I'm new here and doubt if i'm even posting this in the right place.
I came across Moodle when doing a Google search of 'eMinerva'. eMinerva is a student management system for Schools to Vocational and even Higher Education.
I've seen a demo and it seemed pretty good. Then I came across the page in a Moodle forum (which was brought up by the google search) where some people were saying that eMinerva isn't a very good system. Recently someone has added a post saying that it is good (this person works/used to work at eMinerva). At the end of the day it is very hard to get a good idea.
Anyway, the situation that I am in is that I work for a private higher education institution in Australia (ie we deliver BBA's, MBA's etc). I am struggling to find a student management system (SMS) that is suitable for higher education in Australia (that doesn't cost a fortune ie not one that only the Universities can afford to pay for).
Can anyone help with any suggestions? It would be ideal if I could get a list of SMS's out there (with associated price), but there doesn't seem to be any such listing.
At the very least the SMS would be a database which contains student data. Ideally it would have a marketing side to it (similar to a CRM), an alumni module, a student web portal (ie to access grades, submit assignments, obtain materials), act as a document sharing/distribution system, links up with financial system etc etc (ie don't know what else these SMS's should do)
Any help would be much appreciated.