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Google Classroom vs. Moodle
July 2022
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"The reports are also something that's very helpful from an administrative perspective.""One of the things that we are really excited about is being able to tie the state or national standards as competencies. Then, when students complete a course, they are awarded certain competencies or standards that we have aligned with the course. This shows schools evidence that students are meeting standards. Right now, we are not tying any of our courses with how schools are testing and assessing students. However, our company goals are to provide access to STEM for all students and help schools engage with communities to develop the STEM talent and workforce, which then impacts a community's economic development.""We love the group feature allowing students to have peer-to-peer learning experiences. In our case, it is for students, but this feature could also be useful for a business to provide peer-to-peer learning experiences for employees. The group tool provides an opportunity for students to connect with their peers inside of their own digital space. One of the aspects that we love about the group tool is that it allows students to leave the course but engage in a digital space where they access materials that are personalized to their group.""In terms of the user availability, there is access to the platform 24 hours. So, we don't need to determine a specific time for training. We just give them a link, password, and period for them to complete, e.g., four days, then it is up to them. What is important is they pass the minimum requirements needed to pass the exams and certification process.""The ability to build and customize our own courses is one of the most valuable features. When we launched with Cypher Learning, their team helped us build our courses. They took our paper-based coursework and developed a really engaging digital solution on the platform. The best part, for us, is being able to continue to customize and edit it."

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"What I liked most about Google Classroom is it was very easy to communicate with the students and simple for me to learn even though it was the first time I was using it. I was able to learn the features very well by navigating through the different discussions forums and becoming proficient, not necessarily a master but knowledgeable in using the solution. The ease of use was the best feature.""I like that Google Classroom is free and integrates with the entire Google Suite, which includes Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drive, etc. I also like its flexibility, which makes it perfect for synchronous, asynchronous, and blended courses, and including live and archived webinars, as well as other kinds of content.""Assigning a unique copy of Google Classroom to students and giving out information is what the solution excels at.""The most valuable feature of Google Classroom is security.""What I like about Google Classroom are the video lessons. I enjoy using it because it makes my life easier, for example, I can easily change my class and my lecture notes.""This solution integrates with all the other Google apps including Google Calendar and Google Docs. This makes it very easy to manage.""Company-wise, the most important feature is that it is a product of Google. It is a part of Google Suite. With Google Classroom, you can easily embed a Google Sheet, Google Doc, or Google Form. You can easily create a quiz in Google Form. It is integrated with Google Drive. So, everything is on Google Drive, and you can easily use it. With single sign-on, you can use it with Google Apps as well."

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"The number of permissions that are available and different ways to report and get the information out are the most valuable features. We have been able to get precise bits of information out, and we have also been able to delegate a lot.""The most valuable feature is the community. Moodle is a completely open source application and provides a lot of development knowledge. The other features we find valuable are the LTI tools, integrations and BigBlueButton.""The most valuable feature of Moodle is the exam question shuffle. Students in the classroom will all have different question list numbers. For example, one student's question one will be another student's question ten.""Moodle integrates with many third party plugins, which has enabled us to make use of the latest technology. During the Covid 19 period, we used a plugin called BigBlueButton to facilitate online learning which was quick and easy to do.""Cost-effective and intuitive.""Almost all the activity modules are available inside the courses, so that makes our training easier and more comfortable.""Since it's an open-source product, you can integrate it with many other things.""The best thing about Moodle is that it is open source and has many useful plugins. It is a great solution for an organization that needs modifications and customization."

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Cons
"If there is one area that I would like to see more improvement in, it would be around detailed reporting. There are some little things that they could add that would give us more insights and we'd like to access those things through the reporting.""I'm an instructional designer, and from a build or a designer standpoint, it would be nice to have a more user-friendly resource folder to access artifacts to pull into course modules. The second feature that I would love is that while editing any page inside MATRIX, there should be more functionality to design it well.""I have one team member who is in charge of monitoring and checking students' progress. She is very tech savvy and has really dove into the reporting feature in MATRIX. If I had one complaint, it would be the reporting. It is so robust and detailed that it is hard to obtain some of the specific things that we want. That has been her response to me, and I have found the same thing. If I just want to know how many students have completed a course in a specific organization, then it is a little bit too daunting and difficult to obtain exactly what we use as our key indicators.""I do wish that there could be some formatting option so that I don't have to do some manual work in terms of translating the data into, for example, a PowerPoint presentation."

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"There are a lot of things that need to be fixed in order for it to be called a learning management system. I think that's where a lot of people are very confused in terms of what Google Classroom actually does. Google Classroom is not a learning management system. A learning management system allows teachers to grade with authenticity and doesn't provide only one grade for a particular document or assignment.""It would be useful if this solution had its own online teaching platform with an integration with a Google video conferencing tool.""There are some websites where you can create activities and guide students to do them in a sequence. You can guide them to do an activity first and then go to the next one. You can automatically link activities, and there is a flow, but in Google Classroom, you don't have that feature. All you can do is put the material and tell students what to do. For example, I have an assignment, but I want my students to read a particular text before that. They need to tick it, or they need to click next before they start doing the activity. After that, I want them to do comprehension questions or something else. In Moodle, there are activities such as assignments, quizzes, etc. There is a lesson module in which you can put all of the activities in a flow. So, you can decide what they need to do first. If students answer a question incorrectly, you can decide and design to which page do they need to go next, and which part do they need to review. This is currently missing in Google Classroom.""I would like to see a better user experience, a more engaging interface, and more templates. Google should develop templates or at least encourage developers to share them. You'll only get a basic framework when you create a new course. You don't have different themes to choose from like you do in Moodle.""Students used to have points that were accumulated and the letter grades, such as A's, B's, C's, et cetera. Google Classroom should add a feature by which you can toggle in between both of them. It's more than only accumulated points, which are not going to mean that much for students unless there's a prize at the end or some type of reward for the effort. However, if there's a way to toggle in between allocating points versus allocating a grade, it would be nice.""The user interface of Google Classroom could improve by being more user-friendly.""I like Google Classroom the way it is, but an area for improvement could be its dashboard."

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"The multi-tenancy system within Moodle could be improved. IOMAD is what makes the multi-tenancy possible but this comes with many issues.""The biggest area for improvement is the UI. They should also make the navigation simpler to understand. They've recently introduced a new way of having navigation work in Moodle, but they all look very similar.""The solution architecture could be improved.""They need to have a better way to illustrate competencies so that, when people go through the programs, they can actually show they are competent in the subject matter.""We have needed to complete many customizations for Moodle to use it in all of our relevant organizations. We have found many issues with the competencies as we cannot assign many sub competencies to competencies.""Moodle could improve by being more user-friendly. Sometimes it worked and other times it didn't. If you get stuck, then you don't have a point of contact. Additionally, a VPN is required to make sure the connection is secured.""It would be a benefit if there was an easy single sign-on with social media services for Moodle. There are some plugins that I tried, but they didn't work seamlessly. it is a work in progress. Having the single sign-on with social media services would be appreciated because in my school we are using Google suite and the main reason why we use Google Classroom is that it is integrated seamlessly with the suite.""Moodle should improve the interface. You can download plugins, such as templates, and use them in Moodle, but they're limited. The interface component in Moodle can improve for students because we always have to train every student on how to use some of each feature. The solution overall could be more user-friendly."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Because our cost went down by 50%, I would say that the pricing is competitive."
  • "We are on a plan where we pay for 1,000 users every month. The pricing structure is pretty straightforward. It just depends on what you need. We are currently going with a monthly model because sometimes there are still months during the year where we will have a lot less students on the system, and we took that into consideration."
  • "Their plans are based on enrollment numbers. We're at the silver level with 100 active learners. So, you're really beholden to how many learners you're going to accommodate. There are no extra costs in addition to the standard licensing fees."
  • "Understanding your active users, compared to total users, in terms of the plan you choose, is something to be aware of."
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  • "We are an educational institution, and it is free of charge for us. Normally, if you are a private company, you have to pay a lot of money to get this service, but they are giving it for free to schools."
  • "If you do a certain size and build, it's like any Google solution. You have to pay for storage, but you don't need to pay extra to use the interface. There may be Google Classroom partners that provide more integrated solutions, but I don't know. I'm strictly DIY."
  • "We did not need a license to use Google Classroom."
  • "I'm using a free version of Google Classroom, so it's a product I don't pay for."
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  • "It varies depending on the partner you're going with. It depends on whether they are a certified partner or not. It also varies depending on the demand. Usually, with Moodle and other LMSs, there is concurrent licensing. It's hard to figure out the best way to do it at the company that is selling the LMS. Moodle is usually one of the most cost-effective LMSs you can get."
  • "This solution offers a free-to-use version which can be deployed only on-premises and is what we are using. Moodle also offer support based and cloud based subscriptions. Organizations can select the appropriate package based on their needs. Moodle offer reasonable pricing for the use of their solution."
  • "Moodle is a free open-sourced solution. This is one of the best aspects of Moodle."
  • "Moodle offer a 14 day free trial and then requires payment."
  • "It is a one-time registration with the Moodle site. There isn't a yearly or monthly fee."
  • "Moodle is free. It should probably stay free. There isn't really any support for Moodle unless you pay an astronomical amount, which is weird."
  • "Moodle have a very robust licensing system that is user friendly. It's not very expensive."
  • "Moodle is a free solution."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The reports are also something that's very helpful from an administrative perspective.
    Top Answer:Their plans are based on enrollment numbers. We're at the silver level with 100 active learners. So, you're really… more »
    Top Answer:I do wish that there could be some formatting option so that I don't have to do some manual work in terms of translating… more »
    Top Answer:This solution integrates with all the other Google apps including Google Calendar and Google Docs. This makes it very… more »
    Top Answer:It would be useful if this solution had its own online teaching platform with an integration with a Google video… more »
    Top Answer:I use Google Classroom for my classes. I use it to receive lecture notes and follow discussions.
    Top Answer:The number of permissions that are available and different ways to report and get the information out are the most… more »
    Top Answer:The biggest area for improvement is the UI. They should also make the navigation simpler to understand. They've recently… more »
    Top Answer:We use it for organizational governance and training.
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    Overview

