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MOODLE

Blackboard

Repositories of re-usable, re-purposable content.
Repositories of re-usable, re-purposable content.
MOODLE is customizable with a large number of plugins and addons freely available from http://moodle.org
Blackboard is continually incorporating new products into their LMS, but at a cost to users.
Promotes student-student interaction and teacher-student interaction.
Facilitate student-student and student-faculty interaction.
Multimedia content
Multimedia content
MOODLE is open source and free to download over the internet.
Blackboard limited to institutions which pay annual licence fees
and annual increases occur,
Contains whole course and/or supplement ones
Whole courses only
Customizable: colour, themes and logo titles
Customizable: colour, themes and logo titles
Restricted access to students - access pages but cannot change them
Restricted access to students - access pages but cannot change them
Teachers have editing rights
Teachers have editing rights
Use file uploads to help students learn, and the dropbox program for submission of assignments.
Use file uploads to help students learn, and the dropbox program for submission of assignments.
Accessing grades is a one click process
Accessing grades takes several steps
Presents important information in the centre of the page, and general information down the sides of the page
Information categories and subcategories run down the page
Collaborative: Teachers can post in forums and students can see and interact within a discussion.
Uses email to transfer information from teachers to students. Blackboard Connect (at an additional cost), alerts students to deadlines within a course.
Automatically updates its calender when quizzes are added.
Cannot perform this function.
Run on institutions servers, but requires a person to monitor or run offsite and monitiored - cost for numbers of students and data traffic.
Run offsite and monitiored constantly, each upgrade incurs costs increases.
Proprietary only one company to work with.
Mobile app for smartphones free.
Mobile app at $5.99 US as a one off payment, use is charged annually to the institution via an annual license.
Course resources can be downloaded and viewed offline
Offline option not applicable to Blackboards version yet.
MOODLE community willing to help solve problems encountered http://moodle.org/forums/
Help sites obtained by Blackboard http://help.blackboard.com/ http://www.moodlerooms.com/ http://www.netspot.com.au/
Google docs integration.
Google docs integration.
Allows users to set up alerts and notifications inside courses
Allows users to set up alerts and notifications inside courses

The following article compares MOODLE to Blackboard:


For a more in depth comparison between MOODLE and Blackboard please watch the following video:



Moodle 2.0 versus Blackboard 9.1 -- a Brief Comparison. (Nov 7, 2010).

More information about both mobile apps can be found at:

MOODLE mobile app Blackboard app
However, tablets and smart-phones offer new ways of learning, but not for all students, so as Daniels (2012) indicates institutions will have to give or loan devices to students to start with. Problems exist regarding i-phone and i-pad which do not support Java or Adobe Flash two technologies used for creating web based applications, unlike Android tablets and smart-phones. In addition, smart-phone screens are small to deliver sophisticated learning applications easily, therefore, tablets may become the device of choice for mobile learning in future at all institutions.

What others have to say about MOODLE over Blackboard:

4MOODLE.com

MOODLE News

MOODLE 2 versus Blackboard 9.1

The rivalry between the two biggest LMS's continues:
Moodle v Blackboard
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