Technical Evaluation Results
I personally wasn’t on the technical team, so below is a brief summary of the research done by the members of several groups in Information Resources including the LMS administrators in Distributed Learning Technologies, Enterprise Applications, Information Security, Network Operations, and others. In most cases, there’s either no preference or a slight edge given to Blackboard for a particular area. This reflects the technological maturity of the LMS platform, as well as the maturity of enterprise technology implementation in our higher-ed environment. For instance, if our data center is standardized on Oracle databases, then an LMS that works well with Oracle out of the box will be easier to implement and support.
- Moodle supports limited file sharing, and copying from section to section only.
- With Blackboard, we’ll get the Content System which provides for sharing content at various context levels.
- Moodle supports courses used as communities (similar to our current system)
- Blackboard includes the Community System, which yields a wealth of community enrollment, management and customization capabilities including the ability to host other tools and systems under Blackboard frameset.
Data Center Standards
- Moodle does not meet all data center standards due to its use of the MySQL database architecture.
- Blackboard supports all data center standards including documented use of Oracle database.
- Migrating Vista content into Moodle will require the use and development of third-party tools, and manual processes may be required for some content types.
- Blackboard provides a migration path for Vista content, and these tools can be fully automated.
- Moodle support is provided by the open-source community including other schools and consortia. Professional support is available on a contractual basis.
- Blackboard is vendor-supported.