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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.Moodle as an instructional PlatformI work at a community college. Moodle is used by all instructors here. Administrators also use Moodle for gathering information from faculty. Moodle is the platform that we use to teach our online courses. We also use it for face-to-face classes to post and grade assignments, exams, and quizzes. Additionally, Moodle has an easy to use grade book that is linked to assignments and exams so it takes out the extra step. I also use Moodle to take attendance and to monitor a student's progress in my courses.,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.,Moodle needs an option for adding extra credit or "bonus" questions to exams. There is a work-around but it is complicated. In the discussion board, there needs to be a place where an instructor can reply ONLY TO THE STUDENT to critique a particular post.,9,Moodle has allowed our campus to stay within a tight budget while giving our students a great learning platform. I do not handle the business end of things, so I cannot speak further on its ROI.,Microsoft Office 365, Revel SystemsGreat system and easy to useI was a part of a committee that reviewed Moodle as a potential adoption for the university's new learning management system. We found that our current system was being under-utilized and lacked a lot of functionality we needed. For the sake of consistency, the university wanted to adopt one platform to be used across every college and department. During our trial period of Moodle, we thought the system was very user-friendly and provided the uniformity we needed.,Simple to use! Great implementation team Gradebook options are strong,It lacks some of the advanced settings other systems have No lockdown browser capability Fewer Integration options with third-party software,6,Uniformity in our courses across the university User friendly interface Positive impact on students,Blackboard Learn and Canvas,Canvas, Acumin, FileInviteTeachers Using Moodle Get Better ResultsCurrently, Moodle is being used in order to improve our workflow and efficiency of education. At Francis Lewis High School we utilize Moodle in order to increase enrichment for students, and make streamline the workload for educators. The Moodle platform is being used by a department with more than 200 students, with 3 fully developed curriculum and 3 educators. The problem this platform addresses is the need for students to be able to pace themselves and control more of their learning process. Students are able to follow the curriculum laid out from their home, their phone, their laptops, and from any smart wifi connected device. Teachers can upload lessons and content very easily, as students are also able to access all content approved by the teacher. Students can submit work online to the teachers from any device, making it very simple to assign work and grade work. This improves education for all students, which is the goal of implementing new tech.,Allows for all students to create their own unique account to use to complete lessons and submit assignments. This makes it easier to grade students on an individual basis. Allows administrators to easily control visible content, create lessons, and deliver blended learning lessons online and in the classroom. This makes updating curriculum very easy. All student grades are listed on the Moodle platform. Students, parents and teachers are able to see student performance in live time as projects are assessed. Very easy to use by designers who are not professional web designers. Makes implementation of the platform simple.,More skins in Moodle to change the color and aesthetics would help engage students better. More functionality would be mass texting through the platform. I currently use REMIND to mass text students, this would be easier since educators are always on this platform. I would like to see Moodle decrease the amount of bandwidth they used when students are logging in. At times Moodle will crash from overload, though it could be my provider or Moodle platform.,10,Student engagement has increased. Parent involvement has increased. Customizing and updating the curriculum is done on a weekly basis and more often than it would be using other platforms and strategies to compile lesson plans. A positive classroom culture has been developed as a result of students being able to learn at home and in class.,Edmodo,Edmodo, eSchoolPLUS, Google Classroom, SchoolSpeak, Blackboard CollaborateUsing Moodle For over 7 yearsWe provide support for senior citizens to perform their routine tasks smoothly. There is a feature to take assessments for senior residents so we have molded the Quiz feature to fulfill the requirements.,Generic Form builder for the quizzes is an amazing feature. External DB connection provides us the support to re-utilize our existing user base. The security system is phenomenal, someone doesn't need to worry about their data.,While we were designing the quizzes, there were some requirements to customize the GUIs. So you need a lot to time to understand the existing structure of the codebase.,9,It saved a lot of our time to build and ship our features/requirements.,,Sublime Text, CodeIgniter, NetBeansMoodle: good for traditional organized academic distance ed/online coursesMoodle is being used both within our academic department for academic and extension activities, as well as by the organization as a whole. It addresses online instruction/distance education needs, including housing electronic materials in an organized way for specific users/individuals. It is used for academic courses, trainings, workshops, and other education needs.,Multiple features, such as the ability to hold content (PDF, PPT, Word, URLs, etc.), assessment and grading (quizzes), and offers certificates of completion Organization of content into modules The ability of users to interact with other users and instructors easily,Certificates of completion are not very customizable, especially for unique modules within a "course" Not very user-friendly in terms of the instructor/manager of the course when it comes to set up. Some features that are different can produce the same results, which makes it confusing to know which should be used (such as requiring specific percentage to complete activity/quiz to move to next module vs. having an item be marked as complete which can only happen if certain percentage achieved, etc.) Offline capabilities,7,Moodle has helped with conducting courses to remote audiences. It has been frustrating to work with at times, leading to lots of troubleshooting calls and messages. Overall, our organization controls many special features, and it is hard for course instructor/manager to get special features changed or added (must go through our organization's IT process to do so).,Blackboard Collaborate,Zoom, Slack, mondayGreat but need more improvementMy organization (in the field of education) has used Moodle for the past 13 years. We are using it for our course delivery. The academics use it to create learning activities and our distance learners use it to engage with their teachers and peers.,The main strength for using Moodle is the fact that it is an open source platform. We love it as it is scalable and easy to use. We also like it as the Moodle community is very supportive. Any questions asked in the Moodle community will be answered.,The theme is a bit difficult to customize. If you insist on having a lot of changes made to your outlook, it is easier to find another vendor to do it. Development of features in Moodle slowly evolves. For example, if another proprietary LMS has video recording function in 2016, Moodle probably will have the features in 2018. It would be good if Moodle Cloud can be subscribed to online from Moodle HQ without going through the Moodle partners.,8,The built-in learning analytics within Moodle is not robust enough.,Canvas,Canvas, Blackboard LearnMoodle LMS, A Smart Choice for the Future of Your Online CoursesWe have been using Moodle (since 2014) at Achieveit360.org as our membership area to host our online courses for the K-12 school market in character, leadership and social and emotional learning (for students and educators). We did purchase the Lambda Theme and had some help to customize this theme to make it look better, but the basic themes that come free are still much better looking now than they were 5 years ago. We are able to host as many online courses as we would like with videos, audio, and online PDF worksheets and anyone can access these materials quickly and easily. There is also a Mobile app for those who would like to access the materials this way.,ADMIN FUNCTION: Customizable Site Design with Modern Easy to Use Interface: We use the Lambda Theme (purchased from Envato Market) but there are many free themes with a modern look and feel as well. I like that I am able to make the site look the way I would like and am not limited to the old way Moodle used to look. These days are long past, and I am proud of the look and feel of the site. I can also manage the user roles/permissions and what each user sees and does not see very easily. ADMIN FUNCTION: Mass Enrollment: If I want to enroll 1,000 students at a time, I can easily enroll or delete mass numbers of students by using a simple Excel spreadsheet upload. I can have a class copied, with students and teachers enrolled in a matter of minutes. I can also manually add students or teachers quickly when needed. ADMIN FUNCTION: Regular security updates to be sure your site is secure. Each time there is a new release, I am able to upgrade to the latest version. I do outsource this to a Moodle expert for time reasons, but many people I know do this easily on their own. COURSE FEATURES: Multimedia embedded throughout. I am able to quickly and easily add audio and video to each lesson for more engagement. COURSE FEATURES: Group Management: I can easily create classes so that a teacher can quickly login and see their class at a glance, and print reports. COURSE FEATURES: A more recent feature is the assignment module and grading feature when the teacher can write annotations and feedback directly in the browser.,Virtual Private Servers: In order to have large numbers of students using the program at once, I did need to upgrade to a Virtual Private Server from Hostgator to give me more memory/space/capacity for use. There is a cost to do this and when I did not have students using the program, I didn't like paying the monthly fee for this. I am still searching for another way to handle larger numbers of students without having to use a Private Server. Stronger Representation from their Leadership Team: I do follow many of the Moodle Leadership team, and support communities they have set up and often send them messages (and they do write back). I wish they had a stronger representation (training programs) in the USA to really take Moodle to the next level. I have seen this starting to occur and it does take support from the users as well. I would love Moodle to be known as THE leader in open-sourced learning. I can see they also have this vision by reading their ROADMAP on their website.,10,POSITIVE: I was given a contract to provide online learning services to schools and was able to quickly provide what educators were looking for. In the past, I used a platform that did not have the ability to group teachers with their class, or provide badges. This platform was designed for the classroom. POSITIVE: Since the portal is easy to use, and there are many users around the world, I was able to watch many online training courses to get up to speed with the set up and launch my courses. There were many free trainings, as well, I was able to find some paid training through Lynda.com to give me a more thorough training on the ADMIN functions. POSITIVE: The portal is professional looking with many functions beyond what I use. Some of the most well-known educational institutions use Moodle, so it helped with credibility.,Edmodo,Camtasia, WebinarJam, Snagit, ActiveCampaignMoodle LMS - online learning platform with a bit of a learning curveWe use Moodle as part of a SaaS offering for clients. Specifically, our platform offers light duty work for injured employees who cannot return to their regular jobs due to temporary physical restrictions. We use Moodle to provide safety training coursework to these individuals. Moodle allows us to implement a variety of media into the courses; including audio, video, and HTML5 activities. Moodle supports scoring and reporting for each user. We have customized the reporting and also connected Moodle to our Wordpress site through a custom integration.,Easily create courses that contain multiple choice quiz questions. Easily assign certain courses to specific users. Share reports regarding course progress and scores by email.,There is a major learning curve for building and administrating Moodle courses if you've never done it before. The interface looks a bit dated. You can theme Moodle to change the look of it, but it doesn't change the overall interface. Customization of functionality requires a programmer with Moodle expertise.,8,Moodle is deeply integrated into our product offering. It serves as the foundation of our platform. It can be costly to customize Moodle beyond it's inherent capabilities when add-ons for the platform are not available or do not do what you need them to do. Moodle documentation varies in quality depending on the issue you're having. This can be problematic at times.,Canvas and Blackboard,Dropbox Business, WordPress, Malwarebytes,3,2,We use Moodle for a very specific purpose; to provide online safety training courses.,10Easy installation, cost effective solution for institutions with technically talented staff to implement.We are currently using Moodle in an atypical fashion at our institution. While Moodle is a full scale Learning Management System, we are not using it for the entire set of features it entails. We have another Learning Management System for managing our courses (both online coursework and face to face) but we use Moodle for integrating with our other systems to manage the assessment work associated with program reviews and accreditation. A single department manages Moodle, however the entire teaching faculty at our institution makes use of the product since assessment touches every program.,Under the Open Source model of Moodle, there are countless customization options available. We only make use of the modules associated with rubrics and outcomes and that demonstrates the ability to pick and choose what you want to use of the software. Moodle is very easy to install on the server and is readily available on CPanel (as well hosting control panels) for even easier installation. Being that Moodle offers an Open Source model of their software, it can be very cost effective for an institution with limited resources if they are able to invest the time in setting up the system. If there is a budget allowance for an initiative involving this type of software, then Moodle does a great job of working with you to implement.,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.,7,Installing Open Source Moodle has saved us money in contractual obligations and consulting fees for creating the customized solution we were looking for. The time and learning curve associated with using Open Source Moodle as compared with the SaaS, still outweighs paying for a service since we wanted so much customization. One negative effect of using Moodle is the difficultly in faculty and staff buy in. While our institution was accustomed to the main Learning Management System we use, it was quite taxing trying to explain why we were using another system for the outcomes alignment and assessment. Installing and using Moodle Open Source has encouraged the professional development of the staff responsible for implementation. They have had to use inquiry and perseverance in developing a setup that supports the needs of our institution best.,Blackboard Learn and Canvas,Adobe Acrobat DC, PolicyManager, Zoho WikiGreat, Easy-to-Use Software for EducationMoodle provides educators with a way to supply their students with the necessary curriculum and added materials.,Loading information quickly. Formatting is easy to follow. Interface is clean and readable.,Perhaps a more sophisticated-looking interface would be nice. Notification system could use some work.,7,It has led to involved discussions outside of class. It engages students better than just in-class interaction. It allows us to keep instructional material on hand in one place, ready for access by students.,,SlackLearn and teach - wherever you are!I have been using Moodle mostly as a student at EuNC, but recently I have been helping the new teachers get the hang of the system and find out its opportunities. I love Moodle for having a web version as well as a mobile version because it helps me study wherever I am (especially during long commutes) and it's easy to use for the teachers as well because there are numerous features for various needs (for example, you can set other students' forum posts to show up only after you've created a post of your own as a student, therefore minimizing the temptation to read what others have written first and only then writing your own answer).,Numerous features that are useful for both teachers as well as students, for example, tests, forums, documents. Even tests themselves offer a lot of opportunities, for example, you can ask an open question or you can ask a question with a specific answer expected and students can see the results right after they hit "Submit" - students don't have to wait to find out how they did and teachers don't have to spend precious time grading :) Its drag-n-drop lesson creation is amazing and so easy to use. For a perfectionist, who wants everything to look nice and pretty, it's a good feature :D Its mobile app is great because it allows using the system even when you don't have access to your computer.,I enjoy Moodle and to be honest, I think the very few things I have stacked against Moodle are mostly related to how the system is configured for my university. Otherwise, it's a very useful tool and I love the opportunities Moodle presents for education.,10,Considering we have students from all over the world as well as teachers, Moodle has been perfect for our goals of uniting people from various countries in a seamless learning experience. Moodle has convenient features for teachers and students, which simplifies the educational process (for example, test grading is taken care of by the system). Moodle's mobile app makes it possible for people who don't have much dedicated free time other than commute, for example, to study anywhere and wherever they have time.,Typeform, Microsoft Dynamics 365 (formerly Microsoft Dynamics CRM), JIRA SoftwareChoose MoodleMoodle is the main LMS on campus. It is used as a landing board for instructional courses, storing online trainings, accessing job aid material, viewing panopto videos, etc.,Moodle is able to keep track of student data per course. Moodle is able to integrate outside programs such as Panopto that you can use within your course. Moodle is user friendly for the most part. Everything is self explanatory and it doesn’t take a lot of researching to find actions, activities, how to setup your course, etc. When editing your course, it’s very easy to add activities/resources to your course and Moodle explains, in detail, what each activity/resource is and how it will function within your course.,Sometimes Moodle has issues “communicating” with certain outside sources such as Lockdown Browser. When upgrading to the 3.4 version of Moodle, the campus is noticing that some activity plugins are not upgradable.,9,From my standpoint, I think Moodle has worked out very well on campus and has been well accepted by students, faculty & staff. Of course you have your good with the bad circumstances but that’s with any program you use.,Schoology and Blackboard,Wix, Microsoft Application VirtualizationMoodle on a Small College CampusMoodle is the learning management system for our entire campus of around 1300 students and 100 faculties. All courses taught are created within Moodle, and Moodle provides an online space for faculty to share content and expectations, communicate with students, engage students in online discussions, and provide grades and feedback to students.,Provides a space for faculty to share course content and feedback to students. Has an intuitive design, so new users don't face a steep learning curve. Facilitates students engagement and collaboration outside of the classroom. Helps students stay organized for multiple courses.,Moodle lags behind more sophisticated Learning Management Systems, such as Canvas and Sakai. Outside integrations are typically clunkier and less evolved than those for other LMS options. There is more unused white space in several of the most popular Moodle themes, such as SNAP and Boost than is necessary. This means there is a lot more scrolling and visual work demanded from the users than there should be. There isn't enough flexibility in course organization for several Moodle themes. The text editor is clunky, and the overall editing options are limited.,8,Our campus made the switch from another LMS to Moodle for financial reasons, and overall it has met our needs for a better price point that another LMS.,Canvas,Camtasia, Slack, Dropbox, BlueJeansFormer Moodle userAt our medium-size public university, we used it first as a secondary LMS in a pilot phase and then for 2 full years as our primary LMS. We have since migrated back to Blackboard. We used it to provide course shells for all courses on campus during the years it was our primary LMS.,It was extremely customizable. The layout, while not for everyone, was great for students - having everything clearly laid out. We were able to add photos to user profiles very easily - something that is not so easy on Blackboard.,The options were overwhelming to users sometimes. Grading was difficult to understand. Discussion forums were a step behind those of other LMS providers.,7,We had a negative return in that we spent a large amount of money converting courses to Moodle, then shortly after we moved back to Blackboard and had another large outlay of cash to convert them back (not very successfully). Operating costs are low once the courses are created and servers set up. LMSs in general are a great option for moving away from paper.,BlackboardMoodle vs everyone else - why it is time to embrace open-sourceMoodle is being used across the agency to develop and deliver education to all staff. In the coming months, with an ecommerce integration, we will be using Moodle to deliver education to volunteer staff and external partners.,Content management - Moodle has a strong database structure that allows for content to be stored locally and used in multiple instances without corruption of the data. Customizations - Moodle is highly customizable, with over 1000 plugins available, a very transparent API, and customizations available directly inside the platform, such as language, themes, and structure. Notifications and reminders - With the ability to customize who, when, and how notifications are sent and the ability to write custom notifications, students are always kept in the know.,Static pages - One area in which Moodle is not very strong is acting as a website, meaning not a CMS, but instead presenting static pages, such as faculty information or help documents. eCommerce - Although there are many add-ons and plugins available, many of which are inexpensive, Moodle does not come out of the box as a full fledge eCommerce site. Integration - Moodle has over 1000 plugins and you can write using their API relatively easily, however, Moodle does not, out of the box, integrate with other systems, such as how SharePoint LMS or Oracle does.,9,ROI - Using Moodle as our LMS platform has allowed us to cut over $100,000 out of our development budget as Moodle, as a platform, does not cost any money or require special development work to set up. Our in-house developer spun up a server farm, installed Moodle, and we were on our way. Credibility - Using Moodle as our LMS has allowed us to develop credibility with staff, vendors, and volunteers. Online learning has become the norm and without Moodle, we were not keeping up with the times. Efficiency - Because Moodle is mobile friendly, our theme is responsive, and all of our content is viewable on mobile devices (not flash based) we have been able to extend the learning environment, not only out of the typical classroom, but away from the computer as well.,Sharepoint LMS, Cornerstone OnDemand and Blackboard,MS SharePoint,2000Moodle at McNeeseMoodle is being used across our university by all of our instructors. They are geared toward putting their syllabus up in each of their courses. We have approximately 2500 courses that run in the summer and in the fall. We also use it exclusively for our web courses for our adult learning programs. We do have the business problem of the budget that it addressed. It is an open-source management system which is basically free for our university to use. We were paying nearly $60,000 for the prior learning management system.,Moodle provides a vast variety of using technology in ways that the instructor or student with little experience with technology is able to use it. All of our instructors received beginning training in how to use Moodle before we switched over to it, so that they felt comfortable with the switch. They could come to the training more than one time if they chose to. I give all of our instructors more advanced training when they choose to teach the fully online courses, and they also receive training in additional