The layout and features seem more professional.
I'd be interested in your views
see the 'comparisons and advocacy' forum
Basically the features stack up pretty well, with the exception of the gradebook (there are a couple teams working on this).
Moodle seems faster and more stable, but it doesn't have an equation editor or a digital white board (both of which are crash-prone java apps in BB6).
Moodle's wysiwyg editor is cross platform, BB is win/ie only.
Generally, whichever system you install, you are going to need to hire sys administrators and trainers/course builders (assuming a large enough usre base to warrent looking at BB or WebCT in the first place).
Moodle's license leaves alot of money left over for that. Faculty also need incentives to learn new ways of teaching and build online courses. Use some of the money you save with Moodle to give them those.
Yes, Moodle is task/topic oriented while BB is Technic oriented.
That makes a big difference for a normal user, he can follow his normal human intuition, concentrating on the learning task instead of the complex technic.
(C.C.C.D.E: Moodle has only this flaw in categorising resources as technic-types instead of using educational logic: In the last case the teacher could paste educational icons on the resources instead of having to live with the pdf, doc, mp3.. icons)
By contrast, with Moodle you look at your site and then click a button that switches editing on. I feel this is much easier for the novice user who is not inclined to spend time understanding the two views of Blackboard.
You can actually set yourself up a test account with Blackboard to explore it as a teacher. This is something I got my students to do when I was teaching Computer Based Learning, and you can have a play with yourself as teacher on Moodle by looking for the link at www.opensourcecms.com
Yes, users using Blackboard have the experience that when they are in view-mode, they have to travel to the editor, change it there and travel back to view:
In my other job at the University I had to maintain a blackboard course:
more then once I eventually reached the editor, wondering why I was going there anyway?
In Moodle (and our university local: TeLeTOP) you switch between view and edit with one mouseclick: teachers and professors of all skill-levels feel comfortable and in control of their own courses (That last thing is also very important!!)
This "change things on the spot", "organise things on the spot"
- like setup/edit activities around a topic/theme -
that is the strongest selling point of Moodle.
(If I forget al these educational preformated modules )
The complains about the boring layout, even with flashes or flowers in the menu is...
..is typical a manager comment: Teachers would look at the added value of the educational structure, not only the glossy interface