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Overview

Blackboard Collaborate is an online collaborative learning solution which enables employees to fulfill training requirements...

Web-based management for higher education. It's secure and easy-to-use, with simple pricing, great customer support, and no upfront costs.

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

Video & Screenshots

Pricing

Starting from

ic-pricetag

No pricing info

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

Starting from

199

Per month

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

4.2

405

5

4

3

2

1

167

169

59

7

3

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
92%
would recommend this app

4.5

59

5

4

3

2

1

35

19

4

1

0

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
100%
would recommend this app

Pros

The overall quality, ease of use, features & functionality of blackboard make it a great software for college students and college campuses to invest in.
I really like the fact you can easily create teams, conferences and add users very efficiently. The sound and video quality are really good.
I like that students are able to get the immediate benefit of connections with their instructor & classmates with the flexibility of being at home.

Pros

I believe it's a good product and it has good potential, given the team's impressive efforts toward meet the rapid changing needs of their current and future customers.
Very satisfied and have experienced a great deal of positive and helpful customer support. Really, no walks through a string of phones tree choices to get to someone who can help.
While it may take a moment to input your needed data, the interface is user friendly and the customer service is top flight. Students and faculty celebrate.

Cons

The support was horrible, most of them are salesman and when they redirect to the specialist at the end is openning a ticket because they do not know neither.
Uploading finished assignments were a real pain. The documents videos needed to be no more than a few.
No direct integration for download the record of use you need to use api to get this information. We had a problem with the LTI the integration started to direct any group to the same room.

Cons

Even sending emails to selected students is a hassle. Adding meeting times to courses is awfully difficult and annoying.
We've struggled with finding some features at times, and in the case of marketing automation, we've discovered that Populi's system isn't quite fully-featured enough for our needs.
Compared to some competitors however, Populi is limited.
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review12 days ago
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review3 months ago

Key features

  • Total features41
  • API
  • Academic/Education
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Tracking
  • Admissions Management
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Alumni Management
  • Assessment Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Bookstore Management
  • Brainstorming
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Calendar Management
  • Certification Management
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Class Registration
  • Class Scheduling
  • Classroom Management
  • Client Portal
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Communication Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Content Management
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Management
  • Course Tracking
  • Curriculum Management
  • Customizable Reports
  • Data Import/Export
  • Discussions / Forums
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop
  • Electronic Hand Raising
  • Electronic Payments
  • Employee Portal
  • Enrollments/Onboarding
  • Event Calendar
  • Event Scheduling
  • Facility Management
  • Faculty/Staff Management
  • File Management
  • File Sharing
  • Financial Aid Management
  • Financial Management
  • Fundraising Management
  • Gradebook
  • Higher Education
  • Housing Management
  • Independent/Private
  • Interactive Whiteboard
  • Learner Portal
  • Learning Management
  • Library Management
  • Live Chat
  • Mobile Learning
  • Multi-Language
  • On-Demand Webcasting
  • Online Calendar
  • Online Payments
  • Personalization
  • Polls/Voting
  • Presentation Streaming
  • Presentation Tools
  • Private Chat
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real-Time Chat
  • Real-time Broadcasting
  • Recording
  • Records Management
  • Registration Management
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Screen Sharing
  • Search/Filter
  • Self Service Portal
  • Session Recording
  • Single Sign On
  • Student Information/Records
  • Student Management
  • Student Portal
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Training Management
  • Two-Way Audio & Video
  • Video Call Recording
  • Video Conferencing
  • Video Support
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Whiteboard
  • Total features63
  • API
  • Academic/Education
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Tracking
  • Admissions Management
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Alumni Management
  • Assessment Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Bookstore Management
  • Brainstorming
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Calendar Management
  • Certification Management
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Class Registration
  • Class Scheduling
  • Classroom Management
  • Client Portal
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Communication Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Content Management
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Management
  • Course Tracking
  • Curriculum Management
  • Customizable Reports
  • Data Import/Export
  • Discussions / Forums
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop
  • Electronic Hand Raising
  • Electronic Payments
  • Employee Portal
  • Enrollments/Onboarding
  • Event Calendar
  • Event Scheduling
  • Facility Management
  • Faculty/Staff Management
  • File Management
  • File Sharing
  • Financial Aid Management
  • Financial Management
  • Fundraising Management
  • Gradebook
  • Higher Education
  • Housing Management
  • Independent/Private
  • Interactive Whiteboard
  • Learner Portal
  • Learning Management
  • Library Management
  • Live Chat
  • Mobile Learning
  • Multi-Language
  • On-Demand Webcasting
  • Online Calendar
  • Online Payments
  • Personalization
  • Polls/Voting
  • Presentation Streaming
  • Presentation Tools
  • Private Chat
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real-Time Chat
  • Real-time Broadcasting
  • Recording
  • Records Management
  • Registration Management
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Screen Sharing
  • Search/Filter
  • Self Service Portal
  • Session Recording
  • Single Sign On
  • Student Information/Records
  • Student Management
  • Student Portal
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Training Management
  • Two-Way Audio & Video
  • Video Call Recording
  • Video Conferencing
  • Video Support
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Whiteboard

Integrations

  • Total integrations18
  • Authorize.Net
  • CANVAS
  • Google Analytics 360
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Classroom
  • Google Drive
  • Google Workspace
  • Mailchimp
  • Meta for Business
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Moodle
  • PayPal
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • WordPress
  • Zapier
  • Zoom Meetings
  • Total integrations6
  • Authorize.Net
  • CANVAS
  • Google Analytics 360
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Classroom
  • Google Drive
  • Google Workspace
  • Mailchimp
  • Meta for Business
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Moodle
  • PayPal
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • WordPress
  • Zapier
  • Zoom Meetings

User reviews that mention these apps

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Populi

A solid, straightforward choice for higher-education relationship management

Reviewed 2 years ago

Populi is a terrific platform for integrating various data silos across your organization. We moved from a number of different databases into Populi recently, and the combination of all of our information in one place has streamlined our communication process with incoming students and allowed us to more easily collaborate in helping students through processes like enrollment and financial aid. We've struggled with finding some features at times, and in the case of marketing automation, we've discovered that Populi's system isn't quite fully-featured enough for our needs. The UI, also, has a dated feel. Nevertheless, it's a solid, stable platform that gives us integrated access to our contacts.

Pros

Populi is very straightforward, and makes it relatively easy to manage a high number of complex relationships with contacts Tracking a contact from first inquiry through to alumni donor is very simple Contacting contacts directly from within Populi works more smoothly than the communication platforms on some competitors Support is extremely useful and quick

Cons

The automation platform is time-based and lacks some of the triggers and sophistication available in competitors Some features are hidden inside of layers behind the straightforward UI, and it can be frustrating to track them down Sometimes, a seemingly simple feature will be missing, and require extensive conversations with support. Support is top-notch and very helpful, but it can be annoying if you prefer to do things yourself.