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Likelihood to Recommend

Moodle

Moodle is a Learning Management System and is best suited for just that. We didn't like the assessment piece of our full scale Learning Management System (nor did we want to purchase the entire assessment module) so we chose to use Moodle for this, and it works well. Installing this application with the intention of only using a portion of its capabilities can be successful in environments where you have technical skills and a broad understanding of integration between your systems. For institutions that lack these, you're better suited to using a full scale of an LMS with assessment inside that same application.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PowerSchool Unified Classroom

In the classroom it is very well suited. For classroom teachers, and for school systems in general. It is appropriate in this capacity because it creates a streamlined sense of communication for all stakeholders: teachers, parents, students, and administration. It makes parent meetings very easy, it makes interventions for students easy, and it helps administration keep tabs on overall progress
Saloni Hemani | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Moodle
7.5
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
8.0
Course authoring
Moodle
7.9
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
9.0
Course catalog or library
Moodle
7.9
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
7.0
Player/Portal
Moodle
7.6
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
9.0
Learning content
Moodle
8.3
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
8.0
Mobile friendly
Moodle
6.9
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
5.0
Progress tracking & certifications
Moodle
6.9
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
7.5
Assignments
Moodle
8.1
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
10.0
Compliance management
Moodle
7.1
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
Learning administration
Moodle
7.7
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
8.0
Learning reporting & analytics
Moodle
7.6
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
8.5
Social learning
Moodle
6.8
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
8.0

Pros

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

PowerSchool Unified Classroom

  • Hand in/Hand Out Assignments
  • Standards Based Assessments
Mike Thomas | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Moodle

  • Hosting: Hosting Moodle yourself is difficult. I wouldn't want to mess with all the things involved with hosting and maintaining Moodle on my own server. Hosting Moodle requires a web server with PHP and a database. However, this weakness is also a strength. Although it would be cumbersome to manage Moodle on one's own the fact that it can be done and freely really sets Moodle apart from all other LMSs.
  • Scheduling: The basic version of Moodle (no plugins) does not include a scheduling component. What I mean is there is not a way to schedule in person or webinar training sessions in the system and then track attendance. Unless of course it is all done manually and no one wants to do that. There is a face-to-face plugin that does just what I am talking about, but because of the way I have Moodle hosted plugins are not an option for me without going through a few hoops.
  • Cloning a Course: For one of my trainings there is a course that uses the local branch Director as the instructor. Therefore, I have to create the same course over an over again for each branch across the company. While there are a few ways to duplicate a course, there is only one way to duplicate the course and include all the badges, a backup file. This means I have to backup a course, create a new course, upload the backup, then go in and turn on all of badges. I want a magic wand button that clones a course exactly as it is; is that too much to ask?
  • Also, if I have to fix a typo in a SCORM package I have to reload that file to every single course that contains the file I fixed. My second wish is to have one place to load SCORM packages and then just point to them in the courses so there is only one place I have to go in order to upload a corrected file.
Robin Sargent | TrustRadius Reviewer

PowerSchool Unified Classroom

  • The user interface is a little blocky and not entirely user-friendly.
  • It does take more training than we'd like with new staff.
Amy Westby | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Moodle

Moodle 10.0
Based on 20 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

PowerSchool Unified Classroom

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Usability

Moodle

Moodle 9.3
Based on 7 answers
I've been able to figure out Moodle through my own experimentation and some help from the Moodle support pages. It's not always obvious where to make certain some changes and It can be a little confusing in determining which pages blocks will appear. If this is your first time using Moodle as an admin/course designer you should expect to spend a some time experimenting because knowing where to make certain changes isn't always intuitive. Additionally, plan to explore the course as a student vs. as admin because the UI is different based upon your settings
Rebecka Anderson | TrustRadius Reviewer

PowerSchool Unified Classroom

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Reliability and Availability

Moodle

Moodle 9.0
Based on 4 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

PowerSchool Unified Classroom

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Performance

Moodle

Moodle 10.0
Based on 2 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

PowerSchool Unified Classroom

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Support Rating

Moodle

Moodle 6.5
Based on 18 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

PowerSchool Unified Classroom

PowerSchool Unified Classroom 8.5
Based on 2 answers
They are very responsive to the issues that we have and follow through with their assistance. Having a live assist that is available when our teachers need it is essential too. They also seem to listen to suggestions on making improvements and have been transparent with us when renovations are done.
Mike Thomas | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

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

PowerSchool Unified Classroom

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Implementation Rating

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

PowerSchool Unified Classroom

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Alternatives Considered

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

PowerSchool Unified Classroom

I have used markbook and gradebook. Each system had good features that were slightly different but the fact that this one is web based and accessible makes it the best of the 3 I have used. The learning curve to using the program is similar to the other 2 and overall has allowed me to save time reporting to students and parents.
Mark Perry | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

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

PowerSchool Unified Classroom

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No answers yet
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Return on Investment

Moodle

  • Online learning has never been an issue especially for those students who can't physically attend in the classroom in a particular day.
  • Collaboration among peers can easily be done and sharing of lecture notes and assessment is as easy as clicking the link.
  • Teaching is more dynamic and fulfilling because learning delivery method can be done electronically using Moodle which provides productivity to the teachers.
Philip Mojares | TrustRadius Reviewer

PowerSchool Unified Classroom

  • Positive impact- i don't know how much it costs but every teacher spends probably 1-4 hours on powerschool every week but it streamlines communication
Saloni Hemani | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Moodle

General

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

PowerSchool Unified Classroom

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Moodle
7.9
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
8.5

Likelihood to Renew

Moodle
10.0
PowerSchool Unified Classroom

Usability

Moodle
9.3
PowerSchool Unified Classroom

Reliability and Availability

Moodle
9.0
PowerSchool Unified Classroom

Performance

Moodle
10.0
PowerSchool Unified Classroom

Support Rating

Moodle
6.5
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
8.5

Online Training

Moodle
6.0
PowerSchool Unified Classroom

Implementation Rating

Moodle
9.8
PowerSchool Unified Classroom

Scalability

Moodle
9.0
PowerSchool Unified Classroom

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