    MATRIX is a world-class learning management system for businesses. The platform integrates all the essential tools companies need to support efficient training and learning experiences for their employees, clients, and partners.

    MATRIX is a product of CYPHER LEARNING, a company that provides learning platforms for organizations worldwide. The company also has NEO, an LMS for schools and universities, and INDIE for entrepreneurs.

    CYPHER LEARNING products are used by more than 20,000 organizations around the world, have millions of users, and have won several awards.

    Classroom helps students and teachers organize assignments, boost collaboration, and foster better communication.

    Moodle is a free online learning management system, providing educators around the world with an open source solution for e-learning that is scalable, customisable and secure with the largest selection of activities available. Moodle is supported by an active network of certified Moodle Partners to assist with support and an active community of developers, users and supporters.

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    Sample Customers
    Westpac Helicopter Service, Pivotal Education, Fundacion Capital, Early Learning Innovations, NeuroLeadership Institute, Vinteck, Coaching4Clergy, Learning Specialists
    Brooklyn Prospect Charter School, Carmel Catholic High School, Carroll School, Dynamic Learning Project, Jackson Preparatory School
    Acacia University, Alliant International University, American University of Health Sciences, Anaheim University Online, Aspen University, Cal State University San Bernardino, California State University Los Angeles, Chattanooga Fire Training, City of Humble Fire Department, George Washington University, Georgia Institute of Emergency Medical Services, Michigan Online Classroom, Virginia Beach Sheriffs Office, Washington Post
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider28%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Government4%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider35%
    Educational Organization14%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Manufacturing Company10%
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    University36%
    Media Company18%
    Non Profit9%
    Transportation Company9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider33%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Educational Organization10%
    University9%
    Company Size
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise67%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise27%
    Large Enterprise45%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business47%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise35%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise54%
    Buyer's Guide
    Google Classroom vs. Moodle
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Google Classroom vs. Moodle and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    610,229 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Google Classroom is ranked 3rd in Learning Management Systems with 7 reviews while Moodle is ranked 2nd in Learning Management Systems with 15 reviews. Google Classroom is rated 8.0, while Moodle is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Google Classroom writes "Integrates with a variety of Google applications, enables communication and collaboration, and is free for schools". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Moodle writes "Plenty of modules, highly flexible, and advantageous different user types". Google Classroom is most compared with Blackboard Learning Management and Canvas LMS, whereas Moodle is most compared with NEO LMS, TalentLMS, SAP SuccessFactors Learning and Cornerstone Learning. See our Google Classroom vs. Moodle report.

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