Anyone out there seen or heard tell of such a spreadsheet? I'd like to get my hands on it because we are seriously considering Moodle, but I'd like to understand the costs of that decision before we make the jump. Additionally, comparing it to a commercial implementation would be helpful in our decision making process.
I appreciate any help you can give.
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With all respect, there is no clever way for calculating "The Best":
- Just calculate your cost for a webserver,(two webservers? three?.. balancing the load???) the backup systems, all the necessary support and not to forget the internet traffic cost for your students, add the cost for training all the teachers, the always hidden overhead for running a technical AND educational support department, the always underestimated hours for all the expected changes to make for integrating the VLE in your ICT-organisation times the price / hour...
- with every step consider the question: buy or hire?
- then the question buy a license or choose free open source will only be a very very very small part of the total cost of ownership.
To give an example: it makes a big difference if you decide that the teachers get extra paid for creating courses or that you declare that it is part of their normal (already paid) job.
No, I haven't really created the LMS spreadsheet attributed to me...other than an informal vendor comparison the the top four CMS vendors. There was no formal RFP process. We did, however, have vendor demonstrations, but was nearly 3 years ago. I'm afraid that information is too old to be of value.
On the other hand, I lead a group that conducted a LOR RFP & evaluation on behalf of the North Carolina Community College System and other NC partnering organizations. I can provide the RFP as that is a public document but can not share any evaluation information.
If you want to talk about Moodle, give me a call, 919-807-7061,
Hi Bill, I'm Brazilian physics teacher in University of Sao Paulo.
I am researching the implementation of LMS systems for teaching and I wonder what was the cost of implementation of moodle? Why did you choose Moodle as a platform and not Blackboard, Fronter or other platform?