Jenzabar SONIS vs. Teachable

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Jenzabar SONIS
Score 8.1 out of 10
N/A
Jenzabar now offers SONIS, a student information system (SIS) oriented around the needs of smaller higher education institutions. Jenzabar supports the former SONISWEB product since its acquisition of original developer RJM Systems in 2015.N/A
Teachable
Score 7.6 out of 10
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Teachable in New York offers what they describe as a powerful, easy-to-use online course creation platform, designed to provide course creators everything needed to create, market, and sell their course online. Teachable's platform includes unlimited courses and unlimited students, to site customization and personal branding.
$39
per month
Pricing
Jenzabar SONISTeachable
Editions & Modules
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Basic
$39.00
per month
Pro
$119.00
per month
Business
$299.00
per month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Jenzabar SONISTeachable
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Jenzabar SONISTeachable
Top Pros

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Top Cons

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Features
Jenzabar SONISTeachable
Student and Faculty Administration
Comparison of Student and Faculty Administration features of Product A and Product B
Jenzabar SONIS
9.6
1 Ratings
12% above category average
Teachable
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Ratings
Integrations with 3rd-Party Education Technology9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Online Registration Management10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
District Communications, such as messaging and alerting10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Roster Management10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Platform Customization8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Teacher Self-Service10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Student Data Security10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Community Support8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Class Scheduling10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
State and National-level Reporting10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Compliance Support10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Teacher and Parent Mobile Application10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Learning Management
Comparison of Learning Management features of Product A and Product B
Jenzabar SONIS
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Ratings
Teachable
7.4
4 Ratings
11% below category average
Course authoring00 Ratings9.34 Ratings
Course catalog or library00 Ratings8.34 Ratings
Player/Portal00 Ratings9.34 Ratings
Learning content00 Ratings9.04 Ratings
Mobile friendly00 Ratings8.04 Ratings
Progress tracking & certifications00 Ratings8.34 Ratings
Assignments00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Compliance management00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Learning administration00 Ratings7.04 Ratings
Learning reporting & analytics00 Ratings6.74 Ratings
Social learning00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Single Sign On (SSO) Enabled Learning00 Ratings2.01 Ratings
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Jenzabar SONISTeachable
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User Ratings
Jenzabar SONISTeachable
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(3 ratings)
7.7
(4 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
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(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Professional Services
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
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(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
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10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Jenzabar SONISTeachable
Likelihood to Recommend
Jenzabar, Inc.
We often had students who came and took a class or completed a program, left, and then came back for something else at a later time. It was nice to be able to have someone in Jenzabar SONIS with multiple statuses. They could be in as a Student for the current class while still being in as an Alumni for the program they had graduated from. Most of our programs are set up so the students within that program are all taking the same courses at the same time. The bulk registration feature made it easy to enroll one student and then use that student's enrollment to quickly enroll all of the others in the program. That was a huge time saver. We had letters and emails that we wanted to send out at specific times in the application process. The Activity tool in Jenzabar SONIS made it easy for us to have some things that were automatically added to a person's record and others that we could add as needed. We could then run timed letters or emails and get our communication sent out. We had some challenges with Jenzabar SONIS because we have a number of certificate programs that are only one semester in length. We often had students who would complete one certificate (program) in the fall and then complete another one in the spring. Many of the reports pulled data only for the active enrollment so we had to go back and manually pull the data for the enrollment from the other semester if we needed something for the full school year.
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Teachable
Gets the job done and is easy to use. We've definitely made serious revenue with it, and it's worked well enough with our other systems to enable some handy automations. I'd say if you've got a course or courses you're looking to launch and they are fairly straightforward with up-front payments, Teachable can definitely get the job done. However, if you're running more of a membership model for access to your courses, Teachable by itself may not be the ideal solution, or you may want to use a different platform for the payments and just use Teachable for the actual courses.
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Pros
Jenzabar, Inc.
  • Great value
  • Built in reports are great, but it also has add on reporting that is fantastic.
  • Hosting they offer is phenomenal nearly no downtime, ever!
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Teachable
  • Hosting video-based training
  • Receiving and passing on payments and handling the slaes tax
  • Allowing me to work with affiliates
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Cons
Jenzabar, Inc.
  • SONIS sorts my advisees by class and then by name. This is NOT useful. There should be an option for sorting by name only. I advise almost fifty students. It wastes my time looking for them in the sophomore listing, then the junior listing......
  • When registration of a student for semester courses is complete, there should be an option to print out only the courses scheduled, NOT the entire page which shows available courses at the bottom.
  • SONIS sometimes kicks me out for no reason.
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Teachable
  • They FALSELY ADVERTISE their services.
  • They kicked us off their "unlimited" plan b/c we were using serving too many downloads?
  • They were terribly rude, cursing at us, threatening us, deleting our forum questions.
  • They have no unlimited plan and need to be sued in a court of law for their misleadings.
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Likelihood to Renew
Jenzabar, Inc.
No answers on this topic
Teachable
Because we haven't had any major issues with it. The platform is really simple to use and the content can be uploaded and modified very easily. It has a drag and drop feature that makes everything fast and easy. Their support has always answered our questions or concerns and the cost is affodable. We will keep using it in the future.
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Usability
Jenzabar, Inc.
No answers on this topic
Teachable
Because it's easier to use both as administrators and both as user. We have never heard of any users having issues login in or going through the lectures or completing the course
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Reliability and Availability
Jenzabar, Inc.
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Teachable
We haven't had any issues, it's always available. Even when they schedule a maintanance on their end, students still can access the courses
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Performance
Jenzabar, Inc.
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Teachable
Never had any issues with pages or videos not loading
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Support Rating
Jenzabar, Inc.
No answers on this topic
Teachable
Their support is good overal. There are a couple of things that I would change, like answering faster. Sometimes they take a day to answer a concern and that's kind of annoying considering sometimes there are urgent issues we have to deal with. But the support has been good, they have answered properly.
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Implementation Rating
Jenzabar, Inc.
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Teachable
I'd say: learn the system first, try it out and then publish the content with customers. There are a couple of features that will cause issues with customers (especially lazy ones) but I'd say it's easy to implement and modify if needed. People don't need to train much to use Teachable, but they should take their time to know it.
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Alternatives Considered
Jenzabar, Inc.
We changed databases in 2011 because the company we were with was going to quit supporting our software. We evaluated a number of different SISs available at the time and felt Jenzabar SONIS provided the best tools for our school. Most of the others were either geared more for adult education, individual course offerings or for schools that primarily had degree-seeking students. We needed something that could address both needs.We felt Jenzabar SONIS did that best of the ones we reviewed.
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Teachable
It's honestly just worked really well for us in terms of serving the actual course content. Plus, our customers can maintain one profile and use that to access all of the courses and bonuses that they've acquired from us. And the cost of Teachable has been very reasonable in terms of our budget.
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Contract Terms and Pricing Model
Jenzabar, Inc.
No answers on this topic
Teachable
We wouldn't change anything. Everything seemed fine when we purchased
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Scalability
Jenzabar, Inc.
No answers on this topic
Teachable
We haven't had any issues with it. Their maintanance hours are always at times when we don't have students there, and even then, they still can access the platform
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Professional Services
Jenzabar, Inc.
No answers on this topic
Teachable
All the implementation process was fast and easy.
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Return on Investment
Jenzabar, Inc.
  • Facilitates grade input by faculty.
  • Facilitates course enrollment by students.
  • Facilitates viewing student records and determining progress to program completion.
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Teachable
  • This is the basis of my business.
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