The Educator's PLN

The personal learning network for educators

I'm involved in a cross-cultural project with other teachers at the moment and, after considering our options, have decided to use a Ning to work with our students (rather than (only) a wiki, as we'd considered in the first place).

I'd be interested to hear your opinions on why you'd choose Moodle or a Ning as VLE for students.


Views: 301

Replies to This Discussion

Hi Beatriz,

I'd use Moodle! Five years ago I was asked to participate in two cross cultural projects, an online course, with teachers and students, called CABWEB. Collaborating Across Borders and JILID.

The teachers and students. were faculty from a college in Manchester, UK and in Stuttgart, Germany. It was a great experience! The courses were entitled, Colors and Rock and Roles

. In both courses we were examining culture and race. In the Rock and Roles course which I co- authored with my business partner, Gina Russell Stevens,we were examining how gender and lyrics affected our musical tastes, impressions and lives.

Because we spanned time zones, Moodle's capabilities and features suited us best. You can log in as a guest in the CABWEB course to check it out.

Hi Beatriz,
Ning is a great space for social networking, communication and sharing ideas, videos etc. You can build your PLN network with other members via the self registration in groups and it is great for publicising live online events and hashtags and extending conversations beyond an event.

Moodle is a dynamic learning environment which also integrates communication and collaboration but it needs to be setup (Moodle is relatively intuitive and there is a great community which provides help eg on forums). However, it provides a large range of other functionality and tools that Ning does not provide and includes the ability to provide assessment, personal reflection, collaborative activities & peer review, forums, quizzes, glossaries, blog, SCORM objects, assignments including an upload (digital drop box) facility and much more.

It includes the ability to track, monitor, record assessment (includes a gradebook). You can customise, add widgets and third party modules and Web2.0 tools. I think the wiki in Moodle is not as good as some of the popular wikis but will improve in the next version (Moodle 2.0). You can use another wiki and add it as a link if you wish.
You do need to have your Moodle site hosted somewhere whereas Ning takes care of this aspect.

It depends on your purpose.
I love both Moodle and Ning. Your need suggests that Moodle would be the better option. You could check out Tomaz Lasic's 2 minute moodles on Vimeo. Here is one example. And take up Sheila's kind offer.
Goood luck!
Moodle is more of a place for me to host and run a blended classroom...I have used several Moodles all year and have loved the results...obviously, it has some idiosyncrasies, but it will work well with planning and flexibility. I tried to add the Ning to the class, but most of my students so liked the Moodle that they did not want to use the Ning One option I have considered is using the Ning as the students' web presence, so they can access anywhere anytime, but have the Moodle as my classroom site...another option for students would be a Google Sites student with a Google account...and looks more like a traditional webpage...the template looks very easy to use.
Dear Yvonne, Sheila and Ted,

Thank you very much for your detailed advice and huge apologies to Yvonne and Sheila for a very late reply.

Ning sounds like the best environment for this project from your explanations -and Sheila's projects sound really exciting!!! I'll check out the CABWEB course as a guest if it's still alright and watch the video suggested by Yvonne.

@Ted: it seems your students feel a bit like I do; I really enjoyed the courses I've taken on a Moodle and wouldn't probably change into a Ning -but since we'll be working with more than one class and even individual students and teachers, a Ning sounds the way to go. I'll check out Google Sites -I wasn't aware of that feature.

Thanks again for the advice. I'm really sorry it took me so long to reply.




Thomas Whitby created this Ning Network.

Latest Activity

Christy Glore joined Shelly Terrell's group


Join this group to extend the discussion of edchat topics!
John Maker commented on Regina Adams's blog post To let or not to let your children to play gambling games?
"I think gambling for young kids is not a good idea. But in general I think it can be like a normal hobby. I play for fun quite often with paypal casino nz and don't spend many money on this. Now you can play even with $1. Such games are good…"
Dec 2
John Maker commented on Veronica Hunt's blog post 10 Top Essay Writing Tools To Ease Your Students’ Lives
"Hi there! Good post, these tips are really useful! I also can share one website which can help you to save time when you writing essay. It is StudyMoose, here you can find many essay examples. Like example check these military essays…"
Dec 1
John Maker commented on Jennifer Broflowski's blog post Symptoms You Should Never Ignore.
"Good post! I also can say that you should pay attention on your mental health. Almost all our problems are from this..If you suffer from insomnia, depression or stress you should do something with this! As for me I found good decision, it is CBD…"
Nov 23
Julia Galkina updated their profile
Nov 19
John Maker commented on Thomas Whitby's video

Dan Pink on Motivation in Business.

"Great video! I also want to ask question about accounting for business. I read that modern companies prefer to hire remote accountants for tax filing and other work. Is it good variant? I have small business in Singapore and I want to try services…"
Nov 18
Ruth Herman Wells posted an event

Portland OR Teacher Classroom Management Course at Courtyard by Marriott

October 8, 2020 to October 9, 2020
Management problems in the classroom ends here. This Teacher Classroom Management Course delivers hundreds of strategies for students who struggle with motivation, depression, work refusal, violence and more. Visit our website for more information, or via email ( or call toll-free to 1-800-545-5736See More
Nov 13
Kelly Leon posted blog posts
Nov 12

© 2019   Created by Thomas Whitby.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service