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Articulate Storyline

Top Rated
167 Ratings

Moodle

132 Ratings

Articulate Storyline

Top Rated
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Score 8.5 out of 101

Moodle

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Score 7.8 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Articulate Storyline

Customizing interactions is one of its strongest points. Again, if you can dream up the interaction, there is probably a way to use triggers, variables, conditions and states to achieve it. Although the initial learning curve is a little steep, if you put in the time, you can really get the power out of the tool to accomplish some really great things! Their community is a great place to shorten the learning curve quickly.
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Moodle

Moodle is great for both corporate and education (I have used it in both environments). Moodle is suited well for those who are willing to get their hands a little dirty. Not everything in Moodle is intuitive and you'll need to be curious and a problem solver in order to figure out which settings to use and how to perform certain functions. However, it is rewarding to learn Moodle because there is an entire community that is also using it and willing to help you out.If you want an easy interface that is intuitive then Moodle might not be for you. When you are looking to use Moodle you should ask yourself a few questions about your needs.Who is going to host your LMS? Is it going to be in-house or through a vendor? The answer to these two questions will answer several other capability questions for Moodle. For instance, if you will need to add a bunch of plugins in order to make Moodle customized to meet your needs, you will probably want to go in-house because several of the cost efficient Moodle hosts like mdlspot.net do not add plugins for you. Also, if the majority of your training is face-to-face, then you might want to consider the LMSs that cater to that type of instruction.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Articulate Storyline
Moodle
8.4
Course authoring
Articulate Storyline
Moodle
9.0
Course catalog or library
Articulate Storyline
Moodle
8.0
Player/Portal
Articulate Storyline
Moodle
8.3
Learning content
Articulate Storyline
Moodle
9.5
Mobile friendly
Articulate Storyline
Moodle
8.0
Progress tracking & certifications
Articulate Storyline
Moodle
8.7
Assignments
Articulate Storyline
Moodle
8.7
Compliance management
Articulate Storyline
Moodle
6.0
Learning administration
Articulate Storyline
Moodle
9.0
Learning reporting & analytics
Articulate Storyline
Moodle
8.0
Social learning
Articulate Storyline
Moodle
9.0

Pros

  • If you can dream it, you can most likely create it in this product. It is very flexible and intuitive.
  • By using triggers, variables, and states, you have the ability to harness design capabilities that would otherwise require a high level of programming expertise.
  • Integrating audio, video and animations into a module/course is very simple.
  • Its interface is very easy to use and understand.
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  • Overall the administrative tools are easy to use, and with some experimentation it’s easy to get it to customize and setup your course. I’ve not taken a single course, or done any extensive reading and I’ve been able to use the tool. Like most, there are some points where I get stuck, but a quick search on the internet and I’ve got my answer.
  • I love the restrict access feature. Most courses have a certificate of completion module available. With the restrict access tool we can control when users see the option of obtaining the certificate and if a grade condition is required. It’s easy to manage the settings and it can be applied to each activity or resource that’s been added to a course.
  • The certificate module is excellent! It was easy to add to Moodle and easy to customize and add to each course. Previously we include certificates as part of each SCORM package. The problem with that was that if a user came back to download/print their certificate they had to launch the SCORM package/training and then navigate to it. With the certificate module, users can obtain it on the homepage of the course.
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Cons

  • Learning the more advanced features of Storyline does take some time. When I was learning Storyline, I was able to set aside about 45 minutes at the beginning of each day to watch 1 or 2 tutorial videos and then practice what I had just learned. I got up to speed very quickly this way! And once you have some advanced skills with Storyline, that's where the fun really begins!
  • Some of the output options aren't ideal. For example, you can publish an activity to a DVD, but the output is an exe file, which some computers won't run. Also the Word doc output is fairly terrible looking. (Although, if you have a little skill with Word styles, you can easily fit it up.)
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  • When adding blocks to the site it’s sometimes difficult to tell what is viewable as an admin vs a teacher or student.
  • The admin and navigation blocks are either on or off and can’t be customized unless you are willing to dig in and modify the code. It would be nice to be able to identify which links within each of those blocks is available to the student.
  • While there are themes to choose from, I would like to see more, and it would be nice if each theme had more built-in options for customization. Additionally, while you can choose a separate theme for mobile, it would be nice if you could apply the same theme to mobile and desktop, but with different levels of customization. For example, for the desktop I’d like a fixed width, but on mobile I want something fluid. Again, unless you’re willing to dig in to the code, this can’t be accomplished.
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Likelihood to Renew

