Author Box
Articles Categories
All Categories
Articles Resources

Which Learning Management System (LMS) to Use - Moodle or Blackboard?

January 01, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 269

When educational designers are thinking about using a learning management (LMS) platform, they often immediately think of choosing between Blackboard and Moodle. What's the difference between the two?

Blackboard is a market leader in educational course management online. It is a system that many major universities around the world use, and the system is gradually improving, allowing more flexibility in course management. A new LMS is Moodle. It is an open-source system that emerged out of a PhD dissertation of an Australia student, Martin Dougiamas. The acronym stands for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment.

As an open source program, Moodle has a vibrant online community that supports the maintenance and growth of this Learning Management System. You may think that Moodle is unstable or has lots of variation. There are some bugs within it, but the fact that many universities and companies around the world are adopting it as their platform to teach e-Courses shows how far that is has become accepted by big business.

Now a lot of advisors sit on the fence when making recommendations. Those that don't seldom declare their interests. From my own view, using these tools over the last 15 years as a curriculum writer for RMIT University, a Learning Advisor to the University of Melbourne, as a coordinator of Clinical education at the University of Queensland and as a postgraduate student at the Melbourne Business School, I would choose Moodle.

Moodle vs Blackboard

Blackboard is used by many universities. It is a good, solid reliable system. As a pioneer in the field and having a large market share, Blackboard can be trusted as a reliable, relatively easy to use system (more so for students than administrators). In my experience, it has not really crashed and is well maintained, though clunky and cumbersome to use as an administrator. I've never had any system collapses.

This all sounds good. The reason I would recommend Moodle are three main ones:

Firstly, accessibility. Moodle is incredibly easy to use and set up. For this reason it can be quickly set up within an organization, and infrastructure and control of systems are maintained by you. After a quick installation, your in-house team can configure and vary a lot of the Moodle features to suit your team. In my experience, blackboard is not as malleable.Secondly, rate of development. As an open source based program, Moodle is continually evolving. One great aspect for companies is that they can sell their products, include such features as PayPal.Finally, cost. To set up Moodle is free, while Blackboard operates on license. If you are paying for Blackboard, you have some guarantee. However, there is a lot of online literature for support for Moodle users - even better, it is being constantly updated. This is good for everyone-employees, developers, and managers.

From my perspective, Blackboard is great. For all round versatility, though, Moodle wins.

Dr. Brendan Moloney is an author, writer, and expert in Technical Writing.

Dr. Moloney was formerly an in-house advisor on language, learning and academic skills to the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Melbourne. He conducted undergraduate and post-graduate workshops on Technical Writing in various faculties including Information Technology and Mechanical Engineering. He has consulted to various industries in technical writing, predominantly in mining and engineering.

Darlo Technical Writing provides consulting, training and services in professional, business, web, and technical writing.

For further information on current workshops and training sessions, visit the company at

Source: EzineArticles
Was this Helpful ?

Rate this Article

Article Tags:

Learning Management


Management System


Learning Management System


System Lms

A speech is similar to an essay, except that a speech is meant to be spoken, while an essay is meant to be read. If you wish to write a great speech that will impress your audience till the end and

By: Denize Rodricks l Writing & Speaking > Writing l December 07, 2012 lViews: 253

The ability to writing great headlines hold the key to getting people to read your article or sales copy - whether you publish it online, send as email or even print it on a magazine. Learn how you

By: Prince John l Writing & Speaking > Creative Writing l July 10, 2012 lViews: 245

Unemployment rate in India has been one of the most terrible problems that it has been facing since its independence. Corruption and crime has increase manifold due to the unemployment factor.

By: Vaibhav P. Bhadange l Writing & Speaking > Creative Writing l July 10, 2012 lViews: 382

Four out of five adults say they have a book inside them. Only two percent actually write and publish their masterpiece. Talk is cheap. Just do it!

By: Ted Bowman l Writing & Speaking > Creative Writing l July 09, 2012 lViews: 216

You have wanted to see your book in print for years and now, thanks to self-publishing, you reached this goal. Now you must market your book, an uphill climb for any author, especially a new one.

By: Harriet Hodgson l Writing & Speaking > Book Marketing l July 08, 2012 lViews: 240

Choosing the right creative writing program could compensate for copywriting in businesses, although, it is a whole different course subject. By being successful in such a competitive industry you

By: Edward Joseph l Writing & Speaking > Creative Writing l July 06, 2012 lViews: 220

It's important to realise that for the French in particular the quality of the language is very important. In English quite often there is a casual attitude to the grammar used (how often do you hear

By: Natalie Eastaughl Writing & Speaking > Technical Writingl June 13, 2012 lViews: 178

Technical Documents on line (TDOL) are used to support more than 10,000 Army Equipment Support Publications. As well as a considerable number for the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force, so that over

By: Natalie Eastaughl Writing & Speaking > Technical Writingl June 13, 2012 lViews: 185

While writing is for everybody, technical writing can only be done by the trained ones. People who can do different forms of technical writing, such as business and academic, can make productive use

By: April Dee Barredol Writing & Speaking > Technical Writingl June 12, 2012 lViews: 173

In the early parts of the 1900's, the American Psychological Association created and established the now-called APA writing format. The APA format features a series of writing guidelines that writers

By: Marco Lastl Writing & Speaking > Technical Writingl May 26, 2012 lViews: 160

Writing good academic texts, e.g. articles for scientific journals or international conferences, is hard work. A part of that tedious work can made much easier if you receive help with the formatting

By: Kent Lofgrenl Writing & Speaking > Technical Writingl May 13, 2012 lViews: 188

Commas are confusing because they are used in many ways. However, the basic principle to using commas is simple: Use commas to separate clauses and phrases within sentences that have their own

By: David Bowmanl Writing & Speaking > Technical Writingl May 08, 2012 lViews: 203