[LON-CAPA-users] Blackboard versus Moodle
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 Kortemeyer, Ph.D.
Michigan State University