Need help with LMS decision....is Moodle that great?

Greetings fantastic elearning Heroes and Heroes in training! I need to pick your wealth of experience as related to LMS options.  Right now all of the buzz with Open source is Moodle.  I've never had any experience with Moodle but all the articles discuss how easy it is...am I missing something?  The website is super confusing and it seems I need more developer skills than I have to understand?  I am thinking that I may be overlooking something with Moodle, but at this point I have not been able to effectively launch this on my computer.  I wanted to get your thoughts on which systems you have used both proprietary and open source.  Which ones would you recommend?   

I'm researching like crazy and trying to demo as much as I can, but would like to get the perspective of users.

Much appreciated for your time!!!

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himmat singh

If you need any professional help with Moodle, please feel free to contact us.

We are Moodle Certified Service Providers since 2005. We have enabled Moodle LMS for educators, corporates, entrepreneurs as well as government and non-govt. entities.

Himmat Singh

Ballistic Learning Pvt. Ltd.

www.ballisticlearning.com

Atul Shetty

I know this post is now pretty old and moodle has just released their latest version (2.9), but i think ill answer anyway :) Moodle is like Jazz ! you may not like it at first but once you get used to it you start appreciating it. Just like Jazz the customization options are limitless especially if you try to integrate Moodle with another platform, for example integrating Moodle with WordPress can be an interesting proposition. However, Moodle is not for every one - I would say it is more popular in the educational sector rather than the corporate world. I have implemented/ used moodle for staff education at my workplace for 6 years and it worked pretty well but it required certain amount of web development to make it work exactly like we wanted it to.  So if you can afford a commercial LMS go for it, unless you are happy to customize etc. or live with the vanilla version.

It will be interesting to see what Articulate changes in Articulate online, considering Adobe Prime was recently launched. One of the the missing pieces in Articulate online system is the flexibility to accept SCORM packages developed in a non articulate authoring tool, i am sure this minor change will make several people happy, oh and yes social learning, mobile learning, event driven learning would be good to have too  :D

 

John roberts

Hi Sarah,

Moodle LMS is the world’s most popular and most used learning management system. Why? Because the Moodle Learning Management System is a flexible, open source, and free to download learning management solution. With 68 million users and 55,000 Moodle sites deployed worldwide, Moodle is a user-friendly eLearning platform that serves the learning and training needs of people from all types of organizations.

Today, Moodle is used by organizations of all shapes and sizes and in sectors beyond education. Most commonly, Moodle is used by businesses, corporations, hospitals and non-profits for online learning, training and in some cases extended business processes.

It is a great tool that I would recommend to most people. It takes some pills and time to read manuals etc. but works really well when you understand it. In order to overcome the hurdles, you should try BeetSol, which is a fully featured SCORM compliant LMS that provides the infrastructure for enterprise training and management needs. The platform is based on Moodle, so it has all features and plugins that Moodle does (~1,300), and on top, it is super easy to use! Definitely worth a try!

Thanks,

John.