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Score 8.8 out of 100
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Score 8.4 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Brightspace ranks higher in 1 feature set: Learning Management

Learning Management

9.4

Brightspace

94%
9.1

Saba Cloud

91%
Brightspace ranks higher in 8/11 features

Course authoring

9.5
95%
9 Ratings
6.9
69%
22 Ratings

Course catalog or library

10.0
100%
6 Ratings
9.2
92%
29 Ratings

Player/Portal

9.8
98%
7 Ratings
9.3
93%
26 Ratings

Learning content

9.5
95%
9 Ratings
9.7
97%
28 Ratings

Mobile friendly

9.8
98%
8 Ratings
9.8
98%
23 Ratings

Progress tracking & certifications

9.4
94%
9 Ratings
9.3
93%
28 Ratings

Assignments

9.8
98%
9 Ratings
7.8
78%
27 Ratings

Compliance management

8.0
80%
1 Rating
9.3
93%
29 Ratings

Learning administration

9.8
98%
8 Ratings
9.3
93%
28 Ratings

Learning reporting & analytics

9.8
98%
9 Ratings
9.3
93%
28 Ratings

Social learning

8.4
84%
9 Ratings
9.8
98%
20 Ratings

Onboarding

Brightspace

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
8.2

Saba Cloud

82%
Saba Cloud ranks higher in 3/3 features

New hire portal

N/A
0 Ratings
7.0
70%
11 Ratings

Manager tracking tools

N/A
0 Ratings
9.3
93%
19 Ratings

Compliance tracking and reporting

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2
82%
23 Ratings

Performance and Goals

Brightspace

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
9.7

Saba Cloud

97%
Saba Cloud ranks higher in 5/5 features

Corporate goal setting

N/A
0 Ratings
9.8
98%
24 Ratings

Subordinate goal setting

N/A
0 Ratings
9.8
98%
24 Ratings

Individual goal setting

N/A
0 Ratings
9.8
98%
25 Ratings

Line-of sight-visibility

N/A
0 Ratings
9.3
93%
25 Ratings

Performance tracking

N/A
0 Ratings
9.8
98%
24 Ratings

Performance Management

Brightspace

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
8.3

Saba Cloud

83%
Saba Cloud ranks higher in 10/10 features

Performance plans

N/A
0 Ratings
9.3
93%
21 Ratings

Plan weighting

N/A
0 Ratings
7.1
71%
14 Ratings

Manager note taking

N/A
0 Ratings
7.0
70%
15 Ratings

Performance improvement plans

N/A
0 Ratings
8.9
89%
18 Ratings

Review status tracking

N/A
0 Ratings
9.8
98%
19 Ratings

Rater nomination workflow

N/A
0 Ratings
7.9
79%
15 Ratings

Review reminders

N/A
0 Ratings
9.8
98%
18 Ratings

Workflow restrictions

N/A
0 Ratings
6.4
64%
14 Ratings

Multiple review frequency

N/A
0 Ratings
7.6
76%
15 Ratings

Reporting

N/A
0 Ratings
9.4
94%
26 Ratings

Succession Planning

Brightspace

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
8.3

Saba Cloud

83%
Saba Cloud ranks higher in 4/4 features

Create succession plans/pools

N/A
0 Ratings
9.8
98%
13 Ratings

Candidate ranking

N/A
0 Ratings
7.6
76%
12 Ratings

Candidate search

N/A
0 Ratings
8.1
81%
12 Ratings

Candidate development

N/A
0 Ratings
7.5
75%
13 Ratings

Recruiting / ATS

Brightspace

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
8.8

Saba Cloud

88%
Saba Cloud ranks higher in 14/14 features

Job Requisition Management

N/A
0 Ratings
8.4
84%
5 Ratings

Company Website Posting

N/A
0 Ratings
8.5
85%
5 Ratings

Publish to Social Media

N/A
0 Ratings
8.9
89%
4 Ratings

Job Search Site Posting

N/A
0 Ratings
7.9
79%
4 Ratings

Customized Application Form

N/A
0 Ratings
8.5
85%
4 Ratings

Resume Management

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0
80%
4 Ratings

Duplicate Candidate Prevention

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1
91%
5 Ratings

Candidate Search

N/A
0 Ratings
8.9
89%
5 Ratings

Applicant Tracking

N/A
0 Ratings
9.5
95%
5 Ratings

Collaboration

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1
91%
5 Ratings

Email Templates

N/A
0 Ratings
9.5
95%
6 Ratings

User Permissions

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1
91%
5 Ratings

Notifications and Alerts

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1
91%
7 Ratings

Reporting

N/A
0 Ratings
9.5
95%
8 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Brightspace is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Support Rating
  • Saba Cloud is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Implementation Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

