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Articulate Storyline

Top Rated
167 Ratings

Blackboard Learn

124 Ratings

Articulate Storyline

Top Rated
167 Ratings
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Score 8.5 out of 101

Blackboard Learn

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Score 7.1 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Articulate Storyline

Do you want to create an interactive learning activity? Are you prepared to rework your content into a format that allows users to take the reins and decide how they want to move through the content (rather than you giving them the content in a linear fashion)? Do you have time to invest in learning how to use the advanced features of this software? If yes, then I would highly recommend Storyline.
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Blackboard Learn

If you are doing a hybrid course, then Blackboard works, but for a full online college course Blackboard is behind in its technology. Blackboard offers a wide variety of add-on's some are useful and some are not. The engagement tool holds no value unless you are blind and can't see what students are posting. The clickable rubrics are one of the greatest tools out there, but the score breakdown needs work.
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Pros

  • Intuitive interface - its interface is not unlike programs people use on a daily basis, making it easy to pick up.
  • Easy to pick up, potential for mastery - just because it is easy to pick up and learn the basics, doesn't mean that you can't do amazing things with it as you get more practice.
  • Amazing community - Articulate has a fantastic community and forum with real people constantly at the ready to help.
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  • Textbook integration: Instructors can easily pair courses with publisher content, such as quizzes, educational videos, and online texts.
  • Discussion boards: Students can easily discuss topics in Blackboard forums, which offers nested views for easier organization of replies.
  • The grade book is easy to manage data and set up.
  • Easy for learners to access across institiutions because Blackboard is an industry standard.
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Cons

  • I'd like to see a more centralized storage solution for states and layers-- logic that can be ready by all states in certain situations. Right now, all of this information is held on the slide level.
  • The timeline can be a bit finicky at times, although this seems to be improved with each update.
  • Zoom regions are only available on the base layer of a slide, and must be ended prior to the slide's conclusion or learners are stuck with a zoomed view for the rest of the course.
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  • The email service operated only within Blackboard. In order to have messages forwarded out of the system, one needed to change the settings. This led to a number of emails being lost, especially when students were not familiar with the system.
  • Posting course readings online could be problematic because students would not take the time to read articles on their computer or devices. Hard copies tended to get better results.
  • Discussion boards could sometimes be hard to track. Replies to user comments could get lost in the board, resulting in a lack of response.
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Likelihood to Renew

Articulate Storyline8.9
Based on 19 answers
We can easily convert our older content into Storyline 2 courses, which makes updates a breeze. We've been well-pleased with the software, Articulate's dedication to releasing bug fixes and new features, and the fact that it is well-received by our associates and stakeholders.
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Blackboard Learn4.6
Based on 11 answers
Our faculty recently reviewed a competing product and decided to stay with Blackboard, not only because they were used to it, but also because they were excited about some of the new features they would have access to. I doubt that this feeling will subside as we move forward with implementing the upgrades.
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Usability

Articulate Storyline7.9
Based on 15 answers
This is by far the most accessible product for creating eLearning. A new user can become quite competent in using Articulate in a short period of time and become proficient in less than a year. I imagine that becoming an expert may take two years or more of consistent use, but even that is a short period of time.
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Blackboard Learn7.7
Based on 4 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.
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Support

Articulate Storyline9.0
Based on 9 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 Learn4.6
Based on 2 answers
The majority of tickets are answered and resolved quickly, but every once in a while a ticket gets "escalated" and then the next tier of support is much slower in following up.
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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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Blackboard Learn7.0
Based on 1 answer
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Implementation

Articulate Storyline10.0
Based on 9 answers
Not really.
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Blackboard Learn10.0
Based on 1 answer
Blackboard's Managed Hosting was top-notch in getting us up and running quickly.
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Alternatives Considered

After trying all three of the major eLearning Authoring Tools available on the market, Storyline is the most versatile and empowering solution that I've found. The quality of the software is drastically improved by the high-caliber user community known as the eLearning Heroes Community. I'm confident that if you give this program a chance, you will be hard pressed to find a reason why it shouldn't be the number one tool in your eLearning development toolbox.
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I think Blackboard has become a middle of the pack LMS with more user friendly options like Canvas and Schoology currently available to K-12 schools. While there are many robust features, the typical K-12 teacher and student needs a more user friendly interface and a faster route to disseminate and access content.
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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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Return on Investment

  • My business does not look at ROI or business objectives when developing training solutions.
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  • It does meet the objective of offering the college within the university one program/one platform to teach
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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 Learn

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