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282 Ratings

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Score 7.5 out of 101

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Score 7.1 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Connect

Figure out if you're looking for a conferencing tool or a training tool. If the primary purpose is going to be for web meetings, then I would likely look elsewhere. There is better standalone conferencing software. If you're trying to upgrade your training platform, this is a great option. They offer an abundance of tools that make this a viable option for those who will be presenting without producers as well.
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Blackboard Learn

The first question I ask is, "what are they planning to use it for"? I believe the number of users will make a difference in whether or not they should use Blackboard. Blackboard is a very robust system and may not be needed for a small amount of users. It would not be cost effective and using an open source system like Moodle, may be a better [option]. I also would have to look at who they have on staff. Blackboard is a great LMS out of the box and provides a lot of support if there is an issue. Some of the other LMSs do not have the same kind of support. For example, Moodle has no support so unless they have an expert on staff, they could run into issues that would be difficult to manage or repair.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Performance & Compatibility of Online Events Software

Adobe Connect
6.5
Blackboard Learn
High quality audio
Adobe Connect
7.9
Blackboard Learn
High quality video
Adobe Connect
7.0
Blackboard Learn
Low bandwidth requirements
Adobe Connect
5.4
Blackboard Learn
Mobile support
Adobe Connect
5.7
Blackboard Learn

Screen Sharing

Adobe Connect
8.8
Blackboard Learn
Desktop sharing
Adobe Connect
8.8
Blackboard Learn
Whiteboards
Adobe Connect
8.7
Blackboard Learn

Online Meetings / Events

Adobe Connect
8.0
Blackboard Learn
Calendar integration
Adobe Connect
7.9
Blackboard Learn
Meeting initiation
Adobe Connect
7.6
Blackboard Learn
Integrates with social media
Adobe Connect
7.0
Blackboard Learn
Record meetings / events
Adobe Connect
8.4
Blackboard Learn
Slideshows
Adobe Connect
8.9
Blackboard Learn

Online Events Collaboration

Adobe Connect
9.1
Blackboard Learn
Live chat
Adobe Connect
9.2
Blackboard Learn
Audience polling
Adobe Connect
9.7
Blackboard Learn
Q&A
Adobe Connect
8.6
Blackboard Learn

Online Events Security

Adobe Connect
8.6
Blackboard Learn
User authentication
Adobe Connect
8.4
Blackboard Learn
Participant roles & permissions
Adobe Connect
8.3
Blackboard Learn
Confidential attendee list
Adobe Connect
9.2
Blackboard Learn

Pros

  • Polling
  • Lots of 3rd party add ons available
  • desktop sharing
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  • The product engages students well with the course content being studied.
  • The product engages students in a community of learners with various educational technologies.
  • The product allows educators to interact with their students in online courses so that they feel as if a real person is behind the posted course information and content.
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Cons

  • Recordings default to Flash which can't be viewed on many mobile devices. They offer the ability to export recordings as MP4s, but it would be nice if you could set this as the default.
  • Some useful features are not provided with the hosted model, such as Adobe Presenter, which allows you to upload content directly from PowerPoint, preserving settings and fonts.
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  • Blackboard Support representatives should be more knowledgeable of their products. This is detrimental during busy times throughout the academic year.
  • Software add-ons are not always functional and easily integrated with the platform.
  • The Grade Center layout and options do not allow for full customization by the instructor (attendance capability, using personalized calculation formulas, etc.).
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Connect10.0
Based on 27 answers
Adobe Connect provides everything I need from a collaboration tool. Once you've had high speed internet or HD television or driven a luxury car, it's very difficult to go back to what you were using before. That's how I feel about Adobe Connect, it's the luxury car with all of the bells and whistles and moving to another product that doesn't have all of the features I've become accustomed to would be extremely frustrating.
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Blackboard Learn4.6
Based on 11 answers
There are several aspects of Desire2Learn that outweigh the benefits of using Blackboard. I find that the Desire2Learn system is a bit more user friendly and looks more up-to-date. However, the decision to renew systems is not up to me because the entire University uses the same system. Regardless, I think I would choose Desire2Learn over Blackboard because of its improved user interface.
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Usability

Adobe Connect9.0
Based on 5 answers
As sophisticated a product as Adobe Connect, the ease of use is outstanding. In my experience, even a user with very little knowledge of Adobe Connect can begin using and even leading sessions with very little training to get started with the basic features. Additional training is needed to become comfortable with the number of available features, but learning curve even for those is no steeper than would normally be expected from similar software.
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Blackboard Learn7.7
Based on 4 answers
Blackboard is very easy to use. A handful of faculty struggle with the Grade Center, but overall, there is very little support needs for day to day Blackboard usage.
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Support

Adobe Connect7.0
Based on 2 answers
No isues and any issues seems to get resolved.
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Blackboard Learn4.6
Based on 2 answers
The majority of tickets are answered and resolved quickly, but every once in a while a ticket gets "escalated" and then the next tier of support is much slower in following up.
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Online Training

Adobe Connect7.5
Based on 2 answers
The ability to have most of the functionality of a full LMS at a fraction of the cost is huge. I can create manage and deploy both synchronous and asynchronous training based on the situation and all of my training is tracked through a series of easily created reports
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Blackboard Learn7.0
Based on 1 answer
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Implementation

Adobe Connect7.9
Based on 4 answers
Prices do not seem to vary much among resellers of the Adobe Connect hosted license; the only price variation you're likely to find are among the audio providers. When implementing, you may also wish to look into expanding the amount of storage you are allowed on the server to avoid any problems later on as your library of files starts to build up
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Blackboard Learn10.0
Based on 1 answer
Blackboard's Managed Hosting was top-notch in getting us up and running quickly.
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Alternatives Considered

All the listed software are better than Adobe Connect in their own specialized functions, but Adobe has more functions than the listed software (Adobe provides a one-stop shop).
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Blackboard was much more user friendly than Moodle. Additionally, the graphic user interface was much easier on the eye. Blackboard allows course builders to customize their Blackboard courses just enough and limits them on changing the layout in excess. Moodle allows for too much customization and is likely to confuse the student population on how to locate content and interact with the instructor and fellow classmates.
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Return on Investment

  • Very positive ROI when the same team is located in different geographical areas.
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  • The use of Blackboard in the instance we were using it allowed us to retain students that may have dropped out or entered a cyber charter school. Though the initial numbers are small, the potential is great.
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Pricing Details

Adobe Connect

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

Blackboard Learn

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