D2L Brightspace vs. Cornerstone OnDemand

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
D2L Brightspace
Score 5.9 out of 10
N/A
Brightspace is an academic and corporate learning management platform. It provides core e-learning features, as well as mobile accessibility and granular personalization and analytics insights.N/A
Cornerstone OnDemand
Score 8.2 out of 10
N/A
Cornerstone OnDemand is a cloud-based application for talent management. Cornerstone offers suites for recruiting, training, performance monitoring and planning, learning, and HR data management. It is scaled for enterprises.N/A
Pricing
D2L BrightspaceCornerstone OnDemand
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
D2L BrightspaceCornerstone OnDemand
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeRequired
Additional DetailsMust contact vendor for pricing information. 30-day free trial is available.
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Community Pulse
D2L BrightspaceCornerstone OnDemand
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
D2L BrightspaceCornerstone OnDemand
Learning Management
Comparison of Learning Management features of Product A and Product B
D2L Brightspace
6.8
10 Ratings
16% below category average
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.7
179 Ratings
0% above category average
Course authoring2.510 Ratings6.0130 Ratings
Course catalog or library10.06 Ratings8.5177 Ratings
Player/Portal9.87 Ratings7.9164 Ratings
Learning content9.69 Ratings8.3141 Ratings
Mobile friendly9.88 Ratings7.7130 Ratings
Progress tracking & certifications9.49 Ratings7.5161 Ratings
Assignments2.610 Ratings8.0173 Ratings
Compliance management8.01 Ratings7.8154 Ratings
Learning administration2.69 Ratings7.8176 Ratings
Learning reporting & analytics2.610 Ratings8.1175 Ratings
Social learning8.49 Ratings7.0110 Ratings
Onboarding
Comparison of Onboarding features of Product A and Product B
D2L Brightspace
-
Ratings
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.3
125 Ratings
9% above category average
New hire portal00 Ratings8.365 Ratings
Manager tracking tools00 Ratings8.0108 Ratings
Compliance tracking and reporting00 Ratings8.6118 Ratings
Performance and Goals
Comparison of Performance and Goals features of Product A and Product B
D2L Brightspace
-
Ratings
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.3
110 Ratings
9% above category average
Corporate goal setting00 Ratings8.091 Ratings
Subordinate goal setting00 Ratings8.394 Ratings
Individual goal setting00 Ratings8.8102 Ratings
Line-of sight-visibility00 Ratings8.290 Ratings
Performance tracking00 Ratings8.3105 Ratings
Performance Management
Comparison of Performance Management features of Product A and Product B
D2L Brightspace
-
Ratings
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.0
114 Ratings
12% above category average
Performance plans00 Ratings8.289 Ratings
Plan weighting00 Ratings7.776 Ratings
Manager note taking00 Ratings8.165 Ratings
Performance improvement plans00 Ratings8.077 Ratings
Review status tracking00 Ratings8.492 Ratings
Rater nomination workflow00 Ratings7.960 Ratings
Review reminders00 Ratings8.389 Ratings
Workflow restrictions00 Ratings7.781 Ratings
Multiple review frequency00 Ratings7.578 Ratings
Reporting00 Ratings8.3108 Ratings
Succession Planning
Comparison of Succession Planning features of Product A and Product B
D2L Brightspace
-
Ratings
Cornerstone OnDemand
9.0
56 Ratings
18% above category average
Create succession plans/pools00 Ratings8.547 Ratings
Candidate ranking00 Ratings9.347 Ratings
Candidate search00 Ratings9.350 Ratings
Candidate development00 Ratings9.047 Ratings
Recruiting / ATS
Comparison of Recruiting / ATS features of Product A and Product B
D2L Brightspace
-
Ratings
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.4
64 Ratings
10% above category average
Job Requisition Management00 Ratings8.244 Ratings
Company Website Posting00 Ratings8.640 Ratings
Publish to Social Media00 Ratings8.637 Ratings
Job Search Site Posting00 Ratings8.337 Ratings
Customized Application Form00 Ratings8.539 Ratings
Resume Management00 Ratings8.542 Ratings
Duplicate Candidate Prevention00 Ratings8.739 Ratings
Candidate Search00 Ratings8.340 Ratings
Applicant Tracking00 Ratings8.540 Ratings
Collaboration00 Ratings8.635 Ratings
Task Creation and Delegation00 Ratings8.337 Ratings
Email Templates00 Ratings8.457 Ratings
User Permissions00 Ratings8.358 Ratings
Notifications and Alerts00 Ratings8.553 Ratings
Reporting00 Ratings8.361 Ratings
