Hi. My wife is joining a private school where they use a VLE named Schoology. I checked it up and .... learned quite a few things. Facebook-like , etc. Then I checked up Edmodo. Here are two very interesting links:
(1) A comparison between Edmodo and Schoology.
(2) A list and comparison of features of Edmodo, Schoology and Moodle:
Here's my stand on the matter for this point in time (it might shift later since Technology, being what it is, keeps changing!):
- I am more than comfortable with using Moodle (and that's 1.9.15 as of now) for my courses because I can customise my site to my heart's content AND because so many things (forum, HTML embed code, quiz) in Moodle have worked in the past, and will continue to be reused in my class. However I am almost 'alone' in this since in an academic staff strength of 20+, only one English IT-savvy lecturer and I are the users with courses. Partly due to the fact that when I introduced Moodle it was with version 1.9.7 and that my web hosted server then (entry-level VPS) was not as fast it is now (dedicated server with 6 IPs, I was given one Ip to use for my production site).
- To introduce an LMS to my less IT-savvy but Facebook-crazy colleagues, I will not introduce Moodle 1.9.x/2.x (tried it once with M1.9.7, didn't catch on, maybe I'm a lousy Moodle-evangelist), but this time, I'm willing to give Schoology a go and try to win them over to using an LMS for them to create their own courses.
- I'm keeping my existing M1.9 courses since the content that I've built up over the past two years are still useful. I do intend to try out Schoology for a new course, and compare the responses and climite between the Moodle users and Schoology users.
- My ideal would be to leaverage on Moodle's strengths of being open sourced that can be customised, and at the same time to see Moodle 2.x include more social networking features a-la Facebook. Clickon this link for a discussion on Moodle.org on a Facebook-like wall for Moodle.
what do you say?