• Introduction
  • User interface
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Cost
  • Summary

NEO vs. CourseNetworking

Introduction

This is a detailed comparison between NEO and CourseNetworking, 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.

CourseNetworking (CN) is an open source LMS for classroom learning and MOOC courses.

NEO School portal

User interface

The NEO interface is a modern, responsive design that looks sharp and automatically adjusts based on the type of device. It provides attractive tile-based dashboards for students, teachers and administrators, a graphical class catalog, as well as simple pop-out navigation. Many features can be enabled or disabled to suit young children through to college students. It provides rich content authoring as well as a visually attractive way to create and organize lesson material. 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.

The CourseNetworking interface is not as intuitive and lacks many of the graphical and visual elements that are expected in a modern LMS. The user interface resembles Facebook, especially its main page news feed, user profiles, left navigation bar, and top bar. The user interface is not customizable, and you can’t choose your own theme, color scheme, fonts, or terminology. CourseNetworking does not offer a customizable visitor portal where schools can display their classes, school information, and a calendar.

Organizations have the option to get a private CourseNetworking Channel to access customization options (logo, public page, billboard postings) for a subscription fee. There is no graphical catalog for displaying courses and no graphical dashboards for users. CourseNetworking has mobile apps for iOS and Android.

NEO Student dashboard

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.

CourseNetworking is easy to use and has 24/7 help desk support and tutorials. It also offers user training and content creation services for CN channels (paid subscriptions).

NEO Help center

Features

NEO provides the range of functionality you'd expect in a modern LMS, such as support for classes (instructor led, blended, self-paced, and micro learning), 15 kinds of assignments, full-featured gradebook, content authoring, beautiful lesson layouts, gamification, rules engine, learning paths, drip content, competencies (including US common core standards and Next Generation Science Standards), question banks, class templates, rubrics, chat rooms, resources catalog, blogs, wikis, a customizable portal, e-portfolios, and more.

NEO supports many important industry standards such as SCORM, Common Cartridge Format, LTI, QTI, and LDAP. We also integrate with a wide variety of systems, including Google Drive, Google Workspace, Single sign-on with Office 365, OneDrive, Calendars (iCal), PayPal, Stripe, Authorize.net, Turnitin, Zapier, GoToMeeting, Zoom, WebEx, SIS, Equella, and SMTP/POP3.

CourseNetworking offers a smaller feature set and has a social media-based philosophy in almost everything. Courses are mostly built around “tasks” and don’t have a typical layout of sequences of lessons with content and assessments. The configuration options per class are quite limited and there are many essential classroom functionalities missing.

Here is a list of the features included with NEO that are not supported by CourseNetworking:

User interface

  • Graphical dashboards
  • Graphical class catalog
  • Graphical resources catalog
  • Graphical lessons tiles
  • Support for more than 40 languages
  • Automatic translation of messages and forum posts
  • Branded mobile apps
  • Customizable visitor portal
  • Activity display

Content

  • Learning paths
  • Automation
  • Drip content
  • Competency-based learning
  • Printing PDF certificates
  • Archiving classes
  • Class templates
  • Waitlists
  • Seating charts
  • Class ratings and reviews
  • E-commerce
  • Compliance
  • Graphical badges gallery
  • Adaptive learning
  • Tagging
  • Offline mode

Assessment and analytics

  • Rubrics
  • Assignments such as debates, team, and attendance
  • Attendance tracking
  • Custom reports
  • Scheduled reports
  • Peer reviewed assignments
  • Report widgets

Collaboration

  • Wikis
  • Forums
  • Live chat
  • Blogs
  • Integration with CometChat

Integrations

  • Integration with 1,500+ apps via Zapier
  • Integration with your own email server
  • Google Drive
  • OneDrive
  • Google Workspace
  • Office 365
  • SIS
  • iCal
  • Equella
  • Common Cartridge Format
  • Unicheck plagiarism detection
  • LDAP
  • App center
  • Kimono
  • MailChimp
  • Safe Exam Browser
  • H5P
  • MS Immersive Reader
  • MS OneNote
  • Go1
  • Udemy

Payment gateways

  • PayPal
  • PayPal Payments Pro
  • Authorize.net
  • Stripe
  • PayUbiz
  • PayU Latam
  • PagSeguro
  • Flywire

Web conferencing

  • MS Teams
  • Google Meet
  • Kaltura
  • GoToMeeting
  • Zoom
  • WebEx

Other

  • Seating charts
  • Trash can
  • Terms and conditions
  • E-commerce
  • SEO features
  • Purchase orders

NEO Class catalog

Cost

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.

CourseNetworking offers a free version of their platform, but for most essential features that schools need, there is a paid license. The paid private channel for licensed institutions offers full control over user account creation, campus wide analytics, the campus social network, and other functionality.

NEO Class page

Summary

This was a comparison of the most important feature differences between NEO and CourseNetworking.

NEO is a more attractive LMS than CourseNetworking, offering a larger set of features suitable for both K-12 and Higher Education clients. In addition, it has a better user interface and more options for class creation and assignments.

Schools that don't need LMS "power" features can choose the NEO free plan, which is beautiful, easy-to-use, and includes the core functionality of a modern LMS. Note that CourseNetworking does not provide a free plan for entire universities.

If you require additional information on NEO, please contact us.

Disclaimer

This comparison paper was written in August 2020 based on publicly available documentation on both vendors' sites. It was prepared as a guide and is not intended to be exhaustive. The comparison information is for guidance only and does not constitute any contractual representation, warranty or obligation on our part. Liability for errors, omissions or consequential loss is expressly disclaimed.

Since pricing and features can change rapidly, we do not represent that this information is up-to-date, and we encourage you to get the latest information directly from the vendor's web site. If you find any information in this comparison guide to be inaccurate, please contact us with details and we will correct the information within 72hrs.