Thankyou Collin for your reply. It’s much appreciated.
Many schools are not sure what to do in this time of crisis. The Moodle community can make a huge difference to these schools as well as the Moodle brand by offering them some clarity on their choices. Many of them are searching this forum for answers since the comparisons offered on Google search appears to me to be light-weight and paid promotional reviews that in my experience confuses one even more.
Here are some of my conclusions at a big picture level, without going into much detail. Moodle creates COURSES. Google creates CLASSROOMS. The difference is quite significant.
Moodle courses are mapped out accordingly to the curriculum. It gives a forward and backward view of learning activities
, resources and progress of learners and teachers against the syllabus and learning plan. Courses can be exported and used year after year and Its automation takes huge pressure of the teachers.
Google classroom creates classrooms in social media format, where you can view one or two classes at a time. You can export a class but not a course. The teacher needs to be actively involved all the time, this creates extra work and additional pressure on teachers. Historically this has been one of the major objections to e Learning at schools.
Google classroom has no LMS administrator. Moodle is better at institutional oversight of learners and teachers by departmental and academic heads. With google classroom this is virtually impossible. A school of 800 learners have roughly 200 classes PER DAY to monitor and manage. But with Moodle you only have roughly 35 COURSES PER ANNUM to monitor and manage on the same scenario.
Moodle can bulk upload
learners and teachers and automatically assign them to courses groups and cohorts. So, you can even track who has never used the system and follow up on that. In Google classroom the learner needs to join individual classes and if they don’t you can’t track it.
Eventually schools will need to scale up and Google Classroom users will have upgrade to a proper LMS of some sort. That means learners and teachers will have to get used to new system yet again. This creates huge resistance against any new system.
So, it’s better for the school to start as they mean to carry on and use a proper LMS to begin with. Google Classroom may be the quickest and easiest entry into e learning for a school , it will soon turn into massive burden for teachers and lose support e learning, perhaps forever. Any proper LMS will be a better choice than Google Classroom.
Many object that Moodle is ugly and difficult to use. I believe that my organisation has solved that problem. See for yourself http://nextgenlms.co.za/
I will add more critical differences, if other members of the community also make a constructive input.
Regards Leon Rossouw