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Articulate Storyline

Top Rated
167 Ratings

Blackboard Collaborate

Top Rated
82 Ratings

Articulate Storyline

Top Rated
167 Ratings
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Score 8.5 out of 101

Blackboard Collaborate

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82 Ratings
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Score 7.3 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Articulate Storyline

Articulate Storyline is very well suited for customer service type training or other sort of flashy demonstrations as it offers a lot of human character options and interactivity features. We use Storyline for our more technical training, however we only utilize about 20% of the program's features because the characters or animations are quite out of place in our modules. We need a much more academic look and feel in our material.
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Blackboard Collaborate

It's useful for a classroom video session with a professor, as multiple students can access it at once (it will stream better if only the instructor uses video and others just use chat) and both lecture or answer questions, employing the Whiteboard feature as necessary. There is a hand raising option students can use to signal that they have a question, or they can just put a question in on the chat section.It is not as interactive as some video tutoring platforms I have seen, but it is something that our support services at school have access to with a site license, so it's ideal for us.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Performance & Compatibility of Online Events Software

Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Collaborate
7.2
High quality audio
Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Collaborate
7.4
High quality video
Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Collaborate
7.0
Low bandwidth requirements
Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Collaborate
6.2
Mobile support
Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Collaborate
8.3

Screen Sharing

Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Collaborate
8.0
Desktop sharing
Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Collaborate
7.4
Whiteboards
Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Collaborate
8.7

Online Meetings / Events

Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Collaborate
9.4
Calendar integration
Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Collaborate
9.8
Meeting initiation
Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Collaborate
9.7
Integrates with social media
Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Collaborate
8.2
Record meetings / events
Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Collaborate
9.3
Slideshows
Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Collaborate
9.9

Online Events Collaboration

Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Collaborate
9.6
Live chat
Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Collaborate
9.3
Audience polling
Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Collaborate
9.9
Q&A
Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Collaborate
9.5

Online Events Security

Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Collaborate
8.1
User authentication
Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Collaborate
5.7
Participant roles & permissions
Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Collaborate
9.5
Confidential attendee list
Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Collaborate
9.0

Pros

  • As a novice with software authoring tools and no coding ability, Storyline's basic platform was easy to learn. It has a PowerPoint type look and feel so it's less intimidating than many other tools.
  • The tutorials provided on the Articulate website quickly helped me move from basic slides to interactive visuals and question elements. They are available any time I am which was perfect!
  • While not part of the software itself, the Articulate community is beyond what I have ever seen for software I use. Other users answer questions, share their work, create templates, and give out information that helps me be successful with my eLearning courses.
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  • The Whiteboard feature is perfect for tutoring. We use it to write out formulas, draw diagrams, etc while in video chat to enhance explanations.
  • The file attachment feature is also very handy. This means we don't have to do a follow-up with a student using their email to send files of handouts, etc.
  • It's great that we only have to share a classroom access link for a student to enter a session. With other products, they had to set up a username and log-in with an account. Link access means 1 less hassle.
  • We are currently beginning to use the "record session" feature video sessions to use as training for new employees.
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Cons

  • While it is easy to use, there is still ramp up time for the non-technical person like myself. Seeing others' cool work and realizing how many elements are in it can be daunting. It just takes time and some study to get some of the more complicated interactions down.
  • The product is a good value for the price. I would have like a couple more characters to have been included.
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  • Logging in can be challenging for students who are not exactly computer literate. The program's reliance on an updated Java can be a real source of frustration for students and parents.
  • Accessing sessions once they've been recorded is a bit cumbersome. It is especially difficult for professors who are not as computer literate.
  • Accessing a virtual classroom could be improved. I would like to see a customizable "button" or "widget" option that can be placed on a professor's webpage.
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Likelihood to Renew

Articulate Storyline8.9
Based on 19 answers
It goes without saying that Artculate's products are the easiest to use and offer a great deal of functions with flexibility. Once an eLearning author uses the product it becomes tempting to not use other methods, but one would be wise not to limit him or herself to a single learning authoring platform. On the other hand, if given a single choice of a tool for rapid eLearning development, Articulate's Storyline would be a top choice.
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Blackboard Collaborate9.0
Based on 1 answer
It is a tool that faculty likes to use. It has so much flexibility to allow students to see a class even if they happen to not be available in the classroom.
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Usability

Articulate Storyline7.9
Based on 15 answers
I've never worked with a more intuitive and powerful tool.
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Blackboard Collaborate8.9
Based on 3 answers
Blackboard collaborate, is very easy to use, in my opinion. However, I consider myself fairly computer and technologically literate. Some professors, students, and parents I know who try to use the software have a difficult time with it. Some suggestions for improvement--I think there should be an autostart tutorial for participants (and session leaders, if I'm being honest) with an checkbox option to "never see this again" if you find yourself to be an expert. It should cover the basics such as: the raise hand feature (or the other polling features), the chatbox feature, the whiteboard feature, and the mic/camera. This way, we don't have students freaking out when they enter the session and us having to calm them down every single time. It may make the program a little less "lightweight" which I know is what you're going for--but it makes the workflow more challenging for those of us actually using the software regularly.
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Reliability and Availability

Articulate Storyline8.6
Based on 4 answers
No answer on this topic is available.
Blackboard Collaborate8.0
Based on 1 answer
The availability of the software is quite impressive. You can access it at any time that you want and from anywhere that you want, but that depends on how the software is set up by the University. There might be sudden outages due to not having enough space on your database, which we had that very issue happen recently here at our University. During that time, you could not access their blackboard at all until it was brought up online again.
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Performance

Articulate Storyline8.8
Based on 5 answers
No answer on this topic is available.
Blackboard Collaborate9.0
Based on 1 answer
The performance of the software is remarkable. The loading speed of the pages is more than satisfying, it all depends on the users internet package. So far, there wasn't any issue of Blackboard slowing down other software or systems when integrated with them
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Support

Articulate Storyline9.0
Based on 9 answers
The Articulate staff and user community converge into the invaluable resource known as the eLearning Heroes Community. You can go there for anything ranging from tech help, inspiration, and though provoking discussion. They don't just support you using the software, they support you in your career as an Instructional Designer or eLearning Developer, and no one else offers that on the same level as Articulate.
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Blackboard Collaborate9.0
Based on 1 answer
Blackboard support is quite knowledgeable and quick to respond to requests.
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Online Training

Articulate Storyline5.1
Based on 3 answers
I love the fact that both a demonstration AND text version of the tutorials are available. Our firewall was blocking the demos until I requested my company allow them! Having the text version available still enabled me to learn from the tutorials. They are very well done and informative, and there is a tutorial for just about anything you need to learn to do with Storyline. I have always been more than satisfied with the support and training available to us for all Articulate products and I love the community!
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Implementation

Articulate Storyline10.0
Based on 9 answers
Implementing Articulate Storyline was a straight-forward and painless as humanly possible. There were no headaches found with other authoring tools not behaving well in existing systems, it really is excellently designed software. Everything was thought out so very well.
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Alternatives Considered

Articulate is a much more solid product, many more features, and produces a quality deliverable.
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Nearpod does not allow for the same type of synchronous environment that Blackboard collaborate does. Further, Nearpod, as the name suggests is best suited for a face-to-face classroom that is, preferably, one-to-one. While it has some of the same functions as Nearpod, Blackboard collaborate is best suited for remote transmission rather than face-to-face
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Scalability

Articulate Storyline9.1
Based on 4 answers
It is easy to train new users and manage content. Being able to import older projects and PPT files makes it very easy to use for a lot of "moonlighters" in our department.
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Blackboard Collaborate8.0
Based on 1 answer
The reason for this rating is that the software is a pretty good tool that can be utilized for use in all of the Universities around the world. It has the capability to fulfill the needs of various different education systems. Although, there are slight improvements that are needed, therefore the rating is at 8.
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Return on Investment

  • Increased employee efficiency
  • Decreased turnaround time
  • Increased operational capacity
  • Improved professional reputation (through better crafted courses)
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  • Because faculty can schedule sessions on-the-fly without IT involvement, they are able to accomplish goals that they plan for weeks in advance as well as impromptu goals that come up at a moments notice.
  • Integration with the campus Learning Management Systems provides quick and easy scheduling of sessions that can be joined easily by students in those courses.
  • Scheduling of meetings can also be done through the web interface directly which enables administrative departments not associated with courses in the learning management system to also schedule meetings not affiliated with courses.
  • On-campus users can schedule meetings without outside participants by sending an open "guest link" URL that allows users to participate despite not having an account within the system iteself.
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Pricing Details

Articulate Storyline

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

Blackboard Collaborate

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