39 – Moodle

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Moodle is an open source learning platform for K12, higher education and workplace training.

Website: moodle.org
Cost: Free. Open source
Availability: Download

Rankings in the previous surveys:

2021: 38 2020: 36 2019: 50 2018: 42 2017: 35 2016: 27 2015: 15 2014: 12
2013: 11 2012: 11 2011: 8 2010: 10 2009: 14 2008: 9 2007: 12

Comments on Moodle in 2022

“It may not be as fancy as other LMSs, but Moodle is solid and has proven to meet our needs. The fact that it is open source is even better.” Online instruction specialist, USA

“Although it pains me to mention it, Moodle is a key platform for my organisation as a Member Association that is responsible for Professional Standards and Education (not a school, college or university).” Rebecca Slingo, General Manager Learning, Australia

“it is open it is improving” Germany

Previous comments on Moodle

“As far as learning management systems/virtual (digital) learning environments are concerned, I am quite ‘agnostic’. Nevertheless, I use Moodle as a teacher for more than ten years now. Several organizations, I work for, are using Moodle. I do use other learning management systems as well, like yOUlearn at the Open University in the Netherlands (based on Liferay). The reason is that I mention Moodle as an example of an LMS/VLE is that a lot of people declared that the LMS/VLE is dead. This declaration is more than 10 years old. However, the LMS/VLE is like Mark Twain.  The report of its death is an exaggeration. Moodle has been in existence for many years and is still the most widely used digital learning environment. It is a bit like a Swiss army knife with attractive functionalities and a lot of configuration possibilities. That is a strength and a pitfall as well.” Wilfred Rubens, E-Learning Advisor, Netherlands, 2021

“It’s a very flexible (if slightly clunky) platform and FREE. Improving all the time” Digital Learning Developer, UK, 2021

“We can’t live without an LMS now – this one has reasonable costs, and huge functionality (And extendability)” Brian Mulligan, Head of Online Learning Innovation, Ireland, 2021

“Not so user friendly… Community of users is growing Meets linguitic needs (non English speakers)” Christine Semard, Distance Learning Specialist, Canada, 2021

“As a teacher I store all my course materials and activities there” Ela, Lecturer, Lithuania, 2021

“I use Moodle as a teacher for more than ten years now. Because the course, that I work for,  uses Moodle. I do use other learning management systems as well.  In 2020 I  used Brightspace and ofcourse yOUlearn an the Open University in the Netherlands (based on Liferay). The reason is that I mention Moodle as an example of an LMS/VLE is that a lot of people declared that the LMS/VLE is dead. This declaration is more than 10 years old. However, the LMS/VLE is like Mark Twain.  The report of its death is an exaggeration. Moodle has been in existence for many years and is still the most widely used digital learning environment. It is a bit like a Swiss army knife with attractive functionalities and a lot of configuration possibilities. That is a strength and a pitfall as well.” Wilfred Rubens, Netherlands, 2020

“Also an open source tool with many possibilities thanks to the large range of plugins. Moodle is our gateway to all materials (learning pathways with Xerte, H5P integration, timetables, parental communication, …” Katrien Bernaerts, coordinator Toll-net, Belgium, 2020

“Used in a couple of different contexts this year as a hub for learning where an LMS model still makes sense.” Ian Gardner, Online Learning and Development Coordinator, Switzerland, 2020

“Moodle is our LMS, it is open source & has a world wide community that assist in its ongoing development.” Steve Batchelder, Learning and Development Officer, UK

“An OK application but it is a little clunky when you put it up against the opposition” Academic Leader, UK, 2020

“I basically do not learn via a Moodle platform, but we use it to deliver our content and courses, and so it is important for me, too.” Learning Consultant, Germany, 2020

Quick Guide to Moodle 

Here you will find some basic guidance and links to resources on how to use Moodle for teaching, training, learning and development.

Moodle has been used both in the workplace and in education for many years now. It was once the leading course/educational management system but over the years it has gradually moved down the list and the new systems have moved up. Although for some it is now a rather clunky, old-fashioned system for others it is still a well regarded learning platform.

Moodle is attractive to many because it is open source and therefore “free”. But it is only free if you provide all the support for it (hosting, customization, administration, etc.) within your company and that costs time and money.

Moodle is a learning platform designed to provide educators, administrators and learners with a single robust, secure and integrated system to create personalised learning environments.  Moodle is quite a feature-full – you can conduct virtual classes, assignments, quizzes, interviews, workshops, wikis, everything at one place. It is therefore complex piece of software so here is some general guidance on using Moodle.

Here’s a complete video guide to Moodle.

Further resources

Note: Moodle was originally built to suit academic course management needs, so there is not much in Moodle specific for corporate training. A new variant, called Totara, has been redesigned for the enterprise market.


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