Mark DuBois and Brandy Thatcher demonstrated their Moodle sites as part of ICC’s course management system needs assessment process. Here are some notes I captured during the demo, specifically highlights of the features of Moodle. If desired, we could gather comparative information on the features of Moodle and Blackboard. If you are a current Blackboard or Moodle user who would want to compare the features for us, please let me know!
- SCORM Content: (Sharable Content Object Reference Model). Not sure what this is? Check out the Wikipedia entry to get started with learning more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharable_Content_Object_Reference_Model
- Workshop – like peer and instructor review with feedback functions
- Lessons – organized content with tracking and reporting
- Activities – assignments, chat, feedback/voting/reporting, forums, glossaries, quizzes, surveys, wikis
- Resources – books, files, folders, URL’s
- Display views – for desktop, mobile devices
- Questions from participants:
- How about the gradebook? Displays name, email address, scores, individual grade reports; allows for download and importing items; can navigate among classes in gradebook view; allows rapid grading with rubrics and copy and paste comments
- Does Moodle require more tech skill? Yes & No. Can build a course with the base environment; text box editor and tools provided; but somewhat steeper learner curve if advanced content is used; but a standard among web professionals, teaching web tech, students in web tech
- In-line editing of content (although single column display and scrolling necessary is somewhat frustrating at times)
- Lessons – tracking reports amount of time spent in the lesson, number of questions completed, lesson statistics, and allows for embedded questions
- Participants – displays last access, other courses in which user is enrolled, activity report
- Side columns – displays Announcements, Twitter badge, course resources
- Grading summary – # of submissions, last modified, grade
Mark DuBois is willing to set up a user account for anyone who is interested in logging in to the test site in Moodle. Contact Mark, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
ICC will also offer a demonstration of Desire2Learn led by representatives from Parkland College. Details of the D2L demo are not yet finalized. Stay tuned to email for an announcement.
Questions or additional follow-up on the course management system needs assessment? Contact Patrice at email@example.com