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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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Schoology

Schoology is perfect for the digital classroom environment where all students have access to a device. It is a great tool to get the entire school on the same page. The student calendar helps them be more organized. The Advisee role allows for counselors to provide focused and direct intervention to struggling learners.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Adobe Presenter
6.9
Schoology
8.0
Course authoring
Adobe Presenter
7.0
Schoology
9.0
Course catalog or library
Adobe Presenter
6.0
Schoology
7.9
Player/Portal
Adobe Presenter
7.0
Schoology
6.7
Learning content
Adobe Presenter
8.0
Schoology
7.7
Progress tracking & certifications
Adobe Presenter
5.0
Schoology
7.8
Learning administration
Adobe Presenter
6.0
Schoology
8.2
Learning reporting & analytics
Adobe Presenter
9.0
Schoology
8.0
Mobile friendly
Adobe Presenter
Schoology
8.0
Assignments
Adobe Presenter
Schoology
9.0
Compliance management
Adobe Presenter
Schoology
7.1
Social learning
Adobe Presenter
Schoology
8.2

Pros

  • This tool is great for allowing anyone already familiar with PowerPoint to convey reasonably simple and short content asynchronously. It's quick and easy to learn how to use it and even allows for some basic types of quiz questions.
  • You can publish it to your company's Adobe server (if you have one) or as a SCORM package to upload to a traditional LMS.
  • It gives you the choice of recording audio within its own PowerPoint ribbon (not my method of choice) or to import and sync audio created outside of Presenter (which I prefer, because it's easier to edit and maintain.)
  • I also love that it comes with Adobe Presenter Video Express, which can be used within the Presenter ribbon or as a stand-alone application. It's a very easy way to create short system demos with narration, and allows for zooming and panning, as well as allowing you to intersperse, or even simultaneously show, webcam video.
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  • Easy - The platform is easy to use for the educator as well as the learner. Everything is in one place. The interface is pleasant to view, to use, to communicate, to track, as well as many other things. So many good things in Schoology! As you can tell, I'm a big fan.
  • Assessment - The assessment is the most robust I have ever used. There are many different types of questions that can be used as well as embedding documents, websites, materials, video, etc. into the assessment. Learners can get immediate feedback. Another piece I regularly enjoy are the question banks. You can use ones others have developed as well as creating your own.
  • Communication - There are numerous areas for communication. The Update feature allows for one way (educator to learner) or interactive (bi-directional) communication. You can have discussions in real time or as the users have the opportunity. You can also message between users.
  • Shared Resources - AMAZING... the use of the Resources section has been a life saver in decreasing the quantity of work required to collaborate with fellow teachers.
  • Linking Accounts - At my school, we link our accounts and are able to help each other out whenever someone needs help.
  • Professional Groups - There are many groups of professionals with different areas of interest. You can either join a group that meets your needs or an individual or organization can create a group. There are options to make your groups anywhere from private to public.
  • Apps - Many educational apps are available that work right inside of Schoology. In particular, Google Drive, Google Assignments, and Quizlet are my go to apps. Playposit is also available and so much more.
  • Connecting with other professionals using Schoology - This is great. You can meet others from anywhere... inside of your organization to across the country to anywhere in the world.
  • Rubrics - Oh so easy to use. I can create my own or use rubrics other teachers have shared. The rubric also allows a direct connection to state and national standards. You can then follow students achievements within the standards.
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Cons

  • I don't know if this qualifies as a "con," per se, but it's important not to try and use this as a full-fledged e-learning authoring tool, as the opportunities it affords for effective practice and feedback is minimal. It's a well-named product, since "Presenter" really is best used for "presentations," rather than bona fide training.
  • There's no real "programming" ability (like being able to use custom actions and variables).
  • I also wish that, when syncing animations to audio narration, if you make a mistake mid-way through a slide, you could re-do just from where you made the mistake on forward, rather than having to resync the whole slide.
  • Better audio editing capabilities within the product would make it feel less "necessary" to me to use an external audio editing product.
  • It's also not the cheapest of the tools that does this kind of thing. For example, SNAP, by Trivantis, does many of the same things at about a tenth the cost.
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  • I wish I could move and resize pop up editing boxes. I create complex and visual landing pages with hyperlinks for my students. I wish that box were able to be made bigger and many pop up boxes cover information on the page that would be helpful when working in the box.
  • Settings and due dates for assessments are in two completely different places when creating them. One is in a tab in the content area, the other is in the creation "gear" menu. If both are not set correctly, your assessment will not work.
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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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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 Presenter7.3
Based on 1 answer
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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Schoology8.0
Based on 4 answers
It's very easy to use Schoology. As with any LMS, it helps to learn some tips and tricks prior to getting started. But, each item is clearly indicated within the platform. If I want to add materials, it is right at the top of my screen. If I want to view the calendar, it is indicated to the right of my screen. Navigating a course and the platform is quite straightforward. Additionally, the benefit of Schoology's help center and user community makes asking and answering questions quick and easy.
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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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Schoology8.2
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

I compared Adobe Presenter to Brainshark many years ago and found that I vastly preferred Presenter because it had much better quality audio (Brainshark used telephones to record audio at that point, although that may have changed over the years) and was easier and more intuitive to use (at least to me. I also looked at Snap, but that wasn't quite as full-featured, although it was vastly less expensive. Another main reason why we use Adobe Presenter is that my company is pretty deeply invested in Adobe products and we have our own hosted Adobe server, which we can easily publish to via Adobe Presenter
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Schoology is more robust than Google Classroom as it can track student progress and connect University criteria to student objectives. It has more capabilities than Blackboard.
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Return on Investment

  • We don't really measure the ROI of this tool directly or in any kind of "hard numbers" way.
  • However, I will say that its ease and speed of use (compared to some of our more full-featured e-learning authoring tools) does allow us to create more deliverables more quickly, which has a (non-quantified) positive ROI in terms of L&D staffing and throughput.
  • Also, the fact that it's PowerPoint-based means that we can have subject-matter experts create the initial draft of the underlying content, saving L&D "specialist" time for just doing stuff that may require greater expertise, like tweaking the content for better instructional design, creating the quiz questions (if any), recording the narration, and doing the other more "technical" Adobe-Presenter-specific things.
  • It also saves the company money in that we don't have to provide the subject-matter expert with Adobe Presenter licences for them to be able to substantially contribute to the creation of the module.
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  • Students are happier
  • Schoology has allowed our 1-to-1 program to flourish, and this program is a big selling point to our community
  • The faculty is happier; creates for better learning environment for our students
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Pricing Details

Adobe Presenter

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

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