Task surveys results

These are the complete results from the people who completed at least some of the surveys about the individual tasks they completed in Blackboard Learn and Moodle.

For additional information about this project, see also

The number of participants varies from task to task because not all participants completed all tasks.

You can navigate to the results for a specific task by clicking these links:

 

Task: Creating Content

Graph comparing how well Blackboard Learn and Moodle meet participants' needs for creating content

How well do you think creating content in Blackboard Learn will meet your teaching needs?
Response # of participants % of participants
Very well 13 52.0
Adequate 12 48.0
Unacceptable 0 0
Total 25 100.0

 

How well do you think creating content in Moodle will meet your teaching needs?
Response # of participants % of participants
Very well 3 13.0
Adequate 16 69.6
Unacceptable 4 17.4
Total 23 100.0

Graph comparing how well participants like creating content in Blackboard Learn and Moodle

I like creating content in Blackboard Learn.
Response # of participants % of participants
Strongly agree 9 36.0
Agree 14 56.0
Disagree 1 4.0
Strongly disagree 1 4.0
Total 25 100.0

 

I like creating content in Moodle.
Response # of participants % of participants
Strongly agree 2 8.7
Agree 8 34.8
Disagree 10 43.5
Strongly disagree 3 13
Total 23 100.0

 

What else would you like to tell us about your opinion of creating content in Blackboard Learn?
It seemed a little more difficult navigating in Moodle, but I suspect this is due to BB Learn having a look and feel more similar to Vista.
It was difficult to follow the instructions, not because the instructions were difficult, but Moodle seems cumbersome.
This is noticeably clunkier than in BBlearn. As a tech-savvy user, I did like that it is basically "closer" to the underlying HTML, not as sugar-coated as bblearn. Still, the structure of the UI and system as a whole doesn’t really seem tailored to course delivery --- perhaps because Moodle is a more general purpose system... or at least appears that way, with many different modes.
I like that I can add a html page instead of just text
More steps involved and thus more time consuming.
I did not see the ability to control when content is released to the student. This is a critical feature I need for my classes. For example, I don’t want students to have access to certain class material until earning a particular score on a quiz. Perhaps Moodle has this and I just haven’t found it yet, but if it doesn’t, this would make Moodle an unacceptable choice for my teaching requirements.
steeper learning curve for those of us already familiar with Blackboard VISTA. however, i am willing to do this if 1) we can easily import our old courses, and 2) have more support to update our old ones and create new ones with the money we saved
The first thing I noticed was that when I entered editing mode there were icons everywhere and I had no idea what any of them meant. A legend or key would be very helpful here, but given the amount of icons, even with a legend, learning them all would take some time.

Moodle also had more steps to add/create content than BBLearn did. This isn’t necessarily bad, but I think I prefer BBLearn for this reason.
too many clicks to get to what I wanted to do; it was confusing, although I could figure it out by going back to read the directions more carefully
Very confusing! Many more steps than with BB.
Very confusing...too many steps and the page is very "busy"...gives me a headache!!
I’m concerned with the limitations of Topics since my classes do not use online content in topic form. Adding and moving content was much faster than Blackboard Learn.
Moodle is clunky and has the feel of learning management systems that I used in the early 90s. It is not very sophisticated, and I do not think that my department can successfully offer complete degree programs online with this learning system.
no problems or issues, but tasks completed were not really comparable to the BB Learn tasks
seems less intuitive but then again this use case scenario was more complex than that of BB Learn...
Was not pleased with the format or user friendliness of the product. Much prefer WebCT Vista or Blackboard Learn.
I found Moodle to be much less intuitive than Learn. Without the directions, I don’t know that I would have been able to figure it out at all. I do like there are less frames, but not the overall "look". I look forward to the next modules.
Too cumbersome. It is not as intuitive as BB.
Drop down menus are very long. Perhaps they could be staggered
I didn’t like the interface. I use weekly modules, so I explored using that mode after going through the guided instructions. I was disappointed in the view, and in how the "forums" features work, which is a very important part of my teaching. For one thing, the grading seemed to only be possible based on student ratings, rather than just instructor grading. For another, there was a notice after creating a topic that I could only edit it for the next 30 minutes. Overall, I didn’t like this software very well, including the visual layouts and unfamiliar icons (although I realize that after putting extra time into it, I could learn to use the software more effectively and would get used to the different view). I prefer the look and operation of the other program, though. I should’ve tested the discussion forum feature in Blackboard, but didn’t, so I can’t fairly compare them. But I feel that Moodle definitely wasn’t going to be able to do what I’d want it to do in the forum feature (having a weekly discussion forum that I could create categories in, edit those categories anytime, and also grade alone as the instructor). Finally, in the first screen’s notice, they descibed a glitch using Word 2010. I use that program, so that bothers me. They said there’s currently no fix for it. That’s a problem.

