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Score 7.5 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Articulate Storyline

In an office where you're planning to do a large amount of module-based training, Articulate Storyline will prove useful. A consideration to make, however, is whether your team members focused on training design will have the capacity to learn the software enough to create interesting and effective training modules. The basic functions can be simple, but the more advanced capabilities of the software take considerable effort to master and employ to create the more visually appealing presentations/modules you see in much of the promotional materials. If you have a small training team (or even without anyone dedicated specifically to training and development), Storyline is not a wise choice as the cost and effort required to fully make use of the software would be far too much of a commitment to make it worthwhile.
Matt LeMaire, B.A., M.A. | TrustRadius Reviewer

Blackboard Learn

Blackboard Learn is totally ideal for universities, schools or organizations that need to centrally and quickly manage their educational indexes, promoting the use of E-Learning, this LMS software promotes feedback between teachers and students with didactic activities, report generation and self-grades that allow to know more about the weaknesses of users and help them to work on them. It works and fits in any kind of company with just a stable internet connection
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Learn
7.5
Course authoring
Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Learn
7.7
Course catalog or library
Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Learn
7.5
Player/Portal
Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Learn
7.7
Learning content
Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Learn
8.3
Mobile friendly
Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Learn
6.4
Progress tracking & certifications
Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Learn
8.0
Assignments
Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Learn
8.2
Compliance management
Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Learn
7.3
Learning administration
Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Learn
8.2
Learning reporting & analytics
Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Learn
7.0
Social learning
Articulate Storyline
Blackboard Learn
6.2

Pros

Articulate Storyline

  • 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.
Mark Labbett | TrustRadius Reviewer

Blackboard Learn

  • Blackboard Learn makes submitting assignments electronically simple and provides a variety of built-in Web-based tools like e-portfolios, wikis, and blogs that our students use to create their own content.
  • Blackboard Learn is intuitive and easy to navigate from a students perspective
  • Blackboard Learn has many integrations available for connecting this LMS to other tools we use at our institution.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Articulate Storyline

  • I wish that you could customize the UI ribbons to bring features you use frequently to the front and to hide options you rarely use.
  • It would be great if there was a way for non-technical collaborators (SMEs, management, etc) to be able to open a *.story file directly and provide comments. You currently have to publish the course, load it to the LMS, update the LMS, and then hope that users can find it in the LMS. A Storyline Viewer/Previewer standalone application would be awesome.
  • The price is too high for freelancers to purchase and use. I no longer contract and work exclusively for the firm, but even with our resources, the high price limits the number of licenses available to use.
Benjamin Brogdon | TrustRadius Reviewer

Blackboard Learn

  • Blackboard Learn has some limitations when it comes to submissions
  • It is not that user friendly, I had to spend some time to get a hang of it in the beginning
  • I have been struggling a bit with deletion of manually added courses
Meena B | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Articulate Storyline

Articulate Storyline 6.0
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.
Rebecca McKenna | TrustRadius Reviewer

Blackboard Learn

Blackboard Learn 4.6
Based on 11 answers
There are several aspects of Desire2Learn that outweigh the benefits of using Blackboard. I find that the Desire2Learn system is a bit more user friendly and looks more up-to-date. However, the decision to renew systems is not up to me because the entire University uses the same system. Regardless, I think I would choose Desire2Learn over Blackboard because of its improved user interface.
James Gurney | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Articulate Storyline

Articulate Storyline 7.7
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.
Louisa Fricker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Blackboard Learn

Blackboard Learn 10.0
Based on 5 answers
It is very usable for both faculty and students. The interface is pretty intuitive and most students can use it without a lot of additional training. Faculty do need some training to effectively use the interface, but they usually get it pretty quickly. We have had to create some additional programming to give faculty a way to delve deeper into the content.
Inez Whipple | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Articulate Storyline

Articulate Storyline 8.6
Based on 8 answers
Installed software so alway available
Tony Chilvers | TrustRadius Reviewer

