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After being in use for more than 10 years, should Moodle be retired in favor of a newer software?

Moodle was developed by IBM for use in creating a virtual classroom. Being an open source program, this IMS system has continuously evolved and improved over time. This learning platform has been of tremendous help to me as a new user and I have also been told that it has the best online course platforms. While the software is used as an online classroom tool, one cannot help but wonder if the software should not be upgraded from the original yet?

Samantha Barber

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Kaitlin Dean on April 23, 2018

Seeing as this management operations system is an open sourced software language system, the software itself should not be retired because it continues to evolve as the software developers continue to make contributions to the software on a regular basis.

This system is the perfect place for new software developers to sharpen their skills. It is because of the fact that this software creates an educational setting for student software developers and professional developers. Community and sourced plugins help to make this program the best in its class.    

There is this old saying, “If it isn’t broken, then, there is no sense in fixing it.” The software allows for customizable adjustments to be made to the graphic interface. The look of the classroom can be changed if boredom begins to set in. Just flip things around and enhance certain presentations so that the e-learning tool can be updated and interesting in presentation and style.

Changing the software core code doesn’t make sense at this point. Sure, the software is a bit long in the tooth. However, that doesn’t mean that the age of the software has created an outdated programming code. This code is unique in the sense that, as with all open source codes, the code remains relevant and updated because of the continuous adjustments made by the open source participants. These innovative and imaginative software engineers have successfully extended the lifespan of the base software simply by continuing to find new ways and means to keep the software interesting and relevant based upon the evolving taste of the users.

International Business Machines or IBM, the owners of the original code meant it for NASA use. However, it found a more mainstream use for the software as an educational tool. Without this code, electronic classrooms would not have been developed and virtual learning would not have been possible. Therefore, in tribute to the roots of the software, it should not be changed, revised, or adjusted in any way. There haven’t been any complaints about the software performance so it would appear that the software has remained stable and sound in all its years of use. Don’t change it.

Charles McAlear2 years ago

Moodle that created the virtual classroom that I am using for my programming class gave me the opportunity to learn more and more about programming, all dependent upon the latest software version that has been used to create an appropriate basis for learning. The core open source code happily supports the innovations that the programmers make to the program. This software is a living and breathing program. It doesn’t need to be changed because it matures with its user and allows for the updated software to create one of the most user-friendly informative teaching tools in the market today. I don’t see any reason to support the retiring of this program. Only programs that have outlived its usefulness, those that are proprietorial such as the Windows and Mac software, should be retired in favor of newer and more updated versions. A self-updating program should be exempted from such considerations.


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