A Trusted LMS That Does (Almost) Everything
September 18, 2015

A Trusted LMS That Does (Almost) Everything

Lein Shory | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Moodle

We use Moodle to deliver our professional development courses for K12 educators, both for online courses as well as face-to-face training. We've found that for us it offers the widest range of options for an LMS, and has been employed to serve a variety of needs, both for us and our clients.
  • In short, it's tried and true. Too many newer learning management systems look snazzy but many of their claimed features turn out to be "in development," i.e., vaporware. Moodle has been around and had time to learn what works and what doesn't, and make numerous improvements (and can be expected to continue to do so).
  • The extensive, active, and robust Moodle community is a huge point in Moodle's favor. You can count on plugins being tested, and if you realize you want to do a particular thing, chances are good that someone else has already thought of it.
  • Though we don't use it that often, the item analysis for quizzes is a terrific feature that isn't as readily available in many learning management systems.
  • We're believers in open-source products whenever possible.
  • There are so many features it can be easy to forget exactly where things are sometimes.
  • Newer learning management systems may have more elegant out-of-the-box UI. Moodle has extensive design capabilities, but extensive customization can prove complicated.
  • Like with any learning management system, there are always features you'd like to see, e.g., the ability to enroll cohorts in multiple courses at once.
  • We simply couldn't do what we do without Moodle. The free and open-source nature of it is of huge benefit to us. We also use a third-party host whose cost is reasonable for us.
Moodle has more features and capabilities that suit our particular needs than either Blackboard or Canvas. Blackboard would simply be too expensive for us. Canvas offers a lot of nice features, and perhaps down the road as it continues to develop it might be something we'd look at.
We're a nonprofit focused on K12 educators, and it suits our needs quite well. No doubt there are simpler solutions that don't have as much of a learning curve. If your needs are very basic, you might want to look elsewhere. Moodle is, however, quite capable of scaling from the smallest job to the very large, and there are several hosts that provide terrific support.