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Score 9.3 out of 100
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Score 8.5 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Sakai ranks higher in 1 feature set: Learning Management

Learning Management

8.2

Sakai

82%
7.6

Thought Industries

76%
Sakai ranks higher in 10/11 features

Course authoring

9.1
91%
6 Ratings
8.3
83%
4 Ratings

Course catalog or library

8.7
87%
5 Ratings
8.1
81%
4 Ratings

Player/Portal

9.2
92%
3 Ratings
8.0
80%
4 Ratings

Learning content

9.2
92%
6 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Mobile friendly

3.6
36%
6 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Progress tracking & certifications

9.1
91%
6 Ratings
7.7
77%
4 Ratings

Assignments

10.0
100%
6 Ratings
5.1
51%
3 Ratings

Compliance management

7.0
70%
4 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Learning administration

9.0
90%
5 Ratings
8.7
87%
4 Ratings

Learning reporting & analytics

6.0
60%
5 Ratings
8.4
84%
4 Ratings

Social learning

9.6
96%
5 Ratings
6.4
64%
3 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Sakai is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
  • Thought Industries is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

9.6

Sakai

96%
15 Ratings
8.3

Thought Industries

83%
4 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

Sakai

100%
3 Ratings

Thought Industries

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

7.4

Sakai

74%
3 Ratings

Thought Industries

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

8.1

Sakai

81%
6 Ratings
9.0

Thought Industries

90%
2 Ratings

Implementation Rating

10.0

Sakai

100%
2 Ratings

Thought Industries

N/A
0 Ratings

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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Pricing Details

Sakai

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Sakai editions and modules pricing
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Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Must contact vendor for pricing information.

    Thought Industries

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Thought Industries editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      Optional

      Additional Details

      Pricing Info

      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

      No answers on this topic

      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

      No answers on this topic

      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

      No answers on this topic

      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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