DigitalChalk Online Training Software is an online training platform. It provides a chalkboard with interactive multi-media presentations that also allows you to test, attach files, collect assignments, embed course content from third parties, transfer SCORM content or LMS, upload PowerPoints, and customize and deliver individual certificates of completion.
- Positive reviews
DigitalChalk promises that it is "everything that an online training platform should be." For them that means the following features:
- Chalkboard ("Interactive multi-media presentations that integrate audio, video, images, HTML, and slides")
- Test ("Online tests using true/false, multiple choice, and multiple selection question types")
- File ("Include PDFs, docs, spreadsheets, and more in your online courses with a click of a button")
- Assignment ("Collect spontaneous essays from your students or ask them to complete a task")
- Web Archive ("Embed course content from websites, video sites, slideshows, surveys and more")
- SCORM ("Transfer SCORN content from any authoring tool or LMS and get started quickly")
- PPT Converter ("Easily upload your PowerPoint and deliver it the way you designed it. Track and report your slideshow activity")
- Certificate ("Customize and deliver individual certificates of completion anywhere within your course")
Beyond some of the more common features, DigitalChalk also allows some more unique features. You can mass upload registration, stream HD video, manage sales and payments through their site, provide on-the-go training that can be accessed on phones, iPads and Tablets, and create fully customizable course appearance.
What stands out the most about DigitalChalk is the number of very positive reviews. Nearly every review site features user after user ranking DigitalChalk with 5 stars commenting on its cost-effectiveness, ease of use, overall performance, and customer service. They boast a number of high-profile clients, including some Fortune 500 companies including Tyson and Cabelas, as well Duke University and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A lot of the positive reviews rave about the customer service experience. Whether contacting DigitalChalk via phone or email, customers report helpful and friendly feedback by knowledgeable staff. And they don't just help with technical support; they'll even offer guidance marketing your course.
- No free trial
There are a few features that DigitalChalk lacks. Videos cannot be played at faster speed (1.5x or 2x speed). Users also can't type a search for courses on DigitalChalk's home page which would allow them to find your course and sign up. There is also not a way to generate reports summarizing evaluation results. One reviewer commented that they could "easily see individual responses, but must go into each individual record in order to record in a way that supports program evaluation. For programs with large number of students and/or multiple quizzes, this is time consuming but essential to asses the psychometrics for test questions and the adult learns' impression of the course. DigitalChalk also doesn't have a way to steam live classes nor a tool for instructors to create games for their students.
DigitalChalk does offer a 30 day money-back guarantee, but they don't offer a free trial which would created an added piece of mind when investing a few hundred dollars in the initial setup fee.
The Bottom Line
After only 9 years in business, DigitalChalk has acquired a number of Fortune 500 companies, universities, and other companies resulting in countless 5 star reviews thanks to award winning customer service and a platform filled with features. With DigitalChalk, you can create interactive online courses integrated with HD video, audio and presentations. You can also create tests and quizzes, then track student progress. They also offer solutions to help you resister students and manage sales.
Customers can choose whether they pay with an "E-Commerce" plan which offers pay-as-you-go pricing with setup fees ranging from $399-$1099 or "Corporate LMS" pricing ranging from $449-$1149 per month.
Though there is no free trial, the 30 day money back guarantee makes it a low-risk investment and should give potential customers confidence.