[LON-CAPA-users] Blackboard versus Moodle

Gerd Kortemeyer lon-capa-users@mail.lon-capa.org
Thu, 7 Apr 2005 13:58:26 -0400

Here's an interesting little study:


All the considerations regarding how Moodle or Blackboard affect grades 
are of course not very useful, since both are just tools (the only real 
effect of course management tools on grades would result from bugs in 
the grade book). It's how you use the tool that makes the difference, 
and some tools enable more effective use than others - but in this 
study, both systems were basically used for the same purpose.

The idea that Moodle or any other course management tool is "free" is 
also not valid, it costs a lot in training and support to keep any 
system running in production for a considerable number of users.

But what is useful are their other evaluation criteria, i.e., what both 
students and instructors value in a course management systems. How 
would LON-CAPA do on these criteria?

- Gerd.

Gerd Kortemeyer, Ph.D.
Michigan State University