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Score 7.7 out of 100

Blackbaud Education Management Solutions

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Feature Set Ratings

    Learning Management

    9.5

    DigitalChalk, by Sciolytix

    95%

    Blackbaud Education Management Solutions

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    DigitalChalk, by Sciolytix ranks higher in 10/10 features

    Course authoring

    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Course catalog or library

    9.0
    90%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Player/Portal

    10.0
    100%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Learning content

    10.0
    100%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Mobile friendly

    10.0
    100%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Progress tracking & certifications

    10.0
    100%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Assignments

    10.0
    100%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Compliance management

    9.0
    90%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Learning administration

    10.0
    100%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Learning reporting & analytics

    9.0
    90%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • DigitalChalk, by Sciolytix is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    10.0

    DigitalChalk, by Sciolytix

    100%
    2 Ratings
    7.7

    Blackbaud Education Management Solutions

    77%
    119 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    DigitalChalk, by Sciolytix

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.5

    Blackbaud Education Management Solutions

    75%
    9 Ratings

    Usability

    DigitalChalk, by Sciolytix

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.5

    Blackbaud Education Management Solutions

    65%
    5 Ratings

    Support Rating

    10.0

    DigitalChalk, by Sciolytix

    100%
    2 Ratings
    6.9

    Blackbaud Education Management Solutions

    69%
    183 Ratings

    Ease of integration

    DigitalChalk, by Sciolytix

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.2

    Blackbaud Education Management Solutions

    72%
    22 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Sciolytix (DigitalChalk + Selleration)

    Digital Chalk is perfect for organizations who are looking for an easy to use Learning Management System and don't need all the bells, whistles, and bulk of the LMS giants, like Cornerstone or SuccessFactors. Digital Chalk doesn't require an administrative specialist to learn a whole new language and environment with endless options and settings. It's very easy to use for both learners and administrators, and yet at the same time provides the exact functions you need.
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    Blackbaud

    A good, and constantly improving solution for private schools. I don't know that a lot of its functionality would be well suited to public schools, but maybe? The integration with other Blackbaud software is a huge plus for us, as we have several of their other products including their flagship Raiser's Edge. Smaller schools may not need the sophistication of Blackbaud solutions, and it is not an inexpensive option.
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    Pros

    Sciolytix (DigitalChalk + Selleration)

    • While I used the platform, it improved its integrations with PowerPoint, making it easy to convert slides to the DigitalChalk format.
    • The editing layers for audio underneath the slides is very user-friendly and easy to use.
    • While we didn't use the quiz randomization, I liked how there was a structure built to it so that those who had more robust usage situations than ours would be able to improve engagement and assess learning at a higher level.
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    Blackbaud

    • Seamless integration between the LMS, EMS and SIS modules
    • Real-time, effective chat support helps me not only with urgent needs but also to work through possibilities for increasing how we use the product.
    • Feature upgrades monthly that respond to voiced needs from users
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    Cons

    Sciolytix (DigitalChalk + Selleration)

    • The administration of Digital Chalk is very easy. The function I think may be missing is an easy way to add revisions and assign them to the students who need them. For example, when you update a piece of a course it would have an indication that it is version xxx and would ask who would like to assign it to - everyone who has taken it before or just new students.
    • It would nice to have the system recognize when a student has already completed an element of a course that may be used in another course. For example, if video A is part of courses 1 and 2, and the student already watched it in course 1, it would ask the administrator if they should get automated credit for it in course 2, as well.
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    Blackbaud

    • Forms - lack of conditional questions
    • Gradebook -lack of links to assignments
    • Not being able to customize displays, for example, Grading tab - we just finished 1st semester and teachers could only see the current quarter but not the 1st one which is still part of the first semester. Lack of customization in assessments.
    • Scheduling- even though re-running generating schedules, we're still getting a high number of unscheduled students. Lack of being able to limit the number of scheduled classes in a row for teachers.
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    Pricing Details

