So far I have been extremely satisfied with the functionality of Edmodo in my 8th grade Spanish class. A major advantage was organizing all digital resources for student access in one place. When Edmodo announced over the summer that they were going to add a quiz option, it was great news with lots of potential.
Moodle has been a reliable (relatively) and effective way to assess the students. So it made sense to compare the quiz options in Moodle and Edmodo. I have years experience creating quizzes on Moodle, but have only been experimenting with Edmodo quizzes for a couple weeks. There might be additional features that I have not discovered yet.
~ Moodle ~
- Question Types: Drag and Drop, Essay, Image Target, Matching, Cloze, Multiple Choice, Short Answer, Numerical, Order, True/False, and more
- Question Bank: Questions can be created and stored by category and sub categories.
- Timing: The quiz can be given a time limit. You can set open and close time for the quiz. There is also the option to set a minimum length of time between attempts.
- Grading: For most of the question types – you can set correct responses, partially correct responses, etc. It gives lots of options. After students have taken the quiz, you can look at the Item Analysis and modify accepted answers, then Re-grade all the quizzes. Not convenient for the questions that need to be graded by hand.
- Features: Moodle gives lots of options to set up and grade the quizzes. There is an adaptive mode, chance for multiple attempts on the quiz, feedback per question, feedback by grade, passwords, etc. There are more question types than I know what to do with.
~ Edmodo ~
- Question Types: Multiple Choice, True/False, Short Answer, & Fill in the Blank
- Question Bank: No
- Timing: Can set the amount of time a student has for the quiz, but can not set an open/close time for the quiz.
- Grading: Easy to grade for questions that did not match with the set correct choice. No way to program multiple acceptable right answers.
- Features: Each question displays on a its own ‘page’ some students need to see how to navigate it.
The winner (at least for now) is Moodle. Don’t feel too bad for Edmodo, they are winning in most of the other areas for a course management system.