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Becca Guler | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Zoom is better equipped for live streaming and recording lectures and tutoring sessions, research interviews, etc. and does allow content files to be attached through live chat function but does NOT have a student management component for grading and instructions or a repository for files.
Moodle is more user friendly in terms of layout and navigability, but Blackboard is considered better at syncing info from enrollment management systems like Oracle PeopleSoft for campuses.
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Brandon Cluff | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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I personally prefer Udemy because of its simplicity. Blackboard Learn has more options for how the content can be delivered to its users; Udemy only provides instructors the ability to upload videos and insert multiple choice questions for tests. Ultimately, it depends on the specific use case. In a university setting, Blackboard Learn makes much more sense.
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Anissa Harris | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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  • Canvas
I am not a decision-maker about our learning platform but I have used both Canvas and Blackboard Learn for several years. From a teaching perspective, Canvas is SIMPLE and clean for a new user. However, Blackboard offers more options and creativity for integration and exporting data into other software for analysis.
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Renee DiBiasio | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 21, 2020

An excellent product

Score 8 out of 10
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We use another product just like Blackboard Learn, and I also have used Google Classroom. I like Blackboard for this because the system and tabs are easy to map and navigate. I also think it appeals more to the students we have today who can connect better with technology than ever before.
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Nicolas Hanhan | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 12, 2020

User-friendly LMS

Score 9 out of 10
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Blackboard Learn is more user-friendly than Moodle. Blackboard offers support to customers which is not available effectively when using open-source learning management systems such as Moodle.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Canvas
Blackboard Learn is very similar to Canvas by Instructure since they are both essential Learning Management Systems. Canvas is a bit more rigid in the structure and does not permit faculty to customize the course navigation menu fully. Blackboard Learn allows faculty to add/remove content areas on the course menu to arrange their content; however, they'd like while Canvas forces faculty to use the Modules feature for content organization.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Blackboard Learn is more robust because it allows for much more dissemination of materials for higher-level courses. Assignments are seamlessly connected in Blackboard Learn versus Google Classroom, where you have to access Google Docs to see your instructor's comments. Edmodo is very clunky and not user-friendly at all, so it wasn't considered.
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Rick Lupton | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Blackboard has a vast training system to allow for supporting the product. While Moodle provides OpenSource code to allow for customization, it requires and investment in technical staff to program the software to do what you want. Blackboard has on-premise and hosted versions of its system to allow for multiple support methods.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 23, 2019

Performs as expected

Score 8 out of 10
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Very similar, equally effective in my experience. Perhaps the communication features in Blackboard are stronger.
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Lori Riegel | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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I have used Schoology before, and I think Blackboard Learn has many more features, and is easier to navigate. It is well organized, and easy to customize for each user. Schoology might be better suited for a mobile device, but when the mobile version of Blackboard is not up to par, I have been able to get on a mobile browser on my phone instead.
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Timothy Sawah | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Blackboard is more expensive than its direct competitors but has better customer support and a wider variety of features. Courses are more structured in blackboard. The graphics are less messy compared to Moodle and Edmodo. Blackboard has more interactive features and the code is not easy to hack. It integrates well with most LDAP systems compared to Moodle and Edmodo that integrate into the most common LDAP systems only.
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Matthew Deakyne | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
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We did a formal evaluation of the LMS a few years ago, and selected to remain self-hosted on Blackboard Learn. At the time, we were not ready to upgrade or migrate and it was easier to remain with the system we already had.

If we started from scratch - Canvas is the clear choice. Brightspace, Moodle and Sakai could all meet specific needs, but each have their own issues. Blackboard is trying to be the everything platform, but Canvas does the core much better. They also have the advantage of being web and mobile first from the start.
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Mark Fitzgerald | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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It can be configured to do anything you want. It is Blackboard's blessing and curse. I think it has the biggest feature set in the industry. It confuse people and leads to strange UIs. But some organization and working together you can find something that will work well for your institution.
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Erica Terry | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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I believe that blackboard is more user-friendly than the other modalities I have used and taken online course work in as well. I think it is setup in a logically way, making it easy to navigate.
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Mark Nowowiejski | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 5 out of 10
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Blackboard has been the industry standard for a long time but they have gotten somewhat complacent and allowed tools like Canvas to surpass them. To Blackboard's credit, they have been trying to roll out a new version called 'ULTRA' for several years now but it has been riddled with bugs and lacks many of the features, especially 3rd party tool integrations institutions would require to make the switch.

Overall I have found Coursera to be better for 'open' education or MOOCs and Saba or MyLearning to be better for CORPORATE Training.

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Brittney Vigna MPH, CHES, CPH | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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I have not used anything other than Blackboard, even as an undergraduate and graduate student, so I don't have room for comparison. I went to and work at two major universities and they both decided to use Blackboard, so I feel that that speaks to it's functionality and reliability as a product.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 07, 2019

Blackboard Learn Review

Score 7 out of 10
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Blackboard Learn compares favorably to the other learning management solutions out there but has a leg up if you are using other Blackboard products. We liked Absorb a lot but it was ultimately more costly for us based on our current infrastructure. Moodle and Canvas are similar but Blackboard Learn just seemed right for us and our environment.
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Rachel Hudish | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Drupal functions as a content management system and it is difficult to use it for learner data; however, the size of the Drupal community makes it a contender for eLearning through the ELMS module, which integrates multiple modules for dynamic course delivery. Moodle is similar to Drupal, but very plain.
Canvas and Canvas Cloud are easy to use and function very similarly to the essential LMS components of Blackboard. However, there is no textbook integration with Canvas.
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Eric Kunnen | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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There are a variety of course management systems on the market today with varying levels of capabilities and features. As a leader, Blackboard provides an innovative set of scalable products and robust tools that help meet the institutional needs and strategies of colleges, universities, and K-12 schools. Strategically, when evaluating solutions for course management, it is valuable to not only look at the cost or features, rather, it's important to look at the entire portfolio of the environment that is selected. This includes not only the product but the leading work of that vendor and the community that is active and surrounds the use of the application across the nation and world. Blackboard has demonstrated success and value across the aforementioned areas and is a valuable solution for education in the creation of the next generation of teaching and learning.
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Annaliza Marks | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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We piloted Moodle for two semesters. We found Moodle refreshing and easy to use and comparable to Blackboard. The first initial reaction to Moodle was that "free" price tag that open source software has however after using it there were a few snags.

1. Although Moodle is "free", it requires someone knowledgeable in programming to install it on a server, set it up and maintain it. You still have the cost of the server and the labor to set it up and maintain it.

2. There is virtually no technical support other than forums for Moodle where as Blackboard has a team of people who are easily accessible. For our campus, I am the only software engineer. If we had Moodle and something happened to me, our college would be in trouble.

3. Blackboard is very robust and has a lot of bells and whistles. Although Moodle has most features, it is still lacking when you compare the two.

4. I am on a state wide distance education committee. We have pooled our resources together and get discount pricing for the state. This makes Blackboard very affordable for all colleges in West Virginia since we use a hosting company through our state committee.
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Eric Lech | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 28, 2015

Blackboard Review

Score 4 out of 10
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I think Blackboard has become a middle of the pack LMS with more user friendly options like Canvas and Schoology currently available to K-12 schools. While there are many robust features, the typical K-12 teacher and student needs a more user friendly interface and a faster route to disseminate and access content.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Course authoring (16)
8.0
Course catalog or library (16)
7.3
Player/Portal (13)
7.3
Learning content (20)
8.2
Mobile friendly (22)
6.3
Progress tracking & certifications (16)
7.6
Assignments (22)
8.4
Compliance management (11)
6.8
Learning administration (17)
8.1
Learning reporting & analytics (18)
6.9
Social learning (15)
6.8

About Blackboard Learn

Blackboard Inc. is an enterprise learning management systems vendor. Blackboard was founded in 1997 and became a public company in 2004. The company provides education, mobile, communication, and commerce software and related services to clients including education providers, corporations and government organizations. As of December 2010, Blackboard software and services are used by over 9,300 institutions in more than 60 countries. Blackboard Learn is the company's flagship LMS, supporting course management, test & assessment design and administration, and is extensible via Blackboard's suite of addable modules.

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