Moodle over Google Classroom?

Moodle over Google Classroom?

by Amanda Hawkins -
Number of replies: 5


I realize I am in a MoodleHUB site, so this may be an odd question, but...

My division is starting to implement a formal plan to begin creating our own courses. The proposal is to have teachers within our division apply and create courses for the division, to be created on Google Classroom.

Is Google Classroom flexible enough & realistic to be the main/only site used to create distance learning courses for the division? I feel there has to be a reason that most divisions don't use Google Classroom as their primary source of distance learning courses. What are the drawbacks/limitations? 

Thank you so much in advance for the input/help!

In reply to Amanda Hawkins

Re: Moodle over Google Classroom?

by Yolanda Chang -

Hi Amanda,

In my experience, it's very difficult to clone/share Google Classroom courses between teachers. I've had many issues when "copying" a course that a lot of files do not copy over correctly to the new course. It is also very difficult to update documents (such as assignments) without updating each teacher's classroom manually. 

I also