Online Learning Update

March 2, 2013

Online learning and Moodle: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:08 am

by Jonathon Narvey, Tech Vibes

“Moodle has become mainstream,” Martin Dougiamas said. “Maybe it’s even a bit old hat. Why are people choosing it now? A few reasons. It’s free and that’s a big one. Free to experiment with. It’s flexible. Personal. Open. You can take it and make it your own. You build it, you own it. The data is yours. And the actual code is open. You can look at it and know what’s going on.” So, Moodle seems to have the edge on other LMS’ because open source is hot. Makes sense. For colleges and companies that don’t want to pay licensing fees, open source is cheaper—plus they’re not held hostage to proprietary solutions that may not offer the functionality they need or the security of knowing that the solution will be around in five to 10 years. For bigger organizations that need to build out these systems years in advance, that’s a big advantage. But Moodle has also been around long enough that Dougiamas can see where his LMS is not quite living up to its potential. Or, at least, its user base isn’t. “Moodle is not used well. We think 80% of teachers use 20% of the features. That’s just an educated guess… though I can tell you that probably 90% of my time is spent on the 80% you’re not using,” he adds with a little chuckle.

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