I think at this point, we can all stop griping about how odd, by conventional views, the concept of LMS systems are, and just be glad they’re here. This revolution is just now beginning to take hold, first in business training ventures, but in time, it will be prevalent across most educational settings. For now, Moodle stands as the king of LMS, but the competition in this niche is getting fierce. Does Moodle really stand up? What of things like Dokeos, which deliberately try to stab at Moodle’s weaknesses? Who would win in a comparison of Dokeos vs Moodle? What’s that stuff in Oreos really made of? These pressing questions, and many more, will soon be answered!
Why LMS is Great:
First, let’s quickly nod to why LMS is such a godsend, and ergo, why comparisons like this reveal pressing information. Online learning, in a mobile and broadband society, removes many shackles from teachers and students alike.
No longer must anyone schedule their lives around being in a classroom. No longer is the classroom there to kill people with boredom and information drilling. Finally, a timeless, location-free learning environment, in which teachers may teach in a way they see as working, and students may learn in ways they see as working, exists.
A Small Conundrum:
Many of the differences in Dokeos vs Moodle are subjective as to being a strength or weakness for either. You’ll see why in a minute.
There are two types of SaaS deployment model, pure SaaS, and On Premise/Client Server. Obviously, which one is better is a matter of opinion and where you’re coming from.
Dokeos is only available as an On Premise, so you have no possible option for a pure SaaS form, which has its perks.
Likewise, Moodle is SaaS only.
If stuck with the choice of forever only one or the other, I’d say SaaS is a safer bet, so point – Moodle.
When it comes to compliance to accessibility standards, it’s not even a contest. Moodle is compliant with AICC, IMS and SCORM. Dokeos is only SCORM compliant.
Dokeos is really only targeted to smaller businesses, and as such, you outgrow it fast. However, Moodle is scalable to all business sizes and needs.
Dokeos is only designed for business services training, where Moodle has the A-Z from accounting to computer and much more. So, if you have a lot of different training needs, or just anything but business services, Dokeos is kind of an automatic out.
Before we tally (as if it’s necessary at this point), let’s give Dokeos credit for being open source and therefore possible to be shaped into anything you need, built off its existing structure. This means any faults in it can be remedied if you really want to get your hands dirty and do some heavy work on it. That’s actually significant, though we haven’t seen why just yet. We will.
But, when it comes to Dokeos vs Moodle, it’s not a contest. Moodle is more scalable, more compliant, more secure and more powerful than Dokeos by a parsec. So for now, Moodle will keep its crown and its throne. Don’t get too comfy, Moodle. We’ve more LMS systems to weigh you against soon enough!