Moodle, Easy to Use, Highly Customizable, Open Source LMS
June 04, 2014

Moodle, Easy to Use, Highly Customizable, Open Source LMS

Daniel Kaelin | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
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Modules Used

  • turnitin
  • respondusws

Overall Satisfaction with Moodle

Moodle is being used by the whole organization to deliver high quality courses to our partner institutions. We host Moodle on multiple highly available clustered environments designed to deliver smooth performance and 99.99% uptime. We use it primarily because it is an open source platform that can easily be customized and tailored to fit our business needs.
  • Customization and library of add-ons. These allow you to tailor Moodle to fit your needs.
  • Community. Moodle has a large community of active users and a wide range of resources for troubleshooting such as their JIRA issue tracker and forums.
  • Ease of Use. Moodle is intuitive and easy to navigate. The course layout is easy to view and identify the various course resources.
  • Chat Module. Moodle's built in chat module is poorly optimized and lacks common features.
  • Optimization. Performance has been a longstanding issue with Moodle as the product has become more bloated.
  • Architecture design. The core Moodle platform needs to be continually redefined to keep up with the competing platforms entering the marketplace.
  • Moodle's ease of use has had a positive impact in our overall customer experience and feedback.
  • Moodle's performance issues for administrative accounts has had a negative impact on efficiency. Page load times for administrative accounts are considerably slower.
  • Moodle being an open source license has allowed our company to maintain a small footprint and keep costs low. This has allowed us to maintain profitability through startup and growth periods.
  • Blackboard,Canvas
I have worked with Blackboard and Canvas and either product fills many of the same needs as Moodle. Blackboard and Canvas are more rigid products meaning they don't allow nearly as much customization or flexibility in hosting options. Blackboard offers hosted and self-hosting options but their self-hosted option comes preloaded on a virtual appliance. Moodle gives you choices when it comes to your web server and database technologies. Blackboard and Canvas are paid options, with Moodle being open source, you are always going to keep your costs lower.
Moodle continually updates their product. Major releases come every 6 months with continual minor revisions in between. It is a product developed by the community for the community so anyone can contribute through github and their issue tracker on JIRA. The wide availability of plugins and ease of use are major factors. You can't argue with the price of free with open source products.
Moodle is well suited for a single school that plans on hosting the software on their own infrastructure. It runs off of a standard LAMP stack environment (linux/apache/mysql/php) that is widely recognized in the IT industry.

Key Questions:

Are you looking for a hosted solution or are you looking to host your own LMS?
What is your budget?

Moodle is easy to host and with it being open source the out of pocket costs are in infrastructure, training, and system management.