A bit off topic about Moodle

Hello community members,

I know I should ask this question to Moodle forum, but I do know that we have Moodle experts in this forum as well. We are in the process of selecting learning management system, and my boss wants to try Moodle, asking me to do some research.

Just FYI, the latest Moodle version is Moodle 2.2 and the core development team of Moodle made a major change in Moodle 2.x, and does not support backward compatibility. My simple question is regarding Moodle 1.9.14 and Moodle 2.05. Is it an appropriate time to have Moodle 2.0x version or should I wait until Moodle 2.0x has more plug-in and become stable?Moodle 2.0x version does not have the certification plug-in etc....

Which version would you recommend?

19 Replies
Joe Deegan

Hi Sami,

I've experimented with Moodle 2.1 but I am sticking with Moodle 1.9 for now because of all of the customization I have done with plugins etc.  As you mentioned, not all plugins are compatible with Moodle 2 but there are more catching up to Moodle 2 everyday.  For example, the certificate module you mentioned was recently updated for Moodle 2 and is now available.  However, Moodle 2 has some great features not available in Moodle 1.9 and works well if you are not depending on plugins that you have become accustomed to having in Moodle 1.9.  Something to look into before deciding on Moodle 2 is if your server or web host has the latest version of PHP installed.  Most web hosts don't have the version of PHP installed required for the latest releases of Moodle 2.  To sum it up, Moodle 2 is great but I'm not making the upgrade until the modules and plugins I need are available.

Marcel Mihulka

Hi Sami,

I am also currently deciding whether to upgrade to Moodle 2 from 1.9. Ultimately I think it comes down to what you want from your LMS. Decide which features are important to you and see if they are available yet. If you are mainly housing Articulate courses on it and don't need the other features then I would go for 2 as aesthetically it is presented much better and there are more attractive free themes than 1.9.

Joe Deegan

Marcel has a good point.  If you are mainly interested in using Articulate content then you should definitely go straight for Moodle 2.  If you have been using Moodle for a while and have become dependent on custom plugins etc then you might want to wait.  Different strokes for different folks.

David Barnes

I work for Packt Publishing. We have a whole bunch of Moodle books: http://www.packtpub.com/books/moodle

Almost an overwhelming choice, but the most popular all round candidate is Moodle 2 Elearning Course Development: http://www.packtpub.com/moodle-2-0-elearning-course-development/book

I'm not here just to pimp Packt books, but seeing as you asked...

April Edmonds

I'm in the middle of upgrading from 1.9.x to 2.x, having some major heartburn in some areas. All of my Articulate projects that worked in 1.9 now won't launch correctly. I have a support ticket into our Moodle vendor, but they are always slow in responding. So I started looking at how to convert my Articulate projects to .SWF if needed. 

Dave Newgass

April Edmonds said:

I'm in the middle of upgrading from 1.9.x to 2.x, having some major heartburn in some areas. All of my Articulate projects that worked in 1.9 now won't launch correctly. I have a support ticket into our Moodle vendor, but they are always slow in responding. So I started looking at how to convert my Articulate projects to .SWF if needed. 


Hello April,

Dan Mardsen trolls these boards on occassion....he is one of the Moodle SCORM gurus and works on the SCORM module for Moodle.  He has helped me several times.  You may want to PM him for some direction.  I know he is busy, but at times he drops a nugget or two.  You can also find him on the Moodle Forums (SCORM section)

Good luck!,

Dave

Dave Newgass

Pankaj Sharma said:

Features of Moodle 1.9 is better then 2.0 version. Its also much easier to use then 2.0 version.


I think that is purely a matter of opinion and not fact.  I found the transition to have a very small learning curve.  The new features (i.e. conditional settings) are awesome!

If you can Moodle 1.9, you can Moodle 2.0+.

Cheers,

Dave

Kat Fardian

April Edmonds said:

I'm in the middle of upgrading from 1.9.x to 2.x, having some major heartburn in some areas. All of my Articulate projects that worked in 1.9 now won't launch correctly. I have a support ticket into our Moodle vendor, but they are always slow in responding. So I started looking at how to convert my Articulate projects to .SWF if needed. 


I've also just done the upgrade and i'm regretting it hugely!!!! 2.0+ only launches scorm packages as pop ups or in the same window which leaves you with the choice of tiny screens or students who can't work out how to turn off pop ups! I put up my first course and spent the next three weeks trying to teach the computer illiterate how to open the modules. I now have to write up a "how to turn off pop ups" guideline. The biggest problem we are having is that grades and feedback go missing for no reason. I.e. a teacher writes a comment on an assessment and out of the blue its not there a few days later. At first i thought it was our teachers who struggle with computers but it happened with so many different teachers on different operating systems and we cant find out why. It is totally random as far as i can see! So i personally wish i had waited for it to be more stable but the change over from 1.9-2.0 will be a pain so starting with 2.0 might be cleaner. Just beware  

@april - i have got mine working if you want to pm me and pick my brain. Cant promise to help but i'm happy to try!

April Edmonds

Kat P said:

April Edmonds said:

I'm in the middle of upgrading from 1.9.x to 2.x, having some major heartburn in some areas. All of my Articulate projects that worked in 1.9 now won't launch correctly. I have a support ticket into our Moodle vendor, but they are always slow in responding. So I started looking at how to convert my Articulate projects to .SWF if needed. 


I've also just done the upgrade and i'm regretting it hugely!!!! 2.0+ only launches scorm packages as pop ups or in the same window which leaves you with the choice of tiny screens or students who can't work out how to turn off pop ups! I put up my first course and spent the next three weeks trying to teach the computer illiterate how to open the modules. I now have to write up a "how to turn off pop ups" guideline. The biggest problem we are having is that grades and feedback go missing for no reason. I.e. a teacher writes a comment on an assessment and out of the blue its not there a few days later. At first i thought it was our teachers who struggle with computers but it happened with so many different teachers on different operating systems and we cant find out why. It is totally random as far as i can see! So i personally wish i had waited for it to be more stable but the change over from 1.9-2.0 will be a pain so starting with 2.0 might be cleaner. Just beware  

@april - i have got mine working if you want to pm me and pick my brain. Cant promise to help but i'm happy to try!


I got it working some. Apparently when you backup and then restore in 2.2, you have to make some of the settings are the same. It had to do with the TOC being turned on in 1.9 and not in 2.2. Still trying to work out issues, such as certificate works in one but not others. I have one course I am going to just move one piece at a time as a clean move and see if that makes any difference. With 2.2 I do like having the mobile template. I have to work with some groups on making their content more mobile friendly.