MoodleI was wondering if anyone in the group has used Moodle to as a course management system to develop online units or for a complete class?  I understand it is a "free" product and...

Moodle

I was wondering if anyone in the group has used Moodle to as a course management system to develop online units or for a complete class?  I understand it is a "free" product and very popular, but I was curious about the learning curve.

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coachshera eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Moodle

I was wondering if anyone in the group has used Moodle to as a course management system to develop online units or for a complete class?  I understand it is a "free" product and very popular, but I was curious about the learning curve.

Hello Urzula,

 There is definitely a learning curve.  Moodle has a great number of features and capabilities, although, because it is opensource, it can be a bit cumbersome (many steps in uploading, making changes, etc)

My suggestion is to develop all of your content first:

  1. Course outline
  2. Syllabus
  3. Objectives/Expectations
  4. All Content , quizzes, etc
  5. Any web links, videos, etc.

and then get some help your first few times navigating the technology.

It is  wonderful learning platform and students love it!

coachshera eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Moodle is a good system to use.  It is free and works well.  My college considered going to Moodle instead of using Blackboard, but we have stuck with Blackboard thus far.  I like Blackboard's features over Moodle's, but familiarity is probably why I prefer Blackboard. I've worked with it for 7 years. 

I started with Blackboard back in 2002 with a community college and then with a client (we were developing on-line training materials in cross-cultural communications)

There are advantages and disadvantages to both applications. I am finding that Moodle appeals more to Gen. Y. 

troutmiller eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I have been using Moodle with my high school seniors (English class) since school began.  I like it.  I have my assignments on there, links to readings online, links to research for our research paper, quizzes for them to practice before exams, etc.  I also like the discussion forums.  I can ask a question, and each student has to respond on his own before he can view others' responses.  It holds each kid responsible for discussion instead of having 4 kids run the class.

alexb2 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Blackboard has more features but is harder to use. Moodle is free and is open source so in theory, down the road, it could add any feature that Blackboard has. 

Personally I think one-size-fits-all solutions for classrooms are not great, since the web offers so many opportunities to use different technologies where appropriate, and often for free. However I understand why large districts etc. would like to have things standardized. 

kwoo1213 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Moodle is a good system to use.  It is free and works well.  My college considered going to Moodle instead of using Blackboard, but we have stuck with Blackboard thus far.  I like Blackboard's features over Moodle's, but familiarity is probably why I prefer Blackboard. I've worked with it for 7 years. 

coachshera eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I've never heard of Moodle. Can you give us a brief description of what it has to offer?

go to www.moodle. com  Also , I have a complete on-line guide to Moodle course development and navigation that I may be able to share with you.

kwoo1213 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I've never heard of Moodle. Can you give us a brief description of what it has to offer?

 http://moodle.org/

 

kwoo1213 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I personally find Blackboard easy to use.  Blackboard is used by our entire college and everyone who teaches hybrid and/or Internet courses must use Blackboard for standardization.  

coachshera eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I am using Moodle has well. Have you uploaded all your own courses on line, or have you had a  technician help? 

 Any tips for quiz development and uploads?

katemschultz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I've never used Moodle myself, but I have a colleague who has nothing but good things to say about it. He says it's really user friendly.

linda-allen eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I've never heard of Moodle. Can you give us a brief description of what it has to offer?

amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Hum...I will have to look into this...I have never heard of Moodle either. 

karensanchezedd | Student

We use the PLATO PLE lab, which also has curricula set in place. All I do is add the students and assign them a course. Then I choose assignments from the drop down menu. They complete them at home and I can even check their progress online. They take their tests in the school lab.

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