Moodle vs. Zoom

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Moodle
Score 8.2 out of 10
N/A
Moodle is an open source Learning Management System used by educational institutions. The product is administered by the Moodle Project which is led by Moodle HQ in Australia.
$10
per month
Zoom
Score 8.4 out of 10
N/A
Zoom is a unified communications platform primarily known for its use as a web conferencing tool. It features HD video and audio, collaboration tools, chat functionality, and an enterprise cloud phone system.
$5
per month per license
Pricing
MoodleZoom
Editions & Modules
Starter
$110
per year
Mini
$200
per year
Small
$370
per year
Medium
$820
per year
Large
$1,450
per year
Add-On Zoom Translated Captions
$5
per month per license
Add-On - Zoom Whiteboard
$24.90
per year
Pro
$149.90
per year per user
Business
$199.90
per year per user
Business Plus
$250.00
per year per user
Add-On - Conference Room Connector
$499
per year
Basic
Free
Enterprise
Custom
Add-On - Large Meetings
starting at $600
per year
Add-On - Cloud Storage
starting at $120
per year
Add-On Audio Conferencing
starting at $1200
per year
Add-On Zoom Phone Power Pack
Starting at $300
per year per user
Add-On - Zoom IQ for Sales
Contact Sales
Add-On - Quality of Service Subscription
Contact Sales
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
MoodleZoom
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
YesYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesYes
Entry-level Setup FeeOptionalNo setup fee
Additional Details
More Pricing Information
Community Pulse
MoodleZoom
Considered Both Products
Moodle
Chose Moodle
Moodle is a bit better than Collaborate; our organization no longer uses Collaborate. Collaborate was good for webinars.
Zoom
Chose Zoom
First, Zoom gives great discounts for educators and educational institutions. Second, the others always have some sort of lag issue. Zoom is only one I know that doesn't lag when both of the internet connections is great. It does lag if one of connections is poor, but it's …
Chose Zoom
We tested many of the competitors and found that Zoom had all the options we wanted, better video quality, great pricing and was extremely user friendly.
Chose Zoom
I have used Google Hangouts, Skype, and TinyChat. Zoom makes it very easy to record and has so many utilities for creating content. Our students are now starting to request to "Zoom in" to class if they are unable to make an in-person session.
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
MoodleZoom
Learning Management
Comparison of Learning Management features of Product A and Product B
Moodle
8.9
24 Ratings
Zoom
-
Ratings
Course authoring8.920 Ratings00 Ratings
Course catalog or library9.221 Ratings00 Ratings
Player/Portal8.521 Ratings00 Ratings
Learning content10.019 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile friendly8.521 Ratings00 Ratings
Progress tracking & certifications9.323 Ratings00 Ratings
Assignments9.624 Ratings00 Ratings
Compliance management8.418 Ratings00 Ratings
Learning administration9.522 Ratings00 Ratings
Learning reporting & analytics7.520 Ratings00 Ratings
Social learning8.421 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance & Compatibility of Online Events Software
Comparison of Performance & Compatibility of Online Events Software features of Product A and Product B
Moodle
-
Ratings
Zoom
8.1
702 Ratings
High quality audio00 Ratings8.4696 Ratings
High quality video00 Ratings8.4698 Ratings
Screen Sharing
Comparison of Screen Sharing features of Product A and Product B
Moodle
-
Ratings
Zoom
8.3
690 Ratings
Desktop sharing00 Ratings8.8689 Ratings
Online Meetings / Events
Comparison of Online Meetings / Events features of Product A and Product B
Moodle
-
Ratings
Zoom
8.1
695 Ratings
Calendar integration00 Ratings8.1618 Ratings
Meeting initiation00 Ratings8.3677 Ratings
Record meetings / events00 Ratings8.5651 Ratings
Online Events Collaboration
Comparison of Online Events Collaboration features of Product A and Product B
Moodle
-
Ratings
Zoom
8.2
608 Ratings
Live chat00 Ratings8.5590 Ratings
Online Events Security
Comparison of Online Events Security features of Product A and Product B
Moodle
-
Ratings
Zoom
8.1
585 Ratings
User authentication00 Ratings8.0506 Ratings
Participant roles & permissions00 Ratings8.2559 Ratings
Cloud PBX
Comparison of Cloud PBX features of Product A and Product B
Moodle
-
Ratings
Zoom
4.1
5 Ratings
Hosted PBX00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Multi-level Interactive Voice Response (IVR)00 Ratings5.03 Ratings
Directory of employee names00 Ratings6.34 Ratings
Call Management
Comparison of Call Management features of Product A and Product B
Moodle
-
Ratings
Zoom
5.2
6 Ratings
Answering rules00 Ratings6.33 Ratings
Call recording00 Ratings7.25 Ratings
Call park00 Ratings4.54 Ratings
Call screening00 Ratings4.73 Ratings
Message alerts00 Ratings6.05 Ratings
Business SMS/External Messaging00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Voicemail Transcription00 Ratings7.03 Ratings
Mobile apps
Comparison of Mobile apps features of Product A and Product B
Moodle
-
Ratings
Zoom
6.7
6 Ratings
Mobile app for iOS00 Ratings6.86 Ratings
Mobile app for Android00 Ratings6.73 Ratings
Unified Communications Platform and Collaboration
Comparison of Unified Communications Platform and Collaboration features of Product A and Product B
Moodle
-
Ratings
Zoom
4.4
4 Ratings
Centralized communications management00 Ratings3.73 Ratings
Team messaging00 Ratings4.24 Ratings
Team document sharing00 Ratings5.24 Ratings
Call and meeting analytics00 Ratings4.34 Ratings
User Ratings
MoodleZoom
Likelihood to Recommend
9.2
(60 ratings)
8.4
(718 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(22 ratings)
9.0
(16 ratings)
Usability
9.3
(7 ratings)
8.9
(36 ratings)
Availability
9.0
(8 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Performance
10.0
(4 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
7.0
(29 ratings)
8.8
(50 ratings)
Online Training
6.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
9.8
(4 ratings)
10.0
(14 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(2 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
-
(0 ratings)
7.9
(13 ratings)
Ease of integration
9.0
(1 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.0
(3 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Professional Services
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(8 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
MoodleZoom
Likelihood to Recommend
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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Zoom
In the new area of pandemic-era meetings online, I really like the opportunity that Zoom provides to have a meeting space. The audio and video quality is typically good, with problems usually being blamed on the bandwidth of the service provider. The recordings are great to be able to use once they have been processed. In fact, if there was one thing I would improve about recordings, it would be the amount of time it takes to render the video ready for output and sharing.