software. They also receive a webcam and they can also receive a document camera if they are a math or an accounting instructor. They have also received Camtasia and Snagit which work well with Moodle. They may basically use any software and are able to upload their own videos, videos from the Internet, any sort of PowerPoints that they create with their own voice or video, extra technology, notes, etc. for the students. The instructors use a variety of modules within Moodle. We have available for their use BigBlueButton, which is a webinar. It provides guests appearances and provides office hours for our instructors who have strictly web based courses. They also have Turnitin, which is the plagiarism tool, Turning Tech that is the linked in tool that provides a quiz taking that links to Moodle and to the gradebook. We also use Tegrity that delivers the instructors and the students with an additional tool that permits them to do a video, or a PowerPoint or allow the instructor to link to anything on the computer and to upload it into Moodle. We also have the Attendance module, which allows the instructors who take attendance in the classroom to give the students "points" for attendance. We are adding the Ebsco reading list for the library this summer, which lets individual instructors to add certain reading lists from the library for their individual classrooms.,Right now, our Moodle is not working with our Banner product in being able to bring our grades in from Banner directly into Moodle. This isn't a problem with Moodle, it is a problem with the integration with the product. There are issues with the gradebook being difficult for the instructor to use because there are so many different ways to use it, however Moodle is working on a new gradebook component. We make extensive use of MNet and there are many ways to use it, but again Moodle is in the process of improving it.,10,Moodle has had a positive impact on our business objectives because we went from using another service that cost us $60,000 per year to Moodle, which is open source, which we self-host and it is basically free. We are able to upgrade from 2.0 which we started on, to each of the upgrades relatively quickly. We have recently upgraded to 2.7 and we test it out on our Moodletest site first and then we upgrade to our actual site. We definitely have increased our instructor efficiency. The only issues that we had this semester were with the quiz settings, and we taught several lessons in this to clear up the miscommunication among the instructors. I also have a "Moodle for Instructors" course that I put all of these instructions and many more for the faculty members such as how to make the courses visible for their students, how to transfer a block of students from one course to another, if they wish to combine two courses, how to import materials from last semester's course into a new semester's course. They may refer to these at any time. It saves me tons of email time!,,,,The use of Moodle for courses in everyday courses and the syllabus for each course The use of Moodle for the administration The use of Moodle for the student groups,The administrative group that has used it to come up with ways to use it for the other administrators to come up with ideas for the QEP Our curriculum committee has scanned in all of our documents into the administrative group for the committee to review,The review committee is thinking of having the faculty put in their ideas for the future of the President of the university's 5 year plan,10,Yes,Price Product Features Product Usability Product Reputation Vendor Reputation Existing Relationship with the Vendor Analyst Reports Third-party Reviews,I really don't think that we would change anything in the way that we have handled it. We had wanted to change over to Moodle a couple of years before we did, but it really has worked out well. If we had changed before we did, we would have had to change over to 1.9 which may have been more difficult and our faculty would have been more difficult to make the change. I think that it just all worked out well when we made the change. I took almost a year long in training our faculty, and we gradually made the change over from Blackboard to Moodle over two semesters. It really just worked out well. It has been two years, and I really feel as though our faculty ask us very few questions, now.,Implemented in-house,Change management was a big part of the implementation and was well-handled,10,10,10Moodle for the Corporate NoodleAt AmericanCybersystems we use Moodle as our training portal. We load all of our online training courses, our quick reference guides, our knowledge base articles, and our instructor led courses into the Moodle platform. Our training department is very small with only three members: the VP of HR, the Director of Training (me), and an Instructional Designer/Trainer. However, we are creating training at a fast clip and need a learning management system (LMS) that can keep up with the amount of content we want to put out, track the learners, and display the information in a clear and useful way. American Cybersystems is an international staffing and solutions company. This means we have an accounting department, a billing department, vendor managers, recruiters, salespeople, customer service associates, and a solutions group. Our training department is responsible for the learning and development of the entire organization. There are many different skill sets that have to be taught and therefore there are several different mediums our training department likes to use in order to maximize the training effectiveness. Moodle has several different supports for all the different learning objects we like to use.,Reporting: Moodle does a great job of keeping track of all the users in the system. There are several different layers of reporting in Moodle. One can track user login time, interactions with course objects, activity logs, eLearning course (SCORM) scores, views of discussion boards, badges and more. Tracking in a training program is a chief concern for many reasons: ROI, engagement, improving future trainings, and insights. SCORM packages: Loading a 1.2 SCORM package is easy and simple to do in Moodle. Also, the features for reports are really helpful if you have a course that needs to report variables. In many different LMSs it is nearly impossible to report variables (especially numeric ones) from a SCORM package. However, because Moodle reports "interactions" you can even create a survey and get the answers populated into Moodle for easy export to an Excel file. Not only is the reporting great, but all of the authoring tools that I have used are compatible with Moodle: Captivate, Articulate Storyline 1 & 2, and Lectora. User Upload and Creation: In Moodle it is a snap to upload a ton of users. I have encountered other LMS programs that make user creation a burden. This is not the case with Moodle. All one needs is a username, password, first name, and last name in order to create a new user. A large group of users can be uploaded and created through a simple csv file. This has come in very handy when trying to load an entire department into the system. I just ask the department head to send me the csv file and press a couple of buttons and viola! Also, I can batch upload users to a cohort, so if it is a new department that is getting loaded because there is a new course created for them, I don't have to try to find each of the new users I just created and enroll them one by one. Instead, I can enroll the new cohort with the 'enroll cohort' button in the course. This has saved me so much time, so many times! Support: Moodle is big and only getting bigger through the support and enthusiasm of the open source community. Anytime I have a question or an idea that I am not sure how to implement in Moodle I can always find an answer. There is the entire knowledge base of Moodle online, there are Moodle enthusiast sites, there are Moddle blogs, and there are instructional designers (corporate and higher education) who write, demonstrate, and talk about Moodle. There are also developers and tinkerers who create plugins, skins, and other applications to integrate specifically with Moodle. This means, if I have an idea and the function is not already in Moodle there is someone who has already created a solution and a plugin. There are even entire companies that are dedicated to making Moodle slick, like Moodlerooms.,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.,9,Moodle has allowed the business to track all training initiatives. Since, November 2014 we have loaded 54 courses, 339 users, 889 resources, issued 719 badges, and created over 100 course modules. Our company just got a new applicant tracking system for the recruiters to use. In order to get all of the employees up to speed we created trainings that we loaded into Moodle. The participants and participation was tracked and we were able to find correlations between users engaged in training and their activity in the new applicant tracking system. This is a significant win for the training department, our learners, our company, and especially Moodle. Moodle also provides great customer service for our internal employees. They now have one place to go to find all their resources, all their training, and all the help they need for any training questions. Instead of scattering information on the intranet. Training is more official when it has its own domain.,SumTotal LMS, Blackboard and Angel,Adding courses Adding users Adding activities,Updating themes Cloning courses Hosting,Yes,9Moodle 2.8 ReviewEvery course at the college receives a Moodle shell. Moodle is used extensively by 85%-90% of our faculty, and minimally by the rest. 100% of our student body uses Moodle for their courses. All new hires attend a workshop on using Moodle and the expectations of the college that everyone be at least a minimal user.,The new grade book is well received by our faculty. The new version is easy to set up and the improvements of viewing the grade book i.e names moving across the grade columns is a welcome improvement. The attendance feature with the ability for teachers to comment on the reasons why a student is late, absent or sleeping is a bonus. The visibility of these things as part of the student grades view has reduced the number of "discussions" between teacher and student over attendance grades. Our online faculty love the ease of use of the forums. Our HR Dept uses Moodle for compliance training and makes use of the certificate module for proof of participation. Faculty teaching cross-listed courses are able to link the multiple courses into one course for the ease of posting content.,The lesson module, while easier to use than previous versions, still causes our faculty to shy away from it.,10,We left our previous LMS due to high costs and poor technical support. Moodle is less expensive, more reliable, more user-friendly, and our service provider is more responsive than our former LMS. We have experienced increased use of the LMS by our faculty since switching to Moodle and more interest in trying new features. We have a great support team at our service provider who are very responsive and thorough in their attention to our needs.,Blackboard,2500,5,Academic courses HR Training Faculty Professional Development Student Organizations,Prior to contracting with an outside vendor, we used the questionnaire module to run our end of semester course evaluations We have created a site for HR trainings,We are exploring Moodle for placement tests in Math and English for incoming Freshmen,10,Yes,Price Product Features Product Usability Product Reputation Vendor Reputation Third-party Reviews,No changes. Our process worked well for us,Professional services company,Yes,Change management was a small part of the implementation and was well-handled,We realized that we left out items in the scope of work and did not realize this until our service provider had performed the required tasks. We then had to issue a change order to amend the upgrade.,10,10,No,We had a professor delete a course and we could not find where it went. This happened 2 days before the opening of the semester. Our support team worked through the night to re-create the shell and populate it with students so that the course content could be reloaded before classes began...all at no additional charge.,Loading files is easy. doc ppt xls pdf mp3 all load without problems Linking to external sites is quick and easy Embedding video clips is easy,The lesson is difficult to construct The quiz creation is time consuming and importing course cartridges is not always straightforward,Yes, but I don't use it,10Reflections on Moodle after returning to BlackboardAt my prior college, Moodle was used as the Course Management System, somewhat in conjunction with Campus Technology's CampusCruiser email/courseware offering. The two systems were