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Microsoft Teams and Moodle are both free tools that including chat capabilities and document management. However, beyond these areas, each product is very distinct and serves different needs within the organization. Moodle and Teams can actually complement each other’s capabilities to some extent, as they are both used across all sizes of organizations.
Microsoft Teams is a business-focused collaboration and video conferencing tool. Its video conferencing is the core functionality that enables much of the extended collaboration capability. Moodle, on the other hand, is an academia-focused open-source learning management system. However, some businesses have used Moodle for corporate or employee training and assessment management.
Microsoft Teams and Moodle both have distinct features that make them ideal for unique use cases.
Teams stands out as a robust collaboration platform. It has video conferencing as the foundational capability, but also includes robust document and file sharing. It also offers integrations with other productivity apps for optimized workflows. To compete with free or freemium competitors, Teams is offered as the free version of Microsoft 365.
Moodle excels as an open source LMS. It enables teachers or educators to create and manage online assessments and assignments. It also provides a platform for managing the broader course creation and progression process, including education-specific features like gradebooks. Since the platform is open-source, it limits long-term costs to in-house IT support, rather than adding on any annual subscription fees.
Given the significant differences between Microsoft Teams and Moodle, there are some comparative limitations in capabilities and costs between each product.
For instance, Teams lacks any of the dedicated learning management capabilities that Moodle offers. Specifically, it doesn’t support any assessment or assignment creation, and only offers document sharing instead. There’s also a paywall to many of the more advanced features, which requires users to pay for Office 365 to fully unlock the collaboration and video conferencing capabilities.
In contrast, Moodle lacks many of the collaboration features of Teams. Moodle does not support video conferencing of any kind, and its document sharing is much less user friendly than vendor-supported alternatives. Since Moodle is open-source, it also requires developer assistance to customize and implement many of the advanced features, mitigating the self-service capabilities of educators and administrators.
Microsoft Teams is a part of Microsoft 365, which has 3 paid tiers beyond the free Teams version. Business Basic, priced at $5/user/month, adds more administrative capabilities and support from Microsoft. Business Standard, at $12.50/user/month, adds more productivity applications, and Office 365 E3, at $20/user/month, unlocks the full platform.
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.
Provided by the TrustRadius Research Team
Published on July 15, 2020
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Visual planning tools
Integrates with GoToMeeting
Integrates with Gmail and Google Hangouts
Integrates with Outlook
Advanced security features
Integrates with Google Drive
Course catalog or library
Progress tracking & certifications
Learning reporting & analytics
- Scheduling - it's easy to integrate your meetings in Outlook
- Invitations - Since everyone in our organization is on Outlook, it's really easy to invite someone to a meeting and make sure it appears on their calendar
- Chat room / file sharing - it's easy to add files and links to the chatroom
- 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.
- The app does not work well with apple products at all.
- The desktop application does not compete with other remote working platforms.
- The screen-share is the most inconvenient. While presenting you cannot share a single tab/window, you are forced to share your entire screen. There is a privacy concern.
- While presenting on behalf of a colleague, you will have to stop the presentation, mute/unmute then return to the presentation which is disruptive and unprofessional especially when recording.
- The members of the organisation assume guests have the capabilities they have, which guests do not. Microsoft Teams does not work as a social media platform and the guest feature should be abandoned entirely because it is most frustrating for guests.
- Guests invited to Microsoft Teams meetings cannot view multiple video cams while using a browser with a VPN service.
- The activity/meeting feedback window in the app itself is chaotic and can be better organised. I recommend data logs that can be pulled when needed.
- 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.
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- A positive impact has been in having to save time for IT staff from not having to deploy other collaboration tools, since Teams is an all-in-one collaboration tool.
- Another positive impact has been in the ability to set permissions for different user groups. This helps to keep things more secure overall.
- One negative impact has been in the extra time it has taken to try and get users up to speed with using the platform. More formal training is required.
- 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.
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Microsoft Teams Editions & Modules
|Microsoft 365 Business Basic||$5.001|
|Microsoft 365 Business Standard||$12.501|
|Office 365 E3||$20.001|
- per user/per month
Additional Pricing DetailsDiscounts are available for non profit organizations.
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Moodle Editions & Modules
- per year