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User Ratings
D2L BrightspaceCornerstone OnDemand
Likelihood to Recommend
3.5
(45 ratings)
8.3
(249 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.0
(25 ratings)
9.7
(37 ratings)
Usability
6.4
(11 ratings)
8.4
(36 ratings)
Availability
9.0
(2 ratings)
8.0
(6 ratings)
Performance
9.0
(4 ratings)
8.0
(6 ratings)
Support Rating
10.0
(11 ratings)
6.6
(50 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(4 ratings)
Online Training
4.0
(2 ratings)
6.6
(9 ratings)
Implementation Rating
1.6
(6 ratings)
9.0
(19 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
7.4
(216 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
7.3
(3 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.0
(1 ratings)
8.9
(3 ratings)
Professional Services
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
7.6
(5 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(5 ratings)
User Testimonials
D2L BrightspaceCornerstone OnDemand
Likelihood to Recommend
D2L
If you're an educational institution (K-12, Higher Ed, etc.), this is an amazing tool, and it will provide you all the functionality to support anything you may want and need it to do. If you are looking at Brightspace as a tool for corporate training, I'm not sure exactly how good or bad it will be for you. My guess would be that it likely depends on your organization's size. Along that line, what I can speak to is how we use it for our customized training and in-house professional development/training, and it works fantastically for that. While we primarily use it for normal higher ed coursework, we regularly do training and professional development for all of our employees and I manage those along with our HR department. Because we use it for many other things as well, all of our employees are familiar with the product, which makes our trainings go that much smoother and makes my job that much easier.
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Cornerstone OnDemand
The dashboards and reporting needs more additional features to clean up the old reports, manage dashboards more effectively is my main concern. I recently launched one of three phases for dashboards and I noticed I cannot work efficiently seeing which dashboard is important to me, which has been shared with me. More organization is requested
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Pros
D2L
  • Allowing users to embed content links from YouTube or Google Drive enables learners to experience a richer lesson.
  • Providing a powerful editor that allows developers to also include content from Adobe Stock as well as textbook publishers and cloud storage companies gives more power and creative ability to instructors.
  • Providing scaling for mobile and traditional computer systems ensures students will not have issues on the go.
  • The customization of home pages and groups enable courses to be used for small training sessions with breakout groups, large courses with separate sections, and even just more engaging courses that present themed icons and logos.
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Cornerstone OnDemand
  • Automatic recurring assignments are easy to get that refresher training out without needing to assign it fresh each time.
  • Reporting 2.0 makes it easy to write and share your reports with just selected filters. Making it easy for people receiving it to just change what they need to see.
  • Learning Admin Console makes it easy to peek at what is going on in your portal and open up connected reporting when needed.
  • Success Center is a great resource for getting peer answers to questions and learning about the releases and suggesting changes that should be added to the roadmap.
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Cons
D2L
  • One can feel a bit rushed on the Brightspace platform during the log-out period. Security requirements may require this, but it makes end-users more conscious about getting through content than taking notes.
  • From my experience, there is not a direct connection between the platform and Outlook.
  • Some content on the platform can feel redundant.
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Cornerstone OnDemand
  • Sometimes finding the right answer to your support question can be a bit more difficult than it should be.
  • I would like to see more OSHA related courses.
  • At times, the administrative interface seems to need to be updated, but the tradeoff honestly might be the absolute rock-solid stability of the platform.
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Likelihood to Renew
D2L
I would never give any system a perfect score. In the technology environment today we need to be constantly looking at ways to improve the user experience and LMS companies like Desire2Learn need to know that we have options today with other systems and they need to stay current with features and listen to their customers.
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Cornerstone OnDemand
As long as pricing stays reasonable, we will likely stay with Cornerstone for at least one more contract renewal. It would be a large task to migrate all of our content to a new system. However, the LMS landscape is diversifying with new startups that are showing some real innovation.
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Usability
D2L
Overall, the learning environment works as expected. However, there are plenty of bugs. For example, for a few versions, trying to print out a PDF from the Content screen in several browsers would produce a blank page. We inform D2L support about these issues, most of which are known issues. However, they are very slow to respond. D2L seems to spend more time selling than actually coding and testing their product. Most of the issues are not major -- however, there have been a few that are unbelievable. In fact, this past week we had a sudden issue where the "Submit" button in quizzes would not appear if users had a certain browser/operating system combination. This is a major problem, if students cannot submit their exams! D2L is slow to respond to these kinds of situations, which do occur more often than I would like.
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Cornerstone OnDemand
Easy to use, easy to learn, lots of support during the learning process. There are a few parts of the system we don't use and I'm hesitant to begin using because other clients have said they're difficult and cumbersome (certifications) or outdated (libraries)
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Reliability and Availability
D2L
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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Cornerstone OnDemand
I haven't really had any major availability problems. The service is practically impeccable but it is true that at times, due to server and latency problems, the application has been slower. But these have been specific issues that have resolved themselves.
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Performance
D2L
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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Cornerstone OnDemand
Pages do not load quickly. Often times any action or selection of a box, drop down, check, pretty much ANY Javascript interaction causes the whole entire page to load/reload/start doing something in the background. This makes a nightmare for having to mass edit courses or upload ILT sessions. It's the one of the archaic web designs they use that really bugs me as an admin and makes working in the portal at times intolerable and insufferable
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Support Rating
D2L
I have had excellent support from Desire2Learn. Any ticket that I submit is acknowledged immediately and the correction is usually almost as quick. We use this for thousands of classes and it is pretty well liked by both faculty and students. We have been using it for almost 4 years now and most of our instructors have become pretty proficient with it.
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Cornerstone OnDemand
Its always important to have support when you are facing problems and when you are the main admin of the organization. Cornerstone Support is very supporting when you have not found the answer in the help guide. its very useful to have a team support to guide you.
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In-Person Training
D2L
Did not participate in the in-person training due to distance; training was completed online
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Cornerstone OnDemand
we use also to admin all our training in person events and sessions. Its easy to admin this kind of trainings and automatize some processes we have. Also de user experience and the integration with other systems helps to the employees to use more. All modules integrated oriented to develop people is the principal reason to have CSOD. The training administration is very complete and allows to automate many processes.
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Online Training
D2L
The training provided online did not, necessarily, fit the version of the system that I was using. Screens were somewhat different and not all options were readily available. This could have been due to customization on the part of my institution however, I rather believe it was due to version changes and training materials not yet being updated.
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Cornerstone OnDemand
The online modules are pretty good. You can access them at any time, which we have done. You learn a lot in the beginning, but having the ability to retake short lessons when you are working on those items was very helpful.
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Implementation Rating
D2L
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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Cornerstone OnDemand
The implementation was pretty difficult. We felt they (Cornerstone) didn’t properly allocate the resources to complete our implementation in the timetable we wanted.

For example, we worked on Workday and SSO integrations - work that we had specifically contracted for in advance. When we were ready to work on that project, they didn’t have the people ready to help us, so it took a lot longer than necessary. That was my biggest pain point.

The implementation approach we went with was a self-led implementation. We would speak to the implementation manager once per week, and self-trained. We met with implementation manager to discuss issues, review things that we’d learned for 1 hour. We found that wasn’t enough. Other things would come up outside that one hour window that we couldn’t get answers to. We didn’t have anyone to ask about those things and we had to wait to ask during our weekly meeting.

The advantage of the self-led implementation approach was that it was really inexpensive – significantly less than the implementation cost for the other systems that we looked at. I also liked that we could pace ourselves. There were however big roadblocks. We would have to make sure the right resources were available. We had an implementation/project manager with a lot of experience and felt that the person was knowledgeable but missed on a few things.

In hindsight, I would still go with the self-led implementation, but knowing what I know now, I would ask for the integration person to be available more. I would work that into the contract. With single sign-on, we needed deep linking to build direct links through a Single Sign-On tool, e.g. when someone gets an email, it directs them to training. But it has to go through SSO to get them to the correct link. Deep linking wasn’t turned on in our system and they had to activate it. We encountered little things like that – sequencing pre-requisites which were problematic. We tried to troubleshoot ourselves.

I recommend you consider contracting for some extra implementation hours and determine when they are going to be available. Work it into the contract that you have the ability to call tech support during implementation. In addition to weekly implementation meetings, they have technical webexes – 4 every week, but 2 didn’t apply to us – one as we were using SSO. The challenge is they were not always relevant – we had specific questions that didn’t fall into those categories
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Alternatives Considered
D2L
I have used Blackboard Learn 8 and 9. I am currently learning about Canvas. Blackboard is overall much clunkier and lacks the intuitive feel in some parts of D2L. Its grade book is much harder to control and manipulate than D2L's. Its navigation menu can be more radically modified from the default than D2L's, but this doesn't seem that useful to me. Discussions in Blackboard can be more easily reorganized than in D2L, but no grading of discussions is possible. Blackboard Assignments is a good innovation which allows markup directly in the students' submissions, but it displays student work in a confusing manner that doesn't allow for any customization, and its markup options need further tweaking. Furthermore, no rubrics can be used in Blackboard in any way to grade any kind of work (that I am aware of). Overall, I would choose D2L over Blackboard.
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Cornerstone OnDemand
The Sales Pitch for Cornerstone while being great, left us a bit disappointed when the tool got implemented. Although it is a game-changer and radically improved the learning experience the after-sales service has left us a bit disappointed. Since the overall package makes up for the situation, we can safely recommend it but while exercising caution.
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Contract Terms and Pricing Model
D2L
No answers on this topic
Cornerstone OnDemand
It is important to be familiar with the terms and annual increases in licenses and other aspects of the contract. I recommend analyzing this from the beginning and the permanence is relevant because Cornerstone updates its modules and brings out new features that may allow you to leave a module to acquire another
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Scalability
D2L
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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Cornerstone OnDemand
Cornerstone has many options that it separates into companies, areas and departments... even at the job level. This is a very useful feature to deploy an application with different options according to profile.
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Professional Services
D2L
No answers on this topic
Cornerstone OnDemand
As I have said before, I have no doubt that the services of the Cornerstone sales people were very good. In particular, our salesperson spent a lot of time in contact with us to make the process go smoothly. Perhaps being a large company in some cases the times were slowed down but it is something normal to take into account.
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Return on Investment
D2L
  • I cannot speak to whether this system is less expensive than the more fully featured Blackboard, but employees are far less efficient, frustrated, and require frequent calls to the help center to set up fairly simple course templates.
  • I have been asked to consider teaching courses which will be completely online at my current institution. I have done such online courses several times at other universities, but I have decided Desire2Learn is too frustrating and cumbersome to do so. I am now exploring using Google Drive to teach a course online. Otherwise, I will not teach online until required or I find an alternate system.
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Cornerstone OnDemand
  • We are in the process of trying to increase employee engagement through content expansion. We are in the early stages of this.
  • The Edge Import Tool, in conjunction with Reporting 2.0, has done a great job of helping to automate/semi-automate tasks for huge time savings.
  • Maintaining compliance. Achieved through dynamic/automated groups, assignments, communication, and reporting.
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