 

What else would you like to tell us about your opinion of creating content in Moodle?
I found it less intuitive than Bb LEARN.
It seemed a little more difficult navigating in Moodle, but I suspect this is due to BB Learn having a look and feel more similar to Vista.
It was difficult to follow the instructions, not because the instructions were difficult, but Moodle seems cumbersome.
This is noticeably clunkier than in BBlearn. As a tech-savvy user, I did like that it is basically "closer" to the underlying HTML, not as sugar-coated as bblearn. Still, the structure of the UI and system as a whole doesn’t really seem tailored to course delivery --- perhaps because Moodle is a more general purpose system... or at least appears that way, with many different modes.
I like that I can add a html page instead of just text
More steps involved and thus more time consuming.
I did not see the ability to control when content is released to the student. This is a critical feature I need for my classes. For example, I don’t want students to have access to certain class material until earning a particular score on a quiz. Perhaps Moodle has this and I just haven’t found it yet, but if it doesn’t, this would make Moodle an unacceptable choice for my teaching requirements.
steeper learning curve for those of us already familiar with Blackboard VISTA. however, i am willing to do this if 1) we can easily import our old courses, and 2) have more support to update our old ones and create new ones with the money we saved
The first thing I noticed was that when I entered editing mode there were icons everywhere and I had no idea what any of them meant. A legend or key would be very helpful here, but given the amount of icons, even with a legend, learning them all would take some time.

Moodle also had more steps to add/create content than BBLearn did. This isn’t necessarily bad, but I think I prefer BBLearn for this reason.
too many clicks to get to what I wanted to do; it was confusing, although I could figure it out by going back to read the directions more carefully
Very confusing! Many more steps than with BB.
Very confusing...too many steps and the page is very "busy"...gives me a headache!!
I’m concerned with the limitations of Topics since my classes do not use online content in topic form. Adding and moving content was much faster than Blackboard Learn.
Moodle is clunky and has the feel of learning management systems that I used in the early 90s. It is not very sophisticated, and I do not think that my department can successfully offer complete degree programs online with this learning system.
no problems or issues, but tasks completed were not really comparable to the BB Learn tasks
seems less intuitive but then again this use case scenario was more complex than that of BB Learn...
Was not pleased with the format or user friendliness of the product. Much prefer WebCT Vista or Blackboard Learn.
I found Moodle to be much less intuitive than Learn. Without the directions, I don’t know that I would have been able to figure it out at all. I do like there are less frames, but not the overall "look". I look forward to the next modules.
Too cumbersome. It is not as intuitive as BB.
Drop down menus are very long. Perhaps they could be staggered
I didn’t like the interface. I use weekly modules, so I explored using that mode after going through the guided instructions. I was disappointed in the view, and in how the "forums" features work, which is a very important part of my teaching. For one thing, the grading seemed to only be possible based on student ratings, rather than just instructor grading. For another, there was a notice after creating a topic that I could only edit it for the next 30 minutes. Overall, I didn’t like this software very well, including the visual layouts and unfamiliar icons (although I realize that after putting extra time into it, I could learn to use the software more effectively and would get used to the different view). I prefer the look and operation of the other program, though. I should’ve tested the discussion forum feature in Blackboard, but didn’t, so I can’t fairly compare them. But I feel that Moodle definitely wasn’t going to be able to do what I’d want it to do in the forum feature (having a weekly discussion forum that I could create categories in, edit those categories anytime, and also grade alone as the instructor). Finally, in the first screen’s notice, they descibed a glitch using Word 2010. I use that program, so that bothers me. They said there’s currently no fix for it. That’s a problem.

 

Task: Creating an Assignment

Graph comparing how well Blackboard Learn and Moodle meet participants' needs for creating an assignment

How well do you think creating an assignment in Blackboard Learn will meet your teaching needs?
Response # of participants % of participants
Very well 11 64.7
Adequate 4 23.5
Unacceptable 2 11.8
Total 17 100.0

 

How well do you think creating an assignment in Moodle will meet your teaching needs?
Response # of participants % of participants
Very well 4 23.5
Adequate 9 54.0
Unacceptable 4 23.5
Total 17 100.0

Graph comparing how well participants like creating an assignment in Blackboard Learn and Moodle

I like creating an assignment in Blackboard Learn.
Response # of participants % of participants
Strongly agree 7 41.2
Agree 9 52.8
Disagree 0 0
Strongly disagree 1 6.0
Total 17 100.0

 

I like creating an assignment in Moodle.
Response # of participants % of participants
Strongly agree 1 5.9
Agree 12 70.6
Disagree 3 17.6
Strongly disagree 1 5.9
Total 17 100.0

 

What else would you like to tell us about your opinion of creating an assignment in Blackboard Learn?
LEARN is quite similar to VISTA, which would make the transition easier.
It’s easy to use.
There are some MAJOR bugs and shortcomings in this facet of bblearn related to creating links within your assignments and attaching files. Unlike Moodle (where this works fine), there is no good way to link to files within the assignment text in bblearn.