Articulate Storyline8.9
Based on 19 answers
It goes without saying that Artculate's products are the easiest to use and offer a great deal of functions with flexibility. Once an eLearning author uses the product it becomes tempting to not use other methods, but one would be wise not to limit him or herself to a single learning authoring platform. On the other hand, if given a single choice of a tool for rapid eLearning development, Articulate's Storyline would be a top choice.
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Moodle10.0
Based on 20 answers
Our entire platform is built around Moodle. We have over 3 years of development with Moodle at the core. It's not going away any time soon.
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Usability

Articulate Storyline7.9
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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Moodle9.3
Based on 7 answers
Especially with the most recent versions, the increase in accessibility, mobile friendliness, and overall interface-lifts has made Moodle an extermely usable software
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Reliability and Availability

Articulate Storyline8.6
Based on 4 answers
No answer on this topic is available.
Moodle9.5
Based on 3 answers
It's free, open source software. The biggest expense is hosting it, followed by paying a developer (or developers) to keep things up and running (especially with unique authentication needs, enterprise wide use, etc).
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Performance

Articulate Storyline8.8
Based on 5 answers
No answer on this topic is available.
Moodle10.0
Based on 1 answer
Moodle is an excellent LMS in relationship to any other one that I have seen or used. The pages load quickly and the reports complete in a reasonable time frame. Moodle has taken on Respondus, StudyMate, BigBlueButton, Turning Tech, Turnitin2, Certificates, Attendance, Tegrity, Questionnaire, Virtual Programming Lab, and Badges. All of these programs work right in with Moodle and do not cause any issues. Instructors may also use Camtasia and Snagit software as well as using webcams, downloading videos from the Internet, adding into books, or any of the many other areas within Moodle. Our instructors use the grade books without many problems and really don't ask questions much anymore. We upgrade Moodle every semester and are currently on 2.9+. Our instructors have basically learned to use most of the resources and activities.
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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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Moodle9.3
Based on 4 answers
We use Moodlerooms. I know they work with a triage method but sometimes the things you feel important is not to them. I also feel larger institutions (more $) can get a higher priority.
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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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Moodle6.0
Based on 1 answer
I have used a few sites and they were adequate but my best learning experience was face to face and hands on.
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Implementation

Articulate Storyline10.0
Based on 9 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.
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Moodle9.8
Based on 2 answers
Find a partner who will work with you during the implementation process. Be sure to provide ample training for veteran users on the changes and for newbies on the overall product.
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Alternatives Considered

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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I think Moodle would be my 1st pick, then next Schoology. I’ve been only been exposed to Moodle as an admin whereas I use Schoology as a student, not an administrator.
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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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Moodle9.5
Based on 2 answers
Moodle is the easiest software to find out issues that occur. Although we have very few problems, it is simple for our Server Administrator to find out any that I cannot figure out that are the simple issues that our new instructors may have. He is able to search within the server where I cannot and is able to search within the server logs that I cannot see. Most of these problems are resolved within 24 hours or less.
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Return on Investment

  • Tremendous ROI- a team of 7 redeveloped a suite of 60 courses in under 6 months with Storyline for very highly regulated environment. The prior tool that we used did not see that level of production after 5 years of use.
  • Enhanced analytics- the level of data we were able to get out of this tool was superior than our prior tool, which allowed us to better analyze elearning outcomes and improve programs.
  • Speed to competency- the team came up to speed on the tool in a very fast period of time, and they used Articulate Community resources to leverage templates that allowed them to create elearning interactions that they would not be able to develop from scratch, so the shared assets actually increased capability
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  • Positive: Can track the completion of a training module, and then determine the effectiveness of the training.
  • Positive: State employees can now go to one source for all training-related materials. There is no need to search throughout the department for appropriate education.
  • Negative: Company was surprised that the "free" LMS actually cost a lot in man hours. However, this was still cheaper than purchasing a commercial product.
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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
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Moodle

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
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