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Based on 95 reviews and ratings
Likelihood to Recommend
It is a great tool for creating software simulation training to users. I have used it extensively for years for a client and it has worked very well for them because we can allow the users to practice using the system without being in the live system. Scenario-based eLearning can be cumbersome depending on the amount of decision-making/branching required but totally achievable with upfront planning.
Moodle is great for both corporate and education (I have used it in both environments). Moodle is suited well for those who are willing to get their hands a little dirty. Not everything in Moodle is intuitive and you'll need to be curious and a problem solver in order to figure out which settings to use and how to perform certain functions. However, it is rewarding to learn Moodle because there is an entire community that is also using it and willing to help you out.If you want an easy interface that is intuitive then Moodle might not be for you. When you are looking to use Moodle you should ask yourself a few questions about your needs.Who is going to host your LMS? Is it going to be in-house or through a vendor? The answer to these two questions will answer several other capability questions for Moodle. For instance, if you will need to add a bunch of plugins in order to make Moodle customized to meet your needs, you will probably want to go in-house because several of the cost efficient Moodle hosts like mdlspot.net do not add plugins for you. Also, if the majority of your training is face-to-face, then you might want to consider the LMSs that cater to that type of instruction.
Feature Rating Comparison
Course catalog or library
Progress tracking & certifications
Learning reporting & analytics
- Evolving, each version improves over the last one; with subscription pricing you always have access to the newest version (vs. 1-time purchase).
- Comprehensive - allows you to create almost any kind of computer-based interactions, from simple presentations to in-depth simulations.
- Easy to integrate - multiple publishing options make it easy to share published courses on LMS platforms, or directly with end users via URLs.
- ADMIN FUNCTION: Customizable Site Design with Modern Easy to Use Interface: We use the Lambda Theme (purchased from Envato Market) but there are many free themes with a modern look and feel as well. I like that I am able to make the site look the way I would like and am not limited to the old way Moodle used to look. These days are long past, and I am proud of the look and feel of the site. I can also manage the user roles/permissions and what each user sees and does not see very easily.
- ADMIN FUNCTION: Mass Enrollment: If I want to enroll 1,000 students at a time, I can easily enroll or delete mass numbers of students by using a simple Excel spreadsheet upload. I can have a class copied, with students and teachers enrolled in a matter of minutes. I can also manually add students or teachers quickly when needed.
- ADMIN FUNCTION: Regular security updates to be sure your site is secure. Each time there is a new release, I am able to upgrade to the latest version. I do outsource this to a Moodle expert for time reasons, but many people I know do this easily on their own.
- COURSE FEATURES: Multimedia embedded throughout. I am able to quickly and easily add audio and video to each lesson for more engagement.
- COURSE FEATURES: Group Management: I can easily create classes so that a teacher can quickly login and see their class at a glance, and print reports.
- COURSE FEATURES: A more recent feature is the assignment module and grading feature when the teacher can write annotations and feedback directly in the browser.
- I wanted Captivate to be a little bit more intuitive. This may take away from the endless ability to customize; however, it would make things easier if you wanted it.
- Creating interactions could be a little easier. You have to make sure that every tiny detail of the interaction is timed and entered perfectly for the interaction to work.
- Some ready-made templates that are easy to manipulate and computer voice-over would be nice. Perhaps that functionality is available now, but it was not in the version we had earlier this year.
Manager in Human ResourcesFinancial Services Company, 201-500 employees
- The options were overwhelming to users sometimes.
- Grading was difficult to understand.
- Discussion forums were a step behind those of other LMS providers.
Likelihood to Renew
Based on 3 answers
There is no doubt in my mind that we will be using Adobe Captivate for years to come. There are so many uses for the software that we are just scratching the surface. The more we use it, the better it gets. This is a great option for anyone looking for an eLearning authoring tool.
Based on 20 answers
Our entire platform is built around Moodle. We have over 3 years of development with Moodle at the core. It's not going away any time soon.
Based on 2 answers
Adobe Captivate does take some getting used to. There are features that are much more convoluted than they need to be, but overall it is a great product with a some excellent features. Being in a pretty small market, Adobe Captivate and Articulate Storyline dominate the space. They are not the same software, but allow for eLearning authoring. Each has their benefit and their downside, but, for me, Adobe Captivate edges out Storyline.
Based on 7 answers
Especially with the most recent versions, the increase in accessibility, mobile friendliness, and overall interface-lifts has made Moodle an extermely usable software
Reliability and Availability
Based on 3 answers
Yes, Moodle is always available. We are self-hosted and Moodle is always up and available. The only time that it is not available is when we are upgrading it each semester. It is then down for just a few planned hours. That is in-between semesters and we let the faculty and students know. We do it on a Friday evening and it is back up within a few hours.
Based on 1 answer
Moodle is an excellent LMS in relationship to any other one that I have seen or used. The pages load quickly and the reports complete in a reasonable time frame. Moodle has taken on Respondus, StudyMate, BigBlueButton, Turning Tech, Turnitin2, Certificates, Attendance, Tegrity, Questionnaire, Virtual Programming Lab, and Badges. All of these programs work right in with Moodle and do not cause any issues. Instructors may also use Camtasia and Snagit software as well as using webcams, downloading videos from the Internet, adding into books, or any of the many other areas within Moodle. Our instructors use the grade books without many problems and really don't ask questions much anymore. We upgrade Moodle every semester and are currently on 2.9+. Our instructors have basically learned to use most of the resources and activities.
Based on 2 answers
The support team is good in responding and maintaining communication. Sometimes...well...almost always, you will find yourself having to use a 2nd attempt with more details and easier terminology to get the tech to understand the question or situation. These techs should know English 100% and their product 100% to be on a support team for the USA. I do not get the impression this is true.
Based on 4 answers
We use Moodlerooms. I know they work with a triage method but sometimes the things you feel important is not to them. I also feel larger institutions (more $) can get a higher priority.
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Find a partner who will work with you during the implementation process. Be sure to provide ample training for veteran users on the changes and for newbies on the overall product.
We only use Moodle within our department. But the fact that it is a free system was a big plus! It also gets the job done for us when organizing faculty development opportunities.
Based on 2 answers
Moodle is the easiest software to find out issues that occur. Although we have very few problems, it is simple for our Server Administrator to find out any that I cannot figure out that are the simple issues that our new instructors may have. He is able to search within the server where I cannot and is able to search within the server logs that I cannot see. Most of these problems are resolved within 24 hours or less.
Return on Investment
- Captivate has a steep learning curve, it takes a while for users to become proficient.
- Travel for training has been nearly eliminated when Captivate has been utilized to create the learning modules.
- SME's are paid more than content developers so it makes sense to have content developers create the content instead of an SME needing to spend the time to get up to speed to use the software or to train in person.
- Positive: Can track the completion of a training module, and then determine the effectiveness of the training.
- Positive: State employees can now go to one source for all training-related materials. There is no need to search throughout the department for appropriate education.
- Negative: Company was surprised that the "free" LMS actually cost a lot in man hours. However, this was still cheaper than purchasing a commercial product.
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