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Likelihood to Recommend

Articulate Studio

If you need to build courses that have quizzes and want to control the audience's attention to the course, rather than starting a course and watching YouTube while it plays in the background, or if you need to have the results go to a proprietary system that you control, then Articulate Studio will be a well suited software solution for you.
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SumTotal Learn

SumTotal Learn is an LMS that is slowly developing into a finished product. I can't recommend this to anyone until it is a more finalized product. We have a large number of users in our database and the product seems to run fine even with 10,000+ users. If you're looking for an easy administrator user interface, this is also not for you. It has a very steep learning curve for admins.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Articulate Studio
8.2
SumTotal Learn
6.5
Course authoring
Articulate Studio
8.5
SumTotal Learn
9.0
Course catalog or library
Articulate Studio
9.0
SumTotal Learn
4.0
Player/Portal
Articulate Studio
7.7
SumTotal Learn
10.0
Learning content
Articulate Studio
7.4
SumTotal Learn
Mobile friendly
Articulate Studio
8.0
SumTotal Learn
Progress tracking & certifications
Articulate Studio
7.7
SumTotal Learn
6.0
Assignments
Articulate Studio
9.0
SumTotal Learn
6.0
Compliance management
Articulate Studio
8.0
SumTotal Learn
8.0
Learning administration
Articulate Studio
8.3
SumTotal Learn
4.0
Learning reporting & analytics
Articulate Studio
8.5
SumTotal Learn
5.0
Social learning
Articulate Studio
8.0
SumTotal Learn

Pros

  • Fast eLearning turn around time.
  • Eliminates a lot of the need to learn complicated eLearning authoring tools
  • Great interactions and templates built right into the suite.
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  • Clean front-end user interface.
  • Custom layouts for front page and individual users.
  • Flexibility on user roles.
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Cons

  • It would be nice if Replay came included in this package for screen recording insertion.
  • More templates and interactions.
  • Integration with open source presentation software (OpenOffice, LibreOffice)
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  • Navigation (too many clicks to get anything done).
  • Reporting is complicated.
  • Buttons everywhere that don't do anything.
  • Features enabled that don't fully work or function the way they should.
  • Support for the product is lacking.
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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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SumTotal Learn6.0
Based on 5 answers
We have made an investment in SumTotal and changing our LMS at this point would be costly.
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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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SumTotal Learn6.0
Based on 1 answer
I do not find SumTotal to be intuitive. I feel we need to adjust our needs to meet the functionality available in the tool.
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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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SumTotal Learn10.0
Based on 1 answer
They always answer my calls and, in most cases, are able to help me
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Alternatives Considered

Wondershare is the only other comparable piece of Learning authoring that I have used and it did not measure up in terms of the amount of options that are available for configuration. Wondershare had 2 or 3 things that it did very well, whereas Articulate Studio did all of those same things and more. In the powerpoint plugin eLearning space, Articulate Studio is King.
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Maestro is a little dated looking. Younger users are looking for something up-to-date, interactive, fun, and easy to use and Maestro has a ways to go with this
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Return on Investment

  • A high retention rate of students
  • Fairly cheap for team licenses but not as friendly for individuals
  • Once you understand how it works you can build modules very quickly
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  • Having all training/learning records in one tool allows users to have their record follow them when they move in the business. This reduces the need for retraining and time spent on data entry.
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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

SumTotal Learn

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