Moodle is what we call an open source course management service. In a way it is
free, but in another it is not. In order to make Moodle work like an equivalent
to Blackboard, you have to set up a secure server and this usually means
dedicating a computer for this purpose. So you have to buy a server and the
server software. You also have to know how to set it up. I have been looking
into this myself and the technical expertise required is pretty high level.
I am interested in technology, but I do not want to pickle myself away working
with network software and network issues. I am an art educator and the type of
work and expertise required for implementing Moodle so that it can serve the
same purpose as Blackboard is pretty steep.
There are companies that will host your Moodle course site, but then this
becomes just like Blackboard...I would prefer not to go through all of that. I
believe a combination of Blackboard, wiki web sites, and traditional web sites
would be an amazing combination of technologies to use to teach an online
In terms of money, art teachers can purchase the license to create their own
Blackboard web site, advertise on the web and teach courses to others in this
way. Art teachers could make money by setting up a web site and having
affliate links, advertisers to art companies/supplies, and workshop fees. Now
this sounds fun to me and a great way for experienced art teachers, like Michal
and others on this list, to make extra money. Woody could probably fill some
workshops on watercolor painting, for example.
Quoting "M. Austin" <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> Another option to "Blackboard" is to go to http://moodle.com/ . It has the
> same offerings as Blackboard, but Moodle is free.
> K-12 Kansas Art Teacher
> http://www.geocities.com/theartkids >
> > As far as setting up an online class, the college I teach at uses
> > "Blackboard" an online course management tool where students log in, and
> > get course materials. Within Blackboard is an area students have passive
> > Discussion Board, another area instructors can use a white-board and have
> > multiple students signed in at the same time to share in a live
> > discussion, a grade book, calendars, and other tools for students to use,
> > assignments area, instructor information area, etc. You can go to the
> > "Blackboard site" where I believe you can try it out and see how it works.
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