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Score 7.7 out of 101
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Articulate Studio

Very helpful for developing microlearning modules, non-linear PPTs, and basic staff training. Has been very useful in developing staff onboarding modules. Works well on mobile and tablet devices and it is easy to add extra accessibility features such as alt tags and captions. Great for in video/lecture knowledge checks. Not great for group or teamwork, users are very much siloed.
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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 Studio
8.2
Brightspace
8.7
Course authoring
Articulate Studio
8.5
Brightspace
9.0
Course catalog or library
Articulate Studio
9.0
Brightspace
10.0
Player/Portal
Articulate Studio
7.7
Brightspace
8.0
Learning content
Articulate Studio
7.4
Brightspace
9.5
Mobile friendly
Articulate Studio
8.0
Brightspace
7.0
Progress tracking & certifications
Articulate Studio
7.7
Brightspace
9.0
Assignments
Articulate Studio
9.0
Brightspace
9.5
Compliance management
Articulate Studio
8.0
Brightspace
8.0
Learning administration
Articulate Studio
8.3
Brightspace
9.0
Learning reporting & analytics
Articulate Studio
8.5
Brightspace
9.0
Social learning
Articulate Studio
8.0
Brightspace
8.0

Pros

  • Integrating very well with PPT
  • Allow authors to create ad-hoc video and audio clips on the spot
  • Easy to export SCORM formats for LMS integration
  • Supplies rich library of stock graphics, footage and 'characters' to allow for fast build out
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  • Desire2Learn does a great job encouraging faculty to follow best practices in delivering "modules" of content to students. The Content Tool, Course Builder, and Instructional Design Wizard encourage faculty to package their content into modules that are easy for students to navigate. With 10.2, faculty also enjoy being able to drag and drop files from their computer into a module!
  • Desire2Learn is also easy for an administrator to configure and customize. Administrators will appreciate the ease of creating new custom roles and permission for specific types of users. Administrators will also be happy with the ability to create custom homepages and navigation for different organization units (departments, schools, and colleges).
  • Desire2Learn support is fabulous. The support staff is available for faculty, staff, students, and administrators. Their representatives are extremely knowledge about the product and have access to higher level technicians for additional support cases.
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Cons

  • UI is a bit dated, but it's parallel to PPT which puts some users at ease
  • Storyline is PC only, by far the biggest drawback
  • A big slow in rendering video content during export
  • Player is a bit rigid
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  • Although it's improved a lot over the years, it is NOT intuitive to use for instructors or students.
  • The documentation is just incredibly scant. Although our university offers some support, it would be nice to be able to get help without having to call our IT department.
  • Unless you customize the interface (which is a bit tricky to figure out), it can be pretty cluttered and overwhelming for students.
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Likelihood to Renew

Articulate Studio10.0
Based on 1 answer
There is very little chance that this software wold not be renewed. It has become an integral part of our standard software for elearning development.
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Brightspace8.3
Based on 24 answers
This was already answered
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Usability

Articulate Studio10.0
Based on 1 answer
This is very useable software even for novice eLearning authoring users. People with some PowerPoint experience should be fine with this software and even Excel!
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Brightspace6.4
Based on 11 answers
This is based on the back-end users perspective (developers, faculty members, designers). The user interface is completely inconsistent from tool to tool. This makes it difficulty for faculty to learn and for the tools to become intuitive
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Reliability and Availability

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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

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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 Studio8.0
Based on 2 answers
Overall support is great for issues that they are able to help with. Other times it seems like instead of fixing the bugs you are told to wait for the newest version so instead of getting a fix for free you have to pay to upgrade. I have found this frustrating
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Brightspace9.9
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

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

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No answers yet
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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

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No answers yet
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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

Adobe Captivate is the tool I prefer to deliver software tutorials. If a project requires interactive, or non-linear delivery, Articulate Studio has more tools, more options, and can deliver a better, more interesting project with less effort than Adobe Captivate.
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I used Blackboard when I was in college, but that was very little. I just used it to register for classes and to view grades. Brightspace is leaps and bounds what Blackboard was when I last used it in 2010
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Scalability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
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

  • Our organization must create training for individual locations that may have as few as 2 and as many as 50 employees. When you do that you can't purchase training and you need to make a lot of site specific courses even to separate video components. This is a cost effective way of providing for that need.
  • The negative might be the cost of the software if you are not going to use it for a large quantity of course work.
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  • It has helped with our Virtual Campus, which is our fastest growing campus.
  • It has helped us to offer more blended courses.
  • It's been helpful to ensure all employees participate in HR training.
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Pricing Details

Articulate Studio

General
Free Trial
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