not integrated, requiring a duplication of content. Both Moodle and Campus Technology offered online file storage and online calendar. CampusCruiser served also as email, in conjunction with the usual PIM stuff somewhat integrated (a calendar, tasks, email, contacts). Moodle had online file storage but only in connection with a specific class. Content shared between multiple sections of the same course required duplication, manually importing each file. This overlap typically caused confusion among students and instructors alike, creating even less consistency between courses and instructors than a typical LMS alone. Many Moodle features were useful, including the ability to stage content with MultiMarkdown or plain text formatting. Other products often present either a MSWord-type interface or a raw HTML editor. AFAIK, Markdown content wasn't directly uploadable and converted, but had to be composed in (or cut/paste into) a text edit window. Moodle has a number of open source modules that looked interesting, but I have not directly used them. These include integration with the content management system Drupal. Moodle's weakest point would seem to be the management of content, something which is readily solved with a CMS. In my opinion, a learning management system without adequate Content Management support somewhat defeats the purpose of a true LMS, since content can easily go stale without adequate management tools to update and leverage content across multiple courses. Rubrics are present, but the management tools for rubrics are inadequate. Most grading criteria should be reusable across courses and instructors, for consistency. Using rubrics in Moodle seems to result in their being duplicated for each assignment, which became unmanageable across 4 classes with a couple dozen graded tasks per course. Rubric management for assessing instruction quality does not appear to be present in the default installation, but would be strongly encouraged. You do use consistent criteria for grading each assignment, right? More advanced LMS features such as adaptive release for learning content, SCORM integration are present, but awkward to use. Moodle isn't a content creation or content management tool, and default integration is cut and paste. Adaptive release and SCORM content are very prohibitive without effective tools for creating content. Like most open source projects, Moodle is free, as in the same sense as "free puppies". For a budget-strapped organization, free is very appealing. Keep in mind that the product doesn't run itself, so adequate staff skill is required to keep it running. The real value of Moodle would seem to be in customization to integrate with the organization's existing IT assets. If you don't mind learning an API and writing PHP code, there is an extensive amount of customization possible, that commercial products like Blackboard do not allow. If adopted, Moodle support and maintenance must still be budgeted. For a non-education sector use, I believe Moodle is still a valuable asset, if used in conjunction with a content management system and adequate staff support. Alternative tools I've previewed seem to be excessive and less economical in terms of delivering instructional content. Internal training is necessary in all organizations, and an inch thick employee manual isn't always the best way to accomplish this. But, building useful learning content is a skill in itself, but a valuable one to develop.,Availability of third party open source modules to extend functionality. The stand-alone Moodle product is useful, but limited by the effort in setting up courses and content. The ability to integrate with Content Management systems (or possibly Document Management systems) is critical, and provides additional benefits to managing employee training and productivity. Use of rubrics. These are external, explicit grading criteria to improve communication between instructor and learner regarding expectations and ways to improve performance. A management plan for rubrics is necessary, and not readily done internally within the Moodle default installation. More complex learning schemes are supported, such as SCORM and other adaptive learning systems. However, for non-trivial course development, external tools for building this content is required.,Rubric Management. This may have been addressed in a plugin module. Better tools for examining outcomes from exams and rubrics across a class, course, or organization. This may have been addressed in a plugin module. Improved content management within the default installation. While there are modules that support products such as Drupal, building into the default product would ease adoption.,8,Since I used it in the capacity of a faculty member of a college, the default benefit is just the cost of doing business. If set up properly, it can accelerate the speed and flexibility of assessment and feedback. Outside the education sector, monitoring the training steps completed (particularly for refresher training) would be greatly improved. Such seemingly dull tasks like "how to use the phone system" or the photocopier would benefit from small online training classes, since the majority of features in modern office appliances go unused.,Blackboard and other customiedA review of MoodleMoodle is currently being used by our department to manage faculty development opportunities across campus. While we have not adopted it across the whole university it is a helpful, free tool to ensure our faculty have access to the opportunities they need in order to continue their own teaching and learning endeavors.,Organize information Keep information secure Disseminate information to others,Pages load slowly Tool for more interaction ePortfolio supported tool,6,Satisfies our purpose for faculty development organization Is not a single sign in system, it is stand alone Does not meet the needs for our university as our primary LMS,,Desire2LearnMoodle: Cheap and Easy to UseWe use it to manage the courses that we deploy through our website for professional development of our members, mostly librarians. It is used by a dozen divisions of our organization. It enables librarians to participate in professional development remotely.,It is Open Source, meaning the deployment is cheap, relative to other LMS systems considered. There is a TON of documentation out there and support from a huge community of users from universities, corporate and other not-for-profits There are later versions out (2.6) that solve problems and bugs of earlier versions and the interface changes are in favor of all users, (admin, facilitator and student) Users can create their own profiles, and courses can be protected with an Enrollment Key set by the course creator. It has a consistent interface that is fairly intuitive and easy to use.,Forums have been greatly improved in the later version. I am in hopeful anticipation of upgrading from 1.9 to 2.6 soon, for that feature alone. Groups in 1.9 are clunky, but much improved, according to online users in later versions (2.2 and above). Restore and Backup are sometimes irregular to the point that you may want to save a basic copy of a course in addition to depending on backing up a course to restore as a new course moving forward. Not loving that we have to use a 3rd party for chat rooms (we use Flash Chat) and the chat history is stored in Moodle.,7,It is a great benefit for our members to gain professional development. It is easy to get your facilitators set, regardless of their experience level. Support is easy, the bulk of my support work is helping users who have forgotten their credentials, and setting up Chat rooms in FlashChat.,,165,2,9,8,9,9Moodle ReviewMoodle is used across the entire organization. It is available to students for every course and available to faculty and staff for committees and group projects. It enables faculty to communicate with students online, post assignments, share notes and multimedia presentation, record grades, etc. It enables committees to share information in a protected environment.,It allows me to put my entire course calendar and syllabus onto a visual space that is accessible for all students. It enables linking to documents and multimedia. It provides a protected system to store grades online. It enables members of a group or course to communicate and share information in a protected environment.,It occasionally glitches when editing to add documents. The grade book cannot be seen on one screen, you need to use two arrow buttons to scroll over and it is easy to lose track of the student's name/your place in that process. Not everyone grasps the idea of Moodle and how to access it.,7,It streamlines processes for faculty and students. It provides a shared platform for the organization and students. It provides a visual experience. Information can be stored on this system, including documents and grades.,Great for startup initiative.Moodle was used across the institution to support both online and traditional courses.,It is easier to customize when compared to other LMS options. It is easier to integrate other products when compared to other LMS options. It works well with video.,Moodle requires an advanced level of technical expertise to maintain. Advanced support usually relies on peers. Lack of formal support when deployed as a low cost solution. Benefit of low cost can be eclipsed by cost of maintenance in the long run.,6,The time to implementation was virtually zero which allowed for quick revenue generation in a new line of business. Basic functionality was sufficient to launch meaning that upfront costs were very low. Allowed organization to meet demand for new product quickly and at low initial investment.,Moodle is Free (but there is a price)Moodle is used to track the training delivery of state employees who are part of the Medicaid Team. It offers a onestop shop for online training modules, and reports scores to managers.,Easy to upload Captivate learning modules. Reliable reports. Good security. Easy to upload user accounts.,Locked into a general appearance. Templates are available, but they are all basically variations on a theme. Have to go through the back door to clean up European spellings, so you need to be comfortable editing database objects. Moodle is generally built for academia. To make it more a corporate tool, you have to massage the product quite heavily. It's important to know HTML to do this.,6,Positive: Can track the completion of a training module, and then determine the effectiveness of the training. Positive: State employees can now go to one source for all training-related materials. There is no need to search throughout the department for appropriate education. Negative: Company was surprised that the "free" LMS actually cost a lot in man hours. However, this was still cheaper than purchasing a commercial product.,Moodle in Medical EducationMoodle is our university LMS and has been used across the whole institution for the past 6 years. In addition to being used to deliver student orientation, it is also used to support face to face class delivery and to manage students who are in various rotations across the Pacific Northwest. Moodle also facilitates student clubs and other learning activities outside the classroom.,Features like drag and drop and moving items around - these features make the course setup pretty easy. Various types of activities and resources. We had faculty to use the Moodle "book" with video recording to meet the accommodation needs. "Page" could save space and help with content organization. Customized course import. This makes the course import very simple. You can select the content you want to carry over to a new course. Third party service. We work with a vendor to make Moodle communicate to different systems used in the institution. Cohort admin. Creating cohorts for classes and faculty/staff groups helps with the admin side of the LMS usage. "Log in as a user". This function reduces the burden of the trouble shooting process. Love it! Planned upgrade. Instead of upgrading every month and having surprises, Moodle is in our hands.,Grade book. We encountered the problem of system locking student grades so the overall calculations were not accurate. Not sure if bulk edit has been implemented or not. We started to use another system to deliver grades to students. Mobile app. Great try but still needs improvement. Log file. We had hard time tracking course activities because the log file was not accurate.,9,We've had Moodle since 2011 and it's the main CMS for our institution. It helps to deliver our curriculum more efficiently. We keep student access to all courses from year 1 to year 4. Moodle provides a platform for faculty and students to manage teaching and learning systematically. It helps with communication across departments on campus and regional sites.,Blackboard
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January 25, 2019

