Choosing MOODLE: An evaluation of learning management systems at Athabasca University

Brian Stewart, Derek Briton, Mike Gismondi, Bob Heller, Dietmar Kennepohl, Rory McGreal, Christine Nelson

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Athabasca University - Canada's Open University evaluated learning management systems (LMS)for use by the university. Evaluative criteria were developed in order to ensure that different platforms were tested against weighted criteria representing the needs of the university. Three LMSs (WebCt, LotusNotes, and Moodle) were selected for the evaluation. Moodle was chosen with 11 first place ratings and with only one third place rating. Lotus Notes was second with five first place ratings. Moodle garnered 40% of the total weighted score with Lotus Notes getting 32%, and WebCT 29%. The first place preferences within individual criteria show the following: WebCT 6; LotusNotes 7; and Moodle 58.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Distance Education Technologies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • Learning management system
  • WebCT


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