Sakai vs. Thought Industries

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Sakai
Score 8.7 out of 10
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Sakai is an open source learning management system provided by the Apero Foundation. The LMS provides what it calls Core and Expanded Features. The Core Features encompass an integrated tool set that is tested by the Sakai community members and is then included with each new release. The tool set can be configured by: instructors, students, research investigators and project leaders. The other set of tools, known as “Contrib Tools” are specific to Sakai tools and innovations that are developed…N/A
Thought Industries
Score 8.8 out of 10
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The Thought Industries platform enables enterprise organizations to create, manage, distribute, monetize, and analyze their end-to-end customer education and external training initiatives. The solution addresses the unique needs of customer education, and aims to make it easy to handle complex learning operations at scale to empower growth. Its administrative capabilities include native tools and thirdparty integrations, businesses boost learner engagement, operationalize processes, and…N/A
Pricing
SakaiThought Industries
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
SakaiThought Industries
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeOptional
Additional DetailsMust contact vendor for pricing information.
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Features
SakaiThought Industries
Learning Management
Comparison of Learning Management features of Product A and Product B
Sakai
7.9
5 Ratings
4% below category average
Thought Industries
7.4
4 Ratings
1% below category average
Course authoring8.05 Ratings8.54 Ratings
Course catalog or library7.04 Ratings8.54 Ratings
Player/Portal8.02 Ratings8.44 Ratings
Learning content8.05 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile friendly7.05 Ratings00 Ratings
Progress tracking & certifications8.05 Ratings7.54 Ratings
Assignments10.05 Ratings2.43 Ratings
Compliance management7.04 Ratings00 Ratings
Learning administration9.05 Ratings8.94 Ratings
Learning reporting & analytics6.05 Ratings8.44 Ratings
Social learning9.04 Ratings6.93 Ratings
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User Ratings
SakaiThought Industries
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(14 ratings)
8.4
(4 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
7.4
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.1
(3 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Implementation Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
SakaiThought Industries
Likelihood to Recommend
Apereo
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.
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Thought Industries
Thought Industries is perfect if you are trying to scale your customer education business for a growing customer base. It is more expensive than their competitors, but the price is worth it based on the product and experience. Thought Industries is likely great for smaller customers, although we are an enterprise-level customer. If you are not offering multiple modalities for your training program, Thought Industries (or any LMS for that matter) might not be the best investment.
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Pros
Apereo
  • 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."
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Thought Industries
  • Built in eCommerce pages and purchasing options.
  • Data to drive real-time decision making.
  • Customization options.
  • Team to work with our needs and custom scope.
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Cons
Apereo
  • 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
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Thought Industries
  • Lacks the ability to make courses required
  • Cannot pull a report for a course(s) to show who has not started the course
  • Cannot reset gamification or run specific gamification campaigns
  • Although SCORM compliant, SCORM courses often break or do not show as complete on the learner side even when the module is marked as complete on the back end
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Likelihood to Renew
Apereo
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.
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Thought Industries
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Usability
Apereo
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.
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Thought Industries
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Support Rating
Apereo
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.
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Thought Industries
The customer support and customer success teams are really great. BUT, it is their product team that sends them into a super high rating. The product team has worked with me on several occasions to try to solve the business challenges that I have.
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Implementation Rating
Apereo
No, I don't
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Thought Industries
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Alternatives Considered
Apereo
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.
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Thought Industries
Thought Industries is better on the financial side and as far as ease of use. 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.
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Return on Investment
Apereo
  • 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.
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Thought Industries
  • Multiple Months with $20,000 in eCommerce Sales.
  • Site Up Time and Engagement has remained steady for all 4 years.
  • Course authoring is faster and more efficient.
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