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Likelihood to Recommend

Articulate Storyline

If you are designing eLearning and need to load content into an LMS, this tool is for you. If you are a web developer looking to develop websites, this tool is not for you. If you need a drag-and-drop/WYSIWYG interface, this tool is for you. If you are a coder who uses an IDE, this tool is not for you.
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Brightspace

Brightspace can be a great platform for institutions looking for a multi-platform solution that works with standard cloud technologies and can provide a beautiful experience. The LMS can work well for online-only courses as sections can be segmented from each other inside of the same course, and grading can be automated depending on the scheme being implemented. Experienced instructors can still create useful workshops and courses with this tool, but it can be frustrating for newcomers or those used to other "plug-and-play" or "drag-and-drop" options. I would recommend trying the tool out and making some demonstration courses in which you are a student and learner in order to feel how it works and compares to other options on the market. Brightspace is definitely powerful and can provide a good experience once all stakeholders adjust to its handling.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Articulate Storyline
8.0
Brightspace
8.8
Course authoring
Articulate Storyline
8.5
Brightspace
8.7
Course catalog or library
Articulate Storyline
8.1
Brightspace
8.8
Player/Portal
Articulate Storyline
8.3
Brightspace
9.3
Learning content
Articulate Storyline
8.4
Brightspace
8.8
Mobile friendly
Articulate Storyline
7.4
Brightspace
8.8
Progress tracking & certifications
Articulate Storyline
7.9
Brightspace
8.7
Assignments
Articulate Storyline
8.0
Brightspace
9.3
Compliance management
Articulate Storyline
8.4
Brightspace
8.0
Learning administration
Articulate Storyline
7.7
Brightspace
8.8
Learning reporting & analytics
Articulate Storyline
7.5
Brightspace
8.7
Social learning
Articulate Storyline
8.4
Brightspace
8.5

Pros

Articulate Storyline

  • As a novice with software authoring tools and no coding ability, Storyline's basic platform was easy to learn. It has a PowerPoint type look and feel so it's less intimidating than many other tools.
  • The tutorials provided on the Articulate website quickly helped me move from basic slides to interactive visuals and question elements. They are available any time I am which was perfect!
  • While not part of the software itself, the Articulate community is beyond what I have ever seen for software I use. Other users answer questions, share their work, create templates, and give out information that helps me be successful with my eLearning courses.
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Brightspace

  • Allowing users to embed content links from YouTube or Google Drive enables learners to experience a richer lesson.
  • Providing a powerful editor that allows developers to also include content from Adobe Stock as well as textbook publishers and cloud storage companies gives more power and creative ability to instructors.
  • Providing scaling for mobile and traditional computer systems ensures students will not have issues on the go.
  • The customization of home pages and groups enable courses to be used for small training sessions with breakout groups, large courses with separate sections, and even just more engaging courses that present themed icons and logos.
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Cons

Articulate Storyline

  • While it is easy to use, there is still ramp up time for the non-technical person like myself. Seeing others' cool work and realizing how many elements are in it can be daunting. It just takes time and some study to get some of the more complicated interactions down.
  • The product is a good value for the price. I would have like a couple more characters to have been included.
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Brightspace

  • The user interface for students is clunky, and it can be difficult to access courses once several have been registered, let alone once a student is inside of a course and has to navigate the content pages.
  • The instructor's interface is also difficult as courses are presented in the same fashion as they are for learners which means instructors who have taught many courses will need to dig through lists in order to find their current courses. The tools to add content to a course or design a course's appearance, while powerful, are confusing and should at least be supplemented with a detailed help guide and video series.
  • Gradebooks work for traditional courses; however, in gradeless or workshop settings, they are difficult to use. I have used text-based grades in lieu of numerical options, but I would still like to be able to revise or implement numerical grades in the final grade column as well. This is important for systems that do not use grades but are contract-based as the text fields may say "A" or "C", but the final numerical value may still be 0.
  • Certain content elements are missing from the platform, such as the ability to easily delete several items in a batch, or the ability to show and hide large and small elements at the click of a button without diving into menus. When one reuses a course, there is a high level of time involved in showing only the key elements and deleting unnecessary content which could be simplified.
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Likelihood to Renew

Articulate Storyline

Articulate Storyline 6.0
Based on 21 answers
First off, Articulate doesn't require a contract for their software so this question is immediately mute.I've had nothing but an amazing experience using all of Articulate's software in both my past and current position, I couldn't fathom recommending another tool, to be completely honest. It's caused no headaches or frustration that couldn't be immediately resolved using the eLearning Heroes community. There's really no other option in my book.
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Brightspace

Brightspace 9.0
Based on 25 answers
In my position as online course facilitator the decision is not mine to renew use of Desire2Learn; however, if asked I would vote to continue with this integrated learning platform. Course delivery is organized and efficient. Resources promote ease in instructional design.
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Usability

Articulate Storyline

Articulate Storyline 7.8
Based on 15 answers
I've worked with people that have literally never designed eLearning before, and showing them a few things in Articulate Storyline has changed their world. They have gone from paper-based ILT only designers to the "total package" with very little need for instruction or support. I've never seen that happen with the other options on the market.
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Brightspace

Brightspace 6.4
Based on 11 answers
For me, someone who is reasonably technologically proficient, it was a bear to learn, but once I did it was relatively intuitive. However, for most of the professors I work with who are not comfortable with technology, I can see how they would be overwhelmed by D2L and then, as a result, just refuse to use it--which is what is happening to a certain degree
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Reliability and Availability

Articulate Storyline

Articulate Storyline 8.6
Based on 4 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

Brightspace

Brightspace 9.0
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 Storyline

Articulate Storyline 8.8
Based on 5 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

Brightspace

Brightspace 9.0
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 Storyline

Articulate Storyline 10.0
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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Brightspace

Brightspace 9.9
Based on 5 answers
This rating was given to the support team at the college for providing training and immediate response to questions related to Desire2Learn. This high caliber support is provided to both faculty and students. Also available are training videos and e-mail reminders when there are updates within the integrated learning platform.
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In-Person Training

Articulate Storyline

No answers on this topic

Brightspace

Did not participate in the in-person training due to distance; training was completed online
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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!
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Brightspace

Brightspace 4.0
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 Storyline

Articulate Storyline 10.0
Based on 9 answers
Not really.
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Brightspace

Brightspace 1.6
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

Articulate Storyline

Adobe Captivate is a powerful authoring tool that creates great eLearning. I chose Articulate Storyline because it gave me the same great output and was not hard to learn. I don't need a special "language" to use it. At a former company where we used Adobe Captivate, it took me much longer to get things created. I get an interactive course that looks great and meets our objectives that is not so complicated to learn how to create with Storyline.
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Brightspace

I have used both Blackboard and Moodle as a student in classes; I used Moodle as a designer and instructor. While I was not on the LMS selection team, the major benefit of D2L seemed to be the willingness of the designers to listen to our needs and the cost of the system. While I could use some other system independent of my university, I find it is easier on students to remain with one uniform LMS
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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.
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Brightspace

Brightspace 9.0
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

Articulate Storyline

  • It has made working with subject matter experts easier when trying to design impactful learning. They get the basics of what can be done in a short amount of time and have stopped asking for recorded PowerPoint.
  • Due to quick publishing of a course with multiple ways for output, we can get courses into our LMS without hassle.
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Brightspace

  • Cleaner appearance than other LMSs we have used
  • Effective ways of measuring student progress through the course in a distance learning environment
  • Accommodation of a wide range of teaching/learning styles
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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

Brightspace

General

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

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