"When there is pressure for leaders to respond to problems or crises, they often simply intensify their efforts in their particular defined sphere of activity -- even if that's not relevant to the real problem."
In education reform, we are reaching that apogee. Instead of improving the instructional practices of teachers, we are throwing vast sums of money and time at software and digital solutions that are largely untested, unproven and highly questionable.
I have yet to find independent scientific research proving any software is equal to or better than other non-digital teaching strategies. The "research" studies ed-tech companies throw around are often created by the companies themselves, or affiliated supporters of the companies.
Not the kind of research Moodle generates, I trust. Still the time of the year is right for reflection, also in the professional front!
(found in http://news.slashdot.org/story/15/01/04/2238245/better-learning-through-expensive-software-one-principal-thinks-not/)
Two good recent articles which are relevant to this: