Preface — This is as it’s happening, raw reaction to MoodleMoot and presentations there in. I am trying to gain more experience / knowledge with Moodle to make an informed decision about whether or not they do things that we should be investigating. This could be particularly harsh, you have been warned 😉
This will be on going but thus far from MoodMoot I’m unimpressed with Moodle. Now, I didn’t like Moodle coming into things having played with it a little bit. But after seeing others walk through how to modify aspects of Moodle sites (all of which look the same minus minor color alterations and logo graphics) I can securely say that I’m horrified of this product. Mile long pages of settings to change text? PHYSICAL .php files laying all over the place? Discussions of how to submit bug tickets about the gradebook and other components mid-semester / during usage?!
WHAT!? Are you kidding me!? This can’t be a serious way people work. Common slams on Drupal:
My new and improved list of common slams on Moodle:
- EVERYTHING LOOKS THE SAME
- Complexity through lack of usability — this is like looking at Drupal 4 branch in terms of what things mean and do
- Form and function — .php files laying around instead of having everything be modular; example: to change a status message generated by moodle.php, I need to go to moodle.php in an admin menu and physically edit the mile of options (ummm….String Replace Drupal module to do this that’s 1 very small page)
Wow… more to come as this keeps going on but I’d like to dig my eyes out at the thought of people moving to this. There’s no way this product is mature enough for me to mess with it.