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Highlights

Google Classroom and Moodle are online class assignment and learning management tools primarily used in academic environments, in k-12 primarily, but also higher education. They facilitate assessments, content management, and online discussions. Google Classroom is available for users of Google Workspace for Education, or it can be used for free with a Google account for some use cases. It is commonly deployed across institutions of all sizes where Google’s office apps are also used. Moodle is open source and free under the GNU General Public License (GPL) and like Google Classroom is widely adopted by institutions of all sizes.

Features

Google Classroom and Moodle offer very similar capabilities, but are chosen for different reasons.

Google Classroom is natively integrated in Google Workspace, and so it works seamlessly with apps like Gmail and Google Meet. It also includes chat features in Classroom itself, facilitating communication between students and teachers when video is not needed. It’s integration with Google Drive makes document management, including assignment creation and management, an easy and familiar task, given the ubiquity of Google app adoption for personal use. Google Classroom may seem a no brainer for easy adoption for schools that have already onboarded Google Workspace for Education in some capacity, and if an institution is already using Google then there exists little reason to avoid Google Classroom.

Moodle’s advantages flow from its open-source design, community, and the expanse of plugins and extenders available for it, at no cost. Since Moodle is open-source and freely downloadable, LMS costs are primarily around IT implementation and management (you may need a resident Moodle development expert), rather than an annual subscription for software updates. Moodle boasts excellent content creation and course administration features, chat, and integration with neighboring systems (e.g. student management systems).

Limitations

There are also some limitations to Google Classroom and Moodle in terms of capabilities and packaging worth considering. 

Google Classroom is not known to fit business use cases as Moodle might. While Classroom integrates with a range of applications for in-classroom use, it is more limited in the administrative integrations it offers, such as with student information systems. Users report minor quibbles around its usability.

On the other hand, Moodle’s open source structure leaves it to academic institutions to provide their own in-house implementation, support, and security. This limits self-service customization that teachers can do without requiring developer assistance or approval from IT to enable this or that third-party plugin. Moodle’s mobile capabilities are also more limited and less user-friendly than market standards.

Pricing

While Google Classroom is free to use alone, and Google Workspace for Education Fundamentals is available to qualifying institutions and some homeschoolers, many users will need the Google Workspace for Education Plus plan (formerly G Suite Enterprise for Education).

Moodle is open-source and free to download. The cost of implementation and long-term maintenance or support will vary by each academic institution or business, as it may require in-house support to build and govern the right implementation.

Likelihood to Recommend

Google Classroom

Google Classroom is a great solution for remote learning when school budgets don’t allow for more robust platform purchases, such as Blackboard. It’s free! It’s customizable, but you’ll need to get a small group of users/teachers trained up on all the nuances so they can be your Champion group and help the other teachers. Love the ability to set slides as landing pages for a fun classroom picture. Kids enjoy the autonomy they have but struggle with remembering to complete all assignments if they don’t have more direct supervision. Lots of integration with other tools like Kira to allow for writing exercises and assignment submission. It’s a great stop-gap for schools not intending to remain in a remote setting, a permanent solution for organizations with low budgets that are fully remote, but not my first choice if you have a software budget and are operating fully remote at all times.
Gabrielle Wayman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Moodle

Moodle is great for any environment where a class or other learning activity needs to be completed in an asynchronous manner. It can be used to post information, create interactive threads for discussion, issue quiz and exam work with grading, track and grade progress, and keep track of attendance. It is an overall wonderful solution for managing asynchronous learning.
Joe Foran | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Google Classroom
8.0
Moodle
7.5
Course authoring
Google Classroom
8.1
Moodle
8.1
Course catalog or library
Google Classroom
7.7
Moodle
7.7
Player/Portal
Google Classroom
8.6
Moodle
7.4
Learning content
Google Classroom
8.2
Moodle
8.5
Mobile friendly
Google Classroom
8.4
Moodle
6.8
Progress tracking & certifications
Google Classroom
7.4
Moodle
6.9
Assignments
Google Classroom
8.7
Moodle
8.3
Compliance management
Google Classroom
7.8
Moodle
7.1
Learning administration
Google Classroom
8.0
Moodle
7.8
Learning reporting & analytics
Google Classroom
7.4
Moodle
7.2
Social learning
Google Classroom
8.0
Moodle
6.8

Pros

Google Classroom

  • Student-teacher communication - I love using Classroom for this because my students can always go back and check what was on Classroom by looking through the stream. This way they don't have to go dig through emails to find what they're looking for.
  • Posting to multiple classes - I can post the same announcement or assignment to multiple classes at once without having to repeat the process or send separate emails.
  • Streamlining grading - when students turn work in on Classroom, it all goes to one place and then when I'm grading I can open their documents directly from Classroom or my Drive folder. This way, I'm not looking through emails and Google Doc shared files for their assignment.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Moodle

  • Moodle's grade book works well. Assignments are integrated so the grades are recorded automatically.
  • Moodle is customizable by administrators, so our version only gives us the options we need. NO Clutter.
  • The discussion board offers several options for instructors that help with grading. I use "sum of points", but there are other options as well.
Marianna Rader | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Google Classroom

  • Although usually in the discussion with other LMS apps such as Schoology and Canvas, Google Classroom doesn't possess as in-depth of a platform. There is no ability to set individual learning paths, pace student work with completion settings, or embed other apps directly into teacher-created assignments.
  • The assignment creation options are limited. Teachers can only choose from creating an assignment (usually a link with directions), a material (usually a doc/slide/website, etc), a question, and a quiz.
  • With gamification taking on a new lens in education, there really isn't any way to use gamification elements with Google Classroom. There isn't any way to create Individual learning paths, or use badges and micro-credentials within Classroom. Outside programs would have to be used.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Moodle

  • The interface is not very intuitive. You must know what you are looking for in order to navigate effectively.
  • Although installation of Moodle is easy, it is a little more difficult to configure it with your other Learning tools. As an example, LDAP synchronization is a little difficult.
  • The interface is a little dated, even though new releases keep coming out (which is great!) none of them really add value to the appearance of the platform.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Google Classroom

Google Classroom 1.3
Based on 3 answers
Testing is particularly important in online learning, and Google Classroom falls far short of other learning management systems in this regard. Security is also a concern: while account control is reasonable for the account used with Google Classroom, the person controlling a particular account is often able to, for example, forward or download proprietary materials.
H. P. Molloy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Moodle

Moodle 10.0
Based on 21 answers
We use it because it is what have committed to back in 2011. Perhaps Moodle will evolve and advance in a positive way that will alleviate most of our user-based gripes? Perhaps it will not appear to be as cost effective given the need for a certain level of engineering and support staff to maintain it at a future level of sustainability? It's hard to say. As an enterprise scale critical application, we like it, but don't love it. Our instructors don't particularly like it at all.
Steve Covello | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Google Classroom

Google Classroom 3.2
Based on 4 answers
This is only a product I would recommend to a humanities teacher. Math and science teachers cannot use this product the same way that I can as an English teacher. It is great for word process and for reading, but unable to handle the demands of math and science. Therefore, I would highly recommend this product to English or Social Studies teachers, but NOT math or science teachers
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Moodle

Moodle 9.3
Based on 7 answers
Moodle can be used on a tablet, on a mobile phone, and on a PC. It is easy to navigate for learners and figure out for administrators. The learners can easily complete tasks and the administrators can easily track completion. The last thing about Moodle that one may not realize is that it somewhat resembles Facebook in its layout. This means that users are already familiar with the interface and therefore they are more comfortable using it.
Robin Sargent | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Google Classroom

Google Classroom 9.0
Based on 2 answers
We have had very little trouble in accessing Google Classroom. Our issues, if any, have risen from our server and not the Google servers.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Moodle

Moodle 9.0
Based on 5 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.
Helen Ware | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Google Classroom

Google Classroom 9.0
Based on 2 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

Moodle

Moodle 10.0
Based on 3 answers
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.
Helen Ware | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Google Classroom

Google Classroom 7.4
Based on 29 answers
Since this platform is provided by Google, the technical support is better than any others, and we are not required to bother about the space constraints for adding the contents. If we have a good uninterrupted internet facility we can access Google Classroom without any delay or lag. They have app support in both Android and iPhone.
Rahul Ajithkumar | TrustRadius Reviewer

Moodle

Moodle 6.9
Based on 22 answers
Moodle is open source, and must be evaluated in that context, but one also has to provide a fair comparison to competing products with commercial backing. Support varies depending on the component of Moodle. Bug reports in Moodle Core that affect security or stability are dealt with promptly. Functionality requests or features not working smoothly may or may not be addressed, depending on whether the functionality desired matches the "vision" of Moodle HQ. The user community provides excellent support for initial installation and configuration, but more complex questions may go unanswered, unless they are noticed by someone who happens to know the answer. The support forum feature at the Moodle site (the same feature used within Moodle itself) does not provide granular subscription to topic discussions, apparently by design, and Moodle HQ seems resistant to changing this feature.
Elizabeth Dalton | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Google Classroom

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Moodle

Moodle 6.0
Based on 1 answer
I have used a few sites and they were adequate but my best learning experience was face to face and hands on.
Mike Sebolt | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Google Classroom

Google Classroom 2.3
Based on 3 answers
It was relatively easy to implement due to the simplicity of the platform. Even our more technology challenged teachers found it easy to get started with Google Classroom.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Moodle

Moodle 9.8
Based on 2 answers
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.
Ted Burke | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Google Classroom

I haven't tested or evaluated another digital classroom website or application. I feel like Google Classroom is convenient for many reasons such as compatibility to Google docs, slides, etc. I also love the ability to link to YouTube and other sites. I don't know if there would be a site that is easier to maneuver.
Meredith Sanders | TrustRadius Reviewer

Moodle

Blackboard has clear advantages in rubric management, and offers a content management system of its own. The largest barrier is cost for smaller or financially-disadvantaged organizations. However, as in any IT project, adequate resources must be made for even "free" software.
Stephen Lackey | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Google Classroom

Google Classroom 10.0
Based on 1 answer
It is very easy to push out this program across our buildings. Teachers are able to use it without much trouble.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Moodle

Moodle 9.0
Based on 3 answers
Well, I administer Moodle for a dozen of our divisions and there is a wide range of flexibility between offerings. I have course instructors who use every module i their course, chock full of videos, pictures, links to web tools for synchronous sessions within the asynchronous course. I also have others who are content with a syllabus, a few pdfs, links to podcast lectures and a few simple assignments. No matter if your organization is big or small, or if your requirements are strict for credentialing or non-existent (for internal know-how), Moodle can accommodate you.
Pamela Akins | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Google Classroom

  • Student engagement is high when using Google Classroom. Students are more willing to work on projects continually when provided a digital platform.
  • Since teachers have instant access to student work, they can pinpoint weak areas for remediation, thus increasing test scores for mastery.
  • Google Classroom also saves time for teachers when used as an organizational tool as student work is all in one place with easy access.
Tamara Letter | TrustRadius Reviewer

Moodle

  • While it certainly takes more time to develop an online training vs a face-to-face we can offer the same content over and over again and meet a larger audience. There's no way we could have offered these trainings face-to-face to the same size audience. Economically it's just not feasible. Moodle allows us to share multiple trainings on a variety of topics over extended periods of time in a cost effective way.
  • The impact on early interventionists is still being evaluated, but we do know that early interventionist now have more ways to access professional development than in the past. The ability to customize the registration page has allowed us to track which agencies in Virginia are having their staff participate and we can see which topics are favored above others.
  • Other LMS's were far too costly. Aside from the monthly hosting fees (less than $200 a year), and the time it took to do the initial install and setup, Moodle is free. Once it's setup the only elearning costs are related to the development and creation of each training and then the setup of training on Moodle. This allows us to devote more time and money to the development and creation of more courses vs. the management of the system.
  • Minimal tech support for the users is required and most requests are limited to lost/userid passwords. The course designer is able to manage tech support needs for the users because so few requests are received.
Rebecka Anderson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Google Classroom

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Google Classroom Editions & Modules

Edition
Google Workspace for Education Standard$31
Teaching and Learning Upgrade$42
Google Workspace for Education Plus$53
Education Fundamentals$04
  1. per student/per year
  2. per license/per month
  3. per student/per year
  4. per license/per month
Additional Pricing Details
Education Fundamentals Version - 30-day free trial for qualifying institutions.

Moodle

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

Moodle Editions & Modules

Edition
Starter$1201
Mini$2201
Small$3901
Medium$8801
Large$1,5601
  1. per year
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Google Classroom
8.5
Moodle
8.5

Likelihood to Renew

Google Classroom
1.3
Moodle
10.0

Usability

Google Classroom
3.2
Moodle
9.3

Reliability and Availability

Google Classroom
9.0
Moodle
9.0

Performance

Google Classroom
9.0
Moodle
10.0

Support Rating

Google Classroom
7.4
Moodle
6.9

Online Training

Google Classroom
Moodle
6.0

Implementation Rating

Google Classroom
2.3
Moodle
9.8

Scalability

Google Classroom
10.0
Moodle
9.0

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