1) if you highlight some text and click the "URL" button, it forces you to textually enter an URL. Fine if I want to link to a resource elsewhere....but often I want to just link to a local file, e.g., "formatting instructions" or assignment details!

2) So I highlighted the text to turn into a hyperlink and then hit "attach file". This was more like it... at least it let me browse my local machine. But what if I wanted to just link to a file already in my course on the bblearn server? What if this is a standard link I have in many assignments, eg, formatting guidelines? It should let me browse and view "local" files I already have on bblearn and link to them!

3) When I do use the "attach file" route and link to a file on my local HD, it does seem to upload the file...but then loses it! When you later view the assignment and click the inserted link, you get a 404 Error.

4) So maybe it’s just better to "attach" a file, right? Nope! If you attach a file, you browse for the file (again, the option of connecting to an already present file on bblearn is out) it allows you to pick a file on your HD. I picked some foo.html. So then it asks for the "link title". Neat and makes sense right: this is the title of the link, which takes you to the specified file. Wrong. If you I picked foo.html, then change the title of the link to "Tips on assignment", it uses the latter for both the link title **and the name of the uploaded file**....meaning that when people click on it, your browser says "open in text edit?" because the file has lost its ".html" extension. What a bonehead bug!

5) UI Bug: It will let you enter a due date and time, as stated in the instructions...but unless you ALSO check the box in front of Due Date, it just doesn’t bother to save this. Why even have this check box? Or at least have it auto-check when someone enters a Due Date. Isn’t it obvious that you want a due date if you’re entering one?!
This was easy to create and link in the topic
Blackboard offers features in the text window that Moodle apparently does not. FOr example, I was able to add a shockwave file in the text book in Blackboard and, instead of just a link to the assignment showing up as in Moodle (and by the way, I could not get the link to work even after updating to the latest version of Firefox), in Blackboard the actual shockwave animation appeared so that students just had to hit the "play" button. Additionally, I like the release dates option in Blackboard better and appreciate the adaptive release options for assignments.
This was much more intuitive to me than Moodle. I was able to find everything quickly and was able to enter in my grades and due dates with ease. Everything seemed easy and worked really well. I especially like the pop-up about midnight being the start of the day and how a midnight due date would work.
Works well.
Your comparison is not completely fair. In one scenario we are creating and in another we are uploading! This is true for these 2 lessons :-)

Uploading is a few extra steps and may be perceived as more difficult or time consuming than creating. I am sure you know all of this!
Because the terminology is similar to that of Blackboard Vista....this was simple.
not answered
worked fine
i like the ease of use and look and feel of this better than Moodle so far.
Much easier for me to navigate, but not sure how students submit or how instructors view. Suspect will see this in later lessons. I wanted to see how to edit the assignment and it took several steps.
Very easy to use and easy to customize.
Menus are easy to read but headings are not always clear
I looked all around repeatedly, and could not find a way to get to a "student mode," so I could see the assignment in the way the student would see it. I opened the assignment in my own mode, but it didn’t have a way to upload a file when viewing the assignment. I know the instructor can upload a file in edit mode, but I need to know that a student can upload a file as her/his submission, and I can’t confirm this without seeing a student mode view. If the student can’t upload a file as a submission, this program wouldn’t work at all for me. I wish I could see the student view to confirm this. Also, I need to confirm by grading an assignment that I can allocate zero points, and then assign a grade such as "25." I do this for extra credit assignments, so that they don’t add points to the final course point total (that’s why the zero possible), but so that I can still assign a positive value outside the range of what the supposed "max" points possible is. I can’t confirm what’s possible in this manner from what I’m seeing, so I can’t really say this program would work for my needs (mostly, my assignments are optional extra credit). I do like that it’s easy to get back to the edit page where you create the assignment. I could NOT figure out how to edit my assignment in Moodle once it was created (it might be possible, but I looked around and couldn’t figure out how). One other problem I see with Blackboard is that there is no "Assignment" link permanently on the home page, and that’s very very bad in my view. I see a link in the new items list, but that means the link would go away when it’s no longer new, and I need the assignments to be accessible easily anytime from the home page. That’s one thing Moodle has that I find better than this program.

