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Likelihood to Recommend

Articulate Studio

Articulate Studio is constantly surprising in terms of what it can do. It is like a "Swiss Army Knife" of functionality. I've used it to build portfolios, whole interactive websites, authoring videos and I often discover novel ways to make it useful on a pretty regular basis. What would be a situation where you would not want to use Articulate Studio? Well, even though you can use it to author video and to publish websites, it's not a replacement for a video editing package or a web platform like WordPress, but there are times when it will do certain things in an astoundingly simple way superior to other tools.
Joseph Benton | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Articulate Studio
8.1
Brightspace
8.8
Course authoring
Articulate Studio
8.9
Brightspace
8.5
Course catalog or library
Articulate Studio
9.1
Brightspace
8.5
Player/Portal
Articulate Studio
7.8
Brightspace
9.7
Learning content
Articulate Studio
8.7
Brightspace
8.5
Mobile friendly
Articulate Studio
8.7
Brightspace
9.1
Progress tracking & certifications
Articulate Studio
7.6
Brightspace
8.7
Assignments
Articulate Studio
7.8
Brightspace
9.4
Compliance management
Articulate Studio
8.8
Brightspace
8.0
Learning administration
Articulate Studio
8.2
Brightspace
8.8
Learning reporting & analytics
Articulate Studio
7.0
Brightspace
8.8
Social learning
Articulate Studio
6.8
Brightspace
8.8

Pros

Articulate Studio

  • They made it very easy to understand how to add new content to the courses, including images, videos or audio, of course, you are still able to do text-based content as well.
  • Creating quizzes has never been easier. The ability to add controls to each question and what actions each answer creates, whether an additional question or passing to the next section. Customizing these actions are very easy to learn and add to your course.
  • Being able to use your own scoring mechanism is awesome! I like SCORM but there are many options to use including a custom one of your own. This ability allows you to pass your students over to a proprietary system that enrolls them in the next course, or use the built-in utilities to provide the next course or quiz, the choice is yours!
John Fester | TrustRadius Reviewer

Brightspace

  • File sharing capability between users is largely unparalleled in the LMS space (from my experience).
  • The user interface has continued to receive valuable updates that have created an incredibly efficient platform to navigate.
  • Brightspace offers a single source of truth for standardized learning outcomes based on company objectives.
Joshua Melder | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Articulate Studio

  • The audio editor is awful. Sometimes when you cut a section, it actually takes a different section that you selected. Especially when in zoom mode. You have to then undo the action, and re-do. Also, scrubbing through the audio is difficult. If you're exporting audio, it can glitch during the process. I avoid using the audio editor whenever I can.
  • After all these years, it's still a buggy program. You can be doing your recordings, and a sudden message appears saying that something went wrong and needs to close. I've done re-installs, contacted support, and I constantly clear the temp folder. Still happens. Also, it's a good idea to export your audio, and there have been times the program freezes up on me, and the audio file (in the .ppta file) gets corrupted and all audio is permanently lost.
  • The program can get slow when publishing, previewing or opening the audio editor.
  • The included Engage program is pretty good, but it needs more customization options. And I think they can add more modules that provide a little more engagement.
Chris Bloom | TrustRadius Reviewer

Brightspace

  • D2L should find a way to allow markup of student writing directly in the review panel of the dropbox. Blackboard and Canvas do this.
  • When you set the number of points an item is worth in the dropbox, it doesn't carry this value over into the grade book automatically, which means you have to be careful to enter the same information in two different interfaces.
  • The rubric function needs a wider range of options. It should be possible to upload rubrics from external files and make them usable within D2L.
  • The discussions are hard to reorganize. Grading discussions using a rubric is not possible inside D2L, as far as I know.
  • When using the Record audio function to provide student feedback, the audio quality is too poor to be used in many situations.
Tom Carlson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Articulate Studio

Articulate Studio 10.0
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.
D Walwyn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Brightspace

Brightspace 9.0
Based on 25 answers
I would never give any system a perfect score. In the technology environment today we need to be constantly looking at ways to improve the user experience and LMS companies like Desire2Learn need to know that we have options today with other systems and they need to stay current with features and listen to their customers.
Ed Lovitt | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Articulate Studio

