What users are saying about
71 Ratings
81 Ratings
71 Ratings
<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring' target='_blank' rel='nofollow noopener'>trScore algorithm: Learn more.</a>
Score 8.3 out of 100
81 Ratings
<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring' target='_blank' rel='nofollow noopener'>trScore algorithm: Learn more.</a>
Score 8.7 out of 100

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

Saba Cloud

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Brightspace
9.3
Saba Cloud
9.1
Course authoring
Brightspace
9.3
Saba Cloud
7.3
Course catalog or library
Brightspace
9.9
Saba Cloud
9.5
Player/Portal
Brightspace
9.7
Saba Cloud
8.8
Learning content
Brightspace
9.3
Saba Cloud
9.4
Mobile friendly
Brightspace
9.7
Saba Cloud
9.4
Progress tracking & certifications
Brightspace
9.3
Saba Cloud
9.3
Assignments
Brightspace
9.7
Saba Cloud
9.8
Compliance management
Brightspace
8.0
Saba Cloud
8.9
Learning administration
Brightspace
9.7
Saba Cloud
9.3
Learning reporting & analytics
Brightspace
9.7
Saba Cloud
9.2
Social learning
Brightspace
8.4
Saba Cloud
8.9

Onboarding

Brightspace
Saba Cloud
8.4
New hire portal
Brightspace
Saba Cloud
7.1
Manager tracking tools
Brightspace
Saba Cloud
9.5
Compliance tracking and reporting
Brightspace
Saba Cloud
8.6

Performance and Goals

Brightspace
Saba Cloud
9.5
Corporate goal setting
Brightspace
Saba Cloud
9.5
Subordinate goal setting
Brightspace
Saba Cloud
9.8
Individual goal setting
Brightspace
Saba Cloud
9.8
Line-of sight-visibility
Brightspace
Saba Cloud
9.4
Performance tracking
Brightspace
Saba Cloud
9.2

Performance Management

Brightspace
Saba Cloud
8.9
Performance plans
Brightspace
Saba Cloud
9.3
Plan weighting
Brightspace
Saba Cloud
8.3
Manager note taking
Brightspace
Saba Cloud
9.7
Performance improvement plans
Brightspace
Saba Cloud
8.5
Review status tracking
Brightspace
Saba Cloud
9.7
Rater nomination workflow
Brightspace
Saba Cloud
8.5
Review reminders
Brightspace
Saba Cloud
9.0
Workflow restrictions
Brightspace
Saba Cloud
8.8
Multiple review frequency
Brightspace
Saba Cloud
8.5
Reporting
Brightspace
Saba Cloud
8.9

Succession Planning

Brightspace
Saba Cloud
9.1
Create succession plans/pools
Brightspace
Saba Cloud
9.7
Candidate ranking
Brightspace
Saba Cloud
8.4
Candidate search
Brightspace
Saba Cloud
8.9
Candidate development
Brightspace
Saba Cloud
9.3

Recruiting / ATS

Brightspace
Saba Cloud
9.0
Job Requisition Management
Brightspace
Saba Cloud
8.8
Company Website Posting
Brightspace
Saba Cloud
8.4
Publish to Social Media
Brightspace
Saba Cloud
9.5
Job Search Site Posting
Brightspace
Saba Cloud
8.9
Customized Application Form
Brightspace
Saba Cloud
8.4
Resume Management
Brightspace
Saba Cloud
8.5
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Brightspace
Saba Cloud
9.4
Candidate Search
Brightspace
Saba Cloud
9.1
Applicant Tracking
Brightspace
Saba Cloud
9.7
Collaboration
Brightspace
Saba Cloud
9.4
Email Templates
Brightspace
Saba Cloud
9.7
User Permissions
Brightspace
Saba Cloud
8.7
Notifications and Alerts
Brightspace
Saba Cloud
9.0
Reporting
Brightspace
Saba Cloud
9.0

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

Saba Cloud

  • 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.
Paul Ellison | 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

Saba Cloud

  • 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.
Chris Salles | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Saba Cloud

Saba Cloud 4.5
Based on 5 answers
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.
Stefano Tempesta | 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

Saba Cloud

Saba Cloud 7.8
Based on 11 answers
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.
Ashley Gibson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Brightspace

Brightspace 9.0
Based on 1 answer
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

Saba Cloud

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

Brightspace

Brightspace 9.0
Based on 2 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

Saba Cloud

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Brightspace

Brightspace 10.0
Based on 6 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

Saba Cloud

Saba Cloud 8.6
Based on 24 answers
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.
Bruce Boyd | 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

Saba Cloud

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

Saba Cloud

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

Brightspace

Brightspace 1.6
Based on 3 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

Saba Cloud

Saba Cloud 4.5
Based on 3 answers
Was not involved with integration.
Vinnie Samaan | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Saba Cloud

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.
Anonymous | 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

Saba Cloud

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

Saba Cloud

  • 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.
Joe Geppert | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

Pricing Details

Brightspace

General

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

Saba Cloud

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Brightspace
9.2
Saba Cloud
9.1

Likelihood to Renew

Brightspace
9.0
Saba Cloud
4.5

Usability

Brightspace
6.4
Saba Cloud
7.8

Reliability and Availability

Brightspace
9.0
Saba Cloud

Performance

Brightspace
9.0
Saba Cloud

Support Rating

Brightspace
10.0
Saba Cloud
8.6

Online Training

Brightspace
4.0
Saba Cloud

Implementation Rating

Brightspace
1.6
Saba Cloud
4.5

Scalability

Brightspace
9.0
Saba Cloud

Add comparison