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Overview

Category Leaders

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

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Thinkific is an online course platform that allows users to create, market, & sell courses on their own branded websites...

  • 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
  • No credit card required
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

Starting from

49

Per month

  • Free trial available
  • No credit card required
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

4.2

382

5

4

3

2

1

157

159

56

7

3

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

4.6

147

5

4

3

2

1

96

39

9

3

0

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
93%
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.

CO

Christopher O.

I really like the fact you can easily create teams, conferences and add users very efficiently. The sound and video quality are really good.

AR

Anonymous Reviewer

I like that students are able to get the immediate benefit of connections with their instructor & classmates with the flexibility of being at home.
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Alison J.

Pros

Thikific is really easy to use even if you are not a technological boffin. It has great features and the support is awesome.

EC

Elmari C.

My experience has been fantastic to be honest and I intend to continue using it further.

SA

Sunraj A.

I'm not tech savy so this program fit like a glove. Thank you so much for your committment to helping others by creating an incredibly user friendly and highly functional program.

JB

Julie B.

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.

EC

Eugenio C.

Uploading finished assignments were a real pain. The documents videos needed to be no more than a few.

IG

Inguwed G.

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.
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Juan Carlos G.

Cons

But the uploading can be quite slow and my speed is 160mbps. So, I doubt it's my problem.

WC

WENDY C.

I have given them all of the feed back given here but they do not take any action. Waiting at least a day for an answer is totally unacceptable.

KL

Korinne L.

There's nothing that stands out as a real negative.

TK

Therese K.

  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review4 days ago
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review20 days ago

Key features

  • Total features37
  • API
  • Academic/Education
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Assessment Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Audio/Video Recording
  • Blended Learning
  • Brainstorming
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Certification Management
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Class Scheduling
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Communication Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Content Library
  • Content Management
  • Corporate/Business
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Management
  • Course Publishing
  • Course Tracking
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Discussions / Forums
  • Drag & Drop
  • Electronic Hand Raising
  • Email Management
  • Employee Engagement
  • Employee Profiles
  • Enrollments/Onboarding
  • Event Scheduling
  • Feedback Management
  • File Management
  • File Sharing
  • Gamification
  • Instructor-Led Courses
  • Interactive Content
  • Interactive Learning
  • Interactive Whiteboard
  • Learner Portal
  • Learning Management
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Live Chat
  • Media Import
  • Mentorship
  • Mobile Learning
  • Monitoring
  • Multi-Language
  • On-Demand Webcasting
  • Performance Management
  • Personalization
  • Polls/Voting
  • Presentation Tools
  • Private Chat
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Quizzes
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real-Time Chat
  • Real-time Broadcasting
  • Recording
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Screen Sharing
  • Search/Filter
  • Self-Learning
  • Self-Service Content Curation
  • Session Recording
  • Single Sign On
  • Social Learning
  • Storyboarding
  • Survey/Poll Management
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Template Management
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Training Administration
  • Training Management
  • Two-Way Audio & Video
  • Video Call Recording
  • Video Conferencing
  • Video Management
  • Video Streaming
  • Video Support
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Whiteboard
  • eCommerce Management
  • eLearning Companies
  • Total features73
  • API
  • Academic/Education
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Assessment Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Audio/Video Recording
  • Blended Learning
  • Brainstorming
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Certification Management
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Class Scheduling
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Communication Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Content Library
  • Content Management
  • Corporate/Business
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Management
  • Course Publishing
  • Course Tracking
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Discussions / Forums
  • Drag & Drop
  • Electronic Hand Raising
  • Email Management
  • Employee Engagement
  • Employee Profiles
  • Enrollments/Onboarding
  • Event Scheduling
  • Feedback Management
  • File Management
  • File Sharing
  • Gamification
  • Instructor-Led Courses
  • Interactive Content
  • Interactive Learning
  • Interactive Whiteboard
  • Learner Portal
  • Learning Management
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Live Chat
  • Media Import
  • Mentorship
  • Mobile Learning
  • Monitoring
  • Multi-Language
  • On-Demand Webcasting
  • Performance Management
  • Personalization
  • Polls/Voting
  • Presentation Tools
  • Private Chat
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Quizzes
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real-Time Chat
  • Real-time Broadcasting
  • Recording
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Screen Sharing
  • Search/Filter
  • Self-Learning
  • Self-Service Content Curation
  • Session Recording
  • Single Sign On
  • Social Learning
  • Storyboarding
  • Survey/Poll Management
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Template Management
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Training Administration
  • Training Management
  • Two-Way Audio & Video
  • Video Call Recording
  • Video Conferencing
  • Video Management
  • Video Streaming
  • Video Support
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Whiteboard
  • eCommerce Management
  • eLearning Companies

Integrations

  • Total integrations18
  • Authorize.Net
  • CANVAS
  • GoTo Meeting
  • 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
  • Stripe
  • WordPress
  • Zapier
  • Zoom Meetings
  • Total integrations44
  • Authorize.Net
  • CANVAS
  • GoTo Meeting
  • 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
  • Stripe
  • WordPress
  • Zapier
  • Zoom Meetings

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Thinkific

Fills a gap in this space with enthusiasm!

Reviewed 2 years ago

Blackboard Course sites, Moodle, and Instructure Canvas are great products, but you have to invest in additional solutions to collect payments, etc. for selling the online courses. Thinkific does all this in 1 system with more options for site design than the big education players do. Some of the features could be more well-thought-out, but for a non-LMS company, it is incredibly easy to set up and allows you to design instructional sound materials.

Pros

I liked that you could design the access portal, the courses, and the payment methods all in 1 interface without any needs for additional products. I particularly enjoy how easy it is to set the courses up if you have your curriculum designed.

Cons

I wish there was an option to be able to have access to all the course features without fees. We are a startup and just are not in a position to charge for courses yet, meaning this would be a huge investment for us that we are not willing to make. It would be great if you could get a 6month burn-in period to test and market before going live.