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24 Ratings
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Score 6.9 out of 100
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Score 9.4 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Sakai ranks higher in 1 feature set: Learning Management

Learning Management

6.9

Blackboard Learn

69%
8.2

Sakai

82%
Sakai ranks higher in 8/11 features

Course authoring

6.5
65%
23 Ratings
9.0
90%
6 Ratings

Course catalog or library

7.0
70%
23 Ratings
8.6
86%
5 Ratings

Player/Portal

7.8
78%
20 Ratings
9.0
90%
3 Ratings

Learning content

7.5
75%
27 Ratings
9.0
90%
6 Ratings

Mobile friendly

4.8
48%
29 Ratings
3.9
39%
6 Ratings

Progress tracking & certifications

7.9
79%
23 Ratings
9.0
90%
6 Ratings

Assignments

8.0
80%
29 Ratings
10.0
100%
6 Ratings

Compliance management

7.7
77%
16 Ratings
7.1
71%
4 Ratings

Learning administration

7.2
72%
24 Ratings
9.0
90%
5 Ratings

Learning reporting & analytics

6.9
69%
25 Ratings
6.1
61%
5 Ratings

Social learning

4.8
48%
21 Ratings
9.5
95%
5 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Blackboard Learn is rated higher in 1 area: Usability
  • Sakai is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Support Rating
  • Blackboard Learn and Sakai are tied in 1 area: Implementation Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

5.8

Blackboard Learn

58%
57 Ratings
9.5

Sakai

95%
15 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

4.6

Blackboard Learn

46%
11 Ratings
10.0

Sakai

100%
3 Ratings

Usability

10.0

Blackboard Learn

100%
5 Ratings
7.4

Sakai

74%
3 Ratings

Support Rating

7.9

Blackboard Learn

79%
27 Ratings
8.1

Sakai

81%
6 Ratings

Online Training

7.0

Blackboard Learn

70%
1 Rating

Sakai

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

10.0

Blackboard Learn

100%
2 Ratings
10.0

Sakai

100%
2 Ratings

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

Sakai

I've used Sakai to supplement my Public Speaking class. Public Speaking is very much a F2F type course, so I didn't use Sakai much for course content delivery. However, I did use it to post my syllabus, post my lecture slides, communicate any class announcements, and to conduct a final exam for the class. Building the final exam was very simple and I was easily able to swap out questions to vary it from term to term. Before I was a staff member and lecturer, I used Sakai as a student. My instructor used Sakai to varying degrees. I really appreciated it being the one-stop-receptacle for all-things class related. If I somehow lost an assignment instruction sheet, I could rely on it being posted there. For multimedia work it was lacking, at that time, but I know Sakai has been updated over time and I hope that part of it has improved. If I was ever frustrated by Sakai, it was because faculty used it in a piecemeal way. It's fine not to want to use the gradebook, but don't enter some grades and not others. It's wonderful to upload class documents to it; but don't do some and not others. Whatever way you're going to use Sakai, commit to it and use it well. Your students will thank you.
Sarah Daggett | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Sakai

  • Sakai is flexible, providing a way for our customers (instructors) to customize their courses while staying in line with consistency and continuity of course design. This has allowed our courses to be far less cookie-cutter and stale. This is mostly accomplished through Sakai's LTI functionality and it's Lessons tool. This is particularly notable because not every course is the same, nor should it be. Our faculty and course developers can draw from OER resources, course text publisher assessment quiz banks and pull in content from sources from our library databases and services like YouTube.
  • Sakai is customizable, allowing us to pair it with our student information system to automatically create and track with student registration data - including adding new students and removing students who have elected to drop a course. The customization features also include being able to create course templates for individual schools or courses using specific tools or sequences of tools as well as a way to personalize content for students when they engage with each lesson.
  • Sakai is stable in the market. We have been using Sakai for almost 10 years and continue to see it improve; responding to changing trends in browser technologies, mobile platforms and accessibility requirements. Multiple programs offered over the years have been recognized by outside organizations like BestColleges.com for our programs and given high marks by students taking the courses offered in Sakai.
  • Sakai allows our faculty to inform it's continued evolution. We work closely with the developers, having a front seat to how things can work and function for our faculty. There have been multiple occasions where faculty ask, "Can Sakai do this?" and the answer is never "No."
Dave Eveland | 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

Sakai

  • The coming upgrade will address many issues, the visual presentation of sites and courses
  • The Forums (discussion) tool is not natively integrated into the Gradebook, but needs another step to connect the two.
  • The Wiki tool is awkward and not WYSIWYG. But I understand that is common with wikis in most platforms
  • The Help documentation could use some focus on student needs rather that course developer needs
Terry Golightly | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Blackboard Learn

General

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

Starting Price

Sakai

General

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

Starting Price

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

Sakai

Sakai 10.0
Based on 3 answers
Sakai is a good general learning management system - it is not leading edge but rather a stable system with standard learning management system features. It can be fairly easily customized and is fairly easy to learn from both student learning and faculty administrative vantage points. New paradigms for online learning though are emergent so the current field should also be investigated with competitors.
Raymond J. Uzwyshyn | 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

Sakai

Sakai 7.4
Based on 3 answers
When faculty are preparing courses from term to term, a portion of the content is static within a specific discipline. The time it takes to import past lessons into new versions of Sakai can be an inefficient use of my time. When I want to add new content and edit from the old content, it's reliant upon me to cut and paste the content from term to term rather than simply import and edit from a backup.
Andi Sciacca | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Blackboard Learn

Blackboard Learn 7.9
Based on 27 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

Sakai

Sakai 8.1
Based on 6 answers
Since Sakai is open-source their documentation is often lacking and support is absolutely needed onsite. Internal documentation is more important with Sakai than other services. The Sakai community is fun, passionate, engaged, and absolutely doing their best, but it's an uphill battle against the current market and trends.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Blackboard Learn

Blackboard Learn 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Blackboard's Managed Hosting was top-notch in getting us up and running quickly.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sakai

Sakai 10.0
Based on 2 answers
No, I don't
Samantha J. Blevins | 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

Sakai

As an adjunct professor, I didn't pick Sakai for the university. I have experience with Moodle, Blackboard, eCollege, iBoard and now Sakai. I would have to say that Sakai is one of my all time favorite LMSs to use as it is very easy to navigate.
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

Sakai

  • Sakai makes it easy for students to monitor grades which puts their minds at ease.
  • Sakai makes it easy for teachers to assign and receive assignments from students.
  • Communication is one of the most important and one of the most taxing parts of an educational system. Sakai makes this process just a little bit easier.
Chani Loeb | TrustRadius Reviewer

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