User Review: "Moodle as an instructional Platform"

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I work at a community college. Moodle is used by all instructors here. Administrators also use Moodle for gathering information from faculty. Moodle is the platform that we use to teach our online courses. We also use it for face-to-face classes to post and grade assignments, exams, and quizzes. Additionally, Moodle has an easy to use grade book that is linked to assignments and exams so it takes out the extra step. I also use Moodle to take attendance and to monitor a student's progress in my courses.
  • 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.
  • Moodle needs an option for adding extra credit or "bonus" questions to exams. There is a work-around but it is complicated.
  • In the discussion board, there needs to be a place where an instructor can reply ONLY TO THE STUDENT to critique a particular post.
Moodle is an excellent platform for instruction. It has many tools that can be used to enhance the learner experience. I would not recommend it for data analysis.
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January 24, 2019

Moodle Review: "Great system and easy to use"

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I was a part of a committee that reviewed Moodle as a potential adoption for the university's new learning management system. We found that our current system was being under-utilized and lacked a lot of functionality we needed. For the sake of consistency, the university wanted to adopt one platform to be used across every college and department. During our trial period of Moodle, we thought the system was very user-friendly and provided the uniformity we needed.
  • Simple to use!
  • Great implementation team
  • Gradebook options are strong
  • It lacks some of the advanced settings other systems have
  • No lockdown browser capability
  • Fewer Integration options with third-party software
I think Moodle provides a solid Learning Management system that's easy to use, both on the student side and instructor side. The implementation team was right there if we needed help with setup too. However, we found that Canvas offered more advanced settings. Although it may have had a higher learning curve, we thought the larger scale of options would suit us in the long-run.
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January 23, 2019

Review: "Teachers Using Moodle Get Better Results"

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Currently, Moodle is being used in order to improve our workflow and efficiency of education. At Francis Lewis High School we utilize Moodle in order to increase enrichment for students, and make streamline the workload for educators. The Moodle platform is being used by a department with more than 200 students, with 3 fully developed curriculum and 3 educators. The problem this platform addresses is the need for students to be able to pace themselves and control more of their learning process. Students are able to follow the curriculum laid out from their home, their phone, their laptops, and from any smart wifi connected device. Teachers can upload lessons and content very easily, as students are also able to access all content approved by the teacher. Students can submit work online to the teachers from any device, making it very simple to assign work and grade work. This improves education for all students, which is the goal of implementing new tech.
  • Allows for all students to create their own unique account to use to complete lessons and submit assignments. This makes it easier to grade students on an individual basis.
  • Allows administrators to easily control visible content, create lessons, and deliver blended learning lessons online and in the classroom. This makes updating curriculum very easy.
  • All student grades are listed on the Moodle platform. Students, parents and teachers are able to see student performance in live time as projects are assessed.
  • Very easy to use by designers who are not professional web designers. Makes implementation of the platform simple.
  • More skins in Moodle to change the color and aesthetics would help engage students better.
  • More functionality would be mass texting through the platform. I currently use REMIND to mass text students, this would be easier since educators are always on this platform.
  • I would like to see Moodle decrease the amount of bandwidth they used when students are logging in. At times Moodle will crash from overload, though it could be my provider or Moodle platform.
Moodle is perfect for education. In education, we are sincerely lacking a mainstream online platform for all educators to use. Some platforms, like SKEDULA, allow for grading, but they do not allow you to upload assignments that are easy to see, edit and get submissions, then grade. Platforms like Edmodo are too socially oriented and do not actually have the month and weekly breakdown that I look for and find very useful with Moodle. If you need a blended platform that allows students to learn in the classroom and also be coached and monitored at home, then Moodle is the best option. Being able to tell parents to log in to the account to see what is due, what is coming up, look at reference files, and check grades, makes engagement with parents simple, direct and supportive.
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February 06, 2019

User Review: "Using Moodle For over 7 years"

Score 9 out of 10
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We provide support for senior citizens to perform their routine tasks smoothly. There is a feature to take assessments for senior residents so we have molded the Quiz feature to fulfill the requirements.
  • Generic Form builder for the quizzes is an amazing feature.
  • External DB connection provides us the support to re-utilize our existing user base.
  • The security system is phenomenal, someone doesn't need to worry about their data.
  • While we were designing the quizzes, there were some requirements to customize the GUIs. So you need a lot to time to understand the existing structure of the codebase.
  • Easy to set up
  • Bundle of phenomenal features.
  • It fulfills almost all requirements of an institution or university.
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January 30, 2019

Review: "Moodle: good for traditional organized academic distance ed/online courses"

Score 7 out of 10
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Moodle is being used both within our academic department for academic and extension activities, as well as by the organization as a whole. It addresses online instruction/distance education needs, including housing electronic materials in an organized way for specific users/individuals. It is used for academic courses, trainings, workshops, and other education needs.
  • Multiple features, such as the ability to hold content (PDF, PPT, Word, URLs, etc.), assessment and grading (quizzes), and offers certificates of completion
  • Organization of content into modules
  • The ability of users to interact with other users and instructors easily
  • Certificates of completion are not very customizable, especially for unique modules within a "course"
  • Not very user-friendly in terms of the instructor/manager of the course when it comes to set up. Some features that are different can produce the same results, which makes it confusing to know which should be used (such as requiring specific percentage to complete activity/quiz to move to next module vs. having an item be marked as complete which can only happen if certain percentage achieved, etc.)
  • Offline capabilities
Good for traditional academic courses that are highly structured and consistent from module to module. Not as good for holding content that does not lend itself to being well-organized, or that requires customization.
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January 24, 2019

Moodle Review: "Great but need more improvement"

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My organization (in the field of education) has used Moodle for the past 13 years. We are using it for our course delivery. The academics use it to create learning activities and our distance learners use it to engage with their teachers and peers.
  • The main strength for using Moodle is the fact that it is an open source platform.
  • We love it as it is scalable and easy to use.
  • We also like it as the Moodle community is very supportive. Any questions asked in the Moodle community will be answered.
  • The theme is a bit difficult to customize. If you insist on having a lot of changes made to your outlook, it is easier to find another vendor to do it.
  • Development of features in Moodle slowly evolves. For example, if another proprietary LMS has video recording function in 2016, Moodle probably will have the features in 2018.
  • It would be good if Moodle Cloud can be subscribed to online from Moodle HQ without going through the Moodle partners.
If your organization has a limited budget, then I prefer Moodle. If you need more powerful learning analytics and have a bigger budget, I don't recommend Moodle.
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January 04, 2019

Review: "Moodle LMS, A Smart Choice for the Future of Your Online Courses"

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We have been using Moodle (since 2014) at Achieveit360.org as our membership area to host our online courses for the K-12 school market in character, leadership and social and emotional learning (for students and educators). We did purchase the Lambda Theme and had some help to customize this theme to make it look better, but the basic themes that come free are still much better looking now than they were 5 years ago. We are able to host as many online courses as we would like with videos, audio, and online PDF worksheets and anyone can access these materials quickly and easily. There is also a Mobile app for those who would like to access the materials this way.
  • ADMIN FUNCTION: Customizable Site Design with Modern Easy to Use Interface: We use the Lambda Theme (purchased from Envato Market) but there are many free themes with a modern look and feel as well. I like that I am able to make the site look the way I would like and am not limited to the old way Moodle used to look. These days are long past, and I am proud of the look and feel of the site. I can also manage the user roles/permissions and what each user sees and does not see very easily.
  • ADMIN FUNCTION: Mass Enrollment: If I want to enroll 1,000 students at a time, I can easily enroll or delete mass numbers of students by using a simple Excel spreadsheet upload. I can have a class copied, with students and teachers enrolled in a matter of minutes. I can also manually add students or teachers quickly when needed.
  • ADMIN FUNCTION: Regular security updates to be sure your site is secure. Each time there is a new release, I am able to upgrade to the latest version. I do outsource this to a Moodle expert for time reasons, but many people I know do this easily on their own.
  • COURSE FEATURES: Multimedia embedded throughout. I am able to quickly and easily add audio and video to each lesson for more engagement.
  • COURSE FEATURES: Group Management: I can easily create classes so that a teacher can quickly login and see their class at a glance, and print reports.
  • COURSE FEATURES: A more recent feature is the assignment module and grading feature when the teacher can write annotations and feedback directly in the browser.
  • Virtual Private Servers: In order to have large numbers of students using the program at once, I did need to upgrade to a Virtual Private Server from Hostgator to give me more memory/space/capacity for use. There is a cost to do this and when I did not have students using the program, I didn't like paying the monthly fee for this. I am still searching for another way to handle larger numbers of students without having to use a Private Server.
  • Stronger Representation from their Leadership Team: I do follow many of the Moodle Leadership team, and support communities they have set up and often send them messages (and they do write back). I wish they had a stronger representation (training programs) in the USA to really take Moodle to the next level. I have seen this starting to occur and it does take support from the users as well. I would love Moodle to be known as THE leader in open-sourced learning. I can see they also have this vision by reading their ROADMAP on their website.
I highly recommend Moodle for an online portal to use in the classroom for blended learning. I use it by plugging into a projector so that the lesson can be seen by the whole class for the video and discussion. I do like the Moodle app for mobile for a quick overview of the course I am working on. The platform allows me to host course content quickly and easily in an organized manner. The only situation the portal does not work the best is when the internet is spotty. This has happened to me in some locations, but was quickly resolved by using the hotspot on my iPhone. I have not had connectivity issues with it in my area.
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December 08, 2018

Review: "Moodle LMS - online learning platform with a bit of a learning curve"

Score 8 out of 10
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We use Moodle as part of a SaaS offering for clients. Specifically, our platform offers light duty work for injured employees who cannot return to their regular jobs due to temporary physical restrictions. We use Moodle to provide safety training coursework to these individuals. Moodle allows us to implement a variety of media into the courses; including audio, video, and HTML5 activities. Moodle supports scoring and reporting for each user. We have customized the reporting and also connected Moodle to our WordPress site through a custom integration.
  • Easily create courses that contain multiple choice quiz questions.
  • Easily assign certain courses to specific users.
  • Share reports regarding course progress and scores by email.
  • There is a major learning curve for building and administrating Moodle courses if you've never done it before.
  • The interface looks a bit dated. You can theme Moodle to change the look of it, but it doesn't change the overall interface.
  • Customization of functionality requires a programmer with Moodle expertise.
Moodle is free, so it's ideal for anyone looking to implement a LMS on a budget. That being said, Moodle does require some technical expertise to get it up and running; and that's before you start building any courses in it. The platform would be very useful in a modern classroom setting, where teachers could give quizzes and tests and students could receive automatic feedback regarding their scores. It would also be useful for assigning homework. Moodle also serves us well in a business capacity - it allows us to deliver online training to users regardless of their location.
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December 18, 2018

Moodle Review: "Easy installation, cost effective solution for institutions with technically talented staff to implement."

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We are currently using Moodle in an atypical fashion at our institution. While Moodle is a full scale Learning Management System, we are not using it for the entire set of features it entails. We have another Learning Management System for managing our courses (both online coursework and face to face) but we use Moodle for integrating with our other systems to manage the assessment work associated with program reviews and accreditation. A single department manages Moodle, however the entire teaching faculty at our institution makes use of the product since assessment touches every program.
  • Under the Open Source model of Moodle, there are countless customization options available. We only make use of the modules associated with rubrics and outcomes and that demonstrates the ability to pick and choose what you want to use of the software.
  • Moodle is very easy to install on the server and is readily available on CPanel (as well hosting control panels) for even easier installation.
  • Being that Moodle offers an Open Source model of their software, it can be very cost effective for an institution with limited resources if they are able to invest the time in setting up the system. If there is a budget allowance for an initiative involving this type of software, then Moodle does a great job of working with you to implement.
  • 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.
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.
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December 11, 2018

Moodle Review: "Great, Easy-to-Use Software for Education"

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Moodle provides educators with a way to supply their students with the necessary curriculum and added materials.
  • Loading information quickly.
  • Formatting is easy to follow.
  • Interface is clean and readable.
  • Perhaps a more sophisticated-looking interface would be nice.
  • Notification system could use some work.
Moodle is perfect for the educator and educational institution in bringing educational material to its students. It is not so great in handling other aspects of group interactions like business meetings, etc.
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July 14, 2018

Moodle Review: "Learn and teach - wherever you are!"

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I have been using Moodle mostly as a student at EuNC, but recently I have been helping the new teachers get the hang of the system and find out its opportunities. I love Moodle for having a web version as well as a mobile version because it helps me study wherever I am (especially during long commutes) and it's easy to use for the teachers as well because there are numerous features for various needs (for example, you can set other students' forum posts to show up only after you've created a post of your own as a student, therefore minimizing the temptation to read what others have written first and only then writing your own answer).
  • Numerous features that are useful for both teachers as well as students, for example, tests, forums, documents. Even tests themselves offer a lot of opportunities, for example, you can ask an open question or you can ask a question with a specific answer expected and students can see the results right after they hit "Submit" - students don't have to wait to find out how they did and teachers don't have to spend precious time grading :)
  • Its drag-n-drop lesson creation is amazing and so easy to use. For a perfectionist, who wants everything to look nice and pretty, it's a good feature :D
  • Its mobile app is great because it allows using the system even when you don't have access to your computer.
  • I enjoy Moodle and to be honest, I think the very few things I have stacked against Moodle are mostly related to how the system is configured for my university. Otherwise, it's a very useful tool and I love the opportunities Moodle presents for education.
Moodle is great for universities and all educational opportunities other institutions might offer. It's convenient for both students as well as the teachers, which makes it a great tool to make learning easier. I really enjoy the fact that there are little things that make the experience more user-friendly, for example, when you post a forum reply, it shows you the number of words you've written. In cases when you need to write a specific number of words, this is a helpful thing for students as well as for teachers, who don't have to count the words using Microsoft Word or something.
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May 21, 2018

User Review: "Choose Moodle"

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Moodle is the main LMS on campus. It is used as a landing board for instructional courses, storing online trainings, accessing job aid material, viewing panopto videos, etc.
  • Moodle is able to keep track of student data per course.
  • Moodle is able to integrate outside programs such as Panopto that you can use within your course.
  • Moodle is user friendly for the most part. Everything is self explanatory and it doesn’t take a lot of researching to find actions, activities, how to setup your course, etc. When editing your course, it’s very easy to add activities/resources to your course and Moodle explains, in detail, what each activity/resource is and how it will function within your course.
  • Sometimes Moodle has issues “communicating” with certain outside sources such as Lockdown Browser.
  • When upgrading to the 3.4 version of Moodle, the campus is noticing that some activity plugins are not upgradable.
Moodle is definitely helpful for instructors in any educational setting, but I would think Moodle wouldn’t be great in a corporate setting.
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May 16, 2018

User Review: "Moodle on a Small College Campus"

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Moodle is the learning management system for our entire campus of around 1300 students and 100 faculties. All courses taught are created within Moodle, and Moodle provides an online space for faculty to share content and expectations, communicate with students, engage students in online discussions, and provide grades and feedback to students.
  • Provides a space for faculty to share course content and feedback to students.
  • Has an intuitive design, so new users don't face a steep learning curve.
  • Facilitates students engagement and collaboration outside of the classroom.
  • Helps students stay organized for multiple courses.
  • Moodle lags behind more sophisticated Learning Management Systems, such as Canvas and Sakai. Outside integrations are typically clunkier and less evolved than those for other LMS options.
  • There is more unused white space in several of the most popular Moodle themes, such as SNAP and Boost than is necessary. This means there is a lot more scrolling and visual work demanded from the users than there should be.
  • There isn't enough flexibility in course organization for several Moodle themes. The text editor is clunky, and the overall editing options are limited.
Moodle is an open-source tool, so it is a great LMS for a tight budget; however, it isn't as developed or sleek as other LMS options. It's great as a basic tool for sharing course content and expectations, but I wouldn't recommend it for fully online courses or instruction that demands extensive online collaboration.
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September 16, 2016

User Review: "Former Moodle user"

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At our medium-size public university, we used it first as a secondary LMS in a pilot phase and then for 2 full years as our primary LMS. We have since migrated back to Blackboard. We used it to provide course shells for all courses on campus during the years it was our primary LMS.
  • It was extremely customizable.
  • The layout, while not for everyone, was great for students - having everything clearly laid out.
  • We were able to add photos to user profiles very easily - something that is not so easy on Blackboard.
  • The options were overwhelming to users sometimes.
  • Grading was difficult to understand.
  • Discussion forums were a step behind those of other LMS providers.
Ideally, you'd have a group of people supporting Moodle that have knowledge of coding and can create custom modules. The code is 'free' so you can do whatever you want with it, but we had to hire a support team in order to help with the server management and creation of custom modules. I think it's great for an organization that has not implemented an LMS previously, it was very difficult for us to convert faculty to use it after they had spent many years getting comfortable with Blackboard.
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September 13, 2016

Review: "Moodle vs everyone else - why it is time to embrace open-source"

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Moodle is being used across the agency to develop and deliver education to all staff. In the coming months, with an ecommerce integration, we will be using Moodle to deliver education to volunteer staff and external partners.
  • Content management - Moodle has a strong database structure that allows for content to be stored locally and used in multiple instances without corruption of the data.
  • Customizations - Moodle is highly customizable, with over 1000 plugins available, a very transparent API, and customizations available directly inside the platform, such as language, themes, and structure.
  • Notifications and reminders - With the ability to customize who, when, and how notifications are sent and the ability to write custom notifications, students are always kept in the know.
  • Static pages - One area in which Moodle is not very strong is acting as a website, meaning not a CMS, but instead presenting static pages, such as faculty information or help documents.
  • eCommerce - Although there are many add-ons and plugins available, many of which are inexpensive, Moodle does not come out of the box as a full fledge eCommerce site.
  • Integration - Moodle has over 1000 plugins and you can write using their API relatively easily, however, Moodle does not, out of the box, integrate with other systems, such as how Sharepoint LMS or Oracle does.

