Wooster offers several options that allow faculty to manage their courses: Moodle (our course management system), Confluence (our institutional wiki), and Voices (our WordPress Multisite instance). Which of these options is best for you depends on your goals for the course and what activities you plan on having your students do.
Moodle: This is our traditional learning management system. If you have used Blackboard, Angel, or WebCT in the past then this will be similar to those systems. All courses in ScotWeb are automatically created in Moodle and have their enrollments automatically synced every evening.
Confluence: Confluence is an enterprise wiki. It allows for easy uploading of course readings and gives users lots of control over what items can be viewed and by whom.
Voices: This is our WordPress Multisite installation. It affords users the most flexibility in controlling the look of their content and is extremely customizable through the use of plugins and site templates.
Below is a table identifying some course management tasks and the degree to which each system supports the task.
|Quizzing||Readings/Articles||Collaborative notes||Electronic Assignments||Gradebook||Public/Private||Look & Feel||Attendance||Analytic Graphs of Site Activity|
|Moodle||Yes||Yes (two clicks)||Yes (a little confusing)||Yes||Yes||Private||Limited control||Yes||Yes|
|Confluence||No||Yes (drag and drop)||Yes||No||No||Both||Limited control||No||No|
|Voices||No||Yes (two clicks)||Yes||No||No||Both||Lots of control||No||No|