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Articulate Studio

Top Rated
25 Ratings

Brightspace

55 Ratings

Articulate Studio

Top Rated
25 Ratings
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Score 8 out of 101

Brightspace

55 Ratings
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Score 7.7 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Articulate Studio

Studio is really a good program for turning PowerPoint into eLearning presentations. If you're comfortable in PPT, you can really spice it up with Studio. If you also use Storyline (also by Articulate), you will find it's not nearly as flexible or robust, but the learning curve is much easier and turning out finished courses is much quicker. Just be aware that it's still somewhat buggy, and the audio editor is very frustrating at times.
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Brightspace

When we migrated from Blackboard, our organization was focused on system stability, scalability, and features ranked third in our criteria. We have found D2L to be a very stable platform, and our users like it. One of the drawbacks, however, has been that the company becomes less responsive once they have made the sale. They also don't tell you during the selection process that they are going to charge you along the way for things that they should provide. This includes customizations to code that they told us would already be built in to the standard learning environment when we signed the agreement. D2L also does very little in terms of customer appreciation and support. For example, when they developed some online self-paced training classes for instructors, they wanted to charge us for access. Why note develop tools to help people love your product, and give them away for free? This is NOT part of their corporate philosophy. Further, their training is abysmal. The user conference (FUSION) is fine as long as none of the workshops you attend are presented by D2L staff, who often do not know their own tools well enough to sensibly answer less than obvious questions.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Articulate Studio
7.9
Brightspace
8.7
Course authoring
Articulate Studio
8.0
Brightspace
9.0
Course catalog or library
Articulate Studio
8.5
Brightspace
10.0
Player/Portal
Articulate Studio
7.5
Brightspace
8.0
Learning content
Articulate Studio
7.5
Brightspace
9.5
Mobile friendly
Articulate Studio
9.0
Brightspace
7.0
Progress tracking & certifications
Articulate Studio
9.0
Brightspace
9.0
Assignments
Articulate Studio
9.0
Brightspace
9.5
Compliance management
Articulate Studio
7.0
Brightspace
8.0
Learning administration
Articulate Studio
7.0
Brightspace
9.0
Learning reporting & analytics
Articulate Studio
7.0
Brightspace
9.0
Social learning
Articulate Studio
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 has scaled well for our organization. We are self-hosted, and have had exceptional stability with the product since switching from the leading LMS about six years ago. The SIS integration with our PeopleSoft platform has worked well, reducing administrative headaches with course creation, populating enrollments, etc.
  • Our faculty like using D2L. The product has steadily improved, and along with the stability, faculty like the dropbox receipts and integrations with TurnItIn and Google Apps. Many of our faculty teaching face-to-face courses has begun using D2L because their students have asked for it.
  • Desire2Learn provides an organized interface, and is relatively intuitive. Students seem to have fewer issues adjusting than faculty who are late to the game with technology.
  • The spreadsheet view in Grades is particularly helpful, as it allows the instructor to enter a lot of grades at once, without having to press submit buttons and wait for server refreshes.
  • The calendar has been overhauled and is now much more useful. It includes a calendar feed that does not require authentication and the ability to export events in ics format.
  • From the system administration perspective, the system is very granular in its permissions. The creation of different roles is very flexible, and allows for creative use of roles to provide varying levels of access within the system.
  • Grading assignments from within the Dropbox tool has been radically improved, and is very useful. Many file types now display inline, allowing comments, rubrics, and grades to be updated all from within one screen. No multiple windows needed!
  • Downloading files from the dropbox is a cinch--and files are pre-pended with the students' first and last names. No more reminding students to put their own name in the filename! Comments can be included in the downloaded file, then pushed back up to D2L (if the filename is not changed). This is super handy!
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Cons

  • I wish Articulate had a plan for subscriptions. Updates comes so fast and pricing is expensive. Subscriptions would allow developers to have most updated version of the software whenever they need. We all know our customers are not as fast as the software updates and it's good to have the most up-to-date version of the software without having to purchase it each time (SL 1 vs. SL 2).
  • Closed Caption programing is a hassle currently. I understand that slide notes work as an alternative text, but most customers would like to see the "CC" button and read the text along with the narrator. It takes lots of steps to program the closed caption button. Captivate has a better solution at the moment.
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  • The internal email or mail tool is clunky and hard to use. It garners the most negative comments from faculty, staff, and students. The internal mail tool must be addressed in future releases. It needs a complete re-design.
  • The ability to use rubrics to grade discussion postings is also a weak area which has been improved in 10.2 but still needs additional work.
  • We recently moved from 9.4.1 to 10.2 (service pack 2). We immediately had to begin plans to to upgrade to service pack 7 due to a large number of "quirks" in 10.2 SP2. We would like to see Desire2Learn implement stronger quality control/testing prior to doing a major release.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Brightspace8.3
Based on 24 answers
While this product is not perfect, it is the most effective and efficient of all of the LMS products I have used. It is intuitive in a way that most programs are not - which is why it is easier to train people in its use. I like the freedom and flexibility in design, and appreciate the freedom in creating roles and permissions that it allows for.
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Usability

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Brightspace6.4
Based on 11 answers
After a short learning curve, the functions in Desire2Learn made sense. Usability is consistent throughout this integrated learning platform. After the first week of class students appear confident with the resources; consistency achieves this goal. For some, who are familiar with the competition, Desire2Learn may be a bit cumbersome; however, a little patience goes a long way when working with instructional design, course delivery, and students.
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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 Studio10.0
Based on 1 answer
Great support team and very knowledgeable.
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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

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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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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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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

Each tool I mentioned has its pluses and minuses. The other tools aren't as easy to use right out of the box, Articulate is. Articulate has its limits and if I had a more complex course I needed to build I would choose one of the other products. But again for the easier projects that don't require much I would use Articulate
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Desire2Learn is at the top of the list in terms of a robust, fully functional Learning Management System. I think the others do have many similar features but D2L's customer service puts them at the head of the class. Blackboard has horrible customer service from my experience and are a very high pressure seller.
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Scalability

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Brightspace9.0
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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

  • My clients see huge returns, especially on compliance training that they've converted from ILT to eLearning using Studio.
  • Orientation costs for new hires can be significantly reduced by building a learner-led course shell that includes some self directed learning outside of the course itself.
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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 Studio

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

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