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Score 8.4 out of 100
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Score 8.3 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

Thought Industries

Thought Industries is well suited for a business that wants to do courses for an external audience and has design and video resources. It is also helpful for a business that does resell and white labeling of courses. If you are a super small business then it would not necessarily be the right fit.
Ramon Mayo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Brightspace
9.3
Thought Industries
8.1
Course authoring
Brightspace
9.3
Thought Industries
7.0
Course catalog or library
Brightspace
9.9
Thought Industries
7.0
Player/Portal
Brightspace
9.7
Thought Industries
8.0
Learning content
Brightspace
9.3
Thought Industries
Mobile friendly
Brightspace
9.7
Thought Industries
Progress tracking & certifications
Brightspace
9.3
Thought Industries
9.0
Assignments
Brightspace
9.7
Thought Industries
9.0
Compliance management
Brightspace
8.0
Thought Industries
Learning administration
Brightspace
9.7
Thought Industries
9.0
Learning reporting & analytics
Brightspace
9.7
Thought Industries
10.0
Social learning
Brightspace
8.4
Thought Industries
6.0

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

Thought Industries

  • Ecommerce. The eCommerce options on Thought Industries are far better than any other LMS. You can sell subscriptions, one-time products, and even physical products.
  • Note-taking. The ability for users to take notes and journal is a key feature as a lot of our customers are teachers and they are learning the Bible and may want to go back and integrate their notes in other lessons.
  • The ability to handle video and audio is exceptional. Especially how the video files can be stored in Wistia.
  • The panorama feature is helpful as we have many products that we white label and now we can create courses for those customers as well.
Ramon Mayo | 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

Thought Industries

  • The scorm functionality needs improvement. It's clunky and not mobile friendly
  • The layout needs more flexibility. Our business has unique customers and a wide range of customers so being able to change it according to their needs would be helpful.
  • No image library. You have to upload each image every single time.
  • Updating changes can be slow
  • Needs drag and drop functionality
Ramon Mayo | 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

Thought Industries

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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

Thought Industries

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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

Thought Industries

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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

Thought Industries

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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

Thought Industries

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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

Thought Industries

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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

Thought Industries

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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

Thought Industries

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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

Thought Industries

Thought Industries is better on the financial side and as far as ease of us. It is more affordable than Docebo and is more aligned to an external customer use case. Docebo and Tovuti seemed to be more for internal training. Tovuti was less expensive but it was a little harder to use although it had more quiz features.
Ramon Mayo | 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

Thought Industries

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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

Thought Industries

  • Our customers love the new look of our courses on Thought Industries
  • We were late in getting our courses launched due to design functionality issues
  • We are steady growing with customers signing up for courses every day
Ramon Mayo | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Brightspace

General

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

Thought Industries

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Brightspace
9.2
Thought Industries
8.0

Likelihood to Renew

Brightspace
9.0
Thought Industries

Usability

Brightspace
6.4
Thought Industries

Reliability and Availability

Brightspace
9.0
Thought Industries

Performance

Brightspace
9.0
Thought Industries

Support Rating

Brightspace
10.0
Thought Industries

Online Training

Brightspace
4.0
Thought Industries

Implementation Rating

Brightspace
1.6
Thought Industries

Scalability

Brightspace
9.0
Thought Industries

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