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6 Ratings
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Score 8.8 out of 100
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Score 8.3 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Brightspace ranks higher in 1 feature set: Learning Management

Learning Management

9.4

Brightspace

94%
9.0

Edsby

90%
Brightspace ranks higher in 8/11 features

Course authoring

9.5
95%
9 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Course catalog or library

10.0
100%
6 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Player/Portal

9.8
98%
7 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Learning content

9.5
95%
9 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Mobile friendly

9.8
98%
8 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Progress tracking & certifications

9.4
94%
9 Ratings
7.0
70%
1 Rating

Assignments

9.8
98%
9 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Compliance management

8.0
80%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Learning administration

9.8
98%
8 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Learning reporting & analytics

9.8
98%
9 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Social learning

8.4
84%
9 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Attribute Ratings

  • Brightspace is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
  • Edsby is rated higher in 1 area: Usability

Likelihood to Recommend

9.2

Brightspace

92%
44 Ratings
8.0

Edsby

80%
4 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.0

Brightspace

90%
25 Ratings

Edsby

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

6.4

Brightspace

64%
11 Ratings
9.0

Edsby

90%
2 Ratings

Availability

9.0

Brightspace

90%
2 Ratings

Edsby

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

9.0

Brightspace

90%
4 Ratings

Edsby

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

10.0

Brightspace

100%
11 Ratings

Edsby

N/A
0 Ratings

Online Training

4.0

Brightspace

40%
2 Ratings

Edsby

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

1.6

Brightspace

16%
6 Ratings

Edsby

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

9.0

Brightspace

90%
1 Rating

Edsby

N/A
0 Ratings

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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Edsby

Edsby is well-suited for day-to-day communication with students, either in the classroom, or at home. It makes planning course progression easier because of the built in day-by-day calendar for the semester. It is transferable, so the work one does in one semester can be copied over to the next, and modified as needed. Students can see the Lesson Plan which is projected onto the SmartBoard, but the font is quite small so they cannot read it from where they are sitting, so I use SmartNotes which has a larger font and then, if needed, attach that note to the Edsby day lesson planner.
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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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Edsby

  • Edsby is extremely easy to learn and use.
  • Students love the "social media" feel to Edsby.
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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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Edsby

  • Edsby shows the last time a user logged on. Unfortunately, if someone doesn't log out you have no way of knowing if someone has seen a recent post or is really using Edsby to its potential.
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Pricing Details

Brightspace

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Brightspace editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Must contact vendor for pricing information. 30-day free trial is available.

    Edsby

    Starting Price

    $5 per user/per year

    Editions & Modules

    Edsby editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    Edsby5+1

    Footnotes

    1. per user/per year

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    Required

    Additional Details

    Edsby charges an up-front fee for initial integration. There are also annual costs, variable with the number of students. Parent, teacher and administrator accounts are free. Certain other features are charged for annually. Special pricing applies for private schools. Contact Edsby for details.

    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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    Edsby

    No answers on this topic

    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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    Edsby

    Everything is easy to use and well as being overly user-friendly to your average student.
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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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    Edsby

    No answers on this topic

    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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    Edsby

    No answers on this topic

    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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    Edsby

    No answers on this topic

    In-Person Training

    D2L

    Did not participate in the in-person training due to distance; training was completed online
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    Edsby

    No answers on this topic

    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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    Edsby

    No answers on this topic

    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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    Edsby

    No answers on this topic

    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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    Edsby

    EDSBY was piloted at the school last semester, and I found it made my job easier, which is a boon since time is fleeting and I could get more done with less effort with Edsby. After the pilot the entire school district was signed up to use Edsby. I like it very much. I did use a blog on First Class which was extremely difficult to learn, and a blog on WordPress which was easier to learn how to use but not interactive like Edsby is. To my mind, Edsby is far superior to the former.
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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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    Edsby

    No answers on this topic

    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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    Edsby

    • For the most part, teachers, parents and students love the system. It provides easy access to the information that they need when they need it.
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