This is a research paper by Mario Martinez of Texas Tech University that focuses on the results of the Moodle feasibility study conducted in 2010 by Moodlenews through Google Forms. I made the data available and did my own basic distillation shortly after the survey was closed. Mario has gone on further to discuss social justice organizations using Moodle, the impact of a low/zero cost to establish a Moodle site and how virtual learning communities often augment the physical communities we’ve created.
It’s a short read with a few good in sights, read more at http://ed-lab.org/uploads/3/0/7/4/3074347/moodle_for_social_justice.pdf
An interesting quote from the conclusion,
In considering Moodle as a potential instrument of social change, an institution must consider Moodle’s ability to relieve budgetary shortfalls as a freeware program. This attractive feature is especially important, as it can complement land-based efforts at building community through generating educational events, maintaining a virtual presence in the community, while reaching web-based populations… Perhaps most important in considering Moodle as a platform from which to educate the community is the philosophical constructs and attitudes associated with Moodle.