“The problem with Moodle is [too] many features” – Professors at NCSU

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A recent article published in the Technician Online (a student publication at NC State University) cited marked growth for the school’s Moodle installation despite opposition by some faculty. According to reports from those that support the Moodle, the number of courses created from 2012 to 2014 has grown nearly 25%. What’s the opposition saying?

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“The problem with Moodle is that it has so many features that are complicated for the instructors to use,” said Bob Larson, a communication lecturer. “A lot of us don’t run our classes that way and don’t need all of those things”…“I would like to see them come up with a Moodle lite, or something like that,” Larson said.

The full article details the university’s approach to meeting the expectations of it’s users, tracking user suggestions and making changes to the growing LMS. Well worth a read if your institution is making a move to any LMS. http://www.technicianonline.com/news/article_d0d187ac-8fb9-11e3-9ad2-001a4bcf6878.html

Update 2/12/14: Moodleman (Julian Ridden) has a great follow on and shared his thoughts over at http://moodleman.net/articles/dont-blame-tool-blame-setup/ well worth the read for some more interesting insights on how to set Moodle up for success.

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