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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Presenter

As I mentioned earlier, it's best used for "presentations," rather than bona fide "training." That's why we tend to use it when the information is relatively simple and/or doesn't need to be fully internalized or mastered (which would require providing opportunities for practice and feedback and a more engaging, interactive learning experience). However, it can be used as part of a blended-learning solution, with some information provided via an Adobe Presenter module first, and then some kind of instructor-led session as a follow-up, which would include more role-specific info, as well as practice and feedback opportunities.Also, as I mentioned earlier, Adobe Presenter Video Express is great for creating quick overview demos about a new system -- more of a "see what it can do" type thing than a "here's how you do it" thing (unless the "it" is very simple and the video is used more as a microlearning/performance support type of offering).
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Brightspace

Is customization of the learning environment important? Desire2Learn provides multiple tools for customization.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Adobe Presenter
6.4
Brightspace
8.7
Course authoring
Adobe Presenter
7.0
Brightspace
9.0
Course catalog or library
Adobe Presenter
6.0
Brightspace
9.3
Player/Portal
Adobe Presenter
6.5
Brightspace
8.5
Learning content
Adobe Presenter
7.0
Brightspace
9.3
Progress tracking & certifications
Adobe Presenter
5.0
Brightspace
8.5
Assignments
Adobe Presenter
6.0
Brightspace
9.3
Learning administration
Adobe Presenter
6.0
Brightspace
8.8
Learning reporting & analytics
Adobe Presenter
8.0
Brightspace
8.5
Mobile friendly
Adobe Presenter
Brightspace
8.3
Compliance management
Adobe Presenter
Brightspace
8.0
Social learning
Adobe Presenter
Brightspace
8.0

Pros

  • It is very easy for faculty to use. Even those who have limited experience in creating online courses feel comfortable using Presenter.
  • It allows our faculty to have students working in different areas at the same time so we are able to individualize our instruction to meet student needs.
  • The quiz feature is fantastic to be able to quickly assess student learning to determine if they are ready to move forward.
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  • Migration of content from ANGEL worked fairly well.
  • Grade book provides many options for faculty needs.
  • The ability to customize the various widgets and changing the layout of the home pages was a feature our faculty appreciated.
  • Collection and prioritization of new ideas from the user community is appreciated.
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Cons

  • We have faced some difficulty with Presenter and Adobe Flash. Some of our teachers have grown weary of constant messages of not having the correct Flash player, even though it is.
  • We wish we had the ability to use more than one quiz in a presentation in order to more accurately determine student success, but we are able to see the number of slides viewed along with the quiz score to help determine mastery.
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  • The internal email or mail tool is clunky and hard to use. It garners the most negative comments from faculty, staff, and students. The internal mail tool must be addressed in future releases. It needs a complete re-design.
  • The ability to use rubrics to grade discussion postings is also a weak area which has been improved in 10.2 but still needs additional work.
  • We recently moved from 9.4.1 to 10.2 (service pack 2). We immediately had to begin plans to to upgrade to service pack 7 due to a large number of "quirks" in 10.2 SP2. We would like to see Desire2Learn implement stronger quality control/testing prior to doing a major release.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Presenter8.2
Based on 1 answer
My company is pretty invested in the Adobe ecosystem and is unlikely to change that in the foreseeable future. Also, Adobe Presenter is a very valuable tool and, with the new subscription model and the pricing we have, a relatively modest expense now. It's also fairly easy to learn and use, so it is starting to spread beyond the sphere of the various Learning & Development departments.
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Brightspace8.3
Based on 24 answers
Again; this is a state system decision, but I do sit on the MnSCU Technology Advisory Council and we make recommendations to the Senior Vice Chancellor.
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Usability

Adobe Presenter7.0
Based on 2 answers
For all of the reasons I mentioned earlier. Overall, it's quite easy to create basic presentations with and to publish output with, either to an Adobe server, an LMS, or, I think, as stand-alone module. But there are some areas for improvement and better in-product help and explanations would be helpful, as well.
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Brightspace6.4
Based on 11 answers
As noted, it is not hard to learn to use and there are useful features included. However, certain aspects of the system are more cumbersome than they ought to be.
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Reliability and Availability

