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Articulate Storyline

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Likelihood to Recommend

Articulate Storyline

Storyline is useful for creating fairly complex eCourse modules with branching decision paths. If you are only looking to create very simple eCourses, its functionality might be overwhelming and unnecessary. It is helpful to have Storyline in a company's arsenal because it is widely used by eCourse vendors, so when an eCourse is delivered and requires edits (copy editing, etc.), then the content manager or LMS manager should definitely have access to this tool.
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Blackboard Learn

Blackboard Learn is an excellent application for academic (college or university) settings. It would also work well in large school districts. I have used it in a university setting, and like that I can access current and past course materials. I did not receive an orientation to use it, or other sort of training, but it was intuitive and easy to jump right in and start using it.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Articulate Storyline
8.0
Blackboard Learn
7.0
Course authoring
Articulate Storyline
8.3
Blackboard Learn
8.1
Course catalog or library
Articulate Storyline
8.2
Blackboard Learn
7.0
Player/Portal
Articulate Storyline
8.3
Blackboard Learn
6.8
Learning content
Articulate Storyline
8.4
Blackboard Learn
8.0
Mobile friendly
Articulate Storyline
7.0
Blackboard Learn
6.2
Progress tracking & certifications
Articulate Storyline
7.9
Blackboard Learn
6.8
Assignments
Articulate Storyline
8.0
Blackboard Learn
8.4
Compliance management
Articulate Storyline
8.4
Blackboard Learn
6.3
Learning administration
Articulate Storyline
7.8
Blackboard Learn
7.9
Learning reporting & analytics
Articulate Storyline
7.5
Blackboard Learn
6.4
Social learning
Articulate Storyline
8.3
Blackboard Learn
5.1

Pros

  • The Online Community is an amazing conglomeration of professionals that are always willing to assist a developer with ideas, troubleshooting, and more. Just having someone available to talk to about how to create your vision within the software is invaluable.
  • The user interface is familiar and easily navigable. If you've used MS Office products, then you'll know where you are and where to go find what you need. Since Office is everywhere, I'd bet you're familiar.
  • I wasn't on board, initially, with the subscription model. I've found that it is a great idea for a variety of reasons. Interactivity with the other products (Review and Rise) is outstanding and flawless.
  • The formats that are available for export are great as well. As I stated earlier, the ability to export as a website really helped me create something special for a particular client that has resulted in that website being used across thousands of locations worldwide. Pretty powerful stuff there.
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  • Blackboard is pretty intuitive to learn. It's not very hard to figure out what you need to do.
  • The assessments are easy to create and easy for students to take. The deadlines are helpful as well.
  • It's nice that there isn't a limit for the content that you are able to put on Blackboard.
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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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  • As Blackboard has grown in adoption, popularity, and use over the years, one challenge has been supporting a multitude of users and campus constituencies that are running a wide variety of hardware and software versions. The Blackboard listserv community has come along side of users to assist users by the sharing of clients, along with a newly renewed focus on end user support.
  • With the wealth of tools and capabilities, as well as Blackboard acquisitions over the years, the integration of these tools has sometimes lagged and taken longer due to competing priorities with support, new product development, and maintenance. With new leadership at Blackboard in the past few years, the integration of a variety of solutions and tools is now a clear priority.
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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 Learn4.6
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.
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Usability

Articulate Storyline7.8
Based on 15 answers
It does what we need it to. We create computer based learning and occasionally have someone use the tool via a tablet. It works great for that! If you were going to use it on a smartphone, I am not sure it would be the best choice. Since most formal eLearning courses are better suited to a larger screen then I would rate it highly every time.
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Blackboard Learn7.7
Based on 4 answers
Overall, the program is extremely user-friendly and easy to use. It makes it way easier to communicate with your professor if there are any class updates or if you're having an issue with an assignment. It provides an all-in-one place to get any information for a class that you might have missed which makes it very convenient.
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Support

Articulate Storyline10.0
Based on 10 answers
The Articulate user community (including staff and users) is amazing. There are so many people willing to help each other and offer advice. You can tell people are passionate about this software and supporting new users who are struggling. When you're a new user, it really helps to know you're not alone if you get stuck.
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Blackboard Learn4.5
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
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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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

Personally, I think that Articulate Storyline is one of the best development software used for eLearning. While each software has their own special features, I think that Articulate Storyline does the best to incorporate all the main aspects of developing a course. It is definitely my go to software whenever [I'm] developing.
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There are a variety of course management systems on the market today with varying levels of capabilities and features. As a leader, Blackboard provides an innovative set of scalable products and robust tools that help meet the institutional needs and strategies of colleges, universities, and K-12 schools. Strategically, when evaluating solutions for course management, it is valuable to not only look at the cost or features, rather, it's important to look at the entire portfolio of the environment that is selected. This includes not only the product but the leading work of that vendor and the community that is active and surrounds the use of the application across the nation and world. Blackboard has demonstrated success and value across the aforementioned areas and is a valuable solution for education in the creation of the next generation of teaching and learning.
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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

  • Time Savings for overall length of course
  • Ability to standardize materials
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  • With a single sign-on, faculty have easy access to sharing course information, communicating with all students, and assessing students through a variety of easy-to-use tools and capabilities. Students are also able to see all of their courses that use Blackboard at-a-glance and access course content 24x7 as well as to check their performance and grades at any point throughout the semester. This has had a positive impact on the effectiveness and access beyond the classroom walls of the university.
  • Because the system is seamless and all the tools are integrated into a common platform, students and faculty are able to move from one tool or feature to another with a few clicks. This creates a system that is effective and efficient in the delivery of teaching and in the students' learning.
  • As the university works to provide flexible learning opportunities that meet the needs of students, Blackboard enables a single scalable environment to deliver high quality education - from the classroom to online.
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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