Moodle is the most popular LMS software solution according to Capterra’s latest research, whether you measure by total customers (68,000 of them!) or by total number of users. Indeed, with over 60 million users worldwide, it is nearly double the usage of its nearest competitor.
The Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies recently confirmed Moodle’s hold on the education community with its list of the Top 100 Tools for Learning in 2012; while one-trick pony apps like YouTube, Twitter and Dropbox filled up the list of Top Tools for Learning, Moodle came in at the 11th position – which is impressive for such “serious” and specialized education software.
Moodle has been on top for a while now. A surge in adoption of the Moodle LMS between 2008-2009 to 36,000 user site installations (Note: as shown above, it’s nearly twice that in 2013) helped convince City University London’s School of Informatics that the LMS was one to consider (and ultimately adopt). According to a staff survey included in their report, most staff used Moodle every day and a relatively high number of respondents used it many times a day.
What are Moodle’s most popular plugins? Again according to Moodle.org itself, the most-downloaded add-ons are Questionnaire, Certificate, Presenter and Book, with thousands of users between them. Again, customizability is where Moodle shines; if you can think of functionality your learning institution needs, there’s probably a module for it already (or one can be developed, since Moodle is open source, after all).
Another sign of Moodle’s popularity is the sheer number of video tutorials out there showing people how to use it. On YouTube alone, there are 6,400 videos dealing with Moodle tutorials; eLearning Industry has a good selection of 41 Moodle Tutorials -- and naturally, you can check out the growing number of Lambda Solutions Moodle tutorial webinars.
Moodle’s connections to other social media platforms are also growing rapidly. Part of Moodle’s appeal has been its ability in recent years to integrate functionality and content from other social networks like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. One of the newer but popular social networks is Google+; on there, the Moodle Hangout has grown from just 150 three weeks ago to 410 today. Just another sign it’s keeping up with the times.
What’s driving Moodle’s growth? For many academic institutions, technical colleges and firms, it’s just the best match in functionality for a growing need for online learning solutions. Consider these numbers on the state of the eLearning industry gathered in Visual.ly:
· 1 out of four US colleges offers an online course
· The highest demand for online courses is at fully online institutions – meaning that far from plateauing, meeting demand successfully at these kinds of institutions’ success is breeding even more demand.
· The eLearning economy is expected to grow to nearly $50 billion. That kind of money changes people – and nations’ education systems.
What numbers have you seen that helped you make up your mind about implementing Moodle for your organization? Let us know in the comments.
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