Adobe Presenter7.0
Based on 1 answer
It is easy to access since it is an added tool to the Powerpoint program. We have not had complaints from faculty members regarding not having it available when they need it.
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Brightspace9.0
Based on 1 answer
Both students and instructor enjoy the 24-hoiur access. After, all isn't that the point of online learning. As an instructor located in an Eastern time zone state it is great to connect with students located in a Pacific time zone state. I have gotten comments about the early hours I am in the course room grading assignments . . . 4:00 a.m. PST; 7:00 a.m. EST So, it's sleep time for my students and "first cup of coffee" time for me.
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Performance

Adobe Presenter5.0
Based on 1 answer
Due to the aforementioned issues with Flash, it can be discouraging to get to the publishing stage and begin receiving error messages. Once we are able to move past that issue, we have great success with the performance of Adobe Presenter.
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Brightspace9.0
Based on 2 answers
Easy to navigate; little to no delay from one section of the course room to another; actually fun to use after overcoming the learning curve.
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Support

Adobe Presenter3.6
Based on 1 answer
I think I pretty much answered this earlier....premium support is extremely expensive and online support can be difficult to navigate. Although, to be fair, when it comes to Presenter (compared to, say, Captivate), there isn't too frequent a need for support, since Presenter is a rather simple tool to use
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Brightspace9.9
Based on 5 answers
I have had excellent support from Desire2Learn. Any ticket that I submit is acknowledged immediately and the correction is usually almost as quick. We use this for thousands of classes and it is pretty well liked by both faculty and students. We have been using it for almost 4 years now and most of our instructors have become pretty proficient with it.
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In-Person Training

No answers on this topic
Did not participate in the in-person training due to distance; training was completed online
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Online Training

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No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Brightspace4.0
Based on 2 answers
Online training from the college was excellent. Peers worked in a D2L course room as students. It's always fabulous to be on the "other side" of the classroom and view the online course room from another perspective.
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Implementation

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No answers yet
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Brightspace1.6
Based on 3 answers
The D2L implementation team listened to our concerns and built a system based upon our needs. We wanted to keep them after the initial implementation.
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Alternatives Considered

We looked into Storyline as an option, since it is able to be used with Powerpoint. However, we felt that Presenter would be easier for our teachers to learn and navigate without constantly needing extra help.
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Comparing Desire2Learn to Blackboard Vista, I actually believe that Blackboard has a better product, although it has its own set of challenges. We changed systems because of the extremely poor customer service and high level of faculty irritation with Blackboard at the time. I have only used Canvas by Instructure on a trial basis and for testing, however my initial thoughts on the product are very positive, for whatever that is worth.
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Scalability

Adobe Presenter6.0
Based on 1 answer
The program still seems to rely heavily on Adobe Flash even though the online community is moving away from it. When publishing, users will experience error messages regarding Flash, which can make it difficult to complete your work.
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Brightspace9.0
Based on 1 answer
During my first semester working with Desire2Learn the integrated learning management system was more down than up. This meant reconfiguring assignment due dates, frustration for both the instructor, students, and help desk staff. After an upgrade, Desire2Learn has been reliable.
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Return on Investment

  • It will be safe to say that overall impact had been positive in regards to ROI
  • Training costs have been reduced by a huge margin since we started using this tool.
  • Time consumed in training staff is also decreased, as with Adobe Presenter training can be done remotely and are able to train different groups at the same time.
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  • Increased employee efficiency - Less time grading assignments and quizzes, more time teaching.
  • Greater consistency between courses - D2L allowed us to create a basic shell of how all our courses are laid out. There is know no confusion when moving between courses on where to click to find the information the student may be looking for.
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Pricing Details

Adobe Presenter

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

Brightspace

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