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Articulate 360

Top Rated
61 Ratings

Sakai

18 Ratings

Articulate 360

Top Rated
61 Ratings
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Score 8.9 out of 101

Sakai

18 Ratings
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Score 7.9 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Articulate 360

Articulate 360 is great if you are looking for a comprehensive suite of tools to help with a wide variety of e-learning needs. However, if you are an existing SL user, and do not have need for Articulate Studio (Presenter, Engage, Quizmaker), then this may be a bit more expensive than what you need. The addition of the new tools is great, but it may not meet the needs of small teams/organizations that are heavily focused on controlling costs. Hopefully they'll offer different tiers or bundles with other payment options in the future.
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Sakai

Sakai is a fair standard learning management system. It is very well suited to standard 'text' based asynchronous online learning modalities. It is less appropriate for 'live' online learning classes. It is not overly suitable for scenarios where the learning requires a lot of 'collaborative' group work or large classroom 'MOOC' like environments. In this way, it is more of a first generation learning management system.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Articulate 360
7.7
Sakai
7.9
Course authoring
Articulate 360
10.0
Sakai
10.0
Course catalog or library
Articulate 360
10.0
Sakai
5.0
Player/Portal
Articulate 360
7.7
Sakai
Learning content
Articulate 360
9.0
Sakai
7.0
Mobile friendly
Articulate 360
9.0
Sakai
7.0
Progress tracking & certifications
Articulate 360
5.5
Sakai
7.0
Assignments
Articulate 360
10.0
Sakai
10.0
Compliance management
Articulate 360
1.0
Sakai
6.0
Learning reporting & analytics
Articulate 360
7.0
Sakai
10.0
Learning administration
Articulate 360
Sakai
9.0
Social learning
Articulate 360
Sakai
8.0

Pros

  • Customer support and online help. Their online community is hugely robust and full of subject matter experts who provide constant help, tips, tricks, templates, ideas, thoughts, and networking via Storyline Heroes the online community.
  • Very user-friendly and easy to use. I went through the starter booklet, watched a few videos, and was making some high-quality training with just the basics. It's very intuitive for a beginner and provides ease of use and familiar tooling to make designing simple. it also caters to high-level designers with its depth in content creation. If you can imagine it, you can pretty much build it.
  • The in-house templates come free with your subscriptions. They're high-quality photos and interactions that rival Shutterstock. They maintain fidelity in publishing and are up to date and relevant to the time. If I search "cityscape" I'll get an up to date, high quality, relative cityscape image for use in my training. This filters all the way down to even the fun icons you can make yourself with their templates.
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  • Customized, timed assessments with automatic collection and calculation of results
  • Organization and delivery of resources to a defined set of participants
  • Rapid creation of course sites via importing from and/or duplicating other sites
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Cons

  • Subscription renewal. Although Articulate does a good job at attempting to make renewal and online subscription management painless, there are still some bottlenecks in the process. Working with their sales team and your billing can take some time. Just a minor thing that could possibly be approached differently.
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  • At UD, Sakai is only officially supported in Mozilla Firefox, even though a multitude of users are accustomed to IE, Chrome, or Safari as their primary browser. This is a limiting feature that must be honored, as one key feature--timed assessments--are prone to failure or bugginess in these three unsupported browsers.
  • The desktop/full-screen version of Sakai (e.g., the non-mobile site) relies on HTML frames, an archaic means of page layout, to display the main content. Some course site designers employ this by porting in a web page or other content into this frame through insecure means that Firefox will block by default, leaving the end-user with the top navigation, left sidebar of buttons, and a blank main content area. An end-user must dismiss Firefox's security warning and have it "stop blocking" what it deems "insecure content." Could this be improved?
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Likelihood to Renew

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Sakai1.7
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Sakai is a good general learning management system - it is not leading edge but rather a stable system with standard learning management system features. It can be fairly easily customized and is fairly easy to learn from both student learning and faculty administrative vantage points. New paradigms for online learning though are emergent so the current field should also be investigated with competitors.
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Usability

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Sakai7.4
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Sakai possesses a standard user interface. It is generally usable but not great in terms of innovation or user experience. There are opportunities for customization but the experience from the user standpoint does not provide a 'next generation' learning platform but rather one that is a little more than what one expects regarding 'distance' ed on the web. Forums are really threaded discussions not say multimedia voice threads. Sakai is a good tool for say the next level of correspondence course online. It is also good in terms of ease of use. It's clunkinesss is something one gets used to as one works with the application from student, faculty and designer levels. Having said that, Sakai cannot be considered an amazing experience in terms of 'user' experience by any stretch of the imagination. Basic standard tool
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Support

Articulate 3609.1
Based on 1 answer
Support is always available.
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Sakai10.0
Based on 1 answer
Our university did in house support and did an excellent job.
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Implementation

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Sakai10.0
Based on 1 answer
No, I don't
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Alternatives Considered

I believe that Articulate 360 provides a more robust development platform than the competition. By having access to all of the tools and content, there really isn't much you cannot do with it.
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We selected Sakai for our purposes (copyright/IP education) because students were familiar with the interface and the assessments worked just as desired. Though Canvas could serve as an ideal alternative and is used robustly here at UD, we have chosen Sakai for its familiarity to our group--Canvas is a relatively new arrival. Google Sites would not provide us with the functionality required, though I imagine some home-grown system with Google Forms could serve our needs in a pinch.
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Return on Investment

  • All in one tool that connected development teams between departments
  • Always have latest version (similar to Adobe Cloud)
  • Rise has been a time saver for the HR department's publishing needs
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  • There seems to be a bit of a learning curve with the Sakai interface, but it recently enjoyed a refresh of its design aesthetics at UD. Students and faculty generally have a positive experience with Sakai.
  • Sakai has allowed guests to UD or individuals taking continuing ed courses to access course materials without needing to go through an extensive process of creating a UD-specific account.
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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

Sakai

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