaves a lot to be desired. It is very difficult to use as an assessment tool. It won't record web-based applications correctly and the results are impossible to analyse. StoryBoard was similar to Adobe Captivate, but the LMS integration left us needing more. Camtasia is a linear recording tool with some add quirks that make longer videos very difficult and time consuming to edit. Camtaisa has some very strong tools, though, for video and audio editing, and we keep it around for those needs.
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I was in the committee that investigated LMS platforms and the committee felt very strongly that Schoology would better serve our needs. Since we made that decision we have not looked back. Schoology continues to improve their product and provide additional features based on their users needs.
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Return on Investment

  • Adobe Captivate has had a very positive impact on our bottom-line and allowed us to win customers by demonstrating the software's capabilities and flexibility.
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  • Schoology has completely transformed my educational experience as an educator. I feel the ROI is impressive.
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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

Schoology

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