LMS comparison of functionalities



Blackboard Learn v9 xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Moodle xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Omnium xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Webteach
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(no longer supported)
Vista xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
(will no longer be supported)
Discussion forum
enables images, media, links
number of steps in to post a reply: 3 or 4
depending on entry point
number of steps in to post a reply:
yes
allows students to embed media in posts
clearly shows data
RSS enabled
number of steps in to post a reply: 2 - 3 depending on entry point
yes
number of steps in to post a reply: 2-3
yes
Quiz tool
yes
17 question types
range of templates and styles
yes
range of templates and styles
no
done through survey / evaluation form builder but not assessable
yes though very limited
yes
Surveys
yes
range of templates and styles
needs to be enabled - comes with generic
options
there's a CHOICE tool that offers a simple
tick box functionality
yes
survey and evaluation form builder
CATEI integration
no
yes
Assignments
yes

yes
uploaded as a dynamic brief, or static file (such as a PDF)
no
yes
Peer Assessment
yes

no
done through the message board area
no
no
Blog
yes
internal only
allows embedded media
no
no
no
no
Personal Journal
yes - viewable by lecturer and individual
student
yes
no
only personal profile, portfolio, file repository and web links
no
no
Wiki/ collaborative
writing space

no
yes
very limited use
no
only asynchronous collaborative team file versioning and discussion forums
no
no
Embedded RSS
yes
possible using CREATE ITEM tool in
content area
portal modules can be created for individual
feeds
yes
possible using main topic editor
user can insert feed
yes
embedded RSS on all news and discussion forums
no
no
Embedded images
yes
possible using CREATE ITEM tool in
content area
portal modules can be created for individual
feeds
yes in primary topic space not in added
features
yes - advanced options with gallery
and thumbnails
? no
no
Embedded media
yes
possible using CREATE ITEM tool in
content area
textpad modules in portal can accept
embed code
yes in primary topic space not in added
features where links only seem to work
yes - advanced options with gallery
and thumbnails
integrates with YouTube and UNSW TV embedded media
no - links only
no
Image gallery
no
no
yes
advanced gallery allows inclusion
of any type of file
images based on clickable thumbnails
no
yes
IM/Chat area
Wimba Pronto will be available in version 9.1
?no
yes
no
yes
Virtual meeting room
basic use only
webpage view currently VERY clunky
?no
yes
IM/Chat area can be restricted to team chatrooms
no
extremely basic
Customised entry point
yes
entry page can be determined
no
portal type space covering all enrolled courses
entry page can also be determined
no
no
Latest news
yes
pulls into portal page
yes
pulls into portal page
yes
shows unread/viewed items
no
no
Glossary
yes
yes
no
no
yes
Calendar
yes
yes
yes

yes
Brainstorming tool
no
wiki
no
only done via discussion forums
team discussion forums available
text list style
no
Debating for/against
options

?
only via discussion forum threads
no
no
only via discussion forums
team discussion forums available
allows colour coded "team" posts
no
Notifications
email notifications for discussion forum

email push feature or RSS on news items and discussion forums
daily digest emails
email notifications for discussion forum






requires JAVA
yes
alternatives available
no
possible future multiple file upload applet integration
no
yes