answering to your questions, depends not only in moodle but in the whole e-learning strategy that you define and Moodle Can help Alot on that!
I´ll give you some clear example before going to bed. Either you are talking about a middle, high or university level, or differences in a economic or academic concern. Moodle and your very well defined e-learning strategy will help you in:
1. What real difference will my school see from using Moodle?
The list is really Big, I am just pointing some that I´ve seen lately,
- Improvement of academic administration. e.g. teachers will apply exams faster, exams grades could pass directly to the general kardex ( you wont have your teachers writting down the grades to academic department so they type them againg) so that´s time saved.
- Teacher dependency risk: It is normal that one teacher gets sicks or just drop school in the middle of the semester if your course is well documented (and each year the course will get better, with more resources and activities) the next teacher to come will have a clear clue of what to do and When!.
- More participation coming from fathers - Teachers & Students. Moodle provides a environmet to generate knowlege throug forums, chats, calendars, lessons activities. there is not limitation to countinuing learning and participating in class just because your are not at the class room.
- computer literacy: You are actually using computers at school and at home for something really usefull. LEARN and Collaborate
- Teacher Training: not only your student´s wiil take advantage of IT
- Learning process Improvement: order, better administration and the whole community participating gives as a result a continous improvement.
I´ll skip to the next question
If I was writing my e-learning business plan, what would be the one overriding justification in terms of business value for using Moodle LMS?
Actually depends in many things and depends on the institution vision and its actual business model.
Here I attached a ROI calculator that has help me answer this very questions many time, hope that can help you.
Also I write some ideas that may help you..
- Influenza is one. you can add numbers to that. Sum Moodle + dimdim (webconference) and you have your virtual campus and kids are safe at home while the school stills making money.
- Time and place: teachers, fathers, students, academic departmend and school administration have a central database (Moodle) that help then reduce time and place costs
- Paper, ink, less meetings, better comunication
- School Marketing vs. your competitors
- Father community engagement