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Articulate 360

Top Rated
61 Ratings

Canvas

107 Ratings

Articulate 360

Top Rated
61 Ratings
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Score 8.9 out of 101

Canvas

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Score 8.2 out of 101

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Articulate 360

If you are looking for a suite of tools to support every type of eLearning development that you could imagine, look no further. Articulate 360 supports PowerPoint native course creation in Studio 360, Rapid eLearning Development with robust configuration and interactivity options in Storyline 360, a responsive drag-and-drop creation tool in Rise, and a time-saving godsend of a review tool in Articulate Review. The mere fact that Articulate throws a huge content library on top of that is incredible icing on the cake.
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Canvas

Canvas is well suited for instruction and non-instruction services because of its ease of use of its platform that can be accessed from any where and because of the LMS's continuous communication with the users. One of the main issues that I felt missing/troubling was that our Canvas LMS could not communicate well with our Banner Student Information System. We were unable to send grades from Canvas to Banner. I know Banner is a Student Information Systemd, not an LMS, but I would hope that more of an effort be taken to help integrate our Banner-or other systems-to fully utilize the forwarding of grades at the end of the semester. This would really help avert human errors in grade postings/submissions.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Articulate 360
7.7
Canvas
9.3
Course authoring
Articulate 360
10.0
Canvas
10.0
Course catalog or library
Articulate 360
10.0
Canvas
10.0
Player/Portal
Articulate 360
7.7
Canvas
9.5
Learning content
Articulate 360
9.0
Canvas
9.0
Mobile friendly
Articulate 360
9.0
Canvas
7.5
Progress tracking & certifications
Articulate 360
5.5
Canvas
9.0
Assignments
Articulate 360
10.0
Canvas
9.5
Compliance management
Articulate 360
1.0
Canvas
9.5
Learning reporting & analytics
Articulate 360
7.0
Canvas
9.5
Learning administration
Articulate 360
Canvas
9.5
Social learning
Articulate 360
Canvas
9.0

Pros

  • Articulate Review is the single greatest addition to the Articulate set of tools in the 4.5 years I've been using the product. It makes course review a cinch, and eliminates all of the headaches that come from reviewing courses on an LMS or via a hacked together Google Drive/Dropbox solution.
  • Rise is an incredibly quick, easy way to build quick, beautiful, content driven courses that are mobile friendly and responsive. It's drag and drop, which makes it fun to use, and web-based, which allows developers to build content on the go without needing access to their primary machine.
  • Peek (the screen recorder tool) is a big improvement over Articulate Replay from a simplicity perspective. It records the screen as a discreet taskbar icon, rather than a full program, and then allows you to edit and use that content in your software package of choice. I love it.
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  • Canvas is a SaaS cloud application. Instructure pushes new features and bug fixes every 3 weeks, which keeps it current, and evolving. These new features are released in such a way that they are not disruptive to instructors or students, and we can choose when we make those new features available to our customers.
  • The mobile app for grading assignments (Speed Grader) has reduced the time it takes for me to grade assignments by 30 - 50%. Allows instructors to grade while waiting for meetings, on the bus, and anytime they have a few minutes.
  • A WYSIWYG editor appears in about every tool. It has a file and tool manager that allows you to provide direct links to any connect you have in your course with a simple click. You can provide these in content pages, discussions, announcements, and other places. Makes referring students to content a breeze.
  • Students can create their own groups for course project purposes, and can play "what if" scenarios with their grades. For example, a student can see how a particular grade on a final exam will affect their final grade in the class.
  • Instructors and students can choose their own notification paths, and how often they receive them. For example if an instructor posts an announcement, students could choose to receive it via email, sms, or other method, and choose if they want them immediately or in a daily or weekly digest.
  • LTI integration is the best of any of the Higher Education LMS software packaged. It is easy for a campus admin, or even a instructor to add LTI tools to their course and choose them from a catalog of LTI tools. Everything from integrating full rich text books, open content, youtube, and social media integrators, and publisher content and tools.
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Cons

  • As I mentioned previously, I need to explore more, but it seems like Review should have some way to have a collaborative 360 place where a team can publish to so that there is one place for everyone to use.
  • Storyline gets better with each update and release. I have always wished for a little more flexibility or options in the animation area.
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  • Canvas is updated every 3 weeks, which is helpful for fixing bugs & issues. And even though they provide clear documentation well ahead of time, it still does make it hard to train faculty & students since some features change in the middle of a semester or course.
  • The Canvas roadmap needs to be more transparent. They are working on improving this, but it would be helpful to know which components they are working on and where they stand on the development timeline.
  • Since Canvas is so community oriented, it would be helpful to have representation on the direction of the software. There are forums to make feature requests and make comments about upcoming releases, but it would be great if some of us could work with Canvas to have these discussions before a change is planned.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Canvas9.3
Based on 5 answers
Auburn was one of the first institutions to adopt Canvas. The school has not presented an alternative
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Usability

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Canvas9.2
Based on 5 answers
There are a few tools that need an overhaul, and are a bit cumbersome to use, or lack some of the features that faculty want.For example the current web grading tool, although better than others I have seen, could have fewer clicks. There are some inconsistencies in interface in a couple of areas. I hear that a complete overhaul of the gradebook i, and grading s underway and will be released in 2016.
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Support

Articulate 3609.1
Based on 1 answer
Support is always available.
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Canvas8.7
Based on 3 answers
There are online tutorials and FAQs that provide a great deal of support for general questions. Also, Canvas is open source and is willing to work with individual customers to customize their LMS to fit their needs
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In-Person Training

No score
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Canvas10.0
Based on 1 answer
The training sessions were broken down into several days as well as different levels depending upon the knowledge of the user
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Online Training

No score
No answers yet
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Canvas8.0
Based on 1 answer
The online tutorials and videos are very clear and addressed the issues/questions that I had about using the system.
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Implementation

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Canvas8.5
Based on 2 answers
Once you purchase and sign the contract there is nothing to install or hardware to buy. You can almost immediately start using it and have courses up and going within weeks. We signed in December and had pilot courses online ready to go for the start of school in January
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Alternatives Considered

Articulate 360 takes a slightly different approach to multi-device support compared to other authoring tools. Instead of true responsive design, which requires at least twice as much time to develop, it strikes a balance with the addition of the responsive player. Although having a single layout for every device may not meet all needs, it helps to make development as efficient as possible while minimizing overall time/effort for turnaround. Where Articulate 360 really outperforms the competition is the inclusion of multiple tools in a single ecosystem—this allows for deeper integration between tools.
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Canvas had a more simplified look and interface which our university preferred. It was clean and simple for both instructors and students to use. It was also the cheapest of all the options we evaluated. At the time, it was also the leading brand in digital system integration; meaning products like Pearson's MyLab and McGraw Hill's Connect would seamlessly integrate with Canvas.
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Return on Investment

  • It is extremely easy to implement.
  • It is a standard tool so it is not so difficult to find developers.
  • It starts to become an industry standard.
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  • Pretty easy learning curve
  • Conversion from former LMS was flawless for the most part
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Pricing Details

Articulate 360

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

Canvas

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