Microsoft Teams vs. Moodle

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Microsoft Teams
Score 8.0 out of 10
N/A
Microsoft Teams combines video conferencing software with team collaboration tools. The communications platform allows MS Office users to conduct conference calls and share files via SharePoint, and join or initiate a group chat.
$5
per month
Moodle
Score 7.3 out of 10
N/A
Moodle is an open source learning management system with hundreds of millions of users around the globe and translated into over 100 languages, used by organizations to support their education and training needs.N/A
Pricing
Microsoft TeamsMoodle
Editions & Modules
Free
$0.00
per user/per month
Microsoft 365 Business Basic
$5.00
per user/per month
Microsoft 365 Business Standard
$12.50
per user/per month
Office 365 E3
$20.00
per user/per month
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Microsoft TeamsMoodle
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
YesYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeOptional
Additional DetailsDiscounts are available for non profit organizations.
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Microsoft Teams

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Moodle
Chose Moodle
Compared to Google Classroom, Moodle is more flexible and more comprehensive. But the interface is a bit outdated and not very mobile-friendly. Additionally, Google Classroom has nice integration with other Google's workspace tools. Google lack tools such as CodeRunner to be …
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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. 

Features

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. 

Limitations

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. 

Pricing

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. 

Features
Microsoft TeamsMoodle
Project Management
Comparison of Project Management features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Teams
7.1
182 Ratings
10% below category average
Moodle
-
Ratings
Task Management7.4137 Ratings00 Ratings
Gantt Charts6.270 Ratings00 Ratings
Scheduling7.8153 Ratings00 Ratings
Workflow Automation6.595 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile Access7.8174 Ratings00 Ratings
Search7.3160 Ratings00 Ratings
Visual planning tools6.5111 Ratings00 Ratings
Communication
Comparison of Communication features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Teams
7.6
191 Ratings
5% below category average
Moodle
-
Ratings
Chat8.8190 Ratings00 Ratings
Notifications8.0189 Ratings00 Ratings
Discussions8.4177 Ratings00 Ratings
Surveys7.2104 Ratings00 Ratings
Internal knowledgebase6.9117 Ratings00 Ratings
Integrates with GoToMeeting6.847 Ratings00 Ratings
Integrates with Gmail and Google Hangouts6.043 Ratings00 Ratings
Integrates with Outlook8.8156 Ratings00 Ratings
File Sharing & Management
Comparison of File Sharing & Management features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Teams
7.3
177 Ratings
10% below category average
Moodle
-
Ratings
Versioning6.9122 Ratings00 Ratings
Video files7.4150 Ratings00 Ratings
Audio files7.5152 Ratings00 Ratings
Document collaboration8.1164 Ratings00 Ratings
Access control7.4148 Ratings00 Ratings
Advanced security features6.8110 Ratings00 Ratings
Integrates with Google Drive6.053 Ratings00 Ratings
Device sync7.9124 Ratings00 Ratings
Learning Management
Comparison of Learning Management features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Teams
-
Ratings
Moodle
8.2
29 Ratings
0% above category average
Course authoring00 Ratings8.825 Ratings
Course catalog or library00 Ratings8.326 Ratings
Player/Portal00 Ratings8.526 Ratings
Learning content00 Ratings8.124 Ratings
Mobile friendly00 Ratings6.326 Ratings
Progress tracking & certifications00 Ratings8.827 Ratings
Assignments00 Ratings8.929 Ratings
Compliance management00 Ratings9.022 Ratings
Learning administration00 Ratings8.927 Ratings
Learning reporting & analytics00 Ratings8.724 Ratings
Social learning00 Ratings7.726 Ratings
Gamification00 Ratings6.03 Ratings
Single Sign On (SSO) Enabled Learning00 Ratings8.52 Ratings
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User Ratings
Microsoft TeamsMoodle
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(269 ratings)
8.3
(65 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
5.1
(9 ratings)
10.0
(22 ratings)
Usability
6.8
(52 ratings)
8.0
(8 ratings)
Availability
9.0
(1 ratings)
9.0
(4 ratings)
Performance
8.0
(1 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
8.3
(113 ratings)
7.4
(15 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
6.0
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
9.8
(2 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
6.3
(7 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
10.0
(1 ratings)
9.0
(3 ratings)
Professional Services
7.0
(7 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Microsoft TeamsMoodle
Likelihood to Recommend
Microsoft
Positive: The virtual workspace created for a work team within the same company, for the resemblance of information and communications in one place.Negative: The access for members of a non-profit organization who have external emails from the host but need the same access as an internal person since their volunteer work is part of the very core of the federation.
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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.
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Pros
Microsoft
  • Virtual meetings - ease of set up and execution
  • File sharing! We build channels for projects, and being able to invite only project members is huge!
  • Peer-to-peer communications - being able to "ping" one of my colleagues, either text, video or call-only, on-demand, is what runs our business.
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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.
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Cons
Microsoft
  • The feature of notifications in the mobile application could be improved. Sometimes notifications of different teams are not visible and are only visible when the application is opened.
