Former Moodle user
September 16, 2016

Former Moodle user

Timothy Wenson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Moodle

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.
  • 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.
We originally selected Moodle because we thought Blackboard was going to price us out of the market. Because Moodle was open source we thought the cost savings over time would be substantial. Unfortunately we did not keep Moodle on campus so it ended up being a mistake and didn't save us any costs.
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.