Bridge Review

Instructure
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Bridge At A Glance

Good: Offers scalable tools for all learning tasks, from content creation to progression tracking.
Bad: Some customers have said that some LMS functionality is missing due to how new the product is.
Bottom Line: A dymanic LMS focused on corporate training and employee engagement.

Product Overview

Instructure is a software provider focusing on dynamic learning management systems (LMSs) that streamline teaching tasks for various settings. It’s products include Canvas, Bridge and Arc. In this review, we will discuss the features and functionality of Bridge.

Bridge was launched in 2015 as an LMS for businesses. Built with a focus on corporate training and employee engagement, Bridge has scalable tools for all learning tasks, from content creation to progression tracking.

Features

Bridge was developed to streamline corporate training tasks while making content more engaging for employees. Some of its top features are:

  • Off-the-shelf Courses – Access off-the-shelf courses that you can easily edit and customize to fit a company’s style, tone or content.
  • Mobile First – Bridge’s responsive platform design optimizes for all mobile devices.
  • Reports & dashboards – Track the engagement, competency and progression of learners with user-friendly dashboards, centralized reports and survey results for key training insights.
  • Roles & permissions – Use Bridge’s default permissions or customize them to meet the needs of the organization.
  • Content creation – Create new content with Bridge’s native authoring tool or leverage existing content through a PPT and SCORM upload tool. Include a variety of formats, such as pictures, videos and/or audio to make your courses more engaging.
  • Custom branding – Customize Bridge with your company’s logo, color scheme and more.
  • Import Data – Get data from your current customer relationship management (CRM) or human resource information system (HRIS) into Bridge easily using Bridge’s Auto-CSV functionality or a number of HRIS integrations.
  • Smart groups/sub-accounts – Use Smart Groups within Bridge as well as sub-accounts to easily distribute learning courses and programs to multiple departments of an organization and/or multiple companies under one parent company.
  • Course index – A central hub of created courses allows instructors to edit, copy or update course content.
  • Course progression indicators – Each course has easy-to-follow indicators to track each employee’s progression through training material.
  • Discussions – Create scheduled or impromptu discussion groups around course materials to get employees engaged in content.
  • Email reminders – Automate or manually send notifications to keep employees aware of training deadlines and new content.
  • API and webhooks – Through both an API and event-triggering webhoooks, administrators can build scripts or applications to leverage learning data from Bridge.

  • Asynchronous Learning?
  • Employee Training?
  • Gamification?
  • Content Library?
  • Mobile Learning?
  • SCORM Compliance?
  • Synchronous Learning?
  • Testing & Assessments?

Target Market

Instructure aims to help educational and corporate organizations bring rich content to their learners, no matter the size or industry.

  • Broward County School District in Florida
  • Washington State schools
  • The Utah Jazz
  • The state of North Carolina
  • California Community Colleges Open Education Initiative
  • Tesla
  • Clearlink
  • Sotheby’s
  • TIME, Inc.
  • State University System of Florida

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Implementation/Integration

Instructure’s learning management platforms are cloud-based, making implementation a quick, simple process.

Customer Service & Support

Instructure has a support page where users can find their own answers, join community groups and share ideas.

The vendor’s customer service representatives are available via email and phone.

Pricing

Instructure doesn’t publicly release pricing information. Please contact them directly for a price quote.

Shortcomings

Some customers have said that some LMS functionality is missing due to how new the product is.

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About

Instructure was founded in 2008 with the mission to create software that makes people smarter.

Building on this goal, the vendor launched Canvas in 2011, which is now used by over 2,000 universities, school districts and institutions globally. Bridge was launched in 2015 to change the way employees engage with training materials.

Canvas has been recognized as a robust learning platform with the following awards:

2016 Campus Technology (HED) Award

  • Best Learning Management System and E-Learning Platform — “Gold” choice
  • Most Valuable Product in Your Institution — “Gold” choice
  • Best E-Portfolio Capabilities — “Silver” choice

T.H.E. Journal (K–12) Award for 2016

  • E-Portfolios Category — “Silver” choice

2016 Education Resources Award

  • Secondary — Including ICT

2016 EdTech Digest Cool Tool Award

  • Learning Management System

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