Moodle VS Drupal LMS – Find Out Who Wins!

We will take a look at a comparison of Moodle VS Drupal course management systems. As we can all notice lately, the educators tend to shift their choice to using moodle. In the competition of Moodle vs Drupal it seems that moodle is the winner. We will analyze here the reasons for that.

We think that it is a good thing that developers are working on Moodle for the education community because the tool is free and open source. Moodle makes a good tool as a course management system and provides a viable alternative to Drupal.

Moodle VS Drupal

The new version of Drupal comes with some upgrades that makes it much more user friendly and interactive. Drupal is open source as well and it is a software supported by a wider community of developers than Moodle. Among the new features is the fact that now AJAX is supported. This is a useful improvement that may seem it places Drupal in a better position over Moodle.

However, we have to take into consideration the fact that Drupal wan not built especially for higher education. Presently, developers work on an initiative to add more tools to Drupal and make it more like Moodle. However, until a version of Drupal more conductive to learning will come on the market, Moodle remains the preferred choice.

Many organizations and vendors have mashed up Moodle VS Drupal in order to get the best of the free LMS world and the best of the CMS world. Drupal is a good tool, but not a great one. It is not yet a full blown LMS system. In the same time, many passionate educators and tech leaders sustain Moodle.

Drupal has the potential to become the next LMS but a Drupal based LMS does not exist at the present and it is still to be developed. There is a large movement supporting the efforts to make Drupal a LMS but this is still a task for the future. Ultimately, various Drupal LMS platforms will emerge, but we are still a step away from that moment. There are some efforts toward a Moodle – Drupal merger, as well.

Somewhere down the road, Moodle can be plugged into Drupal as a module. However, at present most of the open source LMS developers will advice to just use Moodle because anything else is just a replication of effort. Moodle is already a prepackaged LMS product specifically designed user interaction with a curriculum base and for course management. On the other side, common drawbacks and complains on Drupal are its complexity, usability, and security.

Moodle is designed to be a tool assisting the classroom learning program. It can be used for a learning program that is 100 percent online as well. The tool caters to college and universities that already have an established base of students and it assumes that the school already has an enrollment and payment program in place. Moodle has a guest user option that gives limited access and also allows you to import users into the system. However, the software does not has a feature that allows an user to pay a course online and enroll.

In the Moodle VS Drupal comparison, the design of Moodle is not its best feature, as more often the open source developers focus more on usability than the aesthetics. What is the true strengths of Moodle is the size of its user community. The software is a true definition of “open source” because it is supported by a large collaborative community of developers and users where anybody can contribute to its open source code. For this reason Moodle features lots of downloadable extras and plug-ins developed by the members of its open source community.

Many consider Moodle to be the best one-stop-shop that allows different users to have secure access to different resource areas. Moodle also make available a wide range of pedagogical tools such as announcements, forums, gradebooks, and assignments. Some argue that resource sharing is better done via Drupal than via Moodle. However, not all the academics requirements are for resource sharing. And if you need resource sharing with Moodle you can just do that by using folder structures of a networked drive without the need to bother with Drupal. This is the most basic and simple manner to use ICT resources for managing content. If you need more than just that, for instance some collaborative authoring, then you can use WikiSpaces or Google Docs for that purpose.

Conclusion

In Moodle VS Drupal comparison, Moodle makes the most stable use of technology, it is more linear and structured and it is focused at the “course” level, organization, management, and tracking of content and users. Moodle is a lot more specialized as a LMS and comes with a lot of built in features which are specific to running a course. If you plan to set up an LMS, with Moodle you can do a lot with less work.

With the Drupal, by comparison you would have a lot more of work in order to set up as a complete LMS platform. Drupal is designed to give just some LMS functionality but not to be a complete LMS platform. However, Drupal has an advantage over Moodle in terms of flexibility. With Drupal you are able to build your school’s website and include some LMS stuff. If you want to use webforms, image galleries, and database management tools, then the built in features of Drupal make it a good choice because they allow all of those things.

In terms of the quantity of tools and modules, Drupal cannot compete with Moodle. Moodle gives you the ability to submit and assess short essay and answer style assessment online, contains tracking and reports, learning path, collaborative tools, web conferencing, shared question pool, quiz certificates, session recording, forum, chat, check for plagiarism and more.

Despites its better flexibility, until Drupal will not become a full LMS platform, Moodle remains the preferred choice. We may conclude that in the comparison Moodle VS Drupal, Moodle is the winner in terms of actual user preferences for implementing a learning management system.


Nicole Lewis
Nicole Lewis is the Lead Author & Editor of MyLMStips. MyLMStips is dedicated to providing the most engaging topics, information, tips and tricks surrounding Moodle®. It's a place where Moodle® users can receive guidance on how to get the most out of it and increase their productivity and progress.
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