LMS Comparison Project-- Brent

  • : Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/views/includes/view.inc on line 1095.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 716.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_validate() should be compatible with views_handler::options_validate($form, &$form_state) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/views/includes/filter.handlers.inc on line 570.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_submit() should be compatible with views_handler::options_submit($form, &$form_state) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/views/includes/filter.handlers.inc on line 570.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter_many_to_one::init() should be compatible with views_handler_filter::init(&$view, $options) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/views/includes/filter.handlers.inc on line 1562.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_argument::init() should be compatible with views_handler::init(&$view, $options) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/views/includes/argument.handlers.inc on line 694.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_display::options_validate() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_validate(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/views/includes/plugins.inc on line 1861.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_display::options_submit() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_submit(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/views/includes/plugins.inc on line 1861.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_style_default::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/views/includes/plugins.inc on line 3100.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_validate() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_validate(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/views/includes/plugins.inc on line 3673.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_submit() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_submit(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/views/includes/plugins.inc on line 3673.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_field_comment::init() should be compatible with views_handler_field::init(&$view, $options) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/views/modules/comment.views.inc on line 480.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_field_username_comment::init() should be compatible with views_handler_field::init(&$view, $options) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/views/modules/comment.views.inc on line 527.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_field_node_new_comments::pre_render() should be compatible with views_handler_field::pre_render($values) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/views/modules/comment.views.inc on line 803.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter_node_status::operator_form() should be compatible with views_handler_filter::operator_form(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/views/modules/node.views.inc on line 1112.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_field_accesslog_path::init() should be compatible with views_handler_field::init(&$view, $options) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/views/modules/statistics.views.inc on line 289.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_field_file::init() should be compatible with views_handler_field::init(&$view, $options) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/views/modules/system.views.inc on line 225.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter_term_node_tid::value_validate() should be compatible with views_handler_filter::value_validate($form, &$form_state) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/views/modules/taxonomy.views.inc on line 933.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_field_upload_description::init() should be compatible with views_handler_field::init(&$view, $options) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/views/modules/upload.views.inc on line 269.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_field_user::init() should be compatible with views_handler_field::init(&$view, $options) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/views/modules/user.views.inc on line 414.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter_user_name::value_submit() should be compatible with views_handler_filter_in_operator::value_submit($form, &$form_state) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/views/modules/user.views.inc on line 746.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter_user_name::value_validate() should be compatible with views_handler_filter::value_validate($form, &$form_state) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/views/modules/user.views.inc on line 746.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_field_content::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/cck/includes/content.views.inc on line 398.
  • strict warning: Declaration of date_api_argument_handler::init() should be compatible with views_handler_argument::init(&$view, &$options) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/date/date_api.views.inc on line 368.
  • strict warning: Declaration of date_api_argument_handler::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/date/date_api.views.inc on line 368.
  • strict warning: Declaration of date_plugin_display_attachment::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/date/date_api.views.inc on line 401.
  • strict warning: Declaration of date_api_filter_handler::value_validate() should be compatible with views_handler_filter::value_validate($form, &$form_state) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/date/date_api.views.inc on line 895.
  • strict warning: Declaration of date_api_filter_handler::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/date/date_api.views.inc on line 895.
  • strict warning: Declaration of link_views_handler_filter_protocol::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/link/link.views.inc on line 188.
  • strict warning: Declaration of link_views_handler_argument_target::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/link/link.views.inc on line 331.
  • strict warning: Declaration of calendar_plugin_display_page::init() should be compatible with views_plugin_display::init(&$view, &$display, $options = NULL) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/calendar/calendar.views.inc on line 328.
  • strict warning: Declaration of calendar_plugin_display_page::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/calendar/calendar.views.inc on line 328.
  • strict warning: Declaration of calendar_plugin_display_block::init() should be compatible with views_plugin_display::init(&$view, &$display, $options = NULL) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/calendar/calendar.views.inc on line 397.
  • strict warning: Declaration of calendar_plugin_display_block::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/calendar/calendar.views.inc on line 397.
  • strict warning: Declaration of calendar_plugin_display_attachment::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/calendar/calendar.views.inc on line 486.
  • strict warning: Declaration of calendar_plugin_style::init() should be compatible with views_plugin_style::init(&$view, &$display, $options = NULL) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/calendar/calendar.views.inc on line 659.
  • strict warning: Declaration of calendar_view_plugin_style::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/calendar/calendar.views.inc on line 714.
  • strict warning: Declaration of calendar_plugin_style_ical::init() should be compatible with views_plugin_style::init(&$view, &$display, $options = NULL) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/calendar/calendar_ical.views.inc on line 243.
  • strict warning: Declaration of calendar_plugin_style_ical::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/calendar/calendar_ical.views.inc on line 243.

