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March 11th 2008 - Latest document from LMS review at Canterbury

It has been really hard to find current material that compares Moodle 1.9 with WebCT/Bb 6.2. Most stuff is older. And Bb 6.2 has locked itself down more thant webCT4 so sucking stuff out is in an encrypted zip file format.

Version One: 11th March 2008 - Media:StaffComparison10.pdf Overview of the main features of WebCT-Blackboard 6.2 and Moodle 1.9: from a staff perspective. The podcast: [UCTV link] This is a summary document to accompany presentations to staff in March 2008 as part of the LMS review process. It has been designed to allow some comparison of the two LMS systems in key areas that may be relevant to lecturers.

Update: 26th March. Finished the nine presentations to staff - then they scheduled two more. The next stage in the process is "Do we do a Moodle Trial?"

For UoC staff/students: for more information, and to have your say, go to the LMS Review site (where you will need your normal username and password) at http://studentnet.canterbury.ac.nz/lmsreview


  1. Sakai vs. Moodle "For IT directors at schools debating whether to use Sakai or Moodle as a course management solution, here is a side by side comparison. All signs point strongly towards Moodle kicking Sakai's butt and to the Mellon Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, and Sakai Partners wasting $6.6M"
  2. Extensive summary (a work in progress) from James Neill LMS trial heats up - Desire2Learn's in the frying pan, Moodle's on ice, and Web2.0 is sailing past
  3. Moodle 1.6 vs WebCT 4. Humboldt University. One of the authors of the report visited us in August of 2007 at UCTL. http://www.humboldt.edu/~jdv1/moodle/all.htm

Education 3.0

Plus some other views that possibly coujld be described as fringe.

"The genesis and emergence of Education 3.0 in higher education and its potential for Africa" 118 Derek Keats and Philip Schmidt of the University of the Western Cape (UWC), South Africa, explore how developments in social networking and technology, and developments in legal and economic understanding may lead to change in educational institutions. Characterising three stages of education they describe:

  • Education 1.0 as being in a didactic style,
  • Education 2.0 as Education 1.0 enhanced by use of Web 2.0 technologies.
  • Education 3.0 as "characterized by rich, cross-institutional, cross-cultural educational opportunities within which the learners themselves play a key role as creators of knowledge artefacts that are shared, and where social networking and social benefits outside the immediate scope of activity play a strong role. The distinction between artefacts, people and process becomes blurred, as do distinctions of space and time. Institutional arrangements, including policies and strategies, change to meet the challenges of opportunities presented. Education 3.0 as used here embraces many of the concepts referred to by Downes (2005)119 in his concept of e-learning 2.0, but complements them with an emphasis on learning and teaching processes with a focus on institutional changes that accompany the breakdown of boundaries (between teachers and students, higher education institutions, and disciplines)"

From http://elgg.jiscemerge.org.uk/mark/weblog/797.html

Some links from delicious: http://del.icio.us/tag/education3.0

One off links

"Moodle takes lead in secondaries - Sean Dodson - Tuesday September 18, 2007 - The Guardian Schools are becoming increasingly attracted to open source virtual learning environments (VLEs), according to a report by the British Educational Suppliers Association (Besa), which also reported a solid increase in spending on the software packages that assist the development of personalised learning. The report, Personalised Learning in Schools, questioned more than 600 schools in England and found Moodle, a free e-learning platform, was now the second most popular in schools, but with the preference split between primary and secondary. Moodle was the virtual learning platform of choice among secondary schools and the third most popular among primaries, after Digital Brain and My Grid for Learning"

  • Higher-ed LMS market penetration: Moodle vs. Blackboard+WebCT vs. Sakai


Moodle 1.9 announced. http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=91667

  • Update from Blackboard


  • Penn State: interview with UCLA head on why UCLA selected Moodle (alongside Sakai)


  • Blackboard Blogs: comment on the 2007 Bb World