Elon’s license with Blackboard expires October 2012 and the Teaching and Learning Technologies department is evaluating other options.
According to Chris Fulkerson, assistant vice president of technology, although the license expires in October, the university would switch over to another program during the summer of 2012 in order to cause less stress and confusion during the following semester.
The university is very interested in Moodle, a learning management system very similar to Blackboard, but it does have some differences. Moodle is a free web application and open source learning management system software, while Blackboard is a proprietary form of software partially owned by Microsoft.
Unlike Blackboard, Moodle would not require the university to pay for the software since it is an open source learning management system software. In essence, Moodle would cost the university a great deal less than Blackboard.
To learn more about the differences between Moodle and Blackboard, check out this week’s edition of the Pendulum!