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FeatureFaculty DemandStudent DemandBlackboard 9.1CanvasRemote-Learner.net Moodle + ELISStock Moodle.org v. 2.0MoodleRooms.com Joule
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The ability to submit grades to the Registrar from inside your gradebook81.9%not measuredThis is technically possible with Blackboard's "Snapshot" tool -- would need to be set up when we integrate the LMS with our SISThis is technically possible with Canvas and would need to be set up when we integrate the LMS with our SISThis is technically possible with Moodle and would need to be set up when we integrate the LMS with our SISThis is technically possible and would need to be set up when we integrate the LMS with our SISThis is technically possible using the included "Conduit" tool in Joule. -- would need to be set up when we integrate the LMS with our SIS
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The ability to upload video & multimedia content for my students to watch within the course space.75%74.9% moderately to very interested in viewing online video.Core product supports limited video storage, not streaming. Dedicated Streaming Support possible with 3rd party services. Core product supports video storage and streaming. Additional streaming video storage costs $1/GB. Can also integrate with 3rd party services for more robust video sharing & storage.Content Management & Video hosting available using the "Repository" and/or Kaltura integrations from Remote-Learner. "Repository" is included in the ELIS package, Kaltura is extra.Core product supports limited multimedia storage, not streaming. Joule "Repository" tool is powered by Equella. Waiting to hear if Repository is the correct tool for this application.
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Tools to easily add web content (such as YouTube videos, Flickr photos, news articles, etc.) into your online course spaces without leaving the course page.73.6%not measuredThis functionality, called "mashups" is included in the core product. The "add photo" and "add video" dialog in the text editor include search boxes for these types of online content.Moodle 2.0 can accept plugins from most major file repositories including GDocs, Flickr, Picasa, Wikimedia, YouTube, Alfresco, Box.net and others. Moodle 2.0 can accept plugins from most major file repositories including GDocs, Flickr, Picasa, Wikimedia, YouTube, Alfresco, Box.net and others. In addition to Moodle 2.0's built in support for external repositories, Joule's "Repository" tool allows us to access shared files (internal to SMU).
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The ability to upload video & multimedia content (including lectures) for students to download to their personal media players for later playback.66.7%76.6% moderately to very interested in watching pre-recorded lectures online.Core product supports limited video storage, not streaming. The additional CampusPack Building Block enables faculty and students to post audio/video content and automatically get an iTunes link for downloading rich media.Storage space for lecture video recordings is supported in the core product. May require dedicated front-end screen capture software such as Camtasia or iShowU. Content Management & Video hosting available using the "Repository" and/or Kaltura integrations from Remote-Learner. "Repository" is included in the ELIS package, Kaltura is extra.Core product supports limited multimedia storage, not streaming.Joule "Repository" tool is powered by Equella. Advertises "YouTube and iTunesU Interoperability" meaning it MAY be possible to publish multimedia to these services.
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A course calendar that can appear alongside your personal calendar and/or university-wide calendar.65.3%Not possible using the Bb included calendar tool. One way sync in iCal format. One way sync in iCal format. One way sync in iCal format. One way sync in iCal format.
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The ability for students OR faculty to set up their own ad-hoc study & collaboration groups.52.8%not measured[DOUBLE CHECK THIS] Not supported in the core product. Requires optional CampusPack Building Block. Students or faculty can start community collaboration groups that can extend beyond the course end date.Not included in the core product.Not included in the core product.Groups and friendships are possible through the Joule "Social" tool.
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Private Reflection Journals for students to maintain confidential reflection notes on course material.52.8%Requires the optional CampusPack Building Block.Students can maintain external blogs (at Campus Pack or Blogger.com) and submit them privately to the SpeedGrader gradebook. This essentially achieves the same function as the Campus Pack private journals tool.Students can maintain external blogs (at Campus Pack or Blogger.com) and submit them privately to the Moodle gradebook. This essentially achieves the same function as the Campus Pack private journals tool.Students can maintain external blogs (at Campus Pack or Blogger.com) and submit them privately to the Moodle gradebook. This essentially achieves the same function as the Campus Pack private journals tool.Students can maintain external blogs (at Campus Pack or Blogger.com) and submit them privately to the Moodle gradebook. This essentially achieves the same function as the Campus Pack private journals tool.
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A course calendar which syncs to your smartphone and desktop computer.51.4%Not possible using the Bb included calendar tool. One way sync in iCal format. One way sync in iCal format. One way sync in iCal format. One way sync in iCal format.
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Wiki-style documents spaces so students and faculty can collaboratively edit the same online document.48.6%64.7% moderately to very interested . Blackboard 9.1 now features wiki collaboration pages. More robust wiki functionality requires the optional Campus Pack Building Block and/or the Bboogle integration with Google AppsWiki tool included in the core product. Also features "Collaborations" space, where users can collaborate on a Google Doc or EtherPad text note inside of the course space.Included in the core product.Included in the core product. Included in the core product.
