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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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Brightspace

From my experience, D2L is useful for most college courses, from those that are lecture-based to small, collaborative classes. There are individual features that require workarounds here and there, but with a couple of semesters' experience, it is entirely functional. I suppose there are people who find using any LMS challenging, and that would then include D2L, but otherwise, I can't say that D2L would not be appropriate for any institution of higher learning.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Articulate Storyline
8.0
Brightspace
8.7
Course authoring
Articulate Storyline
8.3
Brightspace
9.0
Course catalog or library
Articulate Storyline
8.2
Brightspace
10.0
Player/Portal
Articulate Storyline
8.3
Brightspace
8.0
Learning content
Articulate Storyline
8.4
Brightspace
9.5
Mobile friendly
Articulate Storyline
7.0
Brightspace
7.0
Progress tracking & certifications
Articulate Storyline
7.9
Brightspace
9.0
Assignments
Articulate Storyline
8.0
Brightspace
9.5
Compliance management
Articulate Storyline
8.4
Brightspace
8.0
Learning administration
Articulate Storyline
7.8
Brightspace
9.0
Learning reporting & analytics
Articulate Storyline
7.5
Brightspace
9.0
Social learning
Articulate Storyline
8.3
Brightspace
8.0

Pros

  • Articulate Storyline has a very intuitive interface and is very easy to learn. My mother was the one who originally introduced it to me and she was using it before I was (and she's a librarian, not a content developer or training designer!).
  • The support team is EXCELLENT. If you ever run into any glitches, issues, or confusion, you can contact Articulate Support and they will respond quickly with a high rate of solving your problem (at least mine, anyway!).
  • Articulate provides a content library of images and templates that can effortlessly make your finished Storyline projects high quality and professional-looking.
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  • Desire2Learn can -with great difficulty- work. Professors can construct a course and have students access materials, upload homework, and run an online or hybrid course.
  • Desire2Learn does provide access to a plagiarism-checking module.
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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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  • The use of rubrics in the discussion area and the quizzes area could use some TLC. The rubrics actually have to be added to the grade book item for them to be functional. In the Discussion area the instructor is unable to grade them discussions and publish them to the grades area. In quizzes, students are not able to see the rubric at all. If the rubric functioned in these two tools like they do in the dropbox they would be a very useful tool.
  • The discussion area could benefit from a few different enhancements. There is currently no way to grade group restricted discussions without having to manually enter the grades in the grade book or setup a different grade item for each group and then someone restrict those grade book items to individual groups. It is not an easy process one way or the other. The discussion area would also benefit from the ability to add categories so that Forums could be grouped by a certain category (i.e. Units)
  • D2L needs to invest some time and resources to develop/redevelop blogging, journaling, and wiki in the LMS.
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Likelihood to Renew

Articulate Storyline6.0
Based on 21 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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Brightspace8.3
Based on 24 answers
We just renewed this year for another multi year contract.
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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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Brightspace6.4
Based on 11 answers
Desire2Learn needs to look at other systems like Canvas for usability and ease of use for faculty. They have a great set of tools but they need to remove the complexity.
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Reliability and Availability

Articulate Storyline8.6
Based on 4 answers
No answer on this topic is available.
Brightspace9.0
Based on 1 answer
Both students and instructor enjoy the 24-hoiur access. After, all isn't that the point of online learning. As an instructor located in an Eastern time zone state it is great to connect with students located in a Pacific time zone state. I have gotten comments about the early hours I am in the course room grading assignments . . . 4:00 a.m. PST; 7:00 a.m. EST So, it's sleep time for my students and "first cup of coffee" time for me.
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Performance

Articulate Storyline8.8
Based on 5 answers
No answer on this topic is available.
Brightspace9.0
Based on 2 answers
Easy to navigate; little to no delay from one section of the course room to another; actually fun to use after overcoming the learning curve.
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Support

Articulate Storyline10.0
Based on 10 answers
I feel that the company and it's employees honestly want to help me, they care about my success and my opinion.
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Brightspace9.9
Based on 5 answers
I have had excellent support from Desire2Learn. Any ticket that I submit is acknowledged immediately and the correction is usually almost as quick. We use this for thousands of classes and it is pretty well liked by both faculty and students. We have been using it for almost 4 years now and most of our instructors have become pretty proficient with it.
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In-Person Training

No answers on this topic
Did not participate in the in-person training due to distance; training was completed online
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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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Brightspace4.0
Based on 2 answers
Online training from the college was excellent. Peers worked in a D2L course room as students. It's always fabulous to be on the "other side" of the classroom and view the online course room from another perspective.
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Implementation

Articulate Storyline10.0
Based on 9 answers
Not really.
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Brightspace1.6
Based on 3 answers
The D2L implementation team listened to our concerns and built a system based upon our needs. We wanted to keep them after the initial implementation.
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Alternatives Considered

I've used a few other products that are similar to Storyline. Captivate by Adobe is overly complex and frustrating at times, so that's gonna be a "no go" for most users. The addition of these new 360 applications (Rise, Review, etc) makes Articulate the top option when it comes to developing e-learning in my opinion.
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There really was very little competition. The committee was charged with narrowing it down to the top 3. D2L was far and away the leader and we were all very pleased when it was approved. D2L was expected to fulfill the vast majority of our needs and it did do that
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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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Brightspace9.0
Based on 1 answer
During my first semester working with Desire2Learn the integrated learning management system was more down than up. This meant reconfiguring assignment due dates, frustration for both the instructor, students, and help desk staff. After an upgrade, Desire2Learn has been reliable.
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Return on Investment

  • Positive: The ability to use this tool for a variety of delivery methods has been great.
  • Positive: Ability to adapt older training to modern, trackable replacements.
  • Negative: It's pricey for multiple seats.
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  • Brightspace provides a unified platform for student interaction.
  • It provides a unified place for students to submit and keep track of assignments.
  • It provides a clear place for students to keep track of their grades throughout the semester.
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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

Brightspace

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