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Open edX vs Moodle
Open edX and Moodle are open-source online learning platforms that are geared towards different types of educational approaches and business models. To know which one is right for you, it’s important to see the differences between these two top online learning platforms.

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Open edX


Sr

Feature/ Focus

Moodle

edX

1

Developed By

Martin Dougiamas (Australia)

MIT & Harvard University (USA)

2

First Release

August 2002

May 2012

3

Current Stable Release

3.4.2 / March 19, 2018

Ginkgo / April 2, 2018

4

Open Source License Type

GPLv3

AGPL

5

Development Languages

PHP

Python Django

6

Deployments

Large Number

Around a thousand but including National and International Learning Platforms

7

Open Source Community Size

Large

Large and Strong

8

Audience Category

K12/ Traditional Education

Universities/ Modern Education

9

Students Handling Capacity

Around 100,000

Millions

10

Suitable Approaches

Teacher Centric

Learners Centric

Subject Mattered Centric

Learners Centric

Teacher Dominated

Interactive

Banking Approach

Constructive

Disciplinal

Integrated

Individualistic

Collaborative

Indirect, Guided

Direct

11

Appropriate Choice Based on Future Trends

Less

More


Both platforms are able to cover the needs for the different existing approaches and their characteristics, however we are going to focus on those characteristics where the differences can appear:
  • Student-centered
  • Content-centered
  • Teacher-centered
  • Massive-access

Conclusion
Functionality is not so important! Both platforms offer plenty of functionalities, activities, plugins/XBlocks and huge communities supporting them. You will always be able to use them to cover your needs, but choose the platform according to the needs of your educational approaches, and also, your business model. Are you a modern user seeking a big audience or are you a traditional educator seeking a standard classroom experience online? Moodle is the right choice for folks who aren’t concerned with how the platform looks, but care a lot about the K-12 audience, and feel more inclined to create traditional experiences.

However, if you are looking for something that has a more updated feel, that is geared for a massive user-base, and something that has a lot of versatility and flexibility, then Open edX is the right choice for you. The Open edX platform was created to evolve over the digital philosophy of teaching and learning by implementing MOOC. It has not been thought to pursue a traditional teacher-centered approach, rather it impowered the Institutions.

Open edX is mature enough to form part of the most important universities in the world and has a huge and important community behind it. If you want to get massive capabilities you'd better choose Open edX.

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