9.2

Brightspace

92%
44 Ratings
9.4

Saba Cloud

94%
48 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.0

Brightspace

90%
25 Ratings
4.5

Saba Cloud

45%
5 Ratings

Usability

6.4

Brightspace

64%
11 Ratings
7.8

Saba Cloud

78%
11 Ratings

Availability

9.0

Brightspace

90%
2 Ratings

Saba Cloud

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

9.0

Brightspace

90%
4 Ratings

Saba Cloud

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

10.0

Brightspace

100%
11 Ratings
8.4

Saba Cloud

84%
24 Ratings

Online Training

4.0

Brightspace

40%
2 Ratings

Saba Cloud

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

1.6

Brightspace

16%
6 Ratings
4.5

Saba Cloud

45%
3 Ratings

Product Scalability

9.0

Brightspace

90%
1 Rating

Saba Cloud

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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Cornerstone OnDemand

Our organization uses Saba Cloud primarily to manage all types of learning systems or staff training empirically. In addition, it provides us with a quick test-based follow-up to the trainees. We use Saba Cloud to train our clientele in a professional manner with respect to our worldwide online service. With this tool we are able to enhance the customer experience with the organization. Similarly, our organization uses Saba Cloud to monitor the performance and effectiveness of our employees and customers after having access to all the information provided by the application to subsequently make learning and development reports.
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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

  • Skills Management - Saba has allowed us to set specific expectations for employees based upon their role, and this has clarified the skill requirements for employees.
  • Goal Management - With Saba, managers can easily create goals aligned up to senior leadership, and then work with their direct reports to create supporting goals.
  • Learning Management - Using Saba's built-in Smart Lists, assigning compliance training is a simple process that used to be a challenge in our former LMS.
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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

  • Saba continues to improve their reporting and analytics. While it is much improved over previous versions, it can be improved.
  • Release Notes for system updates need to be delivered to admins farther in advance of the update in order to prepare properly.
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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.

    Saba Cloud

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Saba Cloud 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

      Pricing Info

      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

      Typically customers that acquire a Saba solution rarely move away. There are reasons and "legends" behind this. The investment is significant. Time and money are required to make the engine go smoothly. But once it runs at full capacity, it doesn't stop! Professional Services are extremely competent and able to close implementation gaps quickly.
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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

      As someone who creates classes and is also a learning administrator in the system, I have run into some issues with the system's capabilities for my needs. I am not a fan of having to use Adobe Captivate to download a PowerPoint presentation into the system, as my training sessions are much more than a glorified PowerPoint. Our organization has yet to turn on Saba Meetings, which may help with these limitations.
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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

      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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      Cornerstone OnDemand

      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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      Cornerstone OnDemand

      For the times that we have used the support provided by Saba, it has been a very pleasurable experience for our department. Part of our package with Saba includes a specified number of hours of "training" time with Saba. During these meetings, we have shared our desires of the product and the support personnel have either shown us how to accomplish our task or they have taken our requests to their developers to look at future enhancements. Overall, very pleased with the support.
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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

      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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      Cornerstone OnDemand

      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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      Cornerstone OnDemand

      Was not involved with integration.
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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

      We had extensive reviews with a plan of what we needed and must have out of the system, including custom learning paths and tracking inside our HRIS system to grant permissions and positions based on completed learning certifications and courses. We weighed each option and chose based on the one that met the most of the must-haves.
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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

      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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      Cornerstone OnDemand

      • This may seem small but with 90% of our workforce not at our main facility just the fact that since July 1, 2021, we have had over 18,956 compliance-related training completed by our staff. Do the math the ROI is wonderful.
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