Blackboard Learn

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Articulate Storyline

Articulate Storyline 9.0
Based on 30 answers
They are support-superstars and the software they use for support is excellent too (I don't know what it is). The model they use for support should be followed by all companies. It is a conversation/discussion forum model that shows everyone's questions in a knowledge base capacity so you can get the help you need in a speedy way.
Rebecca Mogollón | TrustRadius Reviewer

Blackboard Learn

Blackboard Learn 7.7
Based on 19 answers
My Blackboard support comes from the university I work with. They are responsive--eventually... but it takes them sometimes a week to respond to a reported issue. For example, I reported 2 issues last week and one was resolved and I was contacted about one still open option today. That is too long for a tech issue. I have not contacted any support offered directly by Blackboard, which may be a completely different experience altogether.
Anissa Harris | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Articulate Storyline

Articulate Storyline 5.1
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!
Melissa Jordan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Blackboard Learn

Blackboard Learn 7.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Implementation Rating

Articulate Storyline

Articulate Storyline 10.0
Based on 18 answers
Outside of having to dedicate a powerful enough PC for the installation and having to update Flash in our browsers there really isn't much pain involved in using Articulate. For the most part this is an easy to implement and roll-out product. The installation occurs quickly and smoothly with no additional steps needed.
Refugio &quot;Gio&quot; Jones | M.A. | TrustRadius Reviewer

Blackboard Learn

Blackboard Learn 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Blackboard's Managed Hosting was top-notch in getting us up and running quickly.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Articulate Storyline

Articulate Storyline is the only authoring tool we have used with our LMS to date. We are seeing different platforms now, as opposed to LMS platforms. And, many of those have their own content. However, we will always need to create/author our own because of the nature of what we do and how we do it. I'm a big fan!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Blackboard Learn

Coursera offers a variety of modules in which a team is able to work on then, but [Blackboard Learn] offers more options to understand how are the team members developing and which tasks have offered a harder challenger for them. [Blackboard Learn] also offers a variety of reports that can be generate by a team lead.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Articulate Storyline

Articulate Storyline 9.1
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.
Melissa Jordan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Blackboard Learn

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Articulate Storyline

  • Allows for on-demand training that is accessible to anyone in the organization instantaneously.
  • Heavily reduces travel expenses by eliminating the need for in-person training classes.
  • Gives my department creative liberties in designing content that can be customized to each and every subject/business group in the organization. No two courses are ever the same.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Blackboard Learn

  • At one of the institutions that I worked for, the ROI was excellent for the number of users we were serving; however, I could not speak to other instances as I was not aware of the overall cost of the contract.
Rachel Hudish | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Articulate Storyline

General

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

Articulate Storyline Editions & Modules

Edition
Companies - Teams Plan$1,2991
Freelancers - Personal Plan$992
Freelancers - Teams Plan$1,2993
Academic - Personal Plan$4994
Academic - Teams Plan$6495
  1. per user/per year
  2. per one user/per year
  3. per user/per year/for teams of one or more
  4. per one user/per year
  5. per user/per year/for teams of one or more
Additional Pricing Details

Blackboard Learn

General

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

Blackboard Learn Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details
Must contact vendor for pricing information.

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Articulate Storyline
9.2
Blackboard Learn
7.1

Likelihood to Renew

Articulate Storyline
6.0
Blackboard Learn
4.6

Usability

Articulate Storyline
7.7
Blackboard Learn
10.0

Reliability and Availability

Articulate Storyline
8.6
Blackboard Learn

Performance

Articulate Storyline
8.8
Blackboard Learn

Support Rating

Articulate Storyline
9.0
Blackboard Learn
7.7

Online Training

Articulate Storyline
5.1
Blackboard Learn
7.0

Implementation Rating

Articulate Storyline
10.0
Blackboard Learn
10.0

Scalability

Articulate Storyline
9.1
Blackboard Learn

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