 

What else would you like to tell us about your opinion of creating an assignment in Moodle?
Again, not all the instructions were intuitive.
Nothing. It was not difficult.
This is a pretty reasonable editor for assignments. Again, very close to underlying HTML...nice for me, perhaps not so nice for tech-phobes. There are some irritating aspects, eg, "tab" doesn’t work to move you through the cells in a table while editing...but this is relatively minor...

Too bad we can’t put Moodle in "american" mode: students don’t get what "marking" is, and will think "enrolment" is a misspelling...
This was easy to create and place on the page
I tried adding some links to animations for students to watch as I might do for an assignment. The links I made to web pages worked fine, but when I linked to an animation I had on my computer, it was a shockwave animation and it would not load after I created the assignment (i.e. hitting submit). I received a message saying that I didn’t have the most current version of shockwave. The message directed me to a page where I installed the most current version of shockwave. I then closed Firefox and reopened, but still the animation would not load. Not sure if this was a Firefox or a Moodle issue.
The main issue I had was that everything was based on drop-down boxes. It was a little awkward to select 50 points for the grade since the number 50 was a ways down in the grade drop-down box. Same problem with the start and end date selection. I feel like typing the grade or dates in instead of selecting them, would be more efficient. However, some mistakes may be avoided if you select the time you want as opposed to typing it in. I just personally prefer typing the date or grade in manually.
Well...I haven’t looked to see how (if any) gradebook looks, nor have I truly created the assignment. Was I supposed to put everything they are supposed to do for the assignment in the description box. I simply put what the outcome was I expected. Where do I actually tell them what task to perform?
Found it very confusing and cumbersome
I have the same problems here and will have them with all these surveys. I have used Moodle before. It is fine for supplementing an in-person course, but it is not OK for teaching an entire course online. It is clunky, unsophisticated, and not intuitive.
can I attach a file? Did not see that.
No other comments - just would like to see how the students submit the assignment. Couldn’t do it without explicit instructions.
More explanation (or how to modify the option) on the size of the attachments and that complete section. More explanation on the choices above the link Save and Go back to Course.
Menus are too long
Creating an assignment was fine in Moodle for me. But I have a problem with something only slightly related to this particular feature. I prefer to organize my course according to a weekly format, so I’ve created a weekly view, which automatically assigned dates to each week (and doesn’t seem to allow me to change those dates). The weeks do not begin on Mondays, which is how I need it to be. That makes the way I prefer to organize my course seemingly impossible. And related to assignments, it seems I have to put an assignment within a "topic" or in weekly mode, within a particular week. I would NOT like to associate assignments with one week or topic in particular, but rather have the assignments only within the separate "Assignments" area. I see the link on the home page to assignments and note that they show up there. But none (in my way of teaching) should be within a week or topic in particular, and I don’t see how to create assignments independent of those units. I definitely don’t like that at all.
Creating an assignment was fine in Moodle for me, BUT I COULD NOT FIGURE OUT HOW TO EDIT IT after having creating it. I wanted to see if I could make it worth zero points, then assign points while grading it. This is how I do extra credit assignments, and Vista allows this. But I have another problem with something only partially related to this particular feature. I prefer to organize my course according to a weekly format, so I’ve created a weekly view, which automatically assigned dates to each week (and doesn’t seem to allow me to change those dates, although I looked hard to find a way). The weeks do not begin on Mondays, which is how I need it to be. That makes the way I prefer to organize my course seemingly impossible. And related to assignments, it seems I have to put an assignment within a "topic" or in weekly mode, within a particular week. I would NOT like to associate assignments with one week or topic in particular, but rather have the assignments only within the separate "Assignments" area and course-wide. I see the link on the home page to assignments and note that they show up there. But none (in my way of teaching) should be within a week or topic in particular, and I don’t see how to create assignments independent of those units. I definitely don’t like that at all.

 

Task: Creating an Assessment

Graph comparing how well Blackboard Learn and Moodle meet participants' needs for creating an assessment

How well do you think creating an assessment in Blackboard Learn will meet your needs?
Response # of participants % of participants
Very well 7 46.7
Adequate 8 53.3
Unacceptable 0 0
Total 15 100.0

 

How well do you think creating an assessment in Moodle will meet your needs?
Response # of participants % of participants
Very well 5 35.7
Adequate 8 57.2
Unacceptable 1 7.1
Total 14 100.0

Graph comparing how well participants like creating an assessment in Blackboard Learn and Moodle

I like creating an assessment in Blackboard Learn.
Response # of participants % of participants
Strongly agree 3 20.0
Agree 8 53.3
Disagree 4 26.7
Strongly disagree 0 0
Total 15 100.0

 

I like creating an assessment in Moodle.
Response # of participants % of participants
Strongly agree 2 14.3
Agree 7 50.0
Disagree 4 28.6
Strongly disagree 1 7.1
Total 14 100.0

 

What else would you like to tell us about your opinion of creating an assessment in Blackboard Learn?
These samples would be more helpful if the various options were discussed.
There are more question types. The file response and jumbled sentence questions significantly expand the possibilities.

This test manager is well developed and provides more choices for configuring the test options.
The interface here LOOKS slicker than Moodle....but I found it more awkward in some ways. One example is the way questions are categorized: you have to select the category anew for each question you create...and that takes several clicks. It should maintain the default from the last time. This is just exactly the sort of detail that Moodle seems to be a little better at.
This is tough to have to enter each question one at a time - hopefully respondus will work
Similar to Vista
Using Blackboard is similar to Vista and thus easy to use.
Seemed like a lot of clicks just to get two questions in the quiz and make it available.
BB Learn seemed to take many more steps to accomplish the same thing?

I did not liek tha twhen I clicked the radio button to choose the correct answer I was taken back to another point in the test. The test did not let me know that I had successfully saved each test answer.
did not understand why I saw other question sets in my course - after completing a task it scrolls to the top of the page like BB Vista - switching edit mode on and off created a Windows Explorer warning message and removed everything I typed
this seemed like more clicking than Moodle but that just may be my perception and not a reality.
Made sense for the most part. Need to say that it is similar enough to Vista that it made it easier to use. Again - can we use Respondus to upload quizzes?
nothing

 

What else would you like to tell us about your opinion of creating an assessment in Moodle?
I don’t use quizzes or timed tests in my courses so these tools are not particularly valuable to me.
In Moodle, I liked that the correct and incorrect responses to each question were shown in the Review of Preview window. In BB Learn, the information provided was quiz completed and the score. Is there an option in BB Learn to provide this feedback?
The question types were limited.
It would be nice if you could somehow edit a quiz up as a text file, then just load the whole thing at once. But the editor isn’t bad...could see using it...
Oh but for respondus :-)
The process of first writing a title for a question (required), then writing the questions, then the stems (responses), then saving, then selecting the questions, then assigning points to the questions is cumbersome. Blackboard allows me to create quizzes with fewer steps and clicks. Moodle seems clunky when creating assessments.
I like having so many options for quiz questions built into the LMS.
very confusing - I thought I created The Getting Started Quiz, but it said it was created by Matt Minister and it had answers I did not type in.
this was fun.
Okay- more intuitive. Easy to preview. Question: can we upload using Respondus?
Fairly easy but not intuitive
I found creating a quiz in Moodle fine. It seems to have all the features I’d want, but there might be one problem in my view. I notice there’s an "import" button, and I went to that screen. But I notice that "Vista" is not one of the options for file formats to import. I hope there’s still a way to somehow import test questions from Vista (perhaps it’s possible to export from Vista in another format that Moodle can import???), because I’ve spent a lot of time creating many many questions in Vista, and would hate to have to type them (along with feedback) back in from scratch. Since I can’t tell if there’s a way to do this, but without Vista listed it seems implied that it might not be doable, that is a big drawback for me. It’s actually one of my major concerns since the time I learned that we’d be changing software. But otherwise, the quiz feature seems fine to me.

 

Task: Creating a Discussion

Graph comparing how well Blackboard Learn and Moodle meet participants' needs for creating a discussion

How well do you think creating a discussion in Blackboard Learn will meet your needs?
Response # of participants % of participants
Very well 9 60.0
Adequate 6 40.0
Unacceptable 0 0
Total 15 100.0

 

How well do you think creating a discussion in Moodle will meet your needs?
Response # of participants % of participants
Very well 5 33.3
Adequate 7 46.7
Unacceptable 3 20.0
Total 15 100.0

Graph comparing how well participants like creating a discussion in Blackboard Learn and Moodle

I like creating a discussion in Blackboard Learn.
Response # of participants % of participants
Strongly agree 6 40.0
Agree 8 53.3
Disagree 1 6.7
Strongly disagree 0 0
Total 15 100.0

 

I like creating a discussion in Moodle.
Response # of participants % of participants
Strongly agree 2 13.3
Agree 11 73.4
Disagree 2 13.3
Strongly disagree 0 0
Total 15 100.0

 

What else would you like to tell us about your opinion of creating a discussion in Blackboard Learn?
I wish there were more color ont the discussion page.
I’m not sure. I like the ability to edit the discussion forum content and properties.
Seems to work well. I suspect the same problems with attaching files to posts (see comments on assignment creation) are going to crop up here....but luckily I don’t see attaching files to discussion often.
I felt this was a bit more confusing than setting up the forum in Moodle
Again, I appreciate the options Blackboard offers. For example, if I allow them, students may subscribe to the forum so that they receive emails when there is an update to the discussion board.
I don’t really like the way that you have to create the Discussion board then create a link to it. I sort of feel that this should be done in one step...or at least the option should be given to create the board and then the link to it in one step. This two-step process seems a little cumbersome.
Mostly intuitive, easy to use.
Sophisticated user-interface. Easy to use.
I don’t generally use this tool
again, ease of use.
I did think there were too many steps to create a discussion. To create the link and then the assignment. Also seemed like you should be able to create through the discussion link.
nothing
I like that discussions have a permanent link in the home page menu. I love it, actually. And I love that the discussions are independent of particular modules (or in weekly mode, particular weeks). I haven’t done the Moodle module for creating discussions yet, but I did try it before anyway (since they’re so important to my teaching). In Moodle, it seemed I could only create a discussion within a particular topic or week, which I don’t like at all. I’ll now do the Moodle test, and see if that’s truly the case, or if I just couldn’t figure out how to make discussions independent like in Blackboard.

 

What else would you like to tell us about your opinion of creating a discussion in Moodle?
The practice did not really finish showing us how to use the forum tool.
It was ok. Nothing spectacular.
Quite adequate, plus seems like a lot of other options and features. Hard to just these in both BBlearn and Moodle without lengthy exploration.
This was pretty easy
I did like that Moodle offers the option for students to peer review each others’ post. I also liked that their grade could be calculated based on that peer review.
Creating a discussion was much easier and made way more sense than in BBLearn. It was straightforward and quite simple to do. I like this method a lot.
This is a very linear method of creating discussions so that it has to show under a topic - not very useful for the TIPS course that includes discussion topics that are generic to all course modules and useful no matter when it’s read.
It was easier to create a discussion in Moodle. I am not sure there are as many options for the discussion (anonymous etc)?; I am not sure if the way I set this up means that the discussion will be graded by peers’ average?; I also liked that when I attached my image in Moodle it showed without having to download it (like in BBLEarn)
I do not generally use this tool
seemed easy.
I would have liked to do the steps we did in BB learn - create the topic and add the forum. I honestly cannot figure some of this out without the excellent directions provided on the module.
nothing
Having only 30 minutes to edit a discussion topic (as the notification tells me) after creating it is very bad. I should be able to edit it anytime. Also, it isn’t clear, but it seems that the grading can only be done by students, given the options available for grading settings. I want to be the only one assigning scores for weekly discussion forums. If I can’t grade, but have to rely on peer student grading only (such as the "average of scores" option we were instructed to select strongly implies), then that’s unacceptable for my purposes and preferences. Some students won’t do the grading. Some may grade based on how much they like the person or what they said. I have specific criteria that I use to grade posts, and need to be able to grade them myself (only). I saw (although I looked for it) no option to set grading to "instructor grading only" or anything like that. Plus, a BIG problem is that when in student view, I was able to edit (change) the message that I created as the instructor. A student should NOT be able to edit or delete (another option the student has) the instructor’s messages!!! Lastly, I can seemingly ONLY create forums within a specific topic or weekly module, and not as independent discussion areas. I don’t like that, especially because I prefer a weekly mode, and Moodle won’t allow me to set the dates of the weeks (and the weeks it automatically created when I set it to weekly mode don’t start on Mondays, which I need).

 

Task: Grading an Assignment

Graph comparing how well Blackboard Learn and Moodle meet participants' needs for grading an assignment

How well do you think grading an assignment in Blackboard Learn will meet your needs?
Response # of participants % of participants
Very well 8 57.1
Adequate 6 42.9
Unacceptable 0 0
Total 14 100.0

 

How well do you think grading an assignment in Moodle will meet your needs?
Response # of participants % of participants
Very well 7 50.0
Adequate 6 42.9
Unacceptable 1 7.1
Total 14 100.0

Graph comparing how well participants like grading an assignment in Blackboard Learn and Moodle

I like grading an assignment in Blackboard Learn.
Response # of participants % of participants
Strongly agree 4 28.6
Agree 9 64.3
Disagree 1 7.1
Strongly disagree 0 0
Total 14 100.0

 

I like grading an assignment in Moodle.
Response # of participants % of participants
Strongly agree 3 21.4
Agree 9 64.3
Disagree 2 14.3
Strongly disagree 0 0
Total 14 100.0

 

What else would you like to tell us about your opinion of grading an assignment in Blackboard Learn?
VISTA was more straightforward on this point. The icons are not helpful.
It is easy to use.
This is fine functionality, seems to work well. I’m just not a big fan on online grading at all. In particular, I like to have my own spreadsheet of grades...and be able to format that freely as needed. The online versions are always a bit of a pain.
This is the easiest part of the course - I really like this system
Internet Explorer crashed when I attempted to open the Linda Neff.doc. I had to run task manager to get the window to close, close my browser, and log back into Vista and Learn. I didn’t attempt to open it a second time.
I could never find the ’course management’ area to access the grading?
I was unable to complete this part of the tutorial. I couldn’t find the grade center assignments with the exclamation points. I could not follow the directions that were given but by following the tutorial instructions, it appears to be fairly straightforward.
got warning messages from Windows Explorer - couldn’t read Assignment 1 as a column heading because it was too long - also while pointing at the column heading the page jumped up and down (flickered) uncontrollably
i liked the place to put grading comments for instructor. nice to have.
Is there a way to edit grades all at once as in Vista?
Where will I see the instructor notes, if I choose to write them? Will the student view the instructor notes?
It would be nice to be able to work with the same version of the document instead of needing to re-post if feedback is required.
no comments

 

What else would you like to tell us about your opinion of grading an assignment in Moodle?
This is one of the better functions in Moodle.
It is better than Vista. I prefer to see the gradebook. However, this is ok.
Seems pretty decent.I give it a slightly higher score than BBlearn for having obvious import/export capabilities. The one thing I didn’t like is that I couldn’t re-order the grade columns.
I like the grading format - not as smooth for feedback as BBLearn though
This was so simple and intuitive. I really like it much better than the grading tool in Bb Learn.
Grading in Moodle was similar to what I am used to. Unfortunately I could not access the grading for BBLearn.
This wasn’t too bad...but again, I prefer BB
could not open the Neff_Linda.docx file, but was able to save it
i like you can attach a file but no grading comments for instructor area.
Is there a way to grade multiple students at once? I enter case study grades done outside Vista, so this function is important to me.
It seems that it takes more clicks to do the same thing in Moodle than it takes in Balckboard.
Very easy to use

 

Task: Grading an Assessment

Graph comparing how well Blackboard Learn and Moodle meet participants' needs for grading an assessment

How well do you think grading an assessment in Blackboard Learn will meet your needs?
Response # of participants % of participants
Very well 7 50.0
Adequate 6 42.9
Unacceptable 1 7.1
Total 14 100.0

 

How well do you think grading an assessment in Moodle will meet your needs?
Response # of participants % of participants
Very well 4 30.8
Adequate 7 53.8
Unacceptable 2 15.4
Total 13 100.0

Graph comparing how well participants like grading an assessment in Blackboard Learn and Moodle

I like grading an assessment in Blackboard Learn.
Response # of participants % of participants
Strongly agree 6 42.8
Agree 6 42.8
Disagree 2 14.4
Strongly disagree 0 0
Total 14 100.0

 

I like grading an assessment in Moodle.
Response # of participants % of participants
Strongly agree 2 15.4
Agree 8 61.5
Disagree 1 7.7
Strongly disagree 2 15.4
Total 13 100.0

 

What else would you like to tell us about your opinion of grading an assessment in Blackboard Learn?
Why is Bb moving away from a grade book that looks like a grade book?
This grading process is seamless...easy to do.
this feels like a pretty arduous experience.There are too many option that we MOSTLY don’t use to consider. Also, I hate how BBlearn doesn’t show you the column average in a row at the bottom.
This has an easy interface
Works well.
Working with the grading tool was a little easier the second time around. I do like that I am notified by the green exclamation point when a submission or quiz is ready to be graded.
Same issue as grading an assignment...can’t access thefull grade center assignments or assessments. I have only 4 columns and no assessments or assignments are displayed.
tool tips are always in the way, perhaps they can be turned off, but I did not look for that
I like the green exclamation point to quickly show you what needs to be graded. Seemed like a lot of clicking though.
Generally easy to do. Just would like to know if can edit as a group.
nothing
Easy to use. Allows overrides (that’s good). Allows editing of grading after initial grading (that’s good). Seems it would work well for me.

 

What else would you like to tell us about your opinion of grading an assessment in Moodle?
Over all I like Learn best but this grading seems easier than in LEARN.
This seems a little cumbersome. I would judge this about equal to Vista.
This seemed very clunky. Fortunately I don’t see using this feature in my courses.

It was particularly silly to have to manually close the window after grading the assignment....then having to hit reload to see changes in the main window. This has got to be a bug.
This is an easy tool for grading essays or overwriting a grade
I like that you can download all student answers for grading offline.
Not quite as intuitive or as easy as the other grading options in Moodle.
fairly intuitive- bread cruimbs don’t always take you to the previous screen, but browser back button works
I like how it highlights where the student had the highest grade in the class on a certain assignment. All the pop up boxes are a bit much in order to complete this task.Seemed a bit cumbersome.
Too many steps to grade.
difficult to use
More difficult in Moodle (compared with Blackboard Learn) to change the grade of an individual question, but it can be done. But I saw no way of adjusting the overall score of the quiz, which I need to do (sometimes I "curve" the grades, so to speak, by adding a certain number of points to each student’s exam). I need to be able to do this. If it can be done, I couldn’t see how. Regardless, I don’t like grading in Moodle as well as in Blackboard.

 

Task: Grading a Discussion

Graph comparing how well Blackboard Learn and Moodle meet participants' needs for grading a discussion

How well do you think grading a discussion in Blackboard Learn will meet your needs?
Response # of participants % of participants
Very well 6 40.0
Adequate 6 40.0
Unacceptable 3 20.2
Total 15 100.0

 

How well do you think grading a discussion in Moodle will meet your needs?
Response # of participants % of participants
Very well 6 37.5
Adequate 9 56.2
Unacceptable 1 6.3
Total 16 100.0

Graph comparing how well participants like grading a discussion in Blackboard Learn and Moodle

I like grading a discussion in Blackboard Learn.
Response # of participants % of participants
Strongly agree 5 33.4
Agree 6 40.0
Disagree 2 13.3
Strongly disagree 2 13.3
Total 15 100.0

 

I like grading a discussion in Moodle.
Response # of participants % of participants
Strongly agree 5 31.3
Agree 9 56.2
Disagree 0 0
Strongly disagree 2 12.5
Total 16 100.0

 

What else would you like to tell us about your opinion of grading a discussion in Blackboard Learn?
Seems more complicated than it needs to be!
It seems easier to access the grades for discussion posts in BB Learn than it does in Moodle. The difference is minor, but navigation in BB Learn seems a little more intuitive.
At first there was no grade option for the forum. Once I edited to grade the forum, I was able to complete the grading without difficulty.
I don’t see using this feature. However, I give it a LOWER score than Moodle...just seemed to take more clicks to get things graded. I wish I could see/grade all the posts in a list, like in Moodle.
This was very difficult as I couldn’t read the post and submit a grade from the same page - the grading page didn’t allow me to view the post.
Works well.
Easy enough to find and to use.
I did not have ’grade’ as an option in the discussion board.
Again, my module forum section did not have the choice of "grad e" to select but from the readings on the tutorial page, this looked do-able.
not answered
it did not work: Grade was not an option in the drop down menu next to Module Forum-it worked for another forum that I created

also the gradebook was inflexible and limited in how I can control the order of columns, from what I could see
i like how it showed forum statistics in the grading page. i also like that is allows feedback in addition to just a grade.
Nice function.
I clicked on the Module Forum action arrow and it gave me the options of Open, Edit, Manage, Copy, and Delete - no Grading option was presented.
easy to use
I couldn’t do the task as instructed, because the "Grade" option did not appear for the module we were told to select. However, I did have another forum created, and that had the grade option. However, there were no posts posted, so I couldn’t really tell how the grading would go. BUT, in contrast to how I saw Moodle working, you could show all the posts from just one student, all on one screen/list, "select all" posts, and then assign one grade for all the posts in that particular discussion forum. That’s what I need to be able to do, so it seems from my limited experience that Blackboard would be far preferable to Moodle with respect to grading forums, which I need to do weekly.

 

What else would you like to tell us about your opinion of grading a discussion in Moodle?
Do not like this grade book at all.
Some characteristics are awkward. Better than Vista.
Works fine. I just don’t see using this feature in my courses. Perhaps would be super for purely online courses.
I like being able to grade each student in the thread at one time seeing the entire thread
I like that Moodle pulls up the student’s responses so I can see them all in one place for grading.
Once again, very intuitive and easy to use tool for grading discussions.
I liked being able to see the parent discussion so easily.
Not too bad....liked being able to grade discussion this way.
seems to have some nice features like "drop lowest" and the Moodle Docs provide good help - I love the personal profile where students can upload an image of themselves that will appear in the gradebook and elsewhere
seemed simple enough.
Nice function.
Nothing. Everything is clear.
Very easy to use
I guess I could make Moodle work if I had to. But it seems you have to grade each individual post individually. As in Vista, I need to see ALL the posts in a given module by ONE student on a screen, and be able to read all of ONE student’s posts (without the clutter of other students’ posts on that screen), and then assign a single grade representing that student’s posts (all of them) in a single discussion module. From the test scenario, this didn’t seem possible, and I don’t like the way Moodle works in grading discussion forums.