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Score 8.8 out of 100
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Score 8 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Learning Management

    9.4

    Brightspace

    94%

    Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Brightspace ranks higher in 11/11 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
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Learning content

    9.5
    95%
    9 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Mobile friendly

    9.8
    98%
    8 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Progress tracking & certifications

    9.4
    94%
    9 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Assignments

    9.8
    98%
    9 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Compliance management

    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Learning administration

    9.8
    98%
    8 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Learning reporting & analytics

    9.8
    98%
    9 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Social learning

    8.4
    84%
    9 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Payroll Management

    Brightspace

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    6.0

    Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued

    60%
    Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Pay calculation

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.0
    60%
    1 Rating

    Direct deposit files

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0
    70%
    1 Rating

    Salary revision and increment management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.0
    50%
    1 Rating

    Customization

    Brightspace

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    3.5

    Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued

    35%
    Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued ranks higher in 2/2 features

    API for custom integration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.0
    60%
    1 Rating

    Plug-ins

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    1.0
    10%
    1 Rating

    Security

    Brightspace

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.0

    Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued

    80%
    Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued ranks higher in 2/2 features

    Single sign-on capability

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    2 Ratings

    Role-based user permissions

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    2 Ratings

    Reporting & Analytics

    Brightspace

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    6.0

    Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued

    60%
    Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Dashboards

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    1.0
    10%
    1 Rating

    Standard reports

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    2 Ratings

    Custom reports

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    2 Ratings

    General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

    Brightspace

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.0

    Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued

    80%
    Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Accounts payable

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating

    Accounts receivable

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating

    Journals and Reconciliations

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating

    Attribute Ratings

    • Brightspace is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating
    • Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued is rated higher in 1 area: Usability

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.2

    Brightspace

    92%
    44 Ratings
    8.0

    Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued

    80%
    2 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    9.0

    Brightspace

    90%
    25 Ratings

    Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Usability

    6.4

    Brightspace

    64%
    11 Ratings
    8.0

    Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued

    80%
    1 Rating

    Availability

    9.0

    Brightspace

    90%
    2 Ratings

    Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Performance

    9.0

    Brightspace

    90%
    4 Ratings

    Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    10.0

    Brightspace

    100%
    11 Ratings
    9.0

    Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued

    90%
    1 Rating

    Online Training

    4.0

    Brightspace

    40%
    2 Ratings

    Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    1.6

    Brightspace

    16%
    6 Ratings

    Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    9.0

    Brightspace

    90%
    1 Rating

    Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued

    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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    Jenzabar, Inc.

    JICS is well suited for schools that have long-used Jenzabar products or are looking for a stripped down, direct data management system. If someone is seeking innovation or the latest in features and technology, I do not believe they would be as pleased with JICS. It's a bare bones system alternative.
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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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    Jenzabar, Inc.

    • Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS) is good at interacting with the Jenzabar database.
    • Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS) can integrate with Active Directory to allow for one set of credentials and also has its own credential management system for local accounts to be created.
    • Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS) will display grades as soon as they are entered into the Jenzabar database.
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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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    Jenzabar, Inc.

    • Jenzabar is unwilling to work with other companies to integrate information across multiple platforms.
    • The quality of JICS is contingent upon appropriate use and entry by those on campus. While not a limitation to JICS itself, there seems to be more problems with JICS in this regard than I have noticed on other campuses with other platforms.
    • JICS is typically behind on the times. Features it adds today were commonplace for others much earlier.
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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.

      Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued

      Starting Price

      Editions & Modules

      Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued 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

        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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        Jenzabar, Inc.

        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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        Jenzabar, Inc.

        Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS) is very usable and easy to maintain. With us having students log in with their AD credentials, they don't have to remember an extra username and password. Also, I have been able to update and customize some of the coding, which has allowed us to make sure the site works just the way we want it to.
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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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        Jenzabar, Inc.

        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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        Jenzabar, Inc.

        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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        Jenzabar, Inc.

        Support is generally very helpful. There are some support staff that really try to go the extra mile and help with solving the problem you have, not just answering your initial question. If you don't understand a feature that is offered in the Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS) environment, they also have a portal with on-demand webinars/courses that you can watch to get a better idea of offerings at your own base.
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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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        Jenzabar, Inc.

        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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        Jenzabar, Inc.

        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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        Jenzabar, Inc.

        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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        Jenzabar, Inc.

        We selected JICS many years ago as it was a cost-effective option that was streamlined and straight-forward. Today, no one is ever thrilled with their SIS, and I can anticipate major difficulties if we attempted to move from JICS. However, from a features and revolutionary standpoint, I do feel we will always be a step behind if we continue with Jenzabar.
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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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        Jenzabar, Inc.

        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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        Jenzabar, Inc.

        • Jenzabar has allowed us to house all data in one system, which was badly needed.
        • Jenzabar allows us to speak one language across campus, although many offices still work outside of Jenzabar due to limitations within JICS.
        • Jenzabar has not been effective in being a leader in new features or developments. I always feel like we are a step behind.
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