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Score 8.6 out of 100
145 Ratings
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Score 7.6 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Brightspace ranks higher in 1 feature set: Learning Management

Learning Management

9.4

Brightspace

94%
6.7

Schoology Learning

67%
Brightspace ranks higher in 11/11 features

Course authoring

9.4
94%
9 Ratings
7.7
77%
39 Ratings

Course catalog or library

10.0
100%
6 Ratings
7.1
71%
28 Ratings

Player/Portal

9.7
97%
7 Ratings
7.4
74%
29 Ratings

Learning content

9.4
94%
9 Ratings
7.7
77%
34 Ratings

Mobile friendly

9.7
97%
8 Ratings
5.7
57%
39 Ratings

Progress tracking & certifications

9.4
94%
9 Ratings
6.8
68%
35 Ratings

Assignments

9.7
97%
9 Ratings
7.9
79%
41 Ratings

Compliance management

8.0
80%
1 Rating
5.0
50%
24 Ratings

Learning administration

9.7
97%
8 Ratings
6.9
69%
34 Ratings

Learning reporting & analytics

9.7
97%
9 Ratings
5.0
50%
38 Ratings

Social learning

8.4
84%
9 Ratings
6.5
65%
36 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Brightspace is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Support Rating
  • Schoology Learning is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Renew

Likelihood to Recommend

9.2

Brightspace

92%
44 Ratings
7.5

Schoology Learning

75%
114 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.0

Brightspace

90%
25 Ratings
9.1

Schoology Learning

91%
5 Ratings

Usability

6.4

Brightspace

64%
11 Ratings
4.1

Schoology Learning

41%
8 Ratings

Availability

9.0

Brightspace

90%
2 Ratings

Schoology Learning

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

9.0

Brightspace

90%
4 Ratings

Schoology Learning

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

10.0

Brightspace

100%
11 Ratings
2.5

Schoology Learning

25%
15 Ratings

Online Training

4.0

Brightspace

40%
2 Ratings

Schoology Learning

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

1.6

Brightspace

16%
6 Ratings

Schoology Learning

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

9.0

Brightspace

90%
1 Rating

Schoology Learning

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Brightspace

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.
John Bayerl | TrustRadius Reviewer

Schoology Learning

Schoology does the job well enough, but there are enough areas of contention that make advanced use of the system unwieldy. District staff does not have easy reporting ability to determine adoption and use of the platform without having to export to another program for analysis. The reliability of the system is a huge pain point as we need to deliver the curriculum but cannot count on it being available when we need to use it.
Scott Herring | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Brightspace

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Schoology Learning

  • Assessments - Much more interactive and have more grading options than Google Forms
  • Auto-rostering - We are able to use Infinite Campus to automatically roster classes and there are no extra steps
  • Family/Guardian access - Schoology allows families to have a sign in and see student grades & work.
Tiffany LoSasso | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Brightspace

  • 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.
Joshua Melder | TrustRadius Reviewer

Schoology Learning

  • Schoology is great when you are managing individual courses, but for our fully online and blended programming, it really lacked the back end administrator capabilities to be scaling up well - lack of a template/blueprint feature was really disappointing.
  • Third-party Integrations were few and often did not work well.
  • As a higher education institution, we saw very little responsiveness to our needs up against K-12. Although promises were made early on, they never came to fruition. Some faculty also felt the platform looked a bit 'juvenile' for higher ed.
Justin Harbin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Brightspace

General

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

Starting Price

Brightspace Editions & Modules

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

Schoology Learning

General

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

Starting Price

$0

Schoology Learning Editions & Modules

Edition
Schoology BasicFree
Schoology EnterpriseContact sales team
  1. none
Additional Pricing Details
Reach out to the vendor for pricing options based on your needs.

Likelihood to Renew

Brightspace

Brightspace 9.0
Based on 25 answers
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.
Ed Lovitt | TrustRadius Reviewer

Schoology Learning

Schoology Learning 9.1
Based on 5 answers
While we have taken time to re-evaluate our selected 1:1 devices, Schoology's impact on student learning is unquestioned. Students are able to connect with other learners, create and share products of their learning, and develop their digital fluency through their use of Schoology.
Robert Schuetz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Brightspace

Brightspace 6.4
Based on 11 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Schoology Learning

Schoology Learning 4.1
Based on 8 answers
It's very easy to use Schoology. As with any LMS, it helps to learn some tips and tricks prior to getting started. But, each item is clearly indicated within the platform. If I want to add materials, it is right at the top of my screen. If I want to view the calendar, it is indicated to the right of my screen. Navigating a course and the platform is quite straightforward. Additionally, the benefit of Schoology's help center and user community makes asking and answering questions quick and easy.
Natasha Monsaas-Daly | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Brightspace

Brightspace 9.0
Based on 2 answers
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.
Randi Tucker Barr, MBA, PhD | TrustRadius Reviewer

Schoology Learning

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

Brightspace

Brightspace 9.0
Based on 4 answers
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.
Randi Tucker Barr, MBA, PhD | TrustRadius Reviewer

Schoology Learning

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Brightspace

Brightspace 10.0
Based on 11 answers
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.
Steven Mitchell | TrustRadius Reviewer

Schoology Learning

Schoology Learning 2.5
Based on 15 answers
Schoology has worked very closely with our school system to meet our specific needs. The Schoology team goes further than just working with the district staff. Any educator can ask questions, or provide feedback and the company acknowledges it. This company truly cares about each users' experience
Kellie Weisenbeck | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Brightspace

Did not participate in the in-person training due to distance; training was completed online
Randi Tucker Barr, MBA, PhD | TrustRadius Reviewer

Schoology Learning

No answers on this topic

Online Training

Brightspace

Brightspace 4.0
Based on 2 answers
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.
Ken Matthias | TrustRadius Reviewer

Schoology Learning

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

Brightspace

Brightspace 1.6
Based on 6 answers
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.
Ed Lovitt | TrustRadius Reviewer

Schoology Learning

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Brightspace

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.
Tom Carlson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Schoology Learning

I have taught using both Edmodo and Google Classroom. While both were easier than Schoology was to get in the beginning, Schoology is infinitely more powerful than either of them was. I can do so much more, and differentiate so much easier using Schoology than I could with either of my previous LMSs.
Arcadia Parson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Brightspace

Brightspace 9.0
Based on 1 answer
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.
Randi Tucker Barr, MBA, PhD | TrustRadius Reviewer

Schoology Learning

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Brightspace

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Schoology Learning

  • Using Schoology to build a foundation for a blended learning model has helped increase my students ABC rate between 15-20% in all classes!
  • Using Schoology is forcing my students to become responsible for their own learning!
  • The only negative thing I have encountered is the students resistance to change!
Stacy Dunn | TrustRadius Reviewer

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