Gone Moodle: Cal Poly, Andrews University and Bryn Mawr

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As usual here are a few institutions making the jump to Moodle,

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  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California (article): In April this year CalPoly announced its gradual transition to Moodle from Blackboard.  The move was spurred by a forced upgrade to the newest version of Blackboard which would cause and equally disruptive learning curve comparative with the adoption of other LMSs available on the market.  This provided the impetus to reevaluate LMS needs and requirements.  The absence of licensing fees is sited as a major contributing factor in the decision.
  • Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan (article): Andrews is switching from D2L to Moodle this academic year.  The decision follows their periodic evaluation of software needs prior to the sunset of their D2L contract.  Students, according to the student paper, have reported mixed opinions.
  • Bryn Mawr University, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania (blog post):  After evaluating and comparing Moodle to Blackboard (the current provider/LMS), Bryn Mawr has decided to transition to the open source software.  During a pilot of Moodle faculty and students found that both systems offered a very similar feature set and capabilities.  According to the information on Bryn Mawr’s Tech Bar site, “After the initial costs of transition, the decision to move away from a commercial product that annually increases its subscription costs at rates well ahead of inflation was seen as a major financial sustainability advantage in switching to Moodle.”

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