NETLAB+ vs. Blackbaud Education Management Solutions

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
NETLAB+
Score 10.0 out of 10
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Network Development Group (NDG) offers NETLAB+ , supporting computer science and IT learning labs with remote access to IT infrastructure.N/A
Blackbaud Education Management Solutions
Score 7.7 out of 10
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Blackbaud Education Management Solutions is a unified student management system for K–12 private schools. Blackbaud Enrollment Management System™: Gives schools and families the ability to track admissions progress from first impressions all the way through the application process to acceptance, enrollment, and tuition payment. Blackbaud Learning Management System™: Track students' academic performance and progression…N/A
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NETLAB+Blackbaud Education Management Solutions
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NETLAB+Blackbaud Education Management Solutions
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeRequired
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NETLAB+Blackbaud Education Management Solutions
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Features
NETLAB+Blackbaud Education Management Solutions
Learning Management
Comparison of Learning Management features of Product A and Product B
NETLAB+
7.7
2 Ratings
Blackbaud Education Management Solutions
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Course authoring7.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Course catalog or library10.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Player/Portal10.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Learning content7.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile friendly5.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Progress tracking & certifications8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Assignments9.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Compliance management9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Learning administration8.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Learning reporting & analytics7.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Social learning5.02 Ratings00 Ratings
User Ratings
NETLAB+Blackbaud Education Management Solutions
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(2 ratings)
8.0
(118 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
7.5
(9 ratings)
Usability
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6.6
(5 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
6.9
(181 ratings)
Ease of integration
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(0 ratings)
7.1
(21 ratings)
User Testimonials
NETLAB+Blackbaud Education Management Solutions
Likelihood to Recommend
Network Development Group (NDG)
For the classes throughout my degree program, this has been one of the most helpful tools that are available to us. The detailed explanations along with the screenshots of the tasks I am working on, have given me a comfortable learning environment where I am confident in a "real" network setting, the processes will come at ease
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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
Network Development Group (NDG)
  • Shared resources
  • Only requires a browser and Internet for access
  • Scheduling
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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
Network Development Group (NDG)
  • The inability to save progress! :-) As we go through the labs, time can be a very stressful aspect if I don't allow for enough in the beginning or underestimated the time it would take to complete.
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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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Likelihood to Renew
Network Development Group (NDG)
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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
Network Development Group (NDG)
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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
Network Development Group (NDG)
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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
Network Development Group (NDG)
I was not part of the decision & implementation process. But NETLAB as far as our other programs is at the top, because it is very easy to use, and I have very few reliability issues. I don't have crashing machines, and the detailed labs make it easy to follow.
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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
Network Development Group (NDG)
  • The shared datacenter has saved hundreds of thousands of dollars that might have been spent by the 28 individual colleges it supports.
  • During the past year, and through the pandemic, over 130,000 hours of lab time were accrued.
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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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