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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.
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Zoom
  • It's a great way to connect around the world with minimal bandwidth consumption.
  • Meeting our peers and exchanging ideas is made possible through the use of high-quality video and audio calls.
  • Exceptional audio and video quality; we are recording meetings and transferring them to other storage.
  • Compared to other apps, it has more features and allows for efficient file sharing within the chatbox.
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Cons
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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Zoom
  • You need an app to make the calls and meetings, but it would be perfect if it had a web-based option.
  • Sometimes when internet speed drops, the audio quality also drops; I would understand the video quality dropping, but the audio doesn't consume much bandwidth, so it would be nice to have a consistent audio even on low internet speeds.
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Likelihood to Renew
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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Zoom
We're sticking with Zoom for the foreseeable future--given its compelling feature set, ease of use, and advanced technology, there's just no other competition to be excited about. Plus it's a Gartner-recognized industry leader, so it's a rather easy choice.
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Usability
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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Zoom
Zoom has been very good in terms of usability as I have rarely had issues joining the meetings on desktop and it has always provided me with a stable audio and video and it makes it very easy for me to get through any meetings without much problem. I have found that it helps create a very friendly environment with my team through the creation of conferences and moderated chat rooms.
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Reliability and Availability
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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Zoom
There have been less than a handful of outages during our two years with Zoom, and whenever there was one, an email informing us of the outage went out immediately, and they had the issue resolved shortly thereafter.
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Performance
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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Zoom
Zoom has among the best performance of any video conference platform, as I've mentioned several times. Besides that, their Chat platform works great, and their back end always runs smooth. It's unfortunate that reporting can now only be done by one month at a time, but nonetheless, it only takes a second to run any kind of Zoom report, whether it's an attendee report, Poll results, a user report, a list of meetings from the past month, etc.
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Support Rating
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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Zoom
As I've written before, Zoom makes us feel like we matter and that we're a client rather than a customer. They want us to succeed and they put in the time to make sure that we do. I feel like they're more of a business partner rather than simply a vendor or supplier. They spent a lot of time onboarding with us, giving us demos, helping us get set up, and then giving us follow-up to be sure it's going well.
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Online Training
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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Zoom
No answers on this topic
Implementation Rating
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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Zoom
If you receive any pushback from higher ups, point to any of the various positive reviews like this one. Or show Zoom's excellent Gartner report, or articles describing Zoom's partnership with Sequoia capital. It's not difficult to show how Zoom is a trustworthy industry leader with best-in-class technology.
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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.
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Zoom
Zoom cannot be beaten for ubiquity - 100% of my clients and prospective clients are already familiar with Zoom. This is the #1 reason why I use Zoom. Additionally, Zoom integrates with AcuityScheduling, saving me a lot of time in creating meetings and adding them to the calendar. Zoom is disappointing in terms of video quality, interactivity features, and privacy. In cases where I need to use the recording of webinars for digital products, I will always use Crowdcast, and in cases where privacy is essential, I will use JitsiMeet.
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Contract Terms and Pricing Model
Moodle
No answers on this topic
Zoom
Overall I feel it is a fair price for what you pay for and the time constraints are not an issue at all. Zoom allows users to be on there for hours and hours and also you can launch as many meetings as you want. Overall I am very happy with using Zoom for our business.
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Scalability
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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Zoom
Because the Basic licenses are completely free, and because it's very easy to configure and install Zoom, and because anyone can join Zoom from a link without needing an account, scaling is a Breeze. There are absolutely no roadblocks. My company keeps adding more Zoom Pro license every week since it's so in demand. We were able to convert users from several different platforms onto Zoom with no trouble at all.
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Professional Services
Moodle
No answers on this topic
Zoom
The professional service that Zoom offers us in a particular way has been really successful for us to diversify functions and highlight others that allow us to link our remote work in a much more effective way.
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Return on Investment
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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Zoom
  • It enables me to send and receive messages from my team members during video calls, handling online presentations.
  • With the ability to quickly stop, mute, and even receive notifications when someone enters or exits the meeting room, I'm never obligated to show up while making a call.
  • It is possible to record online meetings for future reference and more effective customer service. As we dealt with a lockdown, Zoom helped our business run smoothly.
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