Executive Summary

Results of faculty comparison of Blackboard Learn vs. Moodle

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At the request of PACAC, the e-Learning Center invited faculty to compare Blackboard Learn and Moodle, the two learning management systems (LMS) being considered as a replacement for Blackboard Vista, NAU's current LMS.

For two weeks in September, faculty had the opportunity to do a hands-on comparison of the following common teaching tasks in both Blackboard Learn and Moodle:

Before beginning, participants completed a demographic survey. After completing each task, participants answered a short survey about that task, and then at the end they completed a survey about their overall impressions of Blackboard Learn and Moodle. The results of the demographic and overall impressions surveys are summarized here. For complete survey results, see the following pages:

Who participated?

All NAU faculty were invited to participate in this project along with NAU staff who use the current LMS.

48 people signed up for the project.

31 people started the project. That is, they completed the demographic survey.

Varying numbers of people completed some of the tasks.

17 people completed the project. That is, they completed the final survey about overall impressions of Blackboard Learn and Moodle. The summary charts and tables shown here are based on these 17 surveys.

Pie chart showing percentages of faculty and nonfaculty who participated in LMS testing

What is your role at NAU?
Response # of participants % of participants
Tenured or tenure-track faculty 8 47.1
Other faculty 6 35.3
Non faculty 3 17.6
Total 17 100.0

 

Departments represented # of participants % of participants
Biological Sciences 1 5.9
Chemistry & Biochemistry 1 5.9
COE: Educational Specialties 2 11.8
Comparative Cultural Studies 1 5.9
Curriculum & Academic Systems Administration 1 5.9
Dental Hygiene 1 5.9
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science 1 5.9
Extended Campuses 3 17.6
Information Technology Services 1 5.9
Mathematics & Statistics 1 5.9
Politics & International Affairs 1 5.9
School of Nursing 2 11.8
W A Franke College of Business 1 5.9
Total 17 100.0

 

What did participants think of Blackboard Learn and Moodle overall?

Graph comparing perceived ease of Blackboard Learn and Moodle.

16 people said that Blackboard Learn is easy to use.

1 person said that Blackboard Learn is not easy to use.

9 people said that Moodle is easy to use.

8 people said that Moodle is not easy to use.

 

Graph comparing adequacy of features in Blackboard Learn and Moodle

17 people said that Blackboard Learn has enough of the features they look for in an LMS.

No one said that Blackboard Learn does not have enough features.

12 people said that Moodle has enough of the features they look for in an LMS.

5 people said that Moodle does not have enough of the features they look for in an LMS.

 

Graph comparing how well Blackboard Learn and Moodle meet teaching needs

17 people said that Blackboard Learn meets their needs well or adequately.

No one said that Blackboard Learn does not meet their needs.

13 people said that Moodle meets their needs well or adequately.

4 people said that Moodle does not meet their needs.