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AITalent LMS

6 Ratings

Brightspace

54 Ratings

AITalent LMS

6 Ratings
Score 7.3 out of 101

Brightspace

54 Ratings
Score 6.6 out of 101

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AITalent LMS

I like this cloud based learning management system as it allows me to store most of my important materials online and has eased the sharing process with others for meetings. It is easy to incorporate various training related videos for new employees, and the video conferencing feature is amazing as well. The customization templates are really good as well.It is hard to remove an account and it does not walk you through the entire usage process. To understand all the features provided, you have to dig through by yourself without any decent tutorial. I haven't found the customer service very impressive either
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Brightspace

From my experience, D2L is useful for most college courses, from those that are lecture-based to small, collaborative classes. There are individual features that require workarounds here and there, but with a couple of semesters' experience, it is entirely functional. I suppose there are people who find using any LMS challenging, and that would then include D2L, but otherwise, I can't say that D2L would not be appropriate for any institution of higher learning.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

AITalent LMS
Brightspace
8.4
Course authoring
AITalent LMS
Brightspace
8.0
Player/Portal
AITalent LMS
Brightspace
8.0
Learning content
AITalent LMS
Brightspace
9.0
Progress tracking & certifications
AITalent LMS
Brightspace
9.0
Assignments
AITalent LMS
Brightspace
9.0
Compliance management
AITalent LMS
Brightspace
8.0
Learning administration
AITalent LMS
Brightspace
8.0
Learning reporting & analytics
AITalent LMS
Brightspace
8.0
Social learning
AITalent LMS
Brightspace
9.0

Pros

  • The great and fast product, I like to work with it. Also, it is easy to set up.
  • Clear and simple analytics about everything that happens in the environment. Very good software.
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  • Desire2Learn can -with great difficulty- work. Professors can construct a course and have students access materials, upload homework, and run an online or hybrid course.
  • Desire2Learn does provide access to a plagiarism-checking module.
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Cons

  • The solution is easy to understand and use. I don't think that a lot of people will struggle with it. They will enjoy using it.
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  • I formerly used Blackboard which I sometimes found clunky and poorly designed. Desire2Learn, however, is considerably inferior in a number of ways. The largest complaint I encounter and which I regularly hear is that Desire2Learn is not intuitive. To set up an assignment one must create a separate dropbox, grade item, and calendar entry. Editing these requires going between multiple tabs to different locations. The system is extremely challenging to learn and often requires me to make multiple calls to our help center -who in turn often have to search for where one turns on a simple assignment, links it to a grade item, etc. This system seems almost 1990s in design because none of the setup or use of the system is in the background. Instead of a clean, Excel-like spreadsheet for grades, the user must learn the multiple steps to set up grade items.
  • Grading in Desire2Learn is also cumbersome. In Blackboard one can open a student's essay and edit the essay with comments, strike-throughs, red-lettered additions, etc. directly in the system. Desire2Learn requires you to download the student's paper, edit it in Word, and then upload it back into Desire2Learn. One can directly leave a comment and enter a grade in Desire2Learn in a box to the side, but you cannot directly grade/edit the actual essay. There is a feature where you can download all your students' essays to your harddrive, edit in Word, and then wholesale upload them again but I do not know anyone who actually uses this seemingly cumbersome process. Instead a number of colleagues just have their students turn in paper or email copies to grade rather than use Desire2Learn. I just learned there is a new app for the iPad that DOES allow direct grading for Desire2Learn but I have not used yet and thus cannot review the interface.
  • Desire2Learn and the fully featured version of Blackboard are similar, but Desire2Learn is far less intuitive, requires many more hours to set up a course, and is more limited in grading options. It may be that after more years of use with Desire2Learn that I will not find it frustrating. Our new faculty simply find Desire2Learn overwhelming because again it lacks intuitive feel. There are simply too many tabs and fields required to set up a simple assignment or module. The system appears to have the bones to be a quality system, but it desperately needs a complete overhaul by a team specializing in user-focused design. The system currently is cluttered with icons and tabs. To set up a discussion requires setting it up in one place, setting up the grade item associated with it in another, and actually posting a thread in a third. Each one of these areas in turn have 5-20 options, multiple tabs, etc. When you are trying to get your materials ready, taking an average of 2-4 hours per lesson to navigate Desire2Learn becomes a nightmare.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Brightspace8.3
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Our faculty and students are satisfied with D2L, find its features to be mostly intuitive, and it is sufficient for our needs. After version 10.4, D2L will be going to a continuous incremental release model, which will allow them to innovate more frequently. The introduction of version 10 has been a tremendous improvement over prior versions. D2L has integrated well with our ERP (Peoplesoft) and it has become a core part of our technology suite.
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Usability

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Brightspace6.4
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After a short learning curve, the functions in Desire2Learn made sense. Usability is consistent throughout this integrated learning platform. After the first week of class students appear confident with the resources; consistency achieves this goal. For some, who are familiar with the competition, Desire2Learn may be a bit cumbersome; however, a little patience goes a long way when working with instructional design, course delivery, and students.
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Reliability and Availability

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Brightspace9.0
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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

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Brightspace9.0
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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

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Brightspace9.9
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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

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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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Brightspace4.0
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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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Brightspace1.6
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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

With TalentLMS it's easier to create virtual classes; it's a lot simpler and friendlier to use
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Desire2Learn is at the top of the list in terms of a robust, fully functional Learning Management System. I think the others do have many similar features but D2L's customer service puts them at the head of the class. Blackboard has horrible customer service from my experience and are a very high pressure seller.
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Scalability

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Brightspace9.0
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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

  • I recommend it to you. The software is completely easy to use. All of the steps at work become more interesting and smooth. The product is available and we also see always updated on it. Nice value for the cost.
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  • It has helped with our Virtual Campus, which is our fastest growing campus.
  • It has helped us to offer more blended courses.
  • It's been helpful to ensure all employees participate in HR training.
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AITalent LMS

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

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