We are a non-profit trade association in the process of setting up CMS for certification and apprentice training (in conjunction with onsite facilitators/instructors).
Unfortunately we purchased Blackboard (for a whopping $15,000) before I stumbled across Moodle.
Anyway, no crying over spilled chalk.
So, we'll use Blackboard in this first year, since we paid for it already. But I want to evaluate Moodle for potential use starting with our second year next summer. Since there are a only a handful of courses, conversion will not be too much of a hassel.
So, anyone else doing such evaluation between Moodle and Blackboard? If so, anyone care to share such evaluation?
Thanks in advance for your pointers.
Regardless, we are requesting feedback from the professor(s) and his/her students on moodle and also on moodle with respect to blackboard. Since the semester just started, we have no word yet.
Our goal is to find an open source alternative for blackboard that will pass our standards if our budget ever changes and blackboard is no longer feasible.
I'll post feedback as it comes in.
- Course contents are easy to move (just zip them and import them into Moodle courses).
- There is an option to import questions from Blackboard quizzes, and the same option is on the way for WebCT and IMS QTI format. Meanwhile, there is a tip to import WebCT questions.
- Forums, Assignments and Chat can be easily created
- You will find new interesting tools, such as Choice for surveys/voting, standard ATTLS and COLLES built-in surveys, Journals and the amazing Workshops (peer to peer asignment assesment).
- You will also be informed of all the recent activity and news in any course, and you can also "see" all the participants of the course, with pics attached.
- The teacher can have all the information about any particular student, even click by click! access. He can get daily and monthly activity graphics, also.
- You can also make backups of courses and use them as templates for new ones.
And there are many other good things. All this being really simple to use. I have been developing and administering WebCT servers and, believe me, I find Moodle much more useful. One BIG improvement is that it is Open Source (GPL), and so, you got access to the source code and you do not have to pay for any licence. You can also contribute to development.
We are working hard on improving it, and it is already really reliable, scalable, powerful and simple. You can take a look at its future plans here. I think it is worth te effort to migrate to Moodle.
Moodle is a hit with our students!
We were using another open source alternative to Blackboard and e-College. We needed a low-cost alternative to prove that the concept my boss had to teach our Therapeutic Massage program online would work. The other open source program was useful but when they went to the next version it totally destroyed our server. After repeated attempts to get support failed - I searched for another platform to use.
I had looked at Moodle before using the previous software but I didn't feel that it had enough features. Well I guess v1.9 brought it up to what we needed because my Instructors immediately loved it. We moved all of our course material over to Moodle with little pain and recreated all the content rather quickly. It was a relatively short learning curve (considering these folks are NOT computer literate) for the students.
Now we are looking at expanding to several sites across the US and Moodle is definitely the platform we will use. I am a novice hacker and found the code easy enough to modify and I love the fact that Martin and all the other Moodlers are always there to help. The only short fall is the lack of a good end-user manual, so I am in the process of building one. Not quite sure if it will be totally interactive yet, but I am about a week away from finalizing it.
Once again, thank you Martin for all of your hard work and your patience in answering all my inane questions.
I look forward to seeing your end-user manual, could you let me know when it is finished? I am in the process of developing a user demo course but need inspiration, perhaps your manual will help.
dunno if you already know it but perhaps it could wake your muse up:
It's on my extensive list of things to do. I was contemplating a powerpoint presentation to accomplish this. I will keep you infomed!
Have a look at this site - it offers a pretty comprehensive comparison of the two VLEs: