Moodle

Moodle

Free, open-source LMS for educators, admins & learners

4.2/5 (968 reviews)

Moodle Overview

Moodle is a free, online Learning Management system enabling educators to create their own private website filled with dynamic courses that extend learning, any time, anywhere.

With over 10 years of development guided by social constructionist pedagogy, Moodle delivers a powerful set of learner-centric tools and collaborative learning environments that empower both teaching and learning.

The Moodle project is well-supported by an active international community, a team of dedicated full-time developers and a network of certified Moodle Partners. Driven by open collaboration and great community support, the project continues to achieve rapid bug fixes and improvements, with major new releases every six months. Come moodle with us in our community forums!

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Markets

Canada, Europe, United States

Supported Languages

English

Moodle Reviews

Overall rating
4.2/5
81% positive reviews
395
Excellent
387
Very good
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Average
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An easy and practical virtual way for distance education

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/03/07
Review Source: Capterra

Moodle, allows to offer an exchange space in activities for learning, these can be online or as a support for content management without using the web interface, also through the platform you can create private forums to stimulate discussions online or used as the main interface to perform exams and assessments.

Pros

This tool is also designed in free software is a multimedia program that explores the way to generate virtual ways of quality distance education through its virtual environments, the tool is one of the most used for this type of tasks or activities one of its positive elements is in creating private virtual environments where a group of students with their teacher interact online, which after defining the role of administrator capable of creating subjects and administrator, with the role of teacher with permission or without permissions allows to generate the educational base necessary to fulfill a course. Another positive aspect is the ease of making or creating questionnaires by subjects to facilitate the teaching-learning process and the different evaluative uses necessary to assess the student's progress.

Cons

The tool presents standardized content which prevents differentiating the treatment between advanced and regular students, as well as presenting differentiated content since when the group is created a signature and the access role all share the information according to the profile held by the participants, as to the interface this is not very friendly with the students since it does not have an iconography that facilitates the identification of the different options besides the menus are not intuitive that does not generate a pattern of habit on the actions within the program. layout is similar to a normal blog something that in my opinion could be improved to take more advantage of the online application.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
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Likelihood to recommend

8.0/10

Flexible for designers, teachers and students

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/01/10
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

As an online learning designer, Moodle is a fantastic tool because it integrates multiple options for learning and collaboration between both on and off campus students. It is incredibly flexible with a plethora of both simple and advanced features which can be integrated at a teacher’s preference, and the entire teaching experience can be run through the system. It’s agile enough to integrate with multiple external software systems so is less restrictive than some LMS systems.
The interface can be configured to suit individual institutions or teaching and allows a teacher to monitor all activity.
As a course designer, Moodle Analytics are extremely valuable because I can see exactly what parts of the course are being accessed, how often, and if they are being completed. This allows me to know if individual components of the course are beneficial to learning or if it needs changing or replacing, without the risk of violating student or institution privacy.
When working for an institution that is a Moodle partner, I like the opportunity to help shape Moodle’s future by offering submissions direct to the designers.

Cons

Whenever updates for Moodle are released (six monthly) there are always some problems with existing content, especially with non-standard features that have been designed exclusively for a course or institution. Sometimes they are not immediately evident and can cause issues during the teaching period.
Moodle is a very large, powerful system, so it can take considerable time to understand it well enough to be confident designing and teaching courses. Also, if support staff are not on hand it can be difficult to resolve issues or find ways to integrate special requests from teachers.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
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Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10

Moodle has been one of the best tools I have ever implemented in my high school courses!

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/07/30
Review Source: Capterra

I think I stated most if not all the benefits in the "pro" section.

It's a great time saver once courses are set up.
I can see the stats on my students' involvement with the various parts of it.
I can cut down paper work by having files submitted electronically.
I can use rubrics of my own design to quickly grade programming assignments
I can mark up PDF submissions on the screen to give feedback.
I can moderate discussions and teach students how to speak in a forum setting.
I can provide more opportunities for students to think and produce more creatively.
I can enjoy creating my own materials!

Pros

Moodle allows me to provided a blended learning environment for my students. I use it for AP Statistics, AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles, and Integrated Math 1. I can post assignment schedules, additional readings, links to off-site materials, etc. just as I did in my web pages in the past. However, it also allows me to assign "lessons" that my students do interactively online, discussion boards where they have to write their thoughts coherently, and assignments where students upload files for me to review and grade.

It has become an important communication tool for me to use with both students and parents outside school hours. No student can say they forgot their book at school or don't remember the assignment because texts and assignments are online in Moodle. Parents can see what their students are doing in my class academically and not just the grades they receive.

Moodle has become more important to my teaching than the textbook. All resources can be found in one place and students can interact with the materials, each other, and me in class and outside class.

We have even implemented a computer lab and device reservation system for teachers in Moodle which has saved our librarians a ton of hours of work each week.

Cons

Moodle is not intuitive to the novice. It took some time for me to learn how to use its many features and implement them well. I have been doing this for at least 8 years, but I am still learning more about the system and its capabilities.

As the server administrator, doing upgrades has always been problematic. I don't think an upgrade has ever gone smoothly. The reason I stick with it is because I haven't found a LMS that can offer me as much as Moodle. Plus, it's free and we can run it in-house.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Vashi T.

Moodle as a student and administrator

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2018/03/03
Review Source: SoftwareAdvice

There is not really any cons about Moodle. It is a highly satisfying product that is worth a try.

Pros

First: It is free!

As a student: it has easy navigation, provides a dashboard with all the related courses currently enrolled, it has a calendar on the right highlighting all the upcoming submission dates. It also notifies us about the upcoming events the lecture has set. All the information are arranged in a neat format. It shows the online users. It has portfolio option, makes it easy to keep track of all our works. It also has email facilities so we can email other users.

As an administrator: There is so many features incorporated in Moodle! The teacher has the power to design the moodle course in however way they want: It integrates SCORM packages, documents, videos, links, quiz, different grading systems (average/individual) and the grade history of the students on the platform. The teacher also has the flexibility to program when to make one lesson visible (by presetting the time and date), when to close assignment submission past deadline automatically, or to create specific forums and events. One can use moodle to run a class or to act as a learning repertoire. There is also the option to add a chat room for a particular lesson. What I also appreciate is the feature to monitor course participation and activity log report of students. By including keys to the lessons, we can control who we give access to the contents on the forum. Thus it can either be open contents or private. The power lies in the hands of the administrator.

Cons

The chat feature should be an in-built feature rather than a pop-out screen available only when the administrator adds it as part of a lesson.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10
Pamela A.

Moodle LMS - Administrator and Trainer Point of View

Reviewed on 2015/02/26
Review Source: SoftwareAdvice

Pros

There are lots and lots of resources for help. Almost every page on the Moodle site has a link at the bottom of it taking you to the specific documentation of what you are working with. Moodle has a huge community of worldwide users that are extremely responsive to user forums, so help is literally a couple of clicks away.

Moodle is easy to figure out, even if you have never used and LMS. The site I currently administrate is at http://classes.ala.org. As you land on the homepage, you will see the list of our different divisions who offer online courses. We do this using the categories feature, allowing each of our separate divisions to be represented on the single ALA site. What you might also notice is that the login for the site is a convenient eyebrow link. If you click it, there are a variety of options for setting up your own guest credentials in addition to signing in with your official credentials granted by one of the administrators.

Most user issues are simple to troubleshoot. Moodle's no nonsense layout and intuitive interaction makes it pretty straightforward to figure out user issues. Error messages tell you specifically what a problem is in plain English (or whatever language you want to set up). Most user problems are rights related in the system.

Moodle allows you to restore previous courses into new courses. The backup and restore feature pretty much does everything for you. Take out the user data from a backup and you can restore the previous version of a course into a brand new course with very little downtime.

Cons

Version 1.9 requires an older version of Java running in order to use the wysiwyg html editor (something that comes in handy for the introduction to the course and each section/Topic for the course) -- a version of Java is required, that if you are on Windows 7, has security issues that your Network Admin is probably blocking.

The workaround not having an html editor is to open your web content editor (we have Drupal and Dreamweaver) and then paste the code into the setting fields. It is not difficult to do, just inconvenient. I am sure the current version 2.6 has this capability and more that we are waiting to upgrade to.
You have to dig a bit to get to the settings and permissions for specific activities. For example, a common user issue is with Student access to a forum. It is not obvious that some forums are specifically for teacher announcements (meaning that students aren't able to respond, just read the announcements). By the time I get issue, the course creator has a dozen or so forums setup with participants already subscribed, which means that it is easier for me to go into each forum and override the native rights. When you have scores of courses running each containing a dozen or more forums that each need to have permissions touched, it is a lot of work from the admin point of view. The lighter side is that with the proper training, or sandbox playing, creators can discover this nuance before its' too late.
The native chat activity doesn't really work in version 1.9. We use FlashChat by Host123 when our course leaders need a course chat room.
In version 1.9, there is not a lot of wiggle room in changing the look and feel of the courses. You can add, subtract and move blocks around, you can assign a theme, but it is not the most modern look and feel.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend

8.0/10

Moodle Pricing

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Free
Open Source
Value for money

Moodle is provided freely as Open Source software, under the GNU General Public License. Anyone can adapt, extend or modify Moodle for both commercial and non-commercial projects without any licensing fees and benefit from the cost-efficiencies, flexibility and other advantages of using Moodle.

