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Highlights

Blackboard Learn and Google Classroom are both academic learning management systems. However, each product serves very different academic segments, with little overlap. 

Blackboard Learn is very focused on serving higher education institutions, with many advanced features targeting these users. In contrast, Google Classroom is much more common in primary or secondary education classrooms instead of higher education. Blackboard Learn is also a paid platform, while Google Classroom is free for schools to use. 

Features

Blackboard Learn and Google Classroom both have distinct advantages that schools and universities can utilize. 

Blackboard Learn stands out as the powerhouse LMS for higher education. It has among the widest ranges of features and capabilities out of all academic LMS’s, including a robust assessment tool. It also offers excellent document management and can be highly customized to meet each institutions’ preferences and needs. 

Google Classroom excels at offering a more accessible and user-friendly platform for primary and secondary education. It is highly integrated with the rest of the G suite, with the compatibility benefits that come with the Google ecosystem. It’s also much more user-friendly than more advanced LMSs, especially for younger or less technically savvy users. It’s also free for schools, which can be highly appealing for budget-pinched schools. 

Limitations

There are also drawbacks to Blackboard Learn and Google Classroom that buyers should keep in mind. 

For instance, Blackboard Learn is less user-friendly across the board. While it’s more customizable, Blackboard is also much more of a lift to implement and manage over the long term. It’s also a more expensive option in the academic LMS market. 

In contrast, Google Classroom’s reliance on the rest of the G Suite, particularly Docs and Slides, limits the capabilities of Classroom on its own. This helps explain why Classroom’s native document management has been criticized by some reviewers. It has fewer advanced management capabilities that higher ed instructors rely on, as well as limitated assessment capabilities. Classroom is also less configurability. 

Pricing

Blackboard Learn is priced uniquely for each institution and is available by quote from the vendor. 

Google Classroom is free for schools to use, and is included in the G Suite for Education package as well. 

Likelihood to Recommend

Blackboard Learn

A school with a well-established technology imprint with their students (for example, ours is a BYOB school where every student has their own laptop and must bring it to school every day and where over 99% of our families have reliable broadband at home) is a reasonable scenario for using The arrogance and intransigence of the sales force is quite disconcerting… They are no longer the only game in town and don't yet realize it. Less well-off schools/families may find it a challenge if students must be on campus or at a public library in order to use the technology. Obviously, during the pandemic, this became problematic for some districts.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Classroom

Google Classroom is a great solution for remote learning when school budgets don’t allow for more robust platform purchases, such as Blackboard. It’s free! It’s customizable, but you’ll need to get a small group of users/teachers trained up on all the nuances so they can be your Champion group and help the other teachers. Love the ability to set slides as landing pages for a fun classroom picture. Kids enjoy the autonomy they have but struggle with remembering to complete all assignments if they don’t have more direct supervision. Lots of integration with other tools like Kira to allow for writing exercises and assignment submission. It’s a great stop-gap for schools not intending to remain in a remote setting, a permanent solution for organizations with low budgets that are fully remote, but not my first choice if you have a software budget and are operating fully remote at all times.
Gabrielle Wayman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Blackboard Learn
7.0
Google Classroom
8.2
Course authoring
Blackboard Learn
6.8
Google Classroom
8.3
Course catalog or library
Blackboard Learn
6.9
Google Classroom
7.8
Player/Portal
Blackboard Learn
7.6
Google Classroom
8.7
Learning content
Blackboard Learn
7.7
Google Classroom
8.3
Mobile friendly
Blackboard Learn
5.4
Google Classroom
8.6
Progress tracking & certifications
Blackboard Learn
7.9
Google Classroom
7.6
Assignments
Blackboard Learn
8.1
Google Classroom
8.7
Compliance management
Blackboard Learn
7.2
Google Classroom
8.0
Learning administration
Blackboard Learn
7.6
Google Classroom
8.3
Learning reporting & analytics
Blackboard Learn
6.8
Google Classroom
7.6
Social learning
Blackboard Learn
5.4
Google Classroom
8.2

Pros

Blackboard Learn

  • Blackboard Learn makes submitting assignments electronically simple and provides a variety of built-in Web-based tools like e-portfolios, wikis, and blogs that our students use to create their own content.
  • Blackboard Learn is intuitive and easy to navigate from a students perspective
  • Blackboard Learn has many integrations available for connecting this LMS to other tools we use at our institution.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Classroom

  • Student-teacher communication - I love using Classroom for this because my students can always go back and check what was on Classroom by looking through the stream. This way they don't have to go dig through emails to find what they're looking for.
  • Posting to multiple classes - I can post the same announcement or assignment to multiple classes at once without having to repeat the process or send separate emails.
  • Streamlining grading - when students turn work in on Classroom, it all goes to one place and then when I'm grading I can open their documents directly from Classroom or my Drive folder. This way, I'm not looking through emails and Google Doc shared files for their assignment.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Blackboard Learn

  • Blackboard Learn has some limitations when it comes to submissions
  • It is not that user friendly, I had to spend some time to get a hang of it in the beginning
  • I have been struggling a bit with deletion of manually added courses
Meena B | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Classroom

  • Although usually in the discussion with other LMS apps such as Schoology and Canvas, Google Classroom doesn't possess as in-depth of a platform. There is no ability to set individual learning paths, pace student work with completion settings, or embed other apps directly into teacher-created assignments.
  • The assignment creation options are limited. Teachers can only choose from creating an assignment (usually a link with directions), a material (usually a doc/slide/website, etc), a question, and a quiz.
  • With gamification taking on a new lens in education, there really isn't any way to use gamification elements with Google Classroom. There isn't any way to create Individual learning paths, or use badges and micro-credentials within Classroom. Outside programs would have to be used.
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

Google Classroom

Google Classroom 1.1
Based on 3 answers
Testing is particularly important in online learning, and Google Classroom falls far short of other learning management systems in this regard. Security is also a concern: while account control is reasonable for the account used with Google Classroom, the person controlling a particular account is often able to, for example, forward or download proprietary materials.
H. P. Molloy | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Google Classroom

Google Classroom 3.1
Based on 4 answers
This is only a product I would recommend to a humanities teacher. Math and science teachers cannot use this product the same way that I can as an English teacher. It is great for word process and for reading, but unable to handle the demands of math and science. Therefore, I would highly recommend this product to English or Social Studies teachers, but NOT math or science teachers
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Blackboard Learn

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Google Classroom

Google Classroom 9.0
Based on 2 answers
We have had very little trouble in accessing Google Classroom. Our issues, if any, have risen from our server and not the Google servers.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Blackboard Learn

Blackboard Learn 7.7
Based on 19 answers
My Blackboard support comes from the university I work with. They are responsive--eventually... but it takes them sometimes a week to respond to a reported issue. For example, I reported 2 issues last week and one was resolved and I was contacted about one still open option today. That is too long for a tech issue. I have not contacted any support offered directly by Blackboard, which may be a completely different experience altogether.
Anissa Harris | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Classroom

Google Classroom 7.1
Based on 29 answers
Since this platform is provided by Google, the technical support is better than any others, and we are not required to bother about the space constraints for adding the contents. If we have a good uninterrupted internet facility we can access Google Classroom without any delay or lag. They have app support in both Android and iPhone.
Rahul Ajithkumar | 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

Google Classroom

Google Classroom 2.1
Based on 3 answers
It was relatively easy to implement due to the simplicity of the platform. Even our more technology challenged teachers found it easy to get started with Google Classroom.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Blackboard Learn

Coursera offers a variety of modules in which a team is able to work on then, but [Blackboard Learn] offers more options to understand how are the team members developing and which tasks have offered a harder challenger for them. [Blackboard Learn] also offers a variety of reports that can be generate by a team lead.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Classroom

I haven't tested or evaluated another digital classroom website or application. I feel like Google Classroom is convenient for many reasons such as compatibility to Google docs, slides, etc. I also love the ability to link to YouTube and other sites. I don't know if there would be a site that is easier to maneuver.
Meredith Sanders | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Blackboard Learn

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Google Classroom

Google Classroom 10.0
Based on 1 answer
It is very easy to push out this program across our buildings. Teachers are able to use it without much trouble.
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

Google Classroom

  • Student engagement is high when using Google Classroom. Students are more willing to work on projects continually when provided a digital platform.
  • Since teachers have instant access to student work, they can pinpoint weak areas for remediation, thus increasing test scores for mastery.
  • Google Classroom also saves time for teachers when used as an organizational tool as student work is all in one place with easy access.
Tamara Letter | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Blackboard Learn

General

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

Blackboard Learn Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details
Must contact vendor for pricing information.

Google Classroom

General

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

Google Classroom Editions & Modules

Edition
Google Workspace for Education Standard$31
Teaching and Learning Upgrade$42
Google Workspace for Education Plus$53
Education Fundamentals$04
  1. per student/per year
  2. per license/per month
  3. per student/per year
  4. per license/per month
Additional Pricing Details
Education Fundamentals Version - 30-day free trial for qualifying institutions.

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Blackboard Learn
6.2
Google Classroom
8.5

Likelihood to Renew

Blackboard Learn
4.6
Google Classroom
1.1

Usability

Blackboard Learn
10.0
Google Classroom
3.1

Reliability and Availability

Blackboard Learn
Google Classroom
9.0

Performance

Blackboard Learn
Google Classroom
9.0

Support Rating

Blackboard Learn
7.7
Google Classroom
7.1

Online Training

Blackboard Learn
7.0
Google Classroom

Implementation Rating

Blackboard Learn
10.0
Google Classroom
2.1

Scalability

Blackboard Learn
Google Classroom
10.0

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