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Articulate 360

Top Rated
61 Ratings

SumTotal Learn

10 Ratings

Articulate 360

Top Rated
61 Ratings
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Score 8.9 out of 101

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Score 4.9 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Articulate 360

If you are looking to create a piece of elearning content, or a complete elearning solution, with responsive sites and design, then this is probably the best tool you could choose at the current time. There is also the bonus of the full library.I feel this is best suited for:
  • Games
  • Branching scenarios
  • Interactive video
  • Rotating models
  • Infographics
If you are looking to save money and simply create a simple presentation, I'd suggest an older version, or to simply stick with Powerpoint.
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SumTotal Learn

It works well for just uploading SCORM compliant courses. We don't use it for managing ILT courses as it was complicated when we last tried it. We also do not sell courses, but I don't think that it's capable of doing that
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Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Articulate 360
7.7
SumTotal Learn
Course authoring
Articulate 360
10.0
SumTotal Learn
Course catalog or library
Articulate 360
10.0
SumTotal Learn
Player/Portal
Articulate 360
7.7
SumTotal Learn
Learning content
Articulate 360
9.0
SumTotal Learn
Mobile friendly
Articulate 360
9.0
SumTotal Learn
Progress tracking & certifications
Articulate 360
5.5
SumTotal Learn
Assignments
Articulate 360
10.0
SumTotal Learn
Compliance management
Articulate 360
1.0
SumTotal Learn
Learning reporting & analytics
Articulate 360
7.0
SumTotal Learn

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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  • Assign complete learning plans to users so they don't have to spend time searching for courses.
  • Export learner's transcripts so managers can easily see their employee's progress.
  • Embed Social Media feeds that are relevant to their business.
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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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  • I don't think we can build courses using Maestro. We rely strictly on third party software for course development.
  • Creating custom reports can be challenging.
  • Since we have to manage our total number of monthly active users, many of our manager's accounts go inactive. Once they're inactive, they stop receiving any notifications from their employee's course completions.
  • The user interface is dated looking. Many of the newer LMSs have more of a Windows 8 look and feel, which is what newer users are wanting.
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Likelihood to Renew

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SumTotal Learn6.0
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We have been with SumTotal for 4 years, and will renew for a 5th. We like to product and we have not yet grown to a size where a custom "homegrown" LMS is necessary. The only reason we would leave SumTotal would be if the ROI is no longer positive and we can make more profit by creating our own LMS and hosting internally
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Usability

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SumTotal Learn6.0
Based on 1 answer
I do not find SumTotal to be intuitive. I feel we need to adjust our needs to meet the functionality available in the tool.
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Support

Articulate 3609.1
Based on 1 answer
Support is always available.
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SumTotal Learn10.0
Based on 1 answer
They always answer my calls and, in most cases, are able to help me
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Alternatives Considered

I think that Articulate made a huge leap jump forward releasing the 360 package. It is much better as a suite, and cheaper compared to Adobe eLearning or CC package. From my perspective, it is much better for small (up to 10) groups of developers and initial phases of e-learning implementation. From my experience when it goes to advanced programming in courses shared actions in Adobe Captivate wins.
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When I came to my company, they had been using a "light" LMS called Articulate. It was cheap and bare bones; i.e. not a lot of features, really just a platform to launch eLearning from and not real interface for student to utilize. When I began to overhaul the training department, this was one of the first things I changed. Articulate would only run courses built in their software, and the software was not 508 compliant. In addition, we had no ability to create learning plans, house transcripts, customize the interface, or manage the students. I made the choice to select and LMS that was a true LMS with all of the features that were critical to our clients' needs. Thus far, SumTotal has been able to support all of our needs, except one; mobile learning that is media rich
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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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  • The ROI has been positive, and we are able to train more of our clients than ever before.
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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

SumTotal Learn

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