Do you think Open edX is a new trend? Clearly not. Some of our customers tend to think that it is a kind of new competitor for Moodle. In this post we are going to make a comparatison between Open edX and Moodle from a different perspective.
Sometimes people ask us about the the features that both platforms have in a sort of competition of functionalities in order to know which one is better. That is a mistake, the question is, as usually, What are your needs?
Open edX and Moodle are two educative platforms which have been designed for different objectives and needs. In other words, they cover different educational approaches and business models. What is/are yours?
The Open edX platform define itself as a “free--and open source--course management system (CMS) that was originally developed by edX. The Open edX platform is used all over the world to host Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) as well as smaller classes and training modules”. Whereas Moodle as a “free, online Learning Management system enabling educators to create their own private website filled with dynamic courses that extend learning, anytime, anywhere”.
Do you you know what is MOOC? It is not a new electronic format for educative resources, it is a philosophy about how education should be in the current world we live in. The different philosophies of teaching are called approaches and them can be combined for every teacher to define his educational style. (See the videos about MOOC at the end)
An approach is a set of principles, beliefs, or ideas about the nature of learning which is translated into the classroom, these translations being put into practice by the application of different methods and techniques. Here are some examples of approaches.
If approaches define the educational style of every teacher, how important are functionalities when they are enough to implement your educational approaches, methods and techniques?
I think that both platforms are able to cover the needs for the different existing approaches and their characteristics, however we are going to focus on those characteristics where the differences can appear:
Functionality is not so important! Both platforms offer plenty of functionalities, activities, plugins and huge communities supporting them. You will always be able to use them to cover your needs, but choose the platform according to the needs of your educational approaches, and also, your business model.
The Open edX platform was created to evolve over the digital philosophy of teaching and learning by implementing MOOC. It has not been thought to pursue a traditional teacher-centered approach.
Open edX is mature enough to form part of the most important universities in the world and has a huge and important community behind it.
If you want to get massive capabilities you'd better choose Open edX.
What is a Mooc?
Anant Agarwal: Why massively open online courses (still) matter
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