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Score 8.3 out of 100
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Score 8.2 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Learning Management

    7.8

    Google Classroom

    78%

    Thinkific

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Google Classroom ranks higher in 13/13 features

    Course authoring

    8.1
    81%
    42 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Course catalog or library

    7.9
    79%
    32 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Player/Portal

    8.4
    84%
    30 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Learning content

    8.1
    81%
    36 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Mobile friendly

    8.2
    82%
    48 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Progress tracking & certifications

    7.6
    76%
    38 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Assignments

    8.8
    88%
    49 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Compliance management

    7.9
    79%
    25 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Learning administration

    8.4
    84%
    38 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Learning reporting & analytics

    7.9
    79%
    35 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Social learning

    8.5
    85%
    43 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Gamification

    5.5
    55%
    2 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Single Sign On (SSO) Enabled Learning

    6.5
    65%
    2 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Google Classroom is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Performance, Product Scalability
    • Thinkific is rated higher in 5 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Usability, Availability, Support Rating, Implementation Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.5

    Google Classroom

    85%
    70 Ratings
    7.6

    Thinkific

    76%
    12 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    1.0

    Google Classroom

    10%
    3 Ratings
    7.3

    Thinkific

    73%
    2 Ratings

    Usability

    3.0

    Google Classroom

    30%
    4 Ratings
    9.6

    Thinkific

    96%
    2 Ratings

    Availability

    9.0

    Google Classroom

    90%
    2 Ratings
    10.0

    Thinkific

    100%
    2 Ratings

    Performance

    9.0

    Google Classroom

    90%
    2 Ratings
    8.0

    Thinkific

    80%
    2 Ratings

    Support Rating

    3.5

    Google Classroom

    35%
    29 Ratings
    9.1

    Thinkific

    91%
    13 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    2.0

    Google Classroom

    20%
    3 Ratings
    8.0

    Thinkific

    80%
    2 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    10.0

    Google Classroom

    100%
    1 Rating
    8.0

    Thinkific

    80%
    1 Rating

    Vendor post-sale

    Google Classroom

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0

    Thinkific

    90%
    2 Ratings

    Vendor pre-sale

    Google Classroom

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0

    Thinkific

    90%
    2 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Google

    Google Classroom is a great solution for remote learning when school budgets don’t allow for more robust platform purchases, such as Blackboard. It’s free! It’s customizable, but you’ll need to get a small group of users/teachers trained up on all the nuances so they can be your Champion group and help the other teachers. Love the ability to set slides as landing pages for a fun classroom picture. Kids enjoy the autonomy they have but struggle with remembering to complete all assignments if they don’t have more direct supervision. Lots of integration with other tools like Kira to allow for writing exercises and assignment submission. It’s a great stop-gap for schools not intending to remain in a remote setting, a permanent solution for organizations with low budgets that are fully remote, but not my first choice if you have a software budget and are operating fully remote at all times.
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    Thinkific

    Thinkific is well suited for users who who want to make an impact teaching online, whether that's to B2C with independent course creators, or B2B where you're training clients, partners and internal staff for a company (which is how we deployed the Thinkific Plus plan). Deployment or migration is easy and the speed and ease of course creation and publication is second to none. It's probably the easiest LMS to administer whilst still providing a powerful suite of tools that give you the insight you need to grow your course business.Thinkific is ideal for creating a customer education program for your business, automating onboarding of client training and training partners too. The range of plans Thinkific offer equally make it ideal for smaller personal course creators too.
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    Pros

    Google

    • Student-teacher communication - I love using Classroom for this because my students can always go back and check what was on Classroom by looking through the stream. This way they don't have to go dig through emails to find what they're looking for.
    • Posting to multiple classes - I can post the same announcement or assignment to multiple classes at once without having to repeat the process or send separate emails.
    • Streamlining grading - when students turn work in on Classroom, it all goes to one place and then when I'm grading I can open their documents directly from Classroom or my Drive folder. This way, I'm not looking through emails and Google Doc shared files for their assignment.
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    Thinkific

    • The price for the basic tier is very good compared to other platforms and what you get in it.
    • The look and feel of the site is simply beautiful, even if I'm allowed to customize to certain extent, they maintain things very neat.
    • Allowing to upload videos directly to the platform is a lifesaver.
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    Cons