  • It uses lots of computational resources while running and thus, slows down the system sometimes.
  • It allows a few channels per team. The number of channels could be increased for better productivity.
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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.
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Likelihood to Renew
Microsoft
Microsoft Teams is included with our Office 365 subscription and we have no intention of migrating off of Office 365 and Microsoft products. Since Microsoft Teams is included for free with our Office 365 subscription, and since we enjoy all the features, benefits, and functionality, there is no question that our team will continue to use the product
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Moodle
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.
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Usability
Microsoft
User experience has been much better than the previous Skype for Business app. It has an easy-to-use interface with persistent chats. The search feature is very fast and useful. MS Teams has mostly focused on Collaboration and team building features which are very useful for organizational communications. Since Teams is accessible from multiple platforms like Laptop, Desktop, Mobile phones, etc it has been very convenient from a Mobility perspective.
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Moodle
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.
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Reliability and Availability
Microsoft
Rare, but outages do happen
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Moodle
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.
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Performance
Microsoft
Sometimes about once a week I get a message that says "Sorry, there seems to be something wrong". But it goes away in a few minutes.
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Moodle
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.
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Support Rating
Microsoft
Using Microsoft Teams has resulted in much faster business communications with both co-workers and consultants. There has been little need for support with this software as the interface is very intuitive and the product is overall very well designed. We did encounter an issue with the built-in phone service, however, this was quickly resolved by the support team.
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Moodle
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.
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Online Training
Microsoft
No answers on this topic
Moodle
I have used a few sites and they were adequate but my best learning experience was face to face and hands on.
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Implementation Rating
Microsoft
I find everything I need for my day-to-day work.
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Moodle
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.
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Alternatives Considered
Microsoft
Our company and IT department previously used Skype for our communication needs. Skype was not dependable in my opinion, because it seems each time I used it during a call and/or a meeting, I and several other team members would get disconnected more than once. This caused a great interruption of our meeting, caused team members to have to ask others to repeat themselves and caused a general lack of interest in employee attendance during meetings.
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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.
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Contract Terms and Pricing Model
Microsoft
Honestly, this tool is worth every penny. Yes, it's not free and you pay for the quality of services and the license. But the ROI and the benefits are all there. Also, the renewal, negotiation, and contract terms are all very well explained by our Microsoft account manager, and she's a charm.
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Moodle
No answers on this topic
Scalability
Microsoft
It does not appear to have a limit to how many teams and employees we can have using it
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Moodle
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.
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Professional Services
Microsoft
I used Skype for Business to take calls, hold conferences, and provide remote assistance to users. Microsoft Teams, on the other hand, is superior to Skype for Business in my opinion. My job entails a lot of screen sharing.
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Moodle
No answers on this topic
Return on Investment
Microsoft
  • I'm not sure I can point to a specific ROI, but it has improved our ability to communicate and work more effectively together.
  • It's also nice to have records of every interaction, photo, and document that has been shared. Less chance of something completely disappearing.
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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.
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ScreenShots

Moodle Screenshots

Screenshot of Moodle offers activities and resources to create courses.Screenshot of The course dashboard shows the courses which an student is enrolled in.Screenshot of Inside a course view shows the course complete index of activities and resources.
The course view can be customised to be cleaner allowing the student to focus on learning.Screenshot of Moodle Workplace includes all features in Moodle LMS and other exclusive features like multi-tenancy, dynamic rules, and report builder.Screenshot of Programs help users stay up-to-date with compliance, and help with designing learning paths for a teams so that they can develop the right competencies. Certificates can also be issued to validate learning and compliance.Screenshot of Dynamic Rules help to avoid the tedious tasks and create and manage automated rules for several groups of users. Learning experiences based on location, department, position, roles and other criteria are available.