Moodle on a Small College Campus
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
May 16, 2018

Moodle on a Small College Campus

Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Moodle

Moodle is the learning management system for our entire campus of around 1300 students and 100 faculties. All courses taught are created within Moodle, and Moodle provides an online space for faculty to share content and expectations, communicate with students, engage students in online discussions, and provide grades and feedback to students.
  • Provides a space for faculty to share course content and feedback to students.
  • Has an intuitive design, so new users don't face a steep learning curve.
  • Facilitates students engagement and collaboration outside of the classroom.
  • Helps students stay organized for multiple courses.
  • Moodle lags behind more sophisticated Learning Management Systems, such as Canvas and Sakai. Outside integrations are typically clunkier and less evolved than those for other LMS options.
  • There is more unused white space in several of the most popular Moodle themes, such as SNAP and Boost than is necessary. This means there is a lot more scrolling and visual work demanded from the users than there should be.
  • There isn't enough flexibility in course organization for several Moodle themes. The text editor is clunky, and the overall editing options are limited.
  • Our campus made the switch from another LMS to Moodle for financial reasons, and overall it has met our needs for a better price point that another LMS.
  • Canvas
Moodle doesn't compare well with Canvas. We chose Moodle because it was a cheaper option that met our basic needs; however, it isn't as clean, intuitive, or developed as other notable Learning Management Systems, especially Canvas. If your institution offers fully online courses, I would go with a more advanced LMS that offers more up-to-date integrations for outside content.
Moodle is an open-source tool, so it is a great LMS for a tight budget; however, it isn't as developed or sleek as other LMS options. It's great as a basic tool for sharing course content and expectations, but I wouldn't recommend it for fully online courses or instruction that demands extensive online collaboration.