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A tool to build, share, and assess ePortfolios of students' best cumulative work45.8%not measuredRequires the optional "Content Mangement" module.Included in the core product. Mahara ePortfolio tool available as an extra package.Ability to export any course content out to an ePortfolio system like Mahara or Google Docs.ePortfolio tool included as part of the Joule package.
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Outcomes-based grading tools so you can grade using SMU's Core Learning Competency Rubrics in addition to/instead of the standard ABCDF scale.44.4%not measuredRequires the optional "Outcomes Assessment" package. This package itself requires two other optional packages: "Community Engagement" and "Content Management". http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Products/Blackboard-Learn.aspxOutcomes-based assessment rubrics can be integrated into the "Speed Grader" interface so faculty can grade students using rubrics. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXXZMkeuaDMIncluded in Core Moodle 2.0.Included in Core Moodle 2.0.Included in Core Moodle 2.0.
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The ability to video chat with students or faculty in real time from within your course.38.9%50.3% moderately to very interested in video chat.Requires the optional Blackboard Collaborate package.Included in the core product. Faculty can create a WebEx-style video conference for students. Chat, whiteboard, and PPT display are all supported.Kaltura video messaging/sharing integration available for an extra fee.not included in the core product.Included in Joule's "Synchronous" package.
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The ability to maintain faculty and/or student blogs for timely reflections and community discussion.38.9%Instructors can create blogs for students to comment on. More robust blogging requires the optional CampusPack Building Block.The Announcements tool features full WYSIWYG editing, RSS feeds, and user commenting, making it basically a blog. External blog feeds (for students and faculty) can be "piped" into the course space via RSS integration.Basic blogging + support for external blog feeds included in the core product.Basic blogging + support for external blog feeds included in the core product. Personal and Community Blogs available in the Joule "Social" package.
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To access the Learning Management System via a dedicated smartphone "app" or mobile web interface33.3%70.9% moderately to very interested in "Smart phone with instructional and/or health related applications"Extra Package: Mobile Web Interface + Dedicated apps for iOS, Android, Blackberry. Costs an extra $40,000/year above other Bb costsSpeedgrader for iPad (exists, faculty only), Canvas for iOS (Fall 2011), Canvas for Android (2012), Canvas HTML5 Mobile Interface (2012).Mobile web interface available to install. View it on your smartphone at http://iphone.moodle.com.au. Dedicated iOS & Android apps available.Mobile web interface available to install. View it on your smartphone at http://iphone.moodle.com.au. Dedicated iOS & Android apps available.Dedicated apps for iOS, Android, and Blackberry. $2500 setup fee, $1,980 recurrent annual cost.
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The ability to selectively receive notifications about course events via email, text messages (SMS), Facebook, Twitter, or other social media.31.9%Instructors can choose to receive email alerts, and/or alerts on their Bb Welcome screen. SMS and social media alerts are not supported.Students and Instructors can selectively turn alerts on and off for several course events. For each event alert, they can customize whether they would like an email, SMS, Facebook message, or no notification. basic alerts and notification.basic alerts and notification. Customizable alerts and notifications.
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The ability to read course content in an RSS reader like Google Reader.23.6%43.8% moderately to very interested in receiving course communications via RSS.Blackboard cannot produce content with the RSS feeds necessary to view in Google Reader. Campus Pack blogs, wikis, podcasts, and private journals can produce RSS feeds. Requires the optional CampusPack Building Block.The instructor's Home screen has an RSS feed of all recent activity, including discussion board posts, assignment submissions, and more. RSS feeds can be produced by the following Moodle blocks:Blog, Database, Forum, Glossary. Moodle can also display incoming RSS feeds. RSS feeds can be produced by the following Moodle blocks:Blog, Database, Forum, Glossary. Moodle can also display incoming RSS feeds. In addition to core Moodle's support for RSS, Joule "Social" blogs and wikis can produce RSS feeds.
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The ability to create a personal home page with contact information, recent activity, and other customizable content (like a Facebook or LinkedIn profile)20.8%not measuredAppears in CourseSites.com-- may be part of the Learn "Community" module and not necessarily in the base Course Delivery version we havePersonal home page displays basic information, including contact info and links to social media profiles (Skype, Facebook, Twitter, Delicious). No photo or recent activity feed. The "My Moodle" page is similar to the Blackboard "Welcome" page. Not the same thing.The "My Moodle" page is similar to the Blackboard "Welcome" page. Not the same thing.The "Social" feature in Joule is designed after Facebook and Twitter-style social networking sites.
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To have the option to post coursework or announcements to "the outside world" (e.g. give it a public URL that is visible to non-SMU users)16.7%not measuredBy default, all content is internal to the LMS. Content can be published to the web using third party tools like Campus Pack.Any course or course element can be made private to the course enrollment or public to the world. By default, all content is internal to the LMS. Content can be published using the "ePortfolio" publishing tools.By default, all content is internal to the LMS. Content can be published using the "ePortfolio" publishing tools.By default, all content is internal to the LMS. Content can be published using the "ePortfolio" publishing tools.
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