    Google

    • Although usually in the discussion with other LMS apps such as Schoology and Canvas, Google Classroom doesn't possess as in-depth of a platform. There is no ability to set individual learning paths, pace student work with completion settings, or embed other apps directly into teacher-created assignments.
    • The assignment creation options are limited. Teachers can only choose from creating an assignment (usually a link with directions), a material (usually a doc/slide/website, etc), a question, and a quiz.
    • With gamification taking on a new lens in education, there really isn't any way to use gamification elements with Google Classroom. There isn't any way to create Individual learning paths, or use badges and micro-credentials within Classroom. Outside programs would have to be used.
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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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    Pricing Details

    Google Classroom

    Starting Price

    $0 per month

    Editions & Modules

    Google Classroom editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    Google Workspace for Education Standard31
    Teaching and Learning Upgrade42
    Google Workspace for Education Plus53
    Education Fundamentals04

    Footnotes

    1. per student/per year
    2. per license/per month
    3. per student/per year
    4. per license/per month

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Education Fundamentals Version - 30-day free trial for qualifying institutions.

    Thinkific

    Starting Price

    $0 per month

    Editions & Modules

    Thinkific editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    Start$99.001
    Grow$199.002
    Expand$399.003

    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?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Thinkific customers save 25% when they subscribe on an annual basis.

    Likelihood to Renew

    Google

    Testing is particularly important in online learning, and Google Classroom falls far short of other learning management systems in this regard. Security is also a concern: while account control is reasonable for the account used with Google Classroom, the person controlling a particular account is often able to, for example, forward or download proprietary materials.
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    Thinkific

    We will continue to use Thinkific for our company pieces of training. Until we are able to create our own in house portal, this is an excellent source to have a learning management software tool that is easy to use and easy to implement without much technical training to administer
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    Usability

    Google

    This is only a product I would recommend to a humanities teacher. Math and science teachers cannot use this product the same way that I can as an English teacher. It is great for word process and for reading, but unable to handle the demands of math and science. Therefore, I would highly recommend this product to English or Social Studies teachers, but NOT math or science teachers
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    Thinkific

    I've used other learning management systems over the last 5 years and believe Thinkific is easily one of the ones that make getting started with zero tech skills or know-how easy peasy. Everything is laid out very well in how to set up your online school, create your courses and market and sell your courses. They provide a lot of great videos tutorials and offer a useful webinar series to help you understand how to market your courses like a pro
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    Reliability and Availability

    Google

    We have had very little trouble in accessing Google Classroom. Our issues, if any, have risen from our server and not the Google servers.
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    Thinkific

    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

    Google

    No answers on this topic

    Thinkific

    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 Rating

    Google

    Since this platform is provided by Google, the technical support is better than any others, and we are not required to bother about the space constraints for adding the contents. If we have a good uninterrupted internet facility we can access Google Classroom without any delay or lag. They have app support in both Android and iPhone.
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    Thinkific

    I rate Thinkific a ten because of its excellent customer service, ease of use, high-quality product, fair price with excellent ROI, and because they keep making improvements. Using Thinkific solved the problems of piecing together our course with various WordPress plugins, iframes, and payment processing software. It's easy to create a course website for people who can't write code.
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    Implementation Rating

    Google

    It was relatively easy to implement due to the simplicity of the platform. Even our more technology challenged teachers found it easy to get started with Google Classroom.
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    Thinkific

    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

    Google

    I haven't tested or evaluated another digital classroom website or application. I feel like Google Classroom is convenient for many reasons such as compatibility to Google docs, slides, etc. I also love the ability to link to YouTube and other sites. I don't know if there would be a site that is easier to maneuver.
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    Thinkific

    Overall, if I had the choice, Thinkific would be one of the tools in using an online course for instructors and private institutions. The higher-tiered plan is a bit steep for contractor instructors who may need to pay for it themselves to show the course would be a good course for the school to create. The free 3-course is helpful without the bells and whistles. The free program offers you to create three courses and keep all the profit from selling your courses minus a small transaction fee that won't break the break.
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    Scalability

    Google

    It is very easy to push out this program across our buildings. Teachers are able to use it without much trouble.
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    Thinkific

    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

    Google

    • Student engagement is high when using Google Classroom. Students are more willing to work on projects continually when provided a digital platform.
    • Since teachers have instant access to student work, they can pinpoint weak areas for remediation, thus increasing test scores for mastery.
    • Google Classroom also saves time for teachers when used as an organizational tool as student work is all in one place with easy access.
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    Thinkific

    • Ability to attract leads with a FREE membership library option
    • Ability to quickly and easily deliver course content without much of a learning curve for course creators
    • If you need affiliates to help sell your product, even though they advertise that they have the option for affiliates, if you want to do it right you must use an additional integration for affiliate software.
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