Moodle

Free, open-source LMS for educators, admins & learners

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Moodle Overview

What is Moodle?

Moodle is a free, online Learning Management system enabling educators to create their own private website filled with dynamic courses that extend learning, any time, anywhere.

With over 10 years of development guided by social constructionist pedagogy, Moodle delivers a powerful set of learner-centric tools and collaborative learning environments that empower both teaching and learning.

The Moodle project is well-supported by an active international community, a team of dedicated full-time developers and a network of certified Moodle Partners. Driven by open collaboration and great community support, the project continues to achieve rapid bug fixes and improvements, with major new releases every six months. Come moodle with us in our community forums!

Moodle Overview

Pricing

Starting from
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Pricing options

Free Trial
Free
Open Source
Value for money

Moodle is provided freely as Open Source software, under the GNU General Public License. Anyone can adapt, extend or modify Moodle for both commercial and non-commercial projects without any licensing fees and benefit from the cost-efficiencies, flexibility and other advantages of using Moodle.


Moodle Features

Devices
Business size
S M L
Markets
United States, Canada
Supported Languages
English

Media

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Moodle Reviews

Moodle Reviews

Overall rating
4.2
/
5
Excellent
673

Very good
632

Average
235

Poor
38

Terrible
13

Value for Money
4.4
Features
4.1
Ease of Use
4
Customer Support
4
82% recommended this app
Chamath N.

The e-learning platform for 100+ students

In the beginning, I would say it's a bit harder to learn but after I read their documentation and refer some guides I become a master of Moodle. There are a good amount of helping documentations with Moodle you can find almost anything on their documentation. I’m happy to say that still our students using it daily. If you have a small budget this is a great choice. I’m very satisfied on Moodle and I can recommend for anyone those who are looking for a good LMS platform


Marco F.

Leading open source e-Learning solution

We adopted Moodle in our company to setup an e-Learning plaform for training to both manufacturing and office employees (around 500). Most of our courses are related with production practices, quality and work instructions, and main supports are represented by professionally recorded footage, SCORM compliant. We're still at deployment phase, with massive upload of users (very convenient), definition of roles, and structuring of courses, but the platform itself feels very responsive, quick and efficient. Included features are very impressive, and can be easily enriched by available plugins, that allow a very tailored customization.


Eugenio C.

Great tool if you have an IT department

Very good but expensive to edit all features one by one because It people need to work a lot


Paweł C.

Overrated, confusing, inadequate

I've been using this system because it has been installed at my college as the learning platform for students. In general, I find this platform awkward to use and not optimal for school/college education. Its grading system is totally inadequate for a school environment. It has modules that I don't need while lacking in those that I do need. A lot of it is confusing, e.g. some activities for testing or creating quizzes/feedback activities don't really do what you would expect (e.g. the Survey only uses predefined sets of questions, and you can't create your own [sic]). The layout is often confusing, or even buggy, e.g. when you view your students' grades and they overflow past the edge of the page, you can't really scroll to see them - unless you first scroll down to see the horizontal scroll bar, which I didn't even realise until someone pointed that out to me (there's usability for you). The enrolment system is atrocious - it overlaps a new design with an old system of enrolment, and it's terribly confusing. Unenrolling a batch of students requires some incredible tricks. And there are more annoying shortcomings and bugs. You can't expect a piece of (free) software to be perfect, but I find this system to be one of the clumsiest and annoying in terms of usability, functionality, design, and general concept.


Dipen C.

Easy to made learning platform

My overall experience with Moodle is really worthy. me and my team are creating new class, courses and tests on Moodle and it takes very small amount of time. Course management is really nice and User interface of Moodle is really understandable to students.


Chamath N.
Industry: Computer Software
Company size: Self Employed

The e-learning platform for 100+ students

Used Other for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 27/06/2019
Review Source: Capterra

In the beginning, I would say it's a bit harder to learn but after I read their documentation and refer some guides I become a master of Moodle. There are a good amount of helping documentations with Moodle you can find almost anything on their documentation. I’m happy to say that still our students using it daily. If you have a small budget this is a great choice. I’m very satisfied on Moodle and I can recommend for anyone those who are looking for a good LMS platform

Pros

I have used Moodle for an organization to implement an e-learning platform. I have searched for may LMS and finally, I selected Moodle because it’s open source and very customizable for our requirements. While I am using the Moodle I can list down some pros according to my experience

- Moodle has Multilingual capability that allows users to use multi-language it was a great feature for me.
- Manage user roles and permission, You can define roles to users and manage user access
- Bulk course creation and easy to backup
- Customizable or create our own themes
- Very useful calendar to track course deadlines, meetings and many more
- Admin user can Install and disable 3rd party plugins

