Overall Satisfaction with Moodle
The organization I once worked for needed a way to go paperless. I built Moodle classrooms for each teacher. I then crafted an e-mail to parents that walked them through the process of enrolling their children in Moodle. What was really nice with this self enrollment process is that it empowered the parents to look at their children's grades and there was open dialog with the teachers. I highly suggest the self enrollment function as opposed to trying to collect the information yourself.
- Classroom creation and modification is fantastic
- The users out in the world have run into just about every problem and they can walk you through anything you may want to do in the forum
- It is free and easy to set up
- It is not as polished as some products. Creation of new skins or color themes to match your school is arduous.
- The end users who are not tech savvy may require additional assistance. You may have to create these materials yourself.
- Some of the extra modules you download may not work precisely as you want them to.
- I hate updating the version on our server.
- Reduced printing by our teachers by 45%.
- Required more of my time to train and encourage use.
- Gives us a very clear picture of the parents who are actively involved in their student's education.
I have used LoudCloud, E-College, Black Board, Angel, and many other products. Moodle stands very well against each of them for your basic functions such as grade book, chats, posting of materials, mass e-mails etc. However, the other modules are really up and coming with the new innovative multi-media functions. I am not yet satisfied with how Moodle compares on these issues.
I used to have my own Moodle server. I have since shut it down. There are a variety of services online that will host your Moodle for free if you do not have your own ability to do so. These services are going by the way side. I encourage you to look out for the organizations that give you limited use of a free Moodle service. Take it on a trial run.
There is no real reason not to select Moodle. The only reason that I can think of is if you want to do a lot of synchronous activities and need an all in one service that allows for video conferencing with a large number of students. Any IT department can install and implement this software very quickly.