So right now, I just have what they're saying to go on - and when you read the page, you see it's a mash of some different applications - and they're using Moodle as the LMS. Just about everything they're doing I've already done, or could do if we had some more resources to do it.
So my response would be that we wouldn't gain anything but additional costs from such a platform, and naturally thought I'd head here to ask if anyone thinks differently.
Where they estimate that:
Moodle First year Total: US$72K
Moodle costs thereafter:
Customization and Maintenance: 27.5
Moodle Ongoing total: US$31K
TOPYX first year total: US$22.5K
TOPYX fees thereafter:
TOPYX subscription: 10
TOPYX Ongoing: US$13.5K
And I'm just paying $6/month for my playground!
But you can't win - they're saying Moodle's far more expensive than you think so don't use it.
But other say Moodle's free or far too cheap to be any good so -er -don't use it!
I wish I had seen some of that supposed outlay in our first year of setting up Moodle!
Moodle is open source and free the only way anybody can make any money I suppose is by either adding features that people would shell out for or by knowing enough about how to setup and manage the moodle infrastructure and helping to keep the code base free.
In all respects Moodle source code can be a great catalyst for learning PHP at the very least.