Cons

Though Moodle offers many features there are some things that I don’t like much. I can list a few cons of Moodle

- The learning curve is a bit higher for administration and building Moodle courses for First-time users
- If you need to customize some functionalities requires a Moodle programmer
- The look and feel a bit outdated even if you use a theme it feels like bit older
- I faced some upgrading issues it’s not that easy for me

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Marco F.
Industry: Pharmaceuticals
Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees

Leading open source e-Learning solution

Used Daily for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 31/07/2020
Review Source: Capterra

We adopted Moodle in our company to setup an e-Learning plaform for training to both manufacturing and office employees (around 500). Most of our courses are related with production practices, quality and work instructions, and main supports are represented by professionally recorded footage, SCORM compliant. We're still at deployment phase, with massive upload of users (very convenient), definition of roles, and structuring of courses, but the platform itself feels very responsive, quick and efficient. Included features are very impressive, and can be easily enriched by available plugins, that allow a very tailored customization.

Pros

Moodle is the reference open source e-learning platform, with recognized robustness of its architecture and responsiveness of design. Offers very detailed configuration options, allowing complete customization upon your needs. Moodle community is extremely active, with wide availability of certified 3rd party plugins, and documentation for every step. Extremely good compatibility with most common media formats, and compatible with most common SCORM standard.
Being a pro-level platform, Moodle is ideal for both business and scholar deployments.

Cons

Require expertise in order to be installed on premise with proper secure configutarion (internal server / hosted VPS) and require training and documentation reading to really handle and customize the platform. Not for newbies.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

Eugenio C.
Industry: Education Management
Company size: 51-200 Employees

Great tool if you have an IT department

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 30/12/2020
Review Source: Capterra

Very good but expensive to edit all features one by one because It people need to work a lot

Pros

You can edit the source code and modify everything inside the platform if you have a professional IT department.

Cons

There are not prebuilt features all centers use.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 5.0/10

Paweł C.
Industry: Education Management
Company size: 51-200 Employees

Overrated, confusing, inadequate

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 20/08/2019
Review Source: Capterra

I've been using this system because it has been installed at my college as the learning platform for students. In general, I find this platform awkward to use and not optimal for school/college education. Its grading system is totally inadequate for a school environment. It has modules that I don't need while lacking in those that I do need. A lot of it is confusing, e.g. some activities for testing or creating quizzes/feedback activities don't really do what you would expect (e.g. the Survey only uses predefined sets of questions, and you can't create your own [sic]). The layout is often confusing, or even buggy, e.g. when you view your students' grades and they overflow past the edge of the page, you can't really scroll to see them - unless you first scroll down to see the horizontal scroll bar, which I didn't even realise until someone pointed that out to me (there's usability for you). The enrolment system is atrocious - it overlaps a new design with an old system of enrolment, and it's terribly confusing. Unenrolling a batch of students requires some incredible tricks. And there are more annoying shortcomings and bugs. You can't expect a piece of (free) software to be perfect, but I find this system to be one of the clumsiest and annoying in terms of usability, functionality, design, and general concept.

Pros

It's free, actively developed, and ubiquitous. I don't quite understand why it's so popular, but because of its popularity support is easy to find.

Cons

It lacks features that would make it suitable for (ironically) a school/college/university environment. Notably, it doesn't have a proper grading system for classroom activities such as tests and exams. The only way to grade those (that I know of) is to create an Assignment activity and disable all the submission options, which is a very clumsy workaround (and one that is confusing for students). The enrolment/unenrolment system is a disaster.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 1.0/10

Dipen C.
Industry: E-Learning
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Easy to made learning platform

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 6/10/2020
Review Source: Capterra

My overall experience with Moodle is really worthy. me and my team are creating new class, courses and tests on Moodle and it takes very small amount of time. Course management is really nice and User interface of Moodle is really understandable to students.

Pros

1. Free and effective open source learning.
2. Create easy assignments and learning management as per subject and as per class.

Cons

1. Bulky and heavy User interface.
2. No end to end security provided.
3. No option to signup user accounts automatically.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

User recommendation
7.8/10
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Moodle Pricing

Moodle Pricing

Starting from
N/A
Free Trial
Free
Open Source
Value for money

Moodle is provided freely as Open Source software, under the GNU General Public License. Anyone can adapt, extend or modify Moodle for both commercial and non-commercial projects without any licensing fees and benefit from the cost-efficiencies, flexibility and other advantages of using Moodle.