Moodle is great for college and corporate settings alike. I have yet to see an instance where Moodle could not be customized to fit a particular need, all while not having the overhead of other LMS systems and still having the ability to be managed centrally by the agency deploying it (meaning you are not reliant on another company to manage). Moodle can be installed locally for testing, on a server farm, or in the cloud, depending on the need and scalability.

Moodle does require nesting of activities, which can be time consuming, however, this is by design to offer the most custom and specific learning and setup outcomes.

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September 30, 2015

User Review: "Moodle at McNeese"

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Moodle is being used across our university by all of our instructors. They are geared toward putting their syllabus up in each of their courses. We have approximately 2500 courses that run in the summer and in the fall. We also use it exclusively for our web courses for our adult learning programs. We do have the business problem of the budget that it addressed. It is an open-source management system which is basically free for our university to use. We were paying nearly $60,000 for the prior learning management system.
  • Moodle provides a vast variety of using technology in ways that the instructor or student with little experience with technology is able to use it. All of our instructors received beginning training in how to use Moodle before we switched over to it, so that they felt comfortable with the switch. They could come to the training more than one time if they chose to.
  • I give all of our instructors more advanced training when they choose to teach the fully online courses, and they also receive training in additional software. They also receive a webcam and they can also receive a document camera if they are a math or an accounting instructor.
  • They have also received Camtasia and Snagit which work well with Moodle. They may basically use any software and are able to upload their own videos, videos from the Internet, any sort of PowerPoints that they create with their own voice or video, extra technology, notes, etc. for the students.
  • The instructors use a variety of modules within Moodle. We have available for their use BigBlueButton, which is a webinar. It provides guests appearances and provides office hours for our instructors who have strictly web based courses. They also have Turnitin, which is the plagiarism tool, Turning Tech that is the linked in tool that provides a quiz taking that links to Moodle and to the gradebook. We also use Tegrity that delivers the instructors and the students with an additional tool that permits them to do a video, or a PowerPoint or allow the instructor to link to anything on the computer and to upload it into Moodle. We also have the Attendance module, which allows the instructors who take attendance in the classroom to give the students "points" for attendance. We are adding the Ebsco reading list for the library this summer, which lets individual instructors to add certain reading lists from the library for their individual classrooms.
  • Right now, our Moodle is not working with our Banner product in being able to bring our grades in from Banner directly into Moodle. This isn't a problem with Moodle, it is a problem with the integration with the product.
  • There are issues with the gradebook being difficult for the instructor to use because there are so many different ways to use it, however Moodle is working on a new gradebook component.
  • We make extensive use of MNet and there are many ways to use it, but again Moodle is in the process of improving it.
If they are able to self-host the Moodle product, I do recommend it. If they do not self-host it, I would not recommend having it hosted by someone else, because then it is no longer an open source.
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September 15, 2015

"Moodle for the Corporate Noodle"

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At AmericanCybersystems we use Moodle as our training portal. We load all of our online training courses, our quick reference guides, our knowledge base articles, and our instructor led courses into the Moodle platform. Our training department is very small with only three members: the VP of HR, the Director of Training (me), and an Instructional Designer/Trainer. However, we are creating training at a fast clip and need a learning management system (LMS) that can keep up with the amount of content we want to put out, track the learners, and display the information in a clear and useful way.

American Cybersystems is an international staffing and solutions company. This means we have an accounting department, a billing department, vendor managers, recruiters, salespeople, customer service associates, and a solutions group. Our training department is responsible for the learning and development of the entire organization. There are many different skill sets that have to be taught and therefore there are several different mediums our training department likes to use in order to maximize the training effectiveness. Moodle has several different supports for all the different learning objects we like to use.
  • Reporting: Moodle does a great job of keeping track of all the users in the system. There are several different layers of reporting in Moodle. One can track user login time, interactions with course objects, activity logs, eLearning course (SCORM) scores, views of discussion boards, badges and more. Tracking in a training program is a chief concern for many reasons: ROI, engagement, improving future trainings, and insights.
  • SCORM packages: Loading a 1.2 SCORM package is easy and simple to do in Moodle. Also, the features for reports are really helpful if you have a course that needs to report variables. In many different LMSs it is nearly impossible to report variables (especially numeric ones) from a SCORM package. However, because Moodle reports "interactions" you can even create a survey and get the answers populated into Moodle for easy export to an Excel file. Not only is the reporting great, but all of the authoring tools that I have used are compatible with Moodle: Captivate, Articulate Storyline 1 & 2, and Lectora.
  • User Upload and Creation: In Moodle it is a snap to upload a ton of users. I have encountered other LMS programs that make user creation a burden. This is not the case with Moodle. All one needs is a username, password, first name, and last name in order to create a new user. A large group of users can be uploaded and created through a simple csv file. This has come in very handy when trying to load an entire department into the system. I just ask the department head to send me the csv file and press a couple of buttons and viola! Also, I can batch upload users to a cohort, so if it is a new department that is getting loaded because there is a new course created for them, I don't have to try to find each of the new users I just created and enroll them one by one. Instead, I can enroll the new cohort with the 'enroll cohort' button in the course. This has saved me so much time, so many times!
  • Support: Moodle is big and only getting bigger through the support and enthusiasm of the open source community. Anytime I have a question or an idea that I am not sure how to implement in Moodle I can always find an answer. There is the entire knowledge base of Moodle online, there are Moodle enthusiast sites, there are Moddle blogs, and there are instructional designers (corporate and higher education) who write, demonstrate, and talk about Moodle. There are also developers and tinkerers who create plugins, skins, and other applications to integrate specifically with Moodle. This means, if I have an idea and the function is not already in Moodle there is someone who has already created a solution and a plugin. There are even entire companies that are dedicated to making Moodle slick, like Moodlerooms.
  • 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.
Moodle is great for both corporate and education (I have used it in both environments). Moodle is suited well for those who are willing to get their hands a little dirty. Not everything in Moodle is intuitive and you'll need to be curious and a problem solver in order to figure out which settings to use and how to perform certain functions. However, it is rewarding to learn Moodle because there is an entire community that is also using it and willing to help you out.

If you want an easy interface that is intuitive then Moodle might not be for you. When you are looking to use Moodle you should ask yourself a few questions about your needs.

Who is going to host your LMS? Is it going to be in-house or through a vendor? The answer to these two questions will answer several other capability questions for Moodle. For instance, if you will need to add a bunch of plugins in order to make Moodle customized to meet your needs, you will probably want to go in-house because several of the cost efficient Moodle hosts like mdlspot.net do not add plugins for you. Also, if the majority of your training is face-to-face, then you might want to consider the LMSs that cater to that type of instruction.
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September 15, 2015

"Moodle 2.8 Review"

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Every course at the college receives a Moodle shell. Moodle is used extensively by 85%-90% of our faculty, and minimally by the rest. 100% of our student body uses Moodle for their courses. All new hires attend a workshop on using Moodle and the expectations of the college that everyone be at least a minimal user.
  • The new grade book is well received by our faculty. The new version is easy to set up and the improvements of viewing the grade book i.e names moving across the grade columns is a welcome improvement.
  • The attendance feature with the ability for teachers to comment on the reasons why a student is late, absent or sleeping is a bonus. The visibility of these things as part of the student grades view has reduced the number of "discussions" between teacher and student over attendance grades.
  • Our online faculty love the ease of use of the forums.
  • Our HR Dept uses Moodle for compliance training and makes use of the certificate module for proof of participation.
  • Faculty teaching cross-listed courses are able to link the multiple courses into one course for the ease of posting content.
  • The lesson module, while easier to use than previous versions, still causes our faculty to shy away from it.
The questions to ask when adopting Moodle lie more with the service provider than with Moodle itself. Questions around cloud based storage, ownership of content, data security (including student data) should be asked when vetting a hosting company. Our use of Moodle does not utilize all of the existing functionality, so Moodle is usually adequate to meet all of our LMS needs.
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September 15, 2015

Review: "Reflections on Moodle after returning to Blackboard"

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At my prior college, Moodle was used as the Course Management System, somewhat in conjunction with Campus Technology's CampusCruiser email/courseware offering. The two systems were not integrated, requiring a duplication of content. Both Moodle and Campus Technology offered online file storage and online calendar. CampusCruiser served also as email, in conjunction with the usual PIM stuff somewhat integrated (a calendar, tasks, email, contacts). Moodle had online file storage but only in connection with a specific class. Content shared between multiple sections of the same course required duplication, manually importing each file. This overlap typically caused confusion among students and instructors alike, creating even less consistency between courses and instructors than a typical LMS alone.

Many Moodle features were useful, including the ability to stage content with MultiMarkdown or plain text formatting. Other products often present either a MSWord-type interface or a raw HTML editor. AFAIK, Markdown content wasn't directly uploadable and converted, but had to be composed in (or cut/paste into) a text edit window.

