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Score 8.8 out of 100
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Score 6.8 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Learning Management

    Articulate Storyline

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    6.9

    Blackboard Learn

    69%
    Blackboard Learn ranks higher in 11/11 features

    Course authoring

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.6
    66%
    23 Ratings

    Course catalog or library

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.1
    71%
    23 Ratings

    Player/Portal

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.8
    78%
    20 Ratings

    Learning content

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.4
    74%
    27 Ratings

    Mobile friendly

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    4.6
    46%
    29 Ratings

    Progress tracking & certifications

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    23 Ratings

    Assignments

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    29 Ratings

    Compliance management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.9
    79%
    16 Ratings

    Learning administration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.2
    72%
    24 Ratings

    Learning reporting & analytics

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.8
    68%
    25 Ratings

    Social learning

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    4.8
    48%
    21 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Articulate Storyline is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Support Rating
    • Blackboard Learn is rated higher in 2 areas: Usability, Online Training
    • Articulate Storyline and Blackboard Learn are tied in 1 area: Implementation Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.6

    Articulate Storyline

    86%
    116 Ratings
    5.7

    Blackboard Learn

    57%
    57 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    6.0

    Articulate Storyline

    60%
    21 Ratings
    4.6

    Blackboard Learn

    46%
    11 Ratings

    Usability

    7.7

    Articulate Storyline

    77%
    15 Ratings
    10.0

    Blackboard Learn

    100%
    5 Ratings

    Availability

    8.6

    Articulate Storyline

    86%
    8 Ratings

    Blackboard Learn

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Performance

    8.8

    Articulate Storyline

    88%
    10 Ratings

    Blackboard Learn

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    9.1

    Articulate Storyline

    91%
    30 Ratings
    7.9

    Blackboard Learn

    79%
    27 Ratings

    Online Training

    5.1

    Articulate Storyline

    51%
    3 Ratings
    7.0

    Blackboard Learn

    70%
    1 Rating

    Implementation Rating

    10.0

    Articulate Storyline

    100%
    18 Ratings
    10.0

    Blackboard Learn

    100%
    2 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    9.1

    Articulate Storyline

    91%
    4 Ratings

    Blackboard Learn

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    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

    A school with a well-established technology imprint with their students (for example, ours is a BYOB school where every student has their own laptop and must bring it to school every day and where over 99% of our families have reliable broadband at home) is a reasonable scenario for using The arrogance and intransigence of the sales force is quite disconcerting… They are no longer the only game in town and don't yet realize it. Less well-off schools/families may find it a challenge if students must be on campus or at a public library in order to use the technology. Obviously, during the pandemic, this became problematic for some districts.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    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

    Pricing Details

    Articulate Storyline

    General

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

    Starting Price

    $99 per one user/per year

    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

    Starting Price

    Blackboard Learn Editions & Modules

    Additional Pricing Details
    Must contact vendor for pricing information.

    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 9.1
    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 7.9
    Based on 27 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 2 answers
    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

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