Coursera vs. Schoology Learning

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Coursera
Score 8.1 out of 10
N/A
Coursera is a learning management platform from the company of the same name in Mountain View, California.
$49
per month
Schoology Learning
Score 9.3 out of 10
N/A
Schoology aims to combine as many parts of the learning process as possible into a single platform for K-12 students. By doing this they aim to simplify the learning experience for students, parents, and teachers.N/A
Pricing
CourseraSchoology Learning
Editions & Modules
Single Topic
$49
per month per user
Individual
$59
per month per user
Team
$399
per year
Enterprise
Contact Sales
Schoology Basic
Free
Schoology Enterprise
Contact sales team
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
CourseraSchoology Learning
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsReach out to the vendor for pricing options based on your needs.
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Features
CourseraSchoology Learning
Learning Management
Comparison of Learning Management features of Product A and Product B
Coursera
8.8
4 Ratings
4% above category average
Schoology Learning
7.2
40 Ratings
13% below category average
Course authoring8.94 Ratings7.438 Ratings
Course catalog or library9.14 Ratings7.827 Ratings
Player/Portal8.94 Ratings8.029 Ratings
Learning content9.54 Ratings8.733 Ratings
Progress tracking & certifications9.24 Ratings7.334 Ratings
Learning reporting & analytics8.03 Ratings5.937 Ratings
Social learning8.94 Ratings6.035 Ratings
Mobile friendly00 Ratings6.638 Ratings
Assignments00 Ratings6.740 Ratings
Compliance management00 Ratings7.623 Ratings
Learning administration00 Ratings7.333 Ratings
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User Ratings
CourseraSchoology Learning
Likelihood to Recommend
8.6
(17 ratings)
6.5
(113 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(2 ratings)
4.5
(6 ratings)
Usability
10.0
(1 ratings)
4.4
(9 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
7.3
(1 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
6.4
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
9.0
(2 ratings)
1.0
(9 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
4.5
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
3.6
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
7.3
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
7.3
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
CourseraSchoology Learning
Likelihood to Recommend
Coursera
The Coursera platform can be a useful part of your overall learning content portfolio if utilized correctly. It's fantastic for asynchronous courses that don't necessarily need a dedicated faculty member (though I'd highly recommend at least having some discussion moderators/student workers) and for offering MOOCs. The ability for the learners to contribute translations really makes it ideal for the international learning community - I am always amazed to see a course we launched with 2-3 languages to quickly have 10-12 more added. This feature really helps expand the audience reach and Coursera has such a large following already that it can grow seemingly overnight.
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PowerSchool Group LLC
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.
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Pros
Coursera
  • Interaction: the student learns by doing. For programming courses, this means programming!
  • Assessments: the courses I'd taken ask students to grade each others work with a rubric. This is hugely effective and permits tests and quizzes to be other than multiple choice.
  • Creativity and enthusiasm of the instructors. Some of the approaches demonstrated real out-of-the-box thinking by the instructors. For example, the Rice Python course was a self-contained website requiring no installation of IDE on one's computer, and the final project was a working version of Asteroids.
  • Low cost of entry: most of the course I enrolled in were free, with an optional fee for certifications. This really gives people the freedom to explore learning. It's almost like a Public Library of Learning.
  • Coursera forces a weekly discipline on the user with lectures and assignments and this really motivates one to put in the effort.
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PowerSchool Group LLC
  • 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.
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Cons
Coursera
  • Some of the courses (very few) have some old information (more than 2 years), and in some areas like technology the information has to be very new and updated.
  • Some professors or people doing videos are not good in front of the camera, they should train their people a little bit more for those things.
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PowerSchool Group LLC
  • While this product constantly seeks to make improvements, certain features need tweaking. As educators enroll in various courses, these course tend to accumulate. If the educator is not an administrator of the course, it is next to impossible to get out.
  • Switching from one course/group to another course/group takes several steps. Not always easy to find the course/group needed.
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Likelihood to Renew
Coursera
Constantly renewing already. One of my favourite MOOC platforms.
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PowerSchool Group LLC
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.
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Usability
Coursera
User-friendly and developer-friendly Web UI.
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PowerSchool Group LLC
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.
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Reliability and Availability
Coursera
No answers on this topic
PowerSchool Group LLC
Generally good, but issue self-reporting has become a problem. When there are issues, it can be 20 minutes to an hour before it gets noted on the status page
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Performance
Coursera
No answers on this topic
PowerSchool Group LLC
Course saves or transfers can take several minutes and up to an hour
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Support Rating
Coursera
I’ve used it a couple of times and... that did great. They take their time, but in the end they solve your issues.
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PowerSchool Group LLC
We have county-level support and district-level support, but their HELP page offers everything that is needed to answer questions and to find "how-to" information for staff. This includes video and written directions for every available feature. Schoology has also worked with our district to improve their product.
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In-Person Training
Coursera
No answers on this topic
PowerSchool Group LLC
Too surface level with no follow-up. A
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Online Training
Coursera
No answers on this topic
PowerSchool Group LLC
Sit and get with very little hands-on time. 5 minutes to try out a feature/question type, etc. is not enough time. Once your training is done, there is no option for new employees to get that training without having to rebook and pay for the training again. If you pay for basic training, that should be available to a district to use in the future.
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Implementation Rating
Coursera
Coursera is familiar, intuitive, compatible and easy to use and implement.
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PowerSchool Group LLC
No answers on this topic
Alternatives Considered
Coursera
I think Coursera has the best overall interface. I think you will find that different platforms go in different directions, and have different specialities. For the most part the differences are more in the types of courses they offer than one being particularly better than the other, so it comes down to content for me.
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PowerSchool Group LLC
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.
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Scalability
Coursera
No answers on this topic
PowerSchool Group LLC
We use it 5-12 so scalability is not an issue but sharing materials between departments including common assessments is difficult without paying for add-on features
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Return on Investment
Coursera
  • The greatest benefit of Coursera is access to quality courses on various subjects that you can either browse or dive in deeply. Customizable, flexible and accessible.
  • Helps our department to recommend trainees courses on this website and gain important knowledge. Also, the courses are provided by big-name universities which helps students in their careers
  • Developing and exploring professional skills.
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PowerSchool Group LLC
  • 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!
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ScreenShots

Schoology Learning Screenshots

Screenshot of Example of Schoology’s course dashboard.