Doubting between Drupal and Moodle - Experiences/advice asked. We received a grant to develop an open learning platform on anatomy that will contain both repositories for anatomical data and learning functionality using these data. The anatomical data comprises images, separate terms, coordinates, folders with Google-maps-like image tiles, video, 3D data, etc., all to be multi-tagged. The learning functionalities are for instance quizzes, flash cards, 'drawing on image'-assignments, peer-review, ranking, competition, serious games, etc.
We are considering either Drupal or Moodle to build the platform on, possibly supplemented with a repository system such as DSpace.
We are looking for companies or developers with extensive experience in creating educational applications preferably with both Drupal and Moodle, for advice and possibly for building this platform.
During our investigations so far we heard contradictory views. We would like to hear comments on these views:
- “Moodle is rigid and doesn’t allow developing such varied things as Drupal does”. Others deny this. If so, how does the rigidness of Moodle show? What kind of things cannot be made or done or require far more effort in Moodle, that would be possible (easier) in Drupal?
Drupal is a headache, especially if you have a site that uses a lot of
extensions. And developing in Drupal does require a host of extensions. Moodle
handles updates better due to its stricter OO set-up”. Is this recognizable?
- “Developing learning activities in Drupal is possible but requires 2-3x more development time than in Moodle, because there are far less educational possibilities/extensions in Drupal than Moodle has out of the box”. Is this correct?
- What are important differences in the programming architecture of Drupal vs Moodle?
- Are there any limits to the styling and lay-out of a Moodle based site (asssuming diving in the CSS)?
Thank you for any information!
Leiden University Medical Center, dept. Anatomy & Embryology, Netherlands