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Score 7.1 out of 100
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Score 8.9 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Blackboard Learn

I've used Blackboard for many, many years. With each version I remain hopeful that the formatting tools will improve. Battling simple text formatting considerations have looong been a struggle, with the most recent "upgrade" leaving me in total and complete exasperation. No, that's not an exaggeration. Yes, I do understand that importing text, and the process of copying and pasting can often include residual coding which can sometimes create havoc. Sadly however, I'm referring to the direct keystroke entry of content, directly within the Blackboard pane. Plain and simple, it's an absolute buggy nightmare.Even the limited formatting tools that I found here on TrustRadius are:
  • Fabulous by comparison to Blackboard
  • Easy to use
  • Intuitive for the first time user
  • Don't result in a wonky, embarrassing presentation
  • All of the above
Wow, look, even the bullet points and indents worked!Honestly Blackboard, this is getting really, really old. Two words of advise, beta testing.
Craig Smallish | TrustRadius Reviewer

Frontline Professional Growth

This is perfect for the district looking to convert older physical forms to digital copies, and mitigate the tracking of forms from desk to desk. Frontline will do it all digitally. Those in the approval process can approve or deny, or even ask for more information, which sends the form back to the user who submitted it. This is also good for those looking for a way to manage professional development in their district and all that comes with it, including tracking workshops, awarding hours, etc. Most districts use Frontline programs somewhere, so this is another piece to that. However, this is cost-heavy.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Blackboard Learn
7.1
Frontline Professional Growth
9.0
Course authoring
Blackboard Learn
7.1
Frontline Professional Growth
8.9
Course catalog or library
Blackboard Learn
6.6
Frontline Professional Growth
8.8
Player/Portal
Blackboard Learn
7.1
Frontline Professional Growth
10.0
Learning content
Blackboard Learn
7.8
Frontline Professional Growth
9.1
Mobile friendly
Blackboard Learn
6.1
Frontline Professional Growth
7.4
Progress tracking & certifications
Blackboard Learn
7.6
Frontline Professional Growth
10.0
Assignments
Blackboard Learn
8.2
Frontline Professional Growth
9.0
Compliance management
Blackboard Learn
6.1
Frontline Professional Growth
9.5
Learning administration
Blackboard Learn
8.1
Frontline Professional Growth
9.1
Learning reporting & analytics
Blackboard Learn
6.9
Frontline Professional Growth
9.1
Social learning
Blackboard Learn
6.5
Frontline Professional Growth
8.0

Pros

Blackboard Learn

  • Provides HTML quality course content that is easily retrievable and viewable.
  • Provides multiple methods of communication: email, threaded discussions, real-time "live" online discussions, as well as grade portal.
  • Allows facilitators multiple methods of grading or providing feedback: threaded discussions, rubric scoring, personal comments, inline viewer, or download/upload attachments.
Anissa Harris | TrustRadius Reviewer

Frontline Professional Growth

  • Frontline Professional Growth is set up to organize and document all aspects of a teacher's evaluation. Artifacts are archived and can be used in multiple areas.
  • SGOs, observations, PDPs, and documentation logs can all be shared between the staff member and the administration.
  • The forms are easy to fill out, can be saved as drafts in progress, and can be referred to from year to year.
  • The Professional Development Workshop section offers a calendar of workshops in catalog format as well as calendar format.
  • As a workshop presenter, enrollment tools are easy to use and offer multiple ways to access your roster.
  • As a workshop participant, workshops are listed as in progress and completed. Hours are tabulated and saved each year.
Melissa Ferro | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Blackboard Learn

  • Although the current graphic user interface is easy to use, it can be improved with larger fonts, dynamic menus, and attractive graphics.
  • The system does not include a module to pay the school fee.
  • The roster tab lacks detailed information about students.
Timothy Sawah | TrustRadius Reviewer

Frontline Professional Growth

  • Confusing sign-on processes.
  • AESOP (absence management) is not integrated with Professional Growth as advertised.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Blackboard Learn

Blackboard Learn 4.6
Based on 11 answers
There are several aspects of Desire2Learn that outweigh the benefits of using Blackboard. I find that the Desire2Learn system is a bit more user friendly and looks more up-to-date. However, the decision to renew systems is not up to me because the entire University uses the same system. Regardless, I think I would choose Desire2Learn over Blackboard because of its improved user interface.
James Gurney | TrustRadius Reviewer

Frontline Professional Growth

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Blackboard Learn

Blackboard Learn 10.0
Based on 5 answers
It is very usable for both faculty and students. The interface is pretty intuitive and most students can use it without a lot of additional training. Faculty do need some training to effectively use the interface, but they usually get it pretty quickly. We have had to create some additional programming to give faculty a way to delve deeper into the content.
Inez Whipple | TrustRadius Reviewer

Frontline Professional Growth

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Blackboard Learn

Blackboard Learn 7.7
Based on 19 answers
Itʻs a good platform for certain things such as tests. Blackboard may not be the most user friendly but there is always room for improvement in any website, business, etc. When used with other platforms such as Google Classroom, Blackboard can be more effective, but when used by itself I feel it is not as impactful from a student perspective.
Quincy Tamaribuchi | TrustRadius Reviewer

Frontline Professional Growth

Frontline Professional Growth 8.9
Based on 2 answers
Overall, Frontline Professional Growth manages observations, SGOs, documentation logs, and Professional Development Plans. In addition to these evaluation pieces, it allows our district to manage our Professional Development Workshops (in-house), Professional Development requests (for out-of-district), and many online request forms. The only real negative is that some of the menus are a bit cumbersome, and it takes several steps to get around the system.
Melissa Ferro | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Blackboard Learn

Blackboard Learn 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Blackboard's Managed Hosting was top-notch in getting us up and running quickly.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Frontline Professional Growth

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Blackboard Learn

I have used Schoology before, and I think Blackboard Learn has many more features, and is easier to navigate. It is well organized, and easy to customize for each user. Schoology might be better suited for a mobile device, but when the mobile version of Blackboard is not up to par, I have been able to get on a mobile browser on my phone instead.
Lori Riegel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Frontline Professional Growth

I have only used this and GCN trainings. I think it helps having more choices that hold value to your work day.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Blackboard Learn

  • At one of the institutions that I worked for, the ROI was excellent for the number of users we were serving; however, I could not speak to other instances as I was not aware of the overall cost of the contract.
Rachel Hudish | TrustRadius Reviewer

Frontline Professional Growth

  • We have used a lot less paper over the past few years which leads to cost savings.
  • The time it takes to submit a form and get approval has sped up since this is all digital.
  • The time it takes to track and award professional development hours has sped up.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Blackboard Learn

General

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

Frontline Professional Growth

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Blackboard Learn
6.8
Frontline Professional Growth
8.9

Likelihood to Renew

Blackboard Learn
4.6
Frontline Professional Growth

Usability

Blackboard Learn
10.0
Frontline Professional Growth

Support Rating

Blackboard Learn
7.7
Frontline Professional Growth
8.9

Online Training

Blackboard Learn
7.0
Frontline Professional Growth

Implementation Rating

Blackboard Learn
10.0
Frontline Professional Growth

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