Since your link is garbled and the entry is short enough, I thought I'd just post the article here. The article is in response to a question asking for comment on the CSU BlackBoard versus Moodle study.Well, it's not quite a conclusive study, if you ask me. In this
analysis, Moodle does somethings better than BlackBoard, there are more
tools, and the students perfer it slightly.
I had a
close look at Moodle about a year and a half ago. I am sure that Moodle
has progressed considerably since then, so be aware that I am basing my
opinions on dated information.Moodle was intended from the begining
to be a learning management system that supported various approaches to
pedagogy. The original designer (and chief architect) Martin Dougiamas
created Moodle on the basis of his PhD thesis in Instructional Design.
Moodle was originally aimed at K12 (primary and secondary schools).
WebCT, and Sakai were originally intended to be a Course Management
System that supported classroom based experiences in a university
setting. Blackboard grew out of their early involvement in the IMS
specification development effort, which again was aimed at higher
education. Sakai is the successor to CHEF, OnCourse, and Stellar, all
course management systems developed by R1 universities in the US.As such, one way to express these various systems is:
The Moodle community is growing rapidly and has been gaining increased
involvement from universities. As such, more course management support
is being added (or has been added). While I cannot speak for
BlackBoard's plans, Sakai is actively discussing plans to seriously
expand it support for learning delivery and management.
- BlackBoard (and Sakai) is a course management system with some support for learning delivery.
- Moodle is a learning management system with some support for course (class) management.
final note that shouldn't make a different, but often does is
development approach. Moodle is written in PHP. Sakai is written in
Java. BlackBoard is written in C# and .Net.
Note: I think the last statement is incorrect. I believe BB is Java based too. This perhaps indicates something about how well-informed the author is.