Summary: Moodle is another open source solution with advanced features that can work well with Articulate.
The Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment (Moodle) was originally named Martin’s Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment after its original developer, Martin Dougiamas, a WebCT administrator at Curtin University, Australia.
It has become on of the most popular open-source LMSs with universities throughout the world, competing with proprietory solutions such as Blackboard.
The British Open University (a distance learning institution) is Moodle’s second largest user ( after Moodle’s own site) while many universities throughout the UK, the US, Australia, Canada, Argentina, India and the United Arab Emirates (to name but a few) have adopted Moodle as their LMS of choice.
However Moodle is not just limited to the educational sector. Kineo, in the UK, customize Moodle installations for large corporate clients such as BP, MacDonalds, Nikon and Toshiba and have also developed their own custom version of the LMS called Totora. And, as the McDonald’s demo above shows, Kineo, like many others, have discovered that Articulate works just great with Moodle.
One nice and useful feature of Moodle is the ability to limit the number of attempts to a quiz or a course. Often administrators want the user to have “only one go” maybe to avoid cheating etc. Typically, relaunching an Articulate course or quiz is sufficent for the student to retake it (even with the resume option) but in Moodle you can stop that happening and so be sure that the first attempt is indeed the only attempt recorded.
Another related feature is to be able to pick the first or best or last result from multiple attempts. Of course, picking the first result is similar to limiting the attempts to just one go.
Take a look at a couple of quizzes that I have loaded onto a special Moodle test site for this blog.
You will need to create a student access login so that Moodle can track your attempts. You can self-register and confirm your registration by email.
Moodle compares well with other learning management systems. The last update, in particular, seems to have improved reporting with Articulate Studio and has added some features not found in other solutions. The interface can look a little austere and reporting is still pretty limited.
Comparing Moodle with Articulate Online is a little like comparing oranges and bananas. They might seem similar but they’re not.
What is important to remember is that Articulate Studio will work with any SCORM or AICC compliant LMS AND it also works perfectly with Articulate Online. What system you decide to adopt is up to you.
Importing Articulate content into Moodle is relatively straightforward, particularly if you use the SCORM format. Dave Mozealous did a Screenr showing the basic steps needed which you can find here.
Here is an alternative view using a slightly different way of importing content. I have also shown how you can limit the number of attempts.
I’d recommend watching this full screen as it is recorded at high resolution.
You might have difficulties with reporting and sometimes just trial and error will determine what parameters you need to use. There is an issue that our Articulate support department have documented which affects certain installations of Moodle (and that includes my test Moodle site). When a course is passed or completed by a student, it shows as suspended in Moodle. Articulate Support have provided a solution to that issue which you can find here. It is not that difficult to implement and certainly solved my problems.
If you are able to do a little exploring, file editing and trouble-shooting, then Moodle is a solution worth looking at. It is not ideal and collecting reporting data is limited but it does have some interesting advanced features.