Edmodo vs Moodle: Compare Features, Costs and Services

Edmodo and Moodle are two of the most common learning management system (LMS) vendors, especially in the education market.

Both solutions are designed to help teachers and administrators enhance their classroom lessons. They both also help students collaborate with each other and their teachers outside of the classroom. Teachers and students can create a “freemium” account with either solution. And they both offer cloud-based hosting and have dedicated mobile apps.

That’s where their similarities end. In this post, we’ll summarize each solution and detail their differences to help you make the right purchasing decision.

Comparing Products

Here are excerpts from our reviews on Edmodo and Moodle that give an overview of each solution.

Edmodo: Edmodo is a learning management platform that augments classroom learning with social learning for students and teachers in kindergarten to 12th grades. It has “freemium” pricing – meaning parents, teachers, students and even school districts can create their own accounts for free.

Edmodo is set up like a social networking feed, similar to Facebook. Students, teachers and parents can communicate with posts, and other users can like or comment on them.

Moodle: Moodle is an open-source learning management platform designed to help schools educate their students. Moodle is based on a modular design that lets teachers and administrators build their own curriculum using plug-ins for various workflows, content and activities.

Users have a choice of installing their Moodle accounts on their servers or in the cloud. The cloud-based platform, called MoodleCloud, has several benefits, such as accessibility anytime, scalability and a very short implementation process.

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Two Core Differences

1.) Deployment

Edmodo: Edmodo is strictly a cloud-hosted solution. Schools won’t need to worry about the expense and resources of maintaining the solution. The only expenses of Edmodo are the premium plan (if desired) and any onsite or online training.

Moodle: Because Moodle is an open-source solution, users can simply download it for free onto their servers. However, they will need to consider the expenses of maintaining the solution, such as purchasing the server or hiring dedicated IT staff to perform maintenance. Schools will also have to contact a certified Moodle Partner for training and additional implementation needs.

For schools that don’t want the headaches of in-house solution hosting, Moodle offers its MoodleCloud.

Bottom Line: Both vendors offer cloud hosting if a school doesn’t have the time or money to maintain the solution itself.  But if your school needs an on-premise solution, Moodle’s open-source platform may be the better bet.

2.) Content Authoring

Edmodo: Edmodo doesn’t offer content authoring tools for teachers to create their own curriculum. Nor is the content SCORM-compliant. However, teachers can upload original content from a variety of sources. Edmodo does offer a library of existing content (e.g., lesson plans, tests) via its Snapshot and Spotlight tools.

Moodle: Moodle has a variety of plug-ins for creating SCORM-compliant content. Some examples include the eXe OPEN SOURCE SCORM Development Package, Courselab, Easygenerator and iSpring. Note that Courselab, Easygenerator and iSpring are free apps to download, but they’re not available in an open-source format. Moodle also has many existing plug-ins for users who prefer not to create their own content.

Bottom Line: Both vendors offer an array of resources for downloading content. However, Moodle’s plug-ins are available for teachers who wish to create tests, lesson plans and other content from scratch.

Comparing Services and Offerings

Here, we’ll compare several different aspects of Edmodo and Moodle, including price, training, customer service and shortcomings.

Price

Edmodo: Teachers, students and parents can create a “freemium” account that includes many of Edmodo’s basic features. However, there is a premium plan ($2,500 per school year) that includes advanced features (analytics, gamification and prioritized customer support).

Moodle: Moodle offers its Moodle for Free plan that accommodates up to 50 users. It includes features such as 200 MB of file storage, a dedicated mobile app, a customized account, unlimited activities, video and screen-sharing, and immediate product upgrades. In additon, there’s Moodle for School, with three pricing plans offered via MoodleCloud:

  1. The Mini plan annually costs $250 Australian dollars (AUD) or $190 American dollars (USD) and is intended for up to 100 users. It includes two additional features: an advanced theme for the account and an extra plug-in pack.
  2. The Small plan costs $500 AUD or $380 USD and includes all of the features in the Mini plan, but accommodates up to 200 students and up to 400 MB of file uploads.
  3. The Medium plan costs $1,000 AUD or $760 USD. It allows up to 500 users and up to 1,000 MB of file uploads.

Bottom Line: Both solutions include a freemium account – however, Edmodo’s is for unlimited users, while Moodle only accommodates 50 users. Edmodo’s premium plan is expensive, but there’s no cap on user access. Moodle’s highest priced plan, on the other hand, is only for up to 500 users.

Training and Customer Service

Edmodo: Edmodo provides users with many training opportunities, both free and paid. Such training includes a one-day onsite training ($2,500 for 25 users), a six-week customized online training ($7,500 for 25 users), tutorials on Edmodo and its Snapshot feature, an on-demand webinar and a four-hour certified learner course.

Edmodo’s support staff consists of former educators who are experienced in classroom settings. There’s a dedicated help center for students, parents and teachers to find answers for common troubleshooting issues and other questions. Users can also submit a support request, ask questions to other users, send feedback to Edmodo or find out information on product releases from the help center.

Moodle: Any training on Moodle is handled by a certified Moodle Partner. Moodle maintains a community site where users can find information on product upgrades, download the latest release, access documentation on software features and communicate with other users in a forum. MoodleCloud users who need further support can contact their designated Moodle Partner.

Moodle also hosts user conferences called MoodleMoots that allow users to network with Moodle developers and partners, as well as learn new things about Moodle.

Bottom Line: Edmodo provides many training options, both free and paid. With Moodle, you’ll have to work with your Moodle Partner for training (which could be an additional cost).  Both solutions include a help center for accessing information about product upgrades and communicating with users on troubleshooting issues. However, Edmodo has a unique feature where former educators are on hand to help teachers with education-specific queries.

Shortcomings

Edmodo: Edmodo is generally targeted to the K-12 market rather than higher education. It’s also not aimed at businesses. Edmodo doesn’t include content authoring tools. It also doesn’t integrate with other third-party systems aside from Google Apps and Microsoft Office.

Moodle: The Moodle for School plans only accommodate up to 500 users. This may be an issue for those who require a solution for over 500 users.

Bottom Line: Edmodo is mainly for the K-12 market, while Moodle is available for K-12 learning, higher education and even businesses. Edmodo also doesn’t integrate with systems other than Google Apps and Microsoft Office (and SiS, if you purchase its premium plan). However, Moodle integrates with many different apps.

Takeaways

Although Edmodo and Moodle share some similarities, the solutions have several differences. You’ll want to look at each one individually to determine which best fits your school’s needs.

If you need more information on LMS solutions in general, our buyer’s guide can help. In it, we detail benefits, features and what to look for when purchasing a solution.

If you’re looking for alternatives to Edmodo or Moodle, head over to our Reviews page for detailed reviews on each LMS solution.

You can also download our LMS Comparison Guide where we’ve broken down all the top LMS solutions based on core features and shortcomings in our comprehensive spreadsheet.

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