So long story short is that I’ve been a part of a suddenly rushed process to decide if and when to ditch Blackboard for an alternative LMS. I’m part of one group of mostly faculty who are taking a look at this issue from our perspectives, and we now have to come up with our conclusions. I’m strongly in favor of ditching Blackboard, but still feel I don’t have enough information or time to assess the differences between Moodle and Sakai. If anyone has any useful experiences or links that address this in general, or some of my specific questions below, please leave a comment.
- How easy is it to reuse content (quizzes, assignments, etc.) across courses (both term-to-term, as well as sharing among different instructors)?
- How do the details of the assessment modules in both Moodle and Sakai compare? I have the vague sense they’re broadly comparable (though with perhaps the nod going to Moodle with its ability to tie assessment to outcomes, and then have reporting based on this; not sure Sakai has this), but would like to explore this more.
- How integrated is TurnItIn? Both claim the feature, but I would like to know, in particular, if grades from TurnItIn can populate to their respective gradebooks (as happens now with Blackboard, though not very reliably).
- inbound and outbound SMS integration?