This is a detailed comparison between NEO and Schoology, taking into consideration the features, functionality, and cost of each platform.
NEO is a world-class, award-winning learning management system (LMS) for schools and universities. NEO helps schools manage all classroom activities, such as creating and delivering educational content, assessing students, tracking their results, and promoting communication and collaboration between students and teachers/faculty.
Schoology is an LMS that focuses on K-12 schools. They also market their product to companies.
The NEO has an intuitive, responsive design, that looks sharp and automatically adjusts based on the type of device. The platform offers tile-based dashboards for teachers, students, administrators and parents, a graphical resources catalog, as well as a users catalog. NEO also has a unique "activity display" feature that indicates the level of activity within classes and groups using a pulsing indicator on their tiles together with real-time widgets that scroll through the latest activities.
Schoology has a simple interface that closely resembles the Facebook interface. It doesn’t provide a graphical resources catalog and uses a system of folders to organize files and other resources.
In NEO, it’s simple to navigate to the main areas of the site and easily perform tasks without having to leave the main dashboard. For example, to add a new group, a user can simply go to the left menu and click on the “add” button. In Schoology, you have to open the groups pop-up, go to “My groups” and then find the option to add a group.
The NEO class layout is tile-based and users have the choice to switch to a row view. Class tiles show important information such as the number of students, a link to the class calendar, news area, and assignments to grade. Each lesson in a class shows the number of sections in the lessons, the badges and points awarded, and certificates associated with the lesson. Students can also easily see progress icons for each class and lesson, making it easy to know which lessons have to be started or resumed and which ones are completed.
In Schoology, the class design is a bit outdated and it is not as easy to organize class material into lessons. Instead, teachers have to put content pages and assignments in a folder. There is no drag and drop option. As a result, organizing materials takes more time.
NEO is more accessible to users, offering more than 40 languages, including Right to Left languages. Schoology has only 6 available languages. NEO has mobile apps for iOS and Android. There is also the option to customize apps for schools that want to have their own branded mobile apps. Schoology has native apps for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire and no branded apps.
Ease of use
NEO is very intuitive and easy to use. In addition, it includes an online help center with videos, getting started guides, and searchable help content. NEO also has a rapid response support forum where staff members typically respond to questions within 15-30 minutes during business hours 24/5.
Schoology is easy to use and understand, includes an online help center, community and technical support.
NEO offers all the essential tools schools need to manage classroom activities, assess students, track progress, and promote collaboration between students, teachers and parents. Many features can be enabled or disabled to suit young children through college students.
Schoology is marketed to both K-12 schools and universities. However, many of its features are primarily geared towards K-12. For example, NEO allows all institutions to organize schools into districts through its networking feature and create different university departments through the organizations feature. In Schoology, schools can be organized into a district, but not into university departments. NEO also has more options for content authoring, such as learning paths, and features that help teachers personalize classes such as automation, gamification and adaptive learning. In addition, NEO includes more collaboration tools such as chat, teams and wikis.
NEO provides different types of classes to suit all teaching styles, whether it’s instructor-led, blended, self-paced, or micro learning. Using the NEO authoring tool, teachers can record audio or video directly from their browser. Teachers can create learning paths to inspire students to achieve learning goals. Each goal in a path can represent a class or a certificate and students can be rewarded with points and badges as they complete goals.
Schoology provides instructor-led, blended, and self-paced class options. The content authoring tool in Schoology has quite limited options and the platform does not provide a learning paths feature.
NEO provides 15 assignment types, including essay, survey, discussion, team, debate, Dropbox, SCORM, attendance. Teachers can also create a quiz assignment with 7 question types, including arithmetic questions.
Schoology offers 4 assignment types: assignment, quiz, discussion, and LTI.
NEO provides support for competency-based learning that allows teachers to track how well students are understanding the taught concepts based on their mastery of skills or subjects. Measuring student performance is easy and teachers can get instant insights using extensive analytics, built-in reports, and custom reports.
Schoology also has a mastery feature, but there is no option to trigger actions when students achieve certain mastery levels or drop below a threshold for a competency. Schoology has built-in reports, but offers less options compared to NEO.
Communication and collaboration
NEO offers a complete set of communication and collaboration tools for all users such as built-in messaging with bidirectional email integration, chat, social networking, blogs, forums, groups, and teams.
Schoology provides a smaller set of features and there are no teams, chat, wikis, or public blogs.
Personalization and engagement
NEO helps teachers save time through automation, which allows them to set up actions that should be performed when students complete tasks. Rules can be added in many areas of the platform such as classes, learning paths, groups, accounts, and mastery.
Schoology, on the other hand, has completion rules for classes, but still relies on administrators or teachers doing a lot of manual work in the platform. For example, you can’t define actions that are triggered when accounts are created or when students unenroll from a class.
NEO also has a powerful gamification feature, through which students earn points and badges, and they can also see a leaderboard with their results.
The only gamification element that Schoology provides is the option to manually award badges to students. In addition, there is no adaptive learning feature in Schoology.
In NEO, schools can customize many aspects of the platform including its color scheme, fonts, terminology, and more. They can also create a visitor portal with their own logo, portal images, panels, carousel, custom HTML, and more.
The level of customization available in Schoology is minimal, for example, to change the logo and header color you need to have an Enterprise account.
Here is a list of features included in NEO that Schoology does not support:
- Automatic language translation of messages and forum posts
- 100% mobile responsive design
- Support for more than 40 languages
- Customizable visitor portal
- Customizable terminology
- Branded mobile apps
- Activity display
- Content sync
- Learning paths
- Adaptive learning
- Micro learning
- Drip content
- Class ratings and reviews
- Prerequisite certificates
- Seating charts
- Graphical badge gallery
Assessment and analytics
- Personalized assignments
- Debate, team, survey, offline, SCORM and attendance assignments
- Curriculum coverage analysis
- Comprehensive set of built-in reports
- Scheduled reports
- Custom reports
- Report widgets
- Peer reviewed assignments
- Public blog
- Public profiles
- Integration with your own email server
- Integration with 1,500+ apps via Zapier
- Safe Exam Browser
- PayU Latam
- Google Meet
- Monitor and teaching assistant account types
- Built-in student help desk
- Policy documents
- SEO features
- Purchase orders
NEO has a Free plan with a comprehensive set of essential LMS features and a Premium plan for schools that need more powerful functionality. There are no setup fees, cancellation fees, storage fees, bandwidth fees, support fees, or other hidden costs.
Schoology has a free plan for individual teachers, and a paid Enterprise plan for schools and districts. There is no free version that includes administration features which are generally required when using an LMS for your entire school. We have heard anecdotally that the Schoology Enterprise plan costs about $7.5 to $10 per student per year, with a $1,000 - $4,000 setup fee, an annual maintenance support fee, and a required purchase of at least 500 student accounts. Schools usually have to sign a 3-year contract for the Enterprise plan.
This was a comparison of the most important feature differences between NEO and Schoology.
NEO is a more attractive and easier to use LMS than Schoology. NEO is easier to customize and offers more features at a better value. In addition, NEO is more suitable for both K-12 and Higher Ed institutions.
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