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Score 8.3 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Sakai

I've used Sakai to supplement my Public Speaking class. Public Speaking is very much a F2F type course, so I didn't use Sakai much for course content delivery. However, I did use it to post my syllabus, post my lecture slides, communicate any class announcements, and to conduct a final exam for the class. Building the final exam was very simple and I was easily able to swap out questions to vary it from term to term. Before I was a staff member and lecturer, I used Sakai as a student. My instructor used Sakai to varying degrees. I really appreciated it being the one-stop-receptacle for all-things class related. If I somehow lost an assignment instruction sheet, I could rely on it being posted there. For multimedia work it was lacking, at that time, but I know Sakai has been updated over time and I hope that part of it has improved. If I was ever frustrated by Sakai, it was because faculty used it in a piecemeal way. It's fine not to want to use the gradebook, but don't enter some grades and not others. It's wonderful to upload class documents to it; but don't do some and not others. Whatever way you're going to use Sakai, commit to it and use it well. Your students will thank you.
Sarah Daggett | TrustRadius Reviewer

Thought Industries

Thought Industries is well suited for a business that wants to do courses for an external audience and has design and video resources. It is also helpful for a business that does resell and white labeling of courses. If you are a super small business then it would not necessarily be the right fit.
Ramon Mayo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Sakai
8.2
Thought Industries
8.1
Course authoring
Sakai
8.9
Thought Industries
7.0
Course catalog or library
Sakai
8.5
Thought Industries
7.0
Player/Portal
Sakai
9.0
Thought Industries
8.0
Learning content
Sakai
9.0
Thought Industries
Mobile friendly
Sakai
4.2
Thought Industries
Progress tracking & certifications
Sakai
8.8
Thought Industries
9.0
Assignments
Sakai
9.9
Thought Industries
9.0
Compliance management
Sakai
7.3
Thought Industries
Learning administration
Sakai
9.0
Thought Industries
9.0
Learning reporting & analytics
Sakai
6.3
Thought Industries
10.0
Social learning
Sakai
9.4
Thought Industries
6.0

Pros

Sakai

  • Sakai is flexible, providing a way for our customers (instructors) to customize their courses while staying in line with consistency and continuity of course design. This has allowed our courses to be far less cookie-cutter and stale. This is mostly accomplished through Sakai's LTI functionality and it's Lessons tool. This is particularly notable because not every course is the same, nor should it be. Our faculty and course developers can draw from OER resources, course text publisher assessment quiz banks and pull in content from sources from our library databases and services like YouTube.
  • Sakai is customizable, allowing us to pair it with our student information system to automatically create and track with student registration data - including adding new students and removing students who have elected to drop a course. The customization features also include being able to create course templates for individual schools or courses using specific tools or sequences of tools as well as a way to personalize content for students when they engage with each lesson.
  • Sakai is stable in the market. We have been using Sakai for almost 10 years and continue to see it improve; responding to changing trends in browser technologies, mobile platforms and accessibility requirements. Multiple programs offered over the years have been recognized by outside organizations like BestColleges.com for our programs and given high marks by students taking the courses offered in Sakai.
  • Sakai allows our faculty to inform it's continued evolution. We work closely with the developers, having a front seat to how things can work and function for our faculty. There have been multiple occasions where faculty ask, "Can Sakai do this?" and the answer is never "No."
Dave Eveland | TrustRadius Reviewer

Thought Industries

  • Ecommerce. The eCommerce options on Thought Industries are far better than any other LMS. You can sell subscriptions, one-time products, and even physical products.
  • Note-taking. The ability for users to take notes and journal is a key feature as a lot of our customers are teachers and they are learning the Bible and may want to go back and integrate their notes in other lessons.
  • The ability to handle video and audio is exceptional. Especially how the video files can be stored in Wistia.
  • The panorama feature is helpful as we have many products that we white label and now we can create courses for those customers as well.
Ramon Mayo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Sakai

  • The coming upgrade will address many issues, the visual presentation of sites and courses
  • The Forums (discussion) tool is not natively integrated into the Gradebook, but needs another step to connect the two.
  • The Wiki tool is awkward and not WYSIWYG. But I understand that is common with wikis in most platforms
  • The Help documentation could use some focus on student needs rather that course developer needs
Terry Golightly | TrustRadius Reviewer

Thought Industries

  • The scorm functionality needs improvement. It's clunky and not mobile friendly
  • The layout needs more flexibility. Our business has unique customers and a wide range of customers so being able to change it according to their needs would be helpful.
  • No image library. You have to upload each image every single time.
  • Updating changes can be slow
  • Needs drag and drop functionality
Ramon Mayo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Sakai

Sakai 10.0
Based on 3 answers
Sakai is a good general learning management system - it is not leading edge but rather a stable system with standard learning management system features. It can be fairly easily customized and is fairly easy to learn from both student learning and faculty administrative vantage points. New paradigms for online learning though are emergent so the current field should also be investigated with competitors.
Raymond J. Uzwyshyn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Thought Industries

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Usability

Sakai

Sakai 7.4
Based on 3 answers
When faculty are preparing courses from term to term, a portion of the content is static within a specific discipline. The time it takes to import past lessons into new versions of Sakai can be an inefficient use of my time. When I want to add new content and edit from the old content, it's reliant upon me to cut and paste the content from term to term rather than simply import and edit from a backup.
Andi Sciacca | TrustRadius Reviewer

Thought Industries

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Support Rating

Sakai

Sakai 8.1
Based on 3 answers
Since Sakai is open-source their documentation is often lacking and support is absolutely needed onsite. Internal documentation is more important with Sakai than other services. The Sakai community is fun, passionate, engaged, and absolutely doing their best, but it's an uphill battle against the current market and trends.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Thought Industries

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Implementation Rating

Sakai

Sakai 10.0
Based on 1 answer
No, I don't
Samantha J. Blevins | TrustRadius Reviewer

Thought Industries

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Alternatives Considered

Sakai

As an adjunct professor, I didn't pick Sakai for the university. I have experience with Moodle, Blackboard, eCollege, iBoard and now Sakai. I would have to say that Sakai is one of my all time favorite LMSs to use as it is very easy to navigate.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Thought Industries

Thought Industries is better on the financial side and as far as ease of us. It is more affordable than Docebo and is more aligned to an external customer use case. Docebo and Tovuti seemed to be more for internal training. Tovuti was less expensive but it was a little harder to use although it had more quiz features.
Ramon Mayo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Sakai

  • Sakai makes it easy for students to monitor grades which puts their minds at ease.
  • Sakai makes it easy for teachers to assign and receive assignments from students.
  • Communication is one of the most important and one of the most taxing parts of an educational system. Sakai makes this process just a little bit easier.
Chani Loeb | TrustRadius Reviewer

Thought Industries

  • Our customers love the new look of our courses on Thought Industries
  • We were late in getting our courses launched due to design functionality issues
  • We are steady growing with customers signing up for courses every day
Ramon Mayo | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Sakai

General

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

Thought Industries

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Sakai
9.3
Thought Industries
8.0

Likelihood to Renew

Sakai
10.0
Thought Industries

Usability

Sakai
7.4
Thought Industries

Support Rating

Sakai
8.1
Thought Industries

Implementation Rating

Sakai
10.0
Thought Industries

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