I know there's a "Moodle for Business" course but it isn't nearly as active as this forum. Hopefully I can get some good input here.
My employer is looking at implementing an e-learning solution and we're considering Moodle vs. a commercial product. My department (customer training) is pushing Moodle; the other departments are pushing this commercial product (www.trainingmine.com).
I implemented and used Moodle for a company I worked for in 2002-2003 and it worked great for customer training. However, this project is much bigger, and for both internal employee training and for external customer training.
My push for Moodle is based on:
- cost reasons (figure less than $10,000 over 3 years for Moodle and $60,000 for the commercial product)
- Flexibility - if we want to add features, we can do it as we wish
- CMS - I also need to replace a customer-only website that includes downloads, calendars, news, etc.
- Pay courses - I eventually want to offer paid subscription courses.
- Features - Moodle seems to have more testing and assessment features.
What we need is:
1) The ability to separate customers from employees. Customers shouldn't be able to see corporate training items. I believe I would need a mod to Moodle for this.
2) The ability to put people on certain learning paths. IE, there is a path for manufacturing, a path for engineering, a path for marketing etc. However, some of the courses may be for several or all groups.
3) Useful reporting. I want managers to be able to see who in their group has/hasn't taken a specific course; who needs to take a course; the percentage of people that have passed this course, taken a certain course. I'd also like email alerts that tell the employee, customer, manager that a requirement is due.
The problem is, our IT staff is convinced that a Moodle implemention will be much more time and resource intensive than a commercial product. With Moodle, we'll go with either ClassroomRevolution or Remote-Learner so there will be no install required onsite. We'll need input for our theme (which is a big plus in my opinion) and we'll also need them to install the CMS and a mod to handle separating customers from employees. Besides that, and the fact that since we have a CMS, we'll need to add content, I don't see how Moodle would take so much more to implement. Am I missing something here?
I don't want to be the guy that pushes for Moodle, just to find out it really won't work for what we want to do. The problem is, I really don't know unless I build a demo site and take the time to populate it. It was fine for a small customer site 2 years ago, but this is a much larger undertaking.
So seriously, how does Moodle stack up against commercial corporate elearning products in relation to time to implement, ease of use, and features?
One other plus going for the commercial site is that it has built-in content for safety training - which is big for our company. That is free content that we can use out of the box. I haven't been able to find anyone else that would provide safety and hazmat type training content.
Comments, opinions, ideas?