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Score 8.6 out of 101
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Likelihood to Recommend

Articulate Storyline

I think Storyline is great for self-reviews. It is fairly easy to set up a "Drag and Drop" slide with a few questions to drag over to the right answer. You can use pictures and graphics to make it more appealing and interactive. It is also very useful for training processes. For example, if you wanted to show someone how to use a specific program, you can use screenshots and screen video captures to help show the process. I think it would be harder to use Storyline for a class lecture or just for videos. For example, if you wanted to record a physical classroom, or record a screen capture in which you are just using screen captures.
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Blackboard Collaborate

It definitely is well suited for department meetings and communication between students and teachers for online tutoring. I actually think it could be useful for a variety of companies, especially for employee training purposes. It may be a bit too complicated for generic communications with clients.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Articulate Storyline
8.0
Blackboard Collaborate
Course authoring
Articulate Storyline
8.3
Blackboard Collaborate
Course catalog or library
Articulate Storyline
8.2
Blackboard Collaborate
Player/Portal
Articulate Storyline
8.3
Blackboard Collaborate
Learning content
Articulate Storyline
8.4
Blackboard Collaborate
Mobile friendly
Articulate Storyline
7.0
Blackboard Collaborate
Progress tracking & certifications
Articulate Storyline
7.9
Blackboard Collaborate
Assignments
Articulate Storyline
8.0
Blackboard Collaborate
Compliance management
Articulate Storyline
8.4
Blackboard Collaborate
Learning administration
Articulate Storyline
7.8
Blackboard Collaborate
Learning reporting & analytics
Articulate Storyline
7.5
Blackboard Collaborate
Social learning
Articulate Storyline
8.3
Blackboard Collaborate

Performance & Compatibility of Online Events Software

Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Collaborate
7.2
High quality audio
Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Collaborate
7.3
High quality video
Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Collaborate
7.0
Low bandwidth requirements
Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Collaborate
6.1
Mobile support
Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Collaborate
8.4

Screen Sharing

Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Collaborate
8.0
Desktop sharing
Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Collaborate
7.3
Whiteboards
Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Collaborate
8.7

Online Meetings / Events

Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Collaborate
9.4
Calendar integration
Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Collaborate
9.9
Meeting initiation
Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Collaborate
9.8
Integrates with social media
Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Collaborate
8.2
Record meetings / events
Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Collaborate
9.3
Slideshows
Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Collaborate
10.0

Online Events Collaboration

Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Collaborate
9.6
Live chat
Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Collaborate
9.3
Audience polling
Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Collaborate
10.0
Q&A
Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Collaborate
9.4

Online Events Security

Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Collaborate
8.0
User authentication
Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Collaborate
5.6
Participant roles & permissions
Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Collaborate
9.5
Confidential attendee list
Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Collaborate
9.0

Pros

  • Storyline integrates with the Canvas LMS fairly seamlessly. There have been a few glitches, but for the most part, the interactions we have created will play directly in the Canvas LMS.
  • Storyline is great for creating short drag and drop interactions for self-reviews or even graded assignments. Its many options for quizzes such as "answer reveal" or using tabs help the student get a different perspective on the content rather than just an "A, B, or C" answer.
  • Storyline is great for tutorials or training sessions. There are many options to help guide the learner (or employee) through a process. it is not just linear, but you can branch the slides based on the answers. A great way to engage the learner or employee.
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  • Allows for sharing of the whiteboard between participants
  • Easy to enter rooms
  • Ease of recordings and retrieval of recordings
  • The tools that are available...text, write, chat, talk, app share, go directly to videos
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Cons

  • Precision is a sore spot when it comes to developing in Storyline. Much like trying to be precise with items using PowerPoint, it is a frustrating prospect. I'd imagine it has something to do with the product being rooted within the MS Office/PowerPoint format.
  • While I'm familiar with the ribbon in Office, it's flawed for sure. I've found this to be the same within Storyline. Again, I'd imagine it has something to do with the similarity.
  • There are never enough animations/transitions. Though I've managed to mix multiple animations, etc., It's never enough.
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  • Loading of presenter slides is not as intuitive as it could be.
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Likelihood to Renew

Articulate Storyline6.0
Based on 21 answers
We are moving away from the standalone eCourse model, so depending upon when that shift happens, we might choose not to renew since we won't be supporting eCourses built in Articulate Storyline anymore. As long as we are still selling and supporting those eCourses, we will continue to renew the licenses we have.
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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 Storyline7.8
Based on 15 answers
The basics are easy to learn but you won't get really robust activities from using just the basics. However, if you can invest the time in learning how to use all of Storyline's features, you'll have tremendous learning development power at your fingertips. I do have to say, though, that there is a beautiful logic to how everything in Storyline works. Once you learn a few of the advanced features, you can learn them all because there's a similar underlying logic. The interface is also very appealing and friendly.
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Blackboard Collaborate8.9
Based on 3 answers
Collaborate is a easy to use, easy to learn, and a well supported product. It is not overly complex yet it is quite feature rich. I think that most users (both instructors and students) should find it easy to use without much outside help.
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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 Storyline10.0
Based on 10 answers
Articulate depends on both staff and individual users to support their products through their "ELearning Heroes" website. The site provides for a useful means by which customers can rise to the level of expert in solving problems or "Hero". Because requests for help are posted in either a support or user forum, you can expect to get answers quickly to problems. Sometimes the staff may be busy and so answers may take some time.
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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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No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation

Articulate Storyline10.0
Based on 9 answers
Not really.
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No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

As mentioned earlier, I used to use Adobe Captivate prior to Storyline. It has been at least 3 1/2 years since I've used Captivate, so it may have gotten better since then. But, from my experience, Articulate is much more intuitive and has a lot more features than Captivate. Overall, it is easier to use and is easier to complete a project in Storyline as opposed to Captivate.
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Blackboard Collaborate came bundled with our LMS.
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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

  • Time Savings for overall length of course
  • Ability to standardize materials
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  • Adoption rates have been low so ROI isn't what it could be. However, in our case, this is due to a lack of training about and on the product.
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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