Articulate Studio 10.0
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!
D Walwyn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Brightspace

Brightspace 6.4
Based on 11 answers
Overall, the learning environment works as expected. However, there are plenty of bugs. For example, for a few versions, trying to print out a PDF from the Content screen in several browsers would produce a blank page. We inform D2L support about these issues, most of which are known issues. However, they are very slow to respond. D2L seems to spend more time selling than actually coding and testing their product. Most of the issues are not major -- however, there have been a few that are unbelievable. In fact, this past week we had a sudden issue where the "Submit" button in quizzes would not appear if users had a certain browser/operating system combination. This is a major problem, if students cannot submit their exams! D2L is slow to respond to these kinds of situations, which do occur more often than I would like.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Articulate Studio

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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.
Randi Tucker Barr, MBA, PhD | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Articulate Studio

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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.
Randi Tucker Barr, MBA, PhD | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Articulate Studio

Articulate Studio 8.4
Based on 4 answers
I've never really had any major issues with the product (Other than the registration loop error)and my ten out of ten rating is based on the assistance I got when we initially set up the extension in Power Point. I found the support folks to be professional, helpful and friendly
Louis Ellis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Brightspace

Brightspace 9.9
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.
Steven Mitchell | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Articulate Studio

No answers on this topic

Brightspace

Did not participate in the in-person training due to distance; training was completed online
Randi Tucker Barr, MBA, PhD | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Articulate Studio

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Brightspace

Brightspace 4.0
Based on 2 answers
The training provided online did not, necessarily, fit the version of the system that I was using. Screens were somewhat different and not all options were readily available. This could have been due to customization on the part of my institution however, I rather believe it was due to version changes and training materials not yet being updated.
Ken Matthias | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Articulate Studio

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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.
Ed Lovitt | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Articulate Studio

We look at Captivate first, which Adobe oddly leaves out of its Creative Cloud suite, and I can see why it seems to be completely foreign in term of UI vs other Adobe products. The familiar PPT structure Captivate leverages is completely absent and the tools are much more rigid. Exporting was also more difficult - it's pretty night and day different. Captivate is AWFUL, especially for an Adobe product.
Mark Nowowiejski | TrustRadius Reviewer

Brightspace

Desire2Learn is similar to Blackboard but with less functionality and intuitiveness in terms of use. Grading options are more limited. Desire2Learn uses a cluttered interface with many tabs and options needing to be used to create even basic assignments for upload and grading. When entering grades in Blackboard, changes are instantly saved but Desire2Learn requires you hit a Save button at the bottom of the interface. If you fail to hit save, your grade changes will not be entered.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Articulate Studio

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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.
Randi Tucker Barr, MBA, PhD | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Articulate Studio

  • I only see positive impact since it is a very easy to use tool for rapid learning. The only point is to know what is possible to develop using this tool to avoid any kind of frustration afterwards.
  • Another positive impact is that we don't need a diversified development team. There is no need of technical professionals, and a creative instructional designer is enough to develop effective learning content using Studio.
  • The third positive impact is that Studio makes possible to realize short-term projects, mainly when there's already a PowerPoint presentation.
Luciano Gardesani Marques | TrustRadius Reviewer

Brightspace

  • D2L has allowed us to create master courses that are regularly updated and then copied over from semester to semester. The copy process is very quick and easy so this have been a time saver for us.
  • Sometimes the learning curve for end users has been a little difficult as the recent upgrades (9.4 to 10 to 10.1) have had some very significant changes. In the end I think the changes are an improvement but sometime faculty and students get nervous because "things look different".
Jennifer Hendryx | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

Articulate Studio

Pricing Details

Articulate Studio

General

Free Trial
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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Articulate Studio
9.2
Brightspace
8.5

Likelihood to Renew

Articulate Studio
10.0
Brightspace
9.0

Usability

Articulate Studio
10.0
Brightspace
6.4

Reliability and Availability

Articulate Studio
Brightspace
9.0

Performance

Articulate Studio
Brightspace
9.0

Support Rating

Articulate Studio
8.4
Brightspace
9.9

Online Training

Articulate Studio
Brightspace
4.0

Implementation Rating

Articulate Studio
Brightspace
1.6

Scalability

Articulate Studio
Brightspace
9.0

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