Moodle Features

  • Activity Dashboard
  • Assessment Management
  • Calendar Management
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Catalog
  • Customizable Branding
  • Progress Tracking

  • API
  • Activity Tracking
  • Attendance Management
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Communication Management
  • Customizable Reporting
  • Data Import/Export
  • Learning Management
  • Records Management
  • Registration Management
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Self Service Portal
  • Time & Attendance Tracking

Additional information for Moodle

Key features of Moodle

  • All-in-one calendar
  • Bulk course creation and easy backup
  • Collaborative tools and activities
  • Convenient file management
  • Customisable site design and layout
  • Detailed reporting and logs
  • Embed external resources
  • Multilingual
  • Multimedia support
  • Multiple progress tracking options
  • Notifications and automatic alerts
  • Outcomes and rubrics
  • Peer and self assessment
  • Personalised dashboard
  • Regular security updates
  • Role & permission management
  • Secure authentication and mass enrolment
  • Simple add-ons and plugin management
  • Simple and intuitive text editor
  • Supports open standards

Benefits

A simple interface, drag-and-drop features, and well-documented resources along with ongoing usability improvements make Moodle easy to learn and use.

The Moodle project’s open-source approach means that Moodle is continually being reviewed and improved on to suit the current and evolving needs of its users.

Moodle’s multilingual capabilities ensure there are no linguistic limitations to learning online. The Moodle community has translated Moodle into more than 95 languages (and counting) so users can easily localise their Moodle site, along with plenty of resources, support and community discussions available in various languages.

Moodle provides the most flexible tool-set to support both blended learning and 100% online courses. Configure Moodle by enabling or disabling core features, and easily integrate everything needed for a course using its complete range of built-in features, including external collaborative tools such as forums, wikis, chats and blogs.

Because it is open-source, Moodle can be customised in any way and tailored to individual needs. Its modular set up and interoperable design allows developers to create plugins and integrate external applications to achieve specific functionalities. Extend what Moodle does by using freely available plugins and add-ons - the possibilities are endless!

Committed to safeguarding data security and user privacy, security controls are constantly being updated and implemented in Moodle development processes and software to protect against unauthorised access, data loss and misuse. Moodle can be easily deployed on a private secure cloud or server for complete control.

Moodle is web-based and so can be accessed from anywhere in the world. With a default mobile-compatible (soon to be responsive) interface and cross-browser compatibility, content on the Moodle platform is easily accessible and consistent across different web browsers and devices.

Access extensive Moodle documentation and user forums in multiple languages, free content and courses shared by Moodle users across the world, as well as hundreds of plugins and add-ons contributed by a large global community.

Moodle FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Moodle.

Q. What type of pricing plans does Moodle offer?

Moodle offers the following pricing plans:

Pricing model: Free, Open Source

Free Trial: Not Available

Moodle is provided freely as Open Source software, under the GNU General Public License. Anyone can adapt, extend or modify Moodle for both commercial and non-commercial projects without any licensing fees and benefit from the cost-efficiencies, flexibility and other advantages of using Moodle.

Q. What are the main features of Moodle?

Moodle offers the following features:

  • All-in-one calendar
  • Bulk course creation and easy backup
  • Collaborative tools and activities
  • Convenient file management
  • Customisable site design and layout
  • Detailed reporting and logs
  • Embed external resources
  • Multilingual
  • Multimedia support
  • Multiple progress tracking options
  • Notifications and automatic alerts
  • Outcomes and rubrics
  • Peer and self assessment
  • Personalised dashboard
  • Regular security updates
  • Role & permission management
  • Secure authentication and mass enrolment
  • Simple add-ons and plugin management
  • Simple and intuitive text editor
  • Supports open standards

Q. Who are the typical users of Moodle?

Moodle has the following typical customers:

Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Public Administrations, Small Business

Q. What languages does Moodle support?

Moodle supports the following languages:

English

Q. What type of pricing plans does Moodle offer?

Moodle has the following pricing plans:

Free, Open Source

Q. Does Moodle support mobile devices?

Moodle supports the following devices:

Android, iPhone, iPad

Q. What other apps does Moodle integrate with?

Moodle integrates with the following applications:

BigBlueButton, Campus Cafe, Capabiliti, Collegix, EMPOWER SIS, PowerVista RollCall, STARS, Whatfix, WizIQ, WizIQ Virtual Classroom

Q. What level of support does Moodle offer?

Moodle offers the following support options:

FAQs, Forum, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials