It’s ironic that someone running a Moodle blog does so little work on 2.0. I can’t bring myself to start using it more than just testing out a few features. Mostly because my means and expertise in managing servers and installing software at that level is limited; but also because I’m not sold that 2.0 offers a better environment for the courses for which I use/administer/sell from Moodle 1.9.
When I started working with Moodle as part of Moodlenews, it was in part due to the fact that Moodle is widely available through cPanel administration and it’s a breeze (like WordPress) to install and configure to a URL. I was able to hook up my own LMS and tinker with the files via FTP and online file management without restrictions. And this is where I think Moodle has other LMSs beat, hands down. A new Moodler can be up and running with the same skill set that it takes to create a blog: and this is a HUGE advantage in the marketplace of LMSs.
Unfortunately Moodle 2.0 isn’t yet available through an easy cPanel installer for Bluehost (my host of choice). Until it is,While it is available through the panel (a recent addition that I missed until a commenter pointed it out), I probably won’t take a bigger dip into the product and will live vicariously through the demonstration videos and will test it out with Admin through student/guest roles on sites where I can get superficial access to the front end (check out the hosting page for those free Moodle 2.0 sites where you can check it out too: Moodlenews.com/hosting). It’s availability means I have a greater ability to test it, but probably will not put it into a production mode for any sites I work with in the short term.
In my opinion, Moodle 1.9 is such a great piece of software because I can access it through the server AND front end and have a more intimate understanding of what changes on the server side affect on the front end (uploading files, modifying HTML/CSS, themes, mod files, extensions, etc.). I’ll admit, I’m both a little scared of and anxious to play with Moodle 2.0; but I’m wary of the time commitment I’ll need to make and learning curve I’ll have to hike. The community surrounding 1.9 is still strong and robust; and any new Moodlers eager to start using the software I would advise to start using 1.9 instead of jumping to 2.0 (until the tutorials, ease of use issues, and documentation have been further fleshed out). Once I’ve gotten a good handle of it myself 1.9 is my Moodle of choice.
Does it make me a Luddite if the “old” software still works just fine?