Moodle 2.X - Positively Positive
June 17, 2014

Moodle 2.X - Positively Positive

Derek Lieser | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Moodle

Moodle is the Learning Management System (LMS) that is used across campus at Gustavus Adolphus College. Each semester, a course is created in Moodle for every course across campus. Within the course, instructors can post resources (PowerPoint, PDF documents, videos), incorporate different activities (forum, feedback), and utilize the grade book to keep students up-to-date with their grade. Additionally, Moodle is used for different committees (research, employee searches) across campus as well. It is very important for our institution to have access to a LMS like Moodle.
  • Moodle 2 is user-friendly, specifically with the new drag-and-drop function that allows the user to easily add resources to a course.
  • Moodle is cost-effective.
  • Moodle has a variety of plug-ins that can add different features.
  • Because Moodle is a free, open-source learning platform, the support for Moodle is limited to other users, not a support team from Moodle itself.
  • Gradebook can be difficult for novice and even average users. Many of our faculty choose to utilize their own grade book because Moodle's is not user-friendly.
  • Overall, Moodle has had a positive impact and the number of faculty utilizing it is growing on campus at Gustavus
  • Moodle has increased the amount of learning taking place by allowing faculty to use a blended learning approach.
At Gustavus Technology Services, we have been very happy with our decision to utilize Moodle as our LMS. The jump from Moodle 1.9 to Moodle 2.X was significant in both amount of time and energy for us, and for the user's experience. Beyond cost (free) and the user-friendly aspects of Moodle, we support Moodle with little full-time staff (2 full time employee and myself). Ultimately, the management of Moodle has been minimal as 2-3 people have overseen the management of 2,000+ courses every semester.
Moodle is an excellent choice because of the blended learning approach that Gustavus uses. While Gustavus uses a LMS, we also have classes held on campus, so students learn in both the classroom and online (e-learning). If our classes were strictly online-based, I am not sure that Moodle would be my first choice for a LMS.