I have been using MOODLE (for those of you not in-the-know, MOODLE is the modular object oriented dynamic learning environment) since September for my current class.
PROS: The learners love it. They enjoy using the blog tool, creating entries in the picture dictionary (glossary), using the forums, and participating in activities.
CONS: It is tech in the classroom, so sometimes the techie part takes up more time than I want. If I change labs, I have to install Firefox, because, as we all know, the other browsers just aren’t worth the hassle. Also, it is not a flipped classroom. MOODLE is just another interactive classroom tool.
One of the possible issues of using MOODLE is the flipping part. Learners have to know how to update their javas, and install Firefox at home. I think right now, I am experimenting with the different functions to see which ones would serve a flipped classroom best, and which would not. The NANOGONG, for instance, is a great tool, but can be a techie nightmare. When working, it is awesome. Recording soundbites and then providing feedback is valuable for the learners.
Question – do I still think MOODLE is the better platform than D2L? I did. Both have benefits. D2L seems to have been easier to use, and it had a more attractive interface. But maybe I’m just romanticizing it, now being 2 months removed.