Moodle is provided freely as Open Source software, under the GNU General Public License. Anyone can adapt, extend or modify Moodle for both commercial and non-commercial projects without any licensing fees and benefit from the cost-efficiencies, flexibility and other advantages of using Moodle.

Value for Money
4.4/5
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Moodle Features

Moodle Features

API
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Assessment Management
Attendance Management
Attendance Tracking
Automatic Notifications
Blended Learning
Calendar Management
Communication Management
Content Management
Course Authoring
Customisable Branding
Data Import/Export
Learning Management
Progress Reports
Progress Tracking
Reporting & Statistics
Self Service Portal
Third Party Integration
Features
4.1/5
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Additional information for Moodle

Additional information for Moodle

Key features of Moodle

  • All-in-one calendar
  • Bulk course creation and easy backup
  • Collaborative tools and activities
  • Convenient file management
  • Customisable site design and layout
  • Detailed reporting and logs
  • Embed external resources
  • Multilingual
  • Multimedia support
  • Multiple progress tracking options
  • Notifications and automatic alerts
  • Outcomes and rubrics
  • Peer and self assessment
  • Personalised dashboard
  • Regular security updates
  • Role & permission management
  • Secure authentication and mass enrolment
  • Simple add-ons and plugin management
  • Simple and intuitive text editor
  • Supports open standards

Benefits

A simple interface, drag-and-drop features, and well-documented resources along with ongoing usability improvements make Moodle easy to learn and use.

The Moodle project’s open-source approach means that Moodle is continually being reviewed and improved on to suit the current and evolving needs of its users.

Moodle’s multilingual capabilities ensure there are no linguistic limitations to learning online. The Moodle community has translated Moodle into more than 95 languages (and counting) so users can easily localise their Moodle site, along with plenty of resources, support and community discussions available in various languages.

Moodle provides the most flexible tool-set to support both blended learning and 100% online courses. Configure Moodle by enabling or disabling core features, and easily integrate everything needed for a course using its complete range of built-in features, including external collaborative tools such as forums, wikis, chats and blogs.

Because it is open-source, Moodle can be customised in any way and tailored to individual needs. Its modular set up and interoperable design allows developers to create plugins and integrate external applications to achieve specific functionalities. Extend what Moodle does by using freely available plugins and add-ons - the possibilities are endless!

Committed to safeguarding data security and user privacy, security controls are constantly being updated and implemented in Moodle development processes and software to protect against unauthorised access, data loss and misuse. Moodle can be easily deployed on a private secure cloud or server for complete control.

Moodle is web-based and so can be accessed from anywhere in the world. With a default mobile-compatible (soon to be responsive) interface and cross-browser compatibility, content on the Moodle platform is easily accessible and consistent across different web browsers and devices.

Access extensive Moodle documentation and user forums in multiple languages, free content and courses shared by Moodle users across the world, as well as hundreds of plugins and add-ons contributed by a large global community.

Moodle FAQs

Moodle FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Moodle.

Q. What type of pricing plans does Moodle offer?

Moodle offers the following pricing plans:

Pricing model: Free, Open Source

Free Trial: Not Available

Moodle is provided freely as Open Source software, under the GNU General Public License. Anyone can adapt, extend or modify Moodle for both commercial and non-commercial projects without any licensing fees and benefit from the cost-efficiencies, flexibility and other advantages of using Moodle.

Q. What are the main features of Moodle?

Moodle offers the following features:

  • All-in-one calendar
  • Bulk course creation and easy backup
  • Collaborative tools and activities
  • Convenient file management
  • Customisable site design and layout
  • Detailed reporting and logs
  • Embed external resources
  • Multilingual
  • Multimedia support
  • Multiple progress tracking options
  • Notifications and automatic alerts
  • Outcomes and rubrics
  • Peer and self assessment
  • Personalised dashboard
  • Regular security updates
  • Role & permission management
  • Secure authentication and mass enrolment
  • Simple add-ons and plugin management
  • Simple and intuitive text editor
  • Supports open standards

Q. Who are the typical users of Moodle?

Moodle has the following typical customers:

Small Business, Large Enterprises, Public Administrations, Non Profit, Freelancers, Mid Size Business

Q. What languages does Moodle support?

Moodle supports the following languages:

English

Q. Does Moodle support mobile devices?

Moodle supports the following devices:

Android, iPhone, iPad

Q. What other apps does Moodle integrate with?

Moodle integrates with the following applications:

BigBlueButton, Campus Cafe, Capabiliti, Collegix, EMPOWER SIS, PowerVista RollCall, STARS, Whatfix, WizIQ, WizIQ Virtual Classroom

Q. What level of support does Moodle offer?

Moodle offers the following support options:

FAQs, Forum, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials