There are two great blog posts over at about one Massachusetts-based Technology Director’s “debacle” in surveying, selecting and integrating a new learning management system in his district.  Chris Dawson recently has been working on weighing the pros and cons of the available learning management systems and is leaning toward Moodle (though is working through the various pit falls, compatibility and configuration issues that come hand in hand with maintaining and linking legacy systems.

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The articles are titled, respectively, My LMS debacle and Solving my LMS debacle (for now).

The articles do well to highlight the various pushing and pulling that affect the LMS adoption process.  There are various features, integration plug-ins and legacy systems which must be considered by any school when choosing new software.  Moodle’s community is a huge asset in terms of evaluating possible compatibility with all of the tools a school/district may already be familiar with.

From the ZDnet article by Chris Dawson:

Moodle isn’t going anywhere and it just keeps getting better from what I’ve seen in the online demos and at other schools; it will be waiting for me this summer and hopefully for teachers in the fall.

Here’s another handy resource for any Technology Directors that are thinking of “jumping on the Moodle train“, it was written by @Kristian Still and has a great account of his own Moodle selection process.

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  1. Just for the record, thank you for your comments. We have only been using Moodle for 5 months with our school community. We are confident that Moodle is making a positive contribution to our school, especially for those staff keen to include Moodle as a part of their teaching.

    3 important drivers for our development so far was the integration with our Management Information System (SIMs). Our thanks to @schoolsICT for that. I know they are working extremely hard on SIF2Moodle. So get in touch. They are education 1st, VLE/MIS/Moodle 2nd.

    We knew Moodle was not free and never planned for it to be. A full-time, non-contact teaching E-Resources manager post has been excellent. No matter what VLE you chose, what direction your take, our VLE needs steering.

    Finally, the Moodle community is invaluable. On which note, our team would be happy to share our start up plans with anyone that would like them.

    PS – the blog has moved to


  2. Kristian, thanks for the comment. I thought your post was really valuable (I actually found it through where someone had posted it there in a discussion forum). I agree, there’s nothing better than the community of Moodle and I daresay that it’s really paving the road for so many others to integrate it.

    I would definitely be interested in learning more about your school’s integration process, the trials and tribulations and such. It’s great information that non-Moodlers can only benefit from learning.




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