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Likelihood to Recommend

DigitalChalk

As I've stated, the best scenario for an organization to use DigitalChalk is in a highly structured course delivery format where information does not change often, where the course doesn't need any hands-on facilitating, and the outcomes can be automatically assessed. For certificate courses, DigitalChalk has everything the organization needs to implement their courses and certificate delivery.
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Thinkific

Thinkific is very well suited to start-up course creators with a low budget as it offers a free plan that currently allows you to create three courses and keep all the profit that comes from selling your courses. I love that it does not penalise you for being on a free plan with a transaction fee or withholding payment for 30 days as other course sites do. For other new course creators needing to upload more than three courses to test out which is working best, Thinkific, unfortunately, wouldn't work for them as that's that limit. I understand the need to put limitations on the number of courses a company can create on a free plan but I think three is a little bit mean as other course sites offer up to 10.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

DigitalChalk
Thinkific
8.6
Course authoring
DigitalChalk
Thinkific
9.5
Course catalog or library
DigitalChalk
Thinkific
9.0
Player/Portal
DigitalChalk
Thinkific
9.0
Learning content
DigitalChalk
Thinkific
9.5
Mobile friendly
DigitalChalk
Thinkific
8.5
Progress tracking & certifications
DigitalChalk
Thinkific
9.5
Assignments
DigitalChalk
Thinkific
8.0
Compliance management
DigitalChalk
Thinkific
6.0
Learning administration
DigitalChalk
Thinkific
9.0
Learning reporting & analytics
DigitalChalk
Thinkific
8.5
Social learning
DigitalChalk
Thinkific
8.0

Pros

DigitalChalk

  • 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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Thinkific

  • Ease of use: getting started with the software is really easy
  • The product team is world-class: they listen to feedback and regularly implement suggestions that we provide them.
  • Our students love the course experience
  • We also love how easy it is to integrate with our existing tech stack—Zapier, Active Campaign, etc.
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Cons

DigitalChalk

  • DigitalChalk really fit our usage scenario well - structured, hands-off course delivery and management. For anyone doing something else outside of this realm, DigitalChalk might not be the best platform.
  • DigitalChalk uses its own software to manage its customer support content, and that has both good points and bad points. Not in its favor - because of the limitations, the overall online support experience was not great. I got more out of working with a specific support agent than I did with the website.
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Thinkific

  • Although it has some great third-part integrations it would be great if it offered more such as links with email service providers such as Mailerlite
  • Assignment feature to be available on the lower tier plans
  • Improve the file size uploads for images and videos
  • Provide a lot more themes
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Likelihood to Renew

DigitalChalk

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Thinkific

Thinkific 9.0
Based on 1 answer
I'm very likely to renewal as long as Thinkific stays focused on helping small businesses like myself to stay in the know of new and more effective ways to use digital learning tools to help our students get better success. I will also stay with Thinkific if they do not intend to hike up the prices and keep the different price plans suit all businesses regardless of the size.
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Usability

DigitalChalk

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Thinkific

Thinkific 9.5
Based on 2 answers
Out of the box, Thinkific is very user-friendly. Though if you want more customizations, you do have to understand some code.
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Reliability and Availability

DigitalChalk

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Thinkific

Thinkific 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I've never had any issues with accessing Thinkific but I can see when it has been a problem for others. When I get updates on when they are doing maintenance to their platform I tend to make sure that is not the day I plan to be working on my school so as not to get frustrated
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Performance

DigitalChalk

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Thinkific

Thinkific 8.0
Based on 1 answer
When it comes to the performance of Thinkific for me I find that it's good but could be better. I tend to think that the larger the files and videos you upload on your courses may add to the impact of it's uploading (not sure if that's actually true or not). But overall the performance of Thinkific via my tablet and desktop is very good when I have a fast speed broadband speed
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Support

DigitalChalk

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Thinkific

Thinkific 9.0
Based on 2 answers
Their support team is incredible. They get back to you really fast and are very attentive and willing to help. They often take our suggestions into account and create product updates for us. If they don't have a solution right away, they work to make sure it gets solved.
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Implementation

DigitalChalk

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Thinkific

Thinkific 8.0
Based on 1 answer
The implementation period took time like it would in earning and using any new tool. It was more about being organised, having better time management processes in place and having people you were able to reach out to if you were every able stuck. The other key ting with the implementation period was giving yourself a realistic time scale to get the job completed.
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Alternatives Considered

DigitalChalk

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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Thinkific

We have lots of our courses up on Udemy, but you don't have that much control over the courses because it's a marketplace. We've also experimented a little bit with ClickFunnels and we thought Thinkific was the best.
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Scalability

DigitalChalk

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Thinkific

Thinkific 8.0
Based on 1 answer
The opportunities to scale your online course business with Thinkific is endless. They provide a great range of plans with features, integrations and support to suit the needs of any business as different levels. The key here is knowing where to start with the budget you have and then knowing when it's time to scale up and the tools and resources it will require.
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Return on Investment

DigitalChalk

  • 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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Thinkific

  • We recently moved to a subscription model, and Thinkific helped us to bring in recurring revenue through that.
  • We also used to sell a lot via webinars, and Thinkific helped to deliver that product.
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Pricing Details

DigitalChalk

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required
Starting at $399

Thinkific

General

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

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