The Server-Side Pad

by Fabien Tiburce, Best practices and personal experiences with enterprise software

Moodle Learning Management System

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A Learning Management System or LMS is software that hosts and plays courseware.  As with other industries, the packaging of courseware has become standardized over the last few years.  In the learning industry, this standard is called SCORM and is managed by ADL, a US government agency.  Companies purchase SCORM-compliant courseware from various vendors, knowing all courses compliant with the standard will play in the company’s LMS.  Thus LMS’s have become commodities.  Few organizations build them.  Buy one then?  Sure and there is no shortage of vendors.  There are however very competitive offerings emerging from the open source community, the most noteworthy may be Moodle.  Moodle is a full featured LMS, supporting both SCORM 1.2 and SCORM 2004.  It has a user and course management facility, canned reports and a host of other features.  Built entirely in PHP (with no C++ back-end), it seems to lack a caching mechanism.  This could be a deterrent for a large implementation although missing features could easily be added.  The product is very well documented (something that some open source projects lack) and was a breeze to install and configure.   Moodle can easily be customized and skinned to fit the requirements of a particular organization.  The product runs on Apache and MySQL although we had it running on MS SQL Server is a few hours.  Organizations are increasingly turning to online delivery as a means of reducing costs while training their employees.  Features and costs make Moodle a very compelling offering.

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Written by Compliantia

January 10, 2009 at 2:37 pm

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