Features

Instructors and staff have frequently asked us how the DukeExtend platform compares to Sakai and Coursera. Online Duke, CIT and OIT have partnered with faculty for projects on these platforms in the past several years. While we believe that some features overlap among these online learning platforms, there are different considerations for choosing one platform over another.

Currently, if a faculty member wants to connect their official course roster from Duke’s Student Information System, Sakai may be the best option. Sakai may also be the best option if teaching staff are more comfortable with WYSIWIG editors, and don’t wish to learn a new platform.

However, if instructors hope to reach a much larger audience than a typical or traditional university course, Coursera and Duke Extend may provide useful alternatives.

There are other issues to take into consideration that may not be listed here. DukeExtend is currently a pilot and only available to specific pilot projects. However, if you have a use case that seems like a fit for DukeExtend, please don’t hesitate to contact Duke CIT for more information.

General Comparison

Coursera Duke Extend Sakai
Audience 19+ million registered learners worldwide. Offer open courses to the world, closed courses to select groups of students, or mix and match Private Duke courses. Limited guest access.
Pricing Model Learners pay Coursera for certificates. Coursera and universities share revenue. Coursera offers financial support for learners with demonstrated need. Learners can also freely audit most courses. Public, open courses and closed, private courses are free by default. Possible payment and pricing managed by Duke departments. Sakai is free for Duke students and faculty to use.
Marketing Coursera provides marketing for courses through a variety of media Duke entities (ex: departments, instructors) responsible for marketing Duke entities (ex: departments, instructors) responsible for marketing
Certificates Learners must pay for verified certificates. Functionality built into platform. Instructors can choose to offer free statements of completion for a course. Used for official Duke courses only; certificates not available.
Support Coursera develops and supports their own platform. Duke Coursera courses are developed and supported via partnerships between Duke faculty and Online Duke. Initial offerings will be developed and supported via partnership between Duke faculty and Online Duke. Future courses or modules could potentially be developed by individual faculty or other Duke teams. Faculty and TAs learn to develop and support most courses. Additional training and technical support handled by Duke.
Platform Flexibility Coursera controls the direction and development of their platform with some input from university partners. Open-source. Many tools or features can potentially be modified. Open-source. Many tools or features can potentially be modified.

Features

Coursera Duke Extend Sakai
Gradebook Can be exported to a file Interactive gradebook in web browser (for courses with less than 200 users). Grades can be exported to a file. Fully interactive gradebook. Performance can slow for gradebooks over 300 users. Can be exported to file.
Video support Built-in player has numerous interactive features including in-video quizzing. Supports various video technologies: WarpWire, Playposit (for in-video quizzing), Panopto, YouTube, etc. Supports various video technologies: WarpWire, Playposit, Panopto, YouTube, etc.
Unique and interactive tools with native and external support Native in-video response tools. External tools can be integrated with Learning Tools Interoperability. Community-developed tools developed for OpenEdX like interactive circuit diagrams are available to use. Other external tools can be easily integrated with Learning Tools Interoperability. External tools can be integrated with Learning Tools Interoperability. Many tools (Warpwire, VoiceThread) already closely integrated into course editor.
Subtitles Coursera provides subtitles and transcriptions of all videos as part of the partnership. Retains ownership. Duke schools, departments and /or individual faculty are responsible for transcription depending on use. Duke schools, departments and /or individual faculty are responsible for transcription depending on use.
Branding Coursera maintains control over the branding of the platform. Universities can upload logos and course images. Duke controls the Duke Extend brand. Departments can brand sub-sites of Duke Extend with their own brand for added cost. Duke controls the Duke Sakai brand. Departments can add photos, videos, etc to theme sites.