What types of communication methods are available on this platform?

•The Blackboard Academic Suite (Release 8.0): has file exchange (drop boxes to submit assignments), email with address book, forums, and discussion groups.
•Scholar360: has discussion forums with posts able to be sent through email, discussion groups that can be moderated and peer reviewed, assignment submission via drop boxes, email with address book, email can make private notes about class, has chat w/unlimited group possibilities and instructor moderation.
•eCollege: has discussion forums with posts available through email and discussion grades are stored and averaged for instructor, discussion groups are possible that are moderated and can be peer reviewed, assignment submission via dropbox and personal folders can be shared, email to individuals or groups, can forward to an outside address and have attachments, administration can email anyone on network, and notes can be added to any page and merged with course content to create studyguide.
•Desire2Learn 8.3: have discussion forum where posts can be emailed, instructor can turn off comments on posts or make read-only, instructor can have moderated discussions that screen posts and can be peer reviewed, faculty can add all manner of content to discussions, instructors can make separate discussions for small groups and set time parameters, drop-boxes are used for assignments that can be shared with other students, drop-boxes alert instructors when activated and students can view what they have submitted, students have email that can go to individuals or groups and be forwarded to an outside address
•Moodle 1.9: has discussion forums viewable through a number of options and small group forums are possible, forum posts can have media and attachments, forums can be anonymous as well as limited in time, forum postings can be assessed and graded, posts for one topic can be read simultaneously, discussions can be shared throughout an institution, drop-boxes are available and can be shared among students, administrators can place size restrictions on drop-boxes, virus detection can be used with submission protocols, and students can attach notes to any page and combine with course materials for study guides.

How can you organize the content on the platform?
Based on the results page , I could not determine how the organized the content on the platform. If you follow the link, you can see that there is an error message at the bottom of the page; no matter how many times I tried to re-formulate the comparison, I continually received this message.

What type of interface design does it use?
Actually, I do not really know what this question is asking; however, if this information was available on the comparison chart, perhaps it was a part of the information that would be after the error message I received.

What capabilities does this platform have?

All five LMS's seemed capable of assigning courses and creating content on the platform.

What did you like and dislike about this platform from an administrator’s perspective?

While some of the platforms had a feature or two that would be advantageous for administrator, such as controlling drop-box submission size in Moodle or being able to add content to forum discussions in Desire2Learn, this question cannot be answered by a list comparison-- one may think a feature is desirable, but the LMS interface may be difficult and not user-friendly-- and the feature itself may have flaws such as in Moodle where certain assignments cannot be brought into the gradebook. The only way to really determine the worth of so many platforms is through trying them out. It was ironic that the assignment was an LMS comparsion, to look at the differences, yet the general conclusion in our class discussion was that these platforms were very similar, and Dr. Saba agreed.

What did you like and dislike about this platform from a learner’s perspective?

Actually, my previous comment is more applicable to the learner's situation. A feature or two in differences between any of these platforms would be far outweighed when it came to the intuitiveness and aesthetic appeal of the system--as well as the instructional designer's ability to construct a cohesive course. For instance, for the most part I have little preference between Moodle, Blackboard, Ning, and whatever LMS this course is using; however, the difference has been in what the instructor has done with the LMS-- i.e. I have liked Moodle more than this platform due to how some instructors have used it-- but I have also liked it less because of how an instructor overloaded it.

How would you use this platform? Who else could you see using this platform: government, corporations, higher education, K-12 education?

Based on my experience with the Moodle, I would only use any of these platforms with an on-line course.