Today, Moodle is one of the most popular and widely used e-learning platforms that is also known as a Learning Management System. Being an open source platform, Moodle has gained tremendous success in the market as of June 2013, the platform had a user base of 83,008 registered and verified sites, serving 70,696,570 users in 7.5+ million courses with 1.2+ million teachers.
Finally, Moodle beat out its competitors like Blackboard among small colleges, a new and well-known analysis of the learning management shows, providing some evidence to the anecdotal popularity of open source solutions among all those institutions.
The earlier Blackboard engineer George Kroner published analysis on his Edutechnica blog that shows familiar players like Blackboard, Desire2Learn and Instructure are major forces in the market amid institutions with 1,000 to 2,000 full-time students. Moodle platform beats out all its competitors in spite of their sturdy popularity and strength.
An enterprise solutions engineer at University of Maryland University College Kroner said “I don’t think I've ever seen hard numbers of exactly how strong Moodle was in that space”. He also added “In particular, seeing it surpass Blackboard below the 2,500 FTE mark -- I was actually kind of shocked to see that."
When it comes to other studies that make opinions about the state of the LMS market based on survey results, Kroner’s analysis basis its findings an open data sets that mainly combined with search engine interfaces that is mainly scanning the sites of universities in order to recognize which system institutions use. According to the survey that produced by the Campus Computing Project, the reports has shown a decline Blackboard's market share.
Kroner also said that approximately 76% of institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education fit into that category. In this space, Moodle’s success also suggests that these institutions are using the open-source software so suit their requirements.
Kroner also said “A lot of people tend to write off Moodle or tend to think it’s a joke, but it’s used by hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of institutions, and those institutions are having success with it. For a lot of institutions, it does make sense, and it probably is a good choice for them.”
Bhatt said “The reason you go with Blackboard is because we are spending a tremendous amount of money on R&D. The companies that can invest in delivery of education and curriculum and content with dollars as opposed to through community development are the ones that are going to win in this space.”
Mark Strassman, a Blackboard's senior vice president of industry and product management, said “We are not surprised. This trend was part of the rationale for our investment in MoodleRooms and NetSpot in 2012. It’s clear that for some smaller FTE institutions, Moodle has been a good fit and we are supporting a lot of them now with Moodlerooms. Every institution has different needs and different goals, so this gave us a way to support the use of Moodle with an offering that simplifies and enhances the basic Moodle LMS."
As we all know that last October Kroner published a new data to a snapshot of the LMS landscape that barred data from hundreds of smaller institutions such private institutions, community colleges. Now, the data comprises about 2,900 colleges and universities.
By looking at the Moodle’s popularity, we can say that in the near future, it will rule the learning industry as it allows users to acquire numerous benefits. If you have decided to get Moodle development service, you should hire Moodle developer from any professional Moodle service provider company.