NEO vs. Schoology
NEO is a world class, award winning LMS for use by schools and universities. The platform is known for its easy-to-use and beautiful user interface, comprehensive set of innovative features, and pricing that provides great value for money. With NEO it's easy to create great classes that students will enjoy anytime, everywhere.
NEO is a product of CYPHER LEARNING, which also provides a similar LMS for use by businesses called MATRIX. Both NEO and MATRIX are used by over 20,000 organizations, support 40+ languages, and have millions of users.
Schoology is a cloud-hosted LMS. It provides a free "Basic" version for individual teachers, and a for-fee "Enterprise" version for schools and districts.
NEO School portal
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.
The Schoology interface is nice, just not quite as graphical as the NEO interface. For example, there are no tile-based dashboards, no graphical class catalog, and no customizable portal. The Schoology UI is not responsive, so you have to download their mobile app to use their site from a mobile device, and their mobile apps only provide a subset of their site's functionality.
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.
Schoology is fairly easy to use and understand, and includes online help and technical support.
NEO Help center
NEO provides the range of functionality you'd expect in a modern LMS, such as support for classes (instructor led, blended, and self-paced), twelve kinds of assignments, full-featured gradebook, content authoring, beautiful lesson layouts, gamification, rules engine, learning paths, drip content, curricula and proficiencies (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, G Suite, Single sign-on with Ofﬁce 365, OneDrive, Calendars (iCal), PayPal, Stripe, Authorize.net, Turnitin, Zapier, GoToMeeting, Zoom, WebEx, SIS, Equella, and SMTP/POP3.
A complete list of the features in the free and premium NEO plans is here.
Schoology provides a similar feature set, with the main difference being that the features are not as visually attractive, and are a little harder to configure and use.
In addition, here is a list of the features that NEO provides that Schoology does not:
- beautiful customizable portal
- graphical dashboards for students, teachers, admins, and parents
- graphical class catalog with categories, cross-listings, and more
- curriculum coverage analysis
- powerful content synchronization
- e-commerce integration if you wish to sell classes
- chat rooms and click-to-chat instant messaging
- comprehensive set of built-in reports
- support for self-paced classes
- completion certificates and prerequisite certificates
- customizable welcome pages
- built-in student help desk
- optional integration with your own email server
- ability to import RSS feeds into news feeds
- support for 40+ languages
- automatic language translation for messages and forums
- rules engine
- drip content
- GoToMeeting integration
- learning paths
NEO Class catalog
NEO has a free plan and costs about $6 per student per year for its Small school plan and $7 per student per year for its Enterprise plan.. 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 for-fee Enterprise plan for schools and districts. There is no free version that includes administration features that are generally required when using an LMS for your entire school. We have heard anecdotally that the Schoology Enterprise plan costs about $10 per student per year, with a $1000+ setup fee and a required minimum of 500 student accounts.
NEO Class page
NEO is a more attractive, easier-to-use LMS than Schoology, at a lower cost for both small and large schools / universities.
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 Schoology does not provide a free plan for entire schools.
Schools that want LMS "power" features can upgrade from the NEO free plan to a NEO premium plan at any time, which includes a similar set of features to Schoology at a significantly lower price point.
This was a comparison of the most important features of NEO and Schoology. If you require additional information on NEO, please contact us.
This comparison paper was written in March 2016 based on publicly available documentation on both vendor's 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.
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