50 – Moodle

Moodle continues its fall down the list – a further 8 places this year – now at its lowest position on the list

Moodle is an open source course management system.

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

Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning 2019: 
Top 100 Tools for Workplace Learning 2019: 44
Top 100 Tools for Higher Education 2019: 16

Past Overall Rankings
2018: 42.   2017: 35    2016: 27   2015: 15    2014: 12   2013: 11
2012: 11    2011: 8     2010: 10    2009: 14    2008: 9     2007:12

Comment from those who selected Moodle as one of their Top 10 Tools in 2019

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

“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

“Moodle is a very versatile VLE which allows you to build interactive content for learners as well as sharing resources. I particularly like the blog, wiki and discussion forum elements.” Lecturer, UK

“Moodle is built for e-learning form the ground up. It is open source and free with lots of additional plug ins to enhance the user experience.” Course Creator, USA

“We use Moodle in school to make practice in languages and maths easier and we use it to do digital tests.” Teacher Trainer, Netherlands

“Since coming across Moodle I have created a Staff CPD hub. I have worked with in-house knowledge experts to create online content for our CPD hub and our ILT champ has designed digital badges that staff can earn upon completion of a course. Who doesn’t love a digital badge?” Learning & Development Coordinator, UK

“My favourite LMS:)” Team Manager, Spain

“Stability. Just keeps on working and reliable.” Manager Professional Development, Australia

Previous comments

“I use Moodle as a teacher for more than ten years now. But it’s the first time that I mentioned Moodle in my top 10. The reason is that I use Moodle currently as a project manager as well (every day). 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, 2018

“Future’s school right now” Maruta Dreimane, Primary/secondary school teacher, Latvia

“We have a Moodle course for each year group in school; each course has links to any websites that we use in class so students can investigate further themselves if they wish. VLEs are sometimes criticised for being no more than ‘filing cabinets’; I would argue what useful filing cabinets they are – containing resources chosen by teachers for their students all in one organised place. For example we see that in the run up to examinations the relevant Moodle courses receive hundreds of hits as everything students need was available, not only syllabus information and papers but worked examples that we have uploaded. It is also of course possible to use forums and quizzes on a VLE and being a secure site for the school we can include information intended for our students only.” Colleen Young, Primary/Secondary (K12) teacher, USA, 2016

“People tend to forget how awesome Moodle is. I liked the 3.1 upgrade very much.” Stefan Van der Velde, Online learning facilitator, Belgium, 2016

“still the most used LMS at Universities, extremely structured, well-thought-out tool for all purposes which occur when working with students in a still traditionally organised institution” Annette Leeb, e-learning developer, Germany, 2016

“this is the mother of all learning Web content. The new user interface makes it the No. one tool. No other LMS is so flexible and reliable over the years.” Guido Hornig, Online learning facilitator, Germany, 2016

“Not my favourite but lots of educational organisations use it.” e-learning developer, Rwanda, 2016

“It’s free and hugely customisable. Accepts Scorm packages, zip files and a multitude of file types.” Steve Adams, Trainer/Instructor, UK, 2016

“to deliver online and blended learning courses at university level” Lynnette Kissoon, Canada, 2016

“lots of ways of using to scaffold learning” Rachel Burnham, 2015
“flexible, complete and for any kind of organisation| Gemma Lesterhuis, 2015

“great platform for housing course work and even better for collecting student work” Justine Poldevin, 2014
“you can download your own onto your machine” brilliant, 2014

“b-learning for all my subjects and language classes” 2013
“Another great LMS. Open source and widely used+developed”  Shakir Ahmad 2013
“I have a course for every year group in the school, this provides resources students can access at home”  Colleen Young 2013
“as an e-learning platform”
“my organisation’s LMS”  Zifang Su 2013
“Our School’s LMS, I put everything there and the quizzes are great”  Jason de Nys 2013
“VLE used with my students, also part of my M.Sc. Research Study”  Mark Rollins 2013

Pre-2013 comments

“it’s a great LMS, plus it’s free” Henrique Rabello

“I teach my own online courses using this. Very stable and easy to use”. Carol Cooper Taylor

“Moodle is the CMS in our Institute, but I also use it to organise groups and provide support” Brian Mulligan

“Who ever thought I’d own my own virtual learning environment? Moodle is much better than Blackboard, which is amazing considering the time and money the latter have had to come up with something better. The software continues to improve, although it’s already got everything I can think of” Clive Shepherd

“Moodle has to be my learning environment of choice. None of them are perfect, but Moodle is by far the simplest to use and is designed by people who understand pedagogy not just technology. It is open source and customisable, to the extent it can look like a slick company intranet as easily as a VLE for hundreds of thousands of students.” Helen Whitehead

“Every time I use the environment with learners I experience the quality and the many options of this learning environment. I like the didactical ideas behind the environment and if it matching your own model it will be a winner! Powerful learning experiences are within the reach of every creative learning designer and learner.” Marcel de Leeuwe

“the most popular, the most customizable, the most community driven VLE in existence” Mary Cooch