Thanks for your notes on this subject. Positive mentions of open source
projects are a good thing, and I bet more decision makers have clicked
on moodle.org in the past two weeks than have in the past six months.
But we need to be careful about such things. Remember the early 90s,
when we all sat around saying things like "The 'net is good, and must be
protected!'? Well, to bring it up to date, all you have to do is cut
'net' and paste in 'open-source'. Claims like the one below may actually
be harmful to the whole project. Telling my colleagues and me that
Moodle has a larger market penetration than the big dogs in the field...
well, that may be true on some planet, but not the one we live on. And
I'm thrilled that "The Witches' Broom Learning Center" found an LMS to
run, but as much as I'm personally fond of both Demeter and Artemis,
their adherence is unlikely to influence my call on any LMS. ;) I kid
you not: http://thewitchesbroom.com/Class/modules/news/ listed at
Large Universities, successfully running full scale implementations (not
just departmental or single faculty test projects), that's what will get
the project you favor noticed... and until there's a list of those,
inflated claims are unlikely to persuade many people, and may personally
lose you some mindshare...
Dr. William Lantry
Director, Academic Technology
The Catholic University of America
From: Zack Rosen [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2006 2:05 AM
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Subject: [CIO] Higher-Ed LMS Market Penetration
Since Blackboard just bought WebCT I thought it would be interesting
to do a market penetration analysis. Here are my results:
Moodle: 2,981- 54%
8,772 X (348 / 1024)
Blackboard + WebCT: 2,500 - 45%
3,700 - 1,200 K-12
Sakai: 35 - .63%
Taken from the Sakai partners page.
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