With the introduction of several new learning platforms in 2011 (Instructure, Sophia, CourseKit, OpenClass and others) there’s a new buzz word in the realm of LMSs: “Social”. Which is ironic since Moodle was built to introduce the “use of Open Source software to support a social constructionist epistemology of teaching and learning” [emphasis mine, link].
Check out a few of the “Social Learning Platforms” below:
My personal opinion about any specific Learning Management Systems is driven by two things: 1 the ability to control/customize the system to do what is necessary and 2 the availability of content and resources that can be integrated into said LMS. Those two driving forces really open the door to utilize any learning management system (and deep down if you really look they all provide the same basic tool set and could each be customized to mimic one another, Blackboard included).