Content Management Systems (CMS) and Learning Management Systems (LMS) are different types of systems that have different purposes. A district may need both types of systems.
A Content Management System (CMS) is used to create a framework for the content of a web site. It makes it easy for a large number of people to contribute content to a website without needing expensive software.
Moodle is a Learning Management System (LMS). A learning management system is Internet based software that manages student enrollment, tracks student performance and records student data, and allows delivery of e-learning education courses. It is most often used to deliver online or blended/hybrid instruction.
|Content Management System||Moodle|
|Primary focus||To create a system to easily upload information to the web. The primary use is to distribute information or push information.||To create a social constructivist learning platform for e-learning.|
|Management of online courses||No||Yes|
|Performance Reporting of activities, assignments, and assessments||No||Yes|
|Supports Learner Collaboration||No||YesIncludes blogs, wikis, interactive chats, peer review systems, discussion boards|
|Measures student meeting of pre-defined outcomes||No||Yes|
|Creation of quiz questions and test administration||No||Yes|
|Dynamic pre-testing and adaptive learning environments||No||Yes|
|Can serve up content based on learner needs and abilities||No||Yes|
|Automate record keeping||No||Yes|
|Stores learner profile||No||Yes|
A short video explaining Moodle is available at http://www.eclass4learning.com/why-moodle/