Moodle has a number of open source modules that looked interesting, but I have not directly used them. These include integration with the content management system Drupal. Moodle's weakest point would seem to be the management of content, something which is readily solved with a CMS. In my opinion, a learning management system without adequate Content Management support somewhat defeats the purpose of a true LMS, since content can easily go stale without adequate management tools to update and leverage content across multiple courses.

Rubrics are present, but the management tools for rubrics are inadequate. Most grading criteria should be reusable across courses and instructors, for consistency. Using rubrics in Moodle seems to result in their being duplicated for each assignment, which became unmanageable across 4 classes with a couple dozen graded tasks per course. Rubric management for assessing instruction quality does not appear to be present in the default installation, but would be strongly encouraged. You do use consistent criteria for grading each assignment, right?

More advanced LMS features such as adaptive release for learning content, SCORM integration are present, but awkward to use. Moodle isn't a content creation or content management tool, and default integration is cut and paste. Adaptive release and SCORM content are very prohibitive without effective tools for creating content.

Like most open source projects, Moodle is free, as in the same sense as "free puppies". For a budget-strapped organization, free is very appealing. Keep in mind that the product doesn't run itself, so adequate staff skill is required to keep it running. The real value of Moodle would seem to be in customization to integrate with the organization's existing IT assets. If you don't mind learning an API and writing PHP code, there is an extensive amount of customization possible, that commercial products like Blackboard do not allow. If adopted, Moodle support and maintenance must still be budgeted.

For a non-education sector use, I believe Moodle is still a valuable asset, if used in conjunction with a content management system and adequate staff support. Alternative tools I've previewed seem to be excessive and less economical in terms of delivering instructional content. Internal training is necessary in all organizations, and an inch thick employee manual isn't always the best way to accomplish this. But, building useful learning content is a skill in itself, but a valuable one to develop.
  • Availability of third party open source modules to extend functionality. The stand-alone Moodle product is useful, but limited by the effort in setting up courses and content. The ability to integrate with Content Management systems (or possibly Document Management systems) is critical, and provides additional benefits to managing employee training and productivity.
  • Use of rubrics. These are external, explicit grading criteria to improve communication between instructor and learner regarding expectations and ways to improve performance. A management plan for rubrics is necessary, and not readily done internally within the Moodle default installation.
  • More complex learning schemes are supported, such as SCORM and other adaptive learning systems. However, for non-trivial course development, external tools for building this content is required.
  • Rubric Management. This may have been addressed in a plugin module.
  • Better tools for examining outcomes from exams and rubrics across a class, course, or organization. This may have been addressed in a plugin module.
  • Improved content management within the default installation. While there are modules that support products such as Drupal, building into the default product would ease adoption.
The most important one would be the resources available to support it. While this is true of any LMS product, the flip side of the flexibility and customization advantages is the cost and time to support the product.
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November 19, 2015

"A review of Moodle"

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Moodle is currently being used by our department to manage faculty development opportunities across campus. While we have not adopted it across the whole university it is a helpful, free tool to ensure our faculty have access to the opportunities they need in order to continue their own teaching and learning endeavors.
  • Organize information
  • Keep information secure
  • Disseminate information to others
  • Pages load slowly
  • Tool for more interaction
  • ePortfolio supported tool
Moodle is a great, free solution as an LMS. It has other application abilities as well. However, the lag time between pages can be frustrating.
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October 02, 2015

User Review: "Moodle: Cheap and Easy to Use"

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We use it to manage the courses that we deploy through our website for professional development of our members, mostly librarians. It is used by a dozen divisions of our organization. It enables librarians to participate in professional development remotely.
  • It is Open Source, meaning the deployment is cheap, relative to other LMS systems considered.
  • There is a TON of documentation out there and support from a huge community of users from universities, corporate and other not-for-profits
  • There are later versions out (2.6) that solve problems and bugs of earlier versions and the interface changes are in favor of all users, (admin, facilitator and student)
  • Users can create their own profiles, and courses can be protected with an Enrollment Key set by the course creator.
  • It has a consistent interface that is fairly intuitive and easy to use.
  • Forums have been greatly improved in the later version. I am in hopeful anticipation of upgrading from 1.9 to 2.6 soon, for that feature alone.
  • Groups in 1.9 are clunky, but much improved, according to online users in later versions (2.2 and above).
  • Restore and Backup are sometimes irregular to the point that you may want to save a basic copy of a course in addition to depending on backing up a course to restore as a new course moving forward.
  • Not loving that we have to use a 3rd party for chat rooms (we use Flash Chat) and the chat history is stored in Moodle.
If you are limited in budget, this a great choice because the learning curb is small compared to an Adobe based LMS which is always expensive. If you don't have a lot of staff or money, Moodle is a good way to go because of all the support documents out there as well.
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September 25, 2015

"Moodle Review"

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Moodle is used across the entire organization. It is available to students for every course and available to faculty and staff for committees and group projects. It enables faculty to communicate with students online, post assignments, share notes and multimedia presentation, record grades, etc. It enables committees to share information in a protected environment.
  • It allows me to put my entire course calendar and syllabus onto a visual space that is accessible for all students. It enables linking to documents and multimedia.
  • It provides a protected system to store grades online.
  • It enables members of a group or course to communicate and share information in a protected environment.
  • It occasionally glitches when editing to add documents.
  • The grade book cannot be seen on one screen, you need to use two arrow buttons to scroll over and it is easy to lose track of the student's name/your place in that process.
  • Not everyone grasps the idea of Moodle and how to access it.
Moodle is well suited for creating a course calendar and visual experience with information links. Cost and ease of use are two questions I would ask during the selection process. I'd also ask about use on multiple platforms (PC, apple, tablet, phone, etc.)
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September 25, 2015

Moodle Review: "Great for startup initiative."

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Moodle was used across the institution to support both online and traditional courses.
  • It is easier to customize when compared to other LMS options.
  • It is easier to integrate other products when compared to other LMS options.
  • It works well with video.
  • Moodle requires an advanced level of technical expertise to maintain.
  • Advanced support usually relies on peers. Lack of formal support when deployed as a low cost solution.
  • Benefit of low cost can be eclipsed by cost of maintenance in the long run.
Moodle can be a good option for startup programs not yet generating sufficient revenue.
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September 25, 2015

User Review: "Moodle is Free (but there is a price)"

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Moodle is used to track the training delivery of state employees who are part of the Medicaid Team. It offers a onestop shop for online training modules, and reports scores to managers.
  • Easy to upload Captivate learning modules.
  • Reliable reports.
  • Good security.
  • Easy to upload user accounts.
  • Locked into a general appearance. Templates are available, but they are all basically variations on a theme.
  • Have to go through the back door to clean up European spellings, so you need to be comfortable editing database objects.
  • Moodle is generally built for academia. To make it more a corporate tool, you have to massage the product quite heavily. It's important to know HTML to do this.

Its academia background is very apparent, so corporations should know up front that there will have to be changes made to it so it fits their world. This will require a Moodle developer who is knows HTML and PHP.

Corporations are drawn to Moodle because it's "free." But they have to understand that downstream costs such as database personnel and HTML developers will add costs throughout the project.

They must also understand that there is no help desk. Moodle developers must be able to find answers through the Moodle community and other resources, then put the "fix" in place themselves.

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September 24, 2015

User Review: "Moodle in Medical Education"

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Moodle is our university LMS and has been used across the whole institution for the past 6 years. In addition to being used to deliver student orientation, it is also used to support face to face class delivery and to manage students who are in various rotations across the Pacific Northwest. Moodle also facilitates student clubs and other learning activities outside the classroom.
  • Features like drag and drop and moving items around - these features make the course setup pretty easy.
  • Various types of activities and resources. We had faculty to use the Moodle "book" with video recording to meet the accommodation needs. "Page" could save space and help with content organization.
  • Customized course import. This makes the course import very simple. You can select the content you want to carry over to a new course.
  • Third party service. We work with a vendor to make Moodle communicate to different systems used in the institution.
  • Cohort admin. Creating cohorts for classes and faculty/staff groups helps with the admin side of the LMS usage.
  • "Log in as a user". This function reduces the burden of the trouble shooting process. Love it!
  • Planned upgrade. Instead of upgrading every month and having surprises, Moodle is in our hands.
  • Grade book. We encountered the problem of system locking student grades so the overall calculations were not accurate. Not sure if bulk edit has been implemented or not. We started to use another system to deliver grades to students.
  • Mobile app. Great try but still needs improvement.
  • Log file. We had hard time tracking course activities because the log file was not accurate.
We are a small institution and Moodle works fine for us, especially after we upgraded to 2.6 version.

  1. Moodle is pretty intuitive to use and the popup text helps explain functions well.
  2. There are lots of plugins that may improve Moodle's functionalities.
  3. Relatively low cost always makes Moodle an affordable option if your IT team is fairly robust.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Course authoring (9)
8.1
Course catalog or library (10)
8.1
Player/Portal (11)
7.9
Learning content (9)
8.8
Mobile friendly (10)
7.6
Progress tracking & certifications (11)
8.3
Assignments (11)
8.3
Compliance management (8)
7.8
Learning administration (10)
8.5
Learning reporting & analytics (10)
7.9
Social learning (10)
7.9

About Moodle

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.
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