    DigitalChalk, by Sciolytix

    Starting Price

    $35 per month

    Editions & Modules

    DigitalChalk, by Sciolytix editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    Essential$35.001
    Professional$79.002
    Premier$189.003

    Footnotes

    1. per month
    2. per month
    3. per month

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    Required Starting at $399

    Additional Details

    Blackbaud Education Management Solutions

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Blackbaud Education Management Solutions editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      Required

      Additional Details

      Likelihood to Renew

      Sciolytix (DigitalChalk + Selleration)

      No answers on this topic

      Blackbaud

      It is a solid product. We have some issues with the capabilities of the website building components and the out dated technology behind its communications software but overall Blackbaud Education Management Software services to combine numerous functions into one product.
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      Usability

      Sciolytix (DigitalChalk + Selleration)

      No answers on this topic

      Blackbaud

      Blackbaud EMS is very usable from my perspective. I am a power user and get lots of valuable functionality. It is, however, a complex system. Sometimes necessarily complex to accommodate flexibility for diverse customer needs. Some complexity seems unnecessary and/or hold-over functionality from earlier versions; nice to see this type being evolved away from over time. It is valuable to receive regular updates to the system along with good release notes of what changed and notices of significant changes in advance.
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      Support Rating

      Sciolytix (DigitalChalk + Selleration)

      As I mentioned previously, Digital Chalk's customer support is excellent. I also got a reply back within an hour, and it was usually the same person. So, they were familiar with our needs and how we were using the system. Honestly, most of the time we had to contact their support, it was an issue on the user's side, not in the software. Yet, they still helped identify the issue and consulted on how to fix it.
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      Blackbaud

      Decent support however the chat feature can take a great amount of time out of the workday. If for instance you are waiting for someone to respond in the chat and there is a fire drill, if you are not responding within a few minutes, you are disconnected and have to start all over again. It would be great if you could submit your problem and then whoever has the most experience, can respond. The training in the Blackbaud University is good but also time-consuming - a 3 hr training in the middle of a workday is a lot to ask. I like the 90-minute sessions. It would also be great to offer a shorter webinar to update on any changes implemented. Other than the email I subscribed to, there is no information on how these updates actually work.
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      Alternatives Considered

      Sciolytix (DigitalChalk + Selleration)

      DigitalChalk gave the organization the hands-on ownership of content creation and delivery while meeting our usage case of hands-off course management on a daily basis and extending the reach of the course content and certificate to as many people as possible. It's easy to use, very cost-effective to implement, and the overall experience means that the course participants get what they need out of the course without a lot of effort on their part.
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      Blackbaud

      Blackbaud K-12 is very similar. I feel like I would be trading one set of issues for another so it's kind of a wash. We are very much hooked into the Blackbaud website with our Google SSO, SmartTuition, and Schooldoc integrations. It would be difficult for us to transition. That is the main reason I haven't really entertained other web firms.
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      Return on Investment

      Sciolytix (DigitalChalk + Selleration)

      • DigtialChalk's ROI is positive - the cost model of low up-front costs to get started, then paying a small amount per course participant means that organizations implementing DigitalChalk as their platform get more than their money's worth from it. It returns profit quickly and on a consistent basis.
      • The asynchronous nature of the platform, combined with the targeted usage situation of hands-off course delivery and management, means that resources to create, deliver, and maintain courses can be held with either one person (like an instructional designer) or even an outside contractor. This means that there's little impact to the fixed operating costs involved with hiring someone else to manage it.
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      Blackbaud

      • Negative - The rollout is brutal. Blackbaud said it could happen in 6 months, but that is definitely not a reality. It will take well over a year, and one complete school cycle to actually integrate everything correctly.
      • Positive - The amount of time saved in data processing has allowed our office to become more involved in other areas of the school.
      • Positive - The ease of having everything in [one] place, from inquiry to application to contracts and course registration, has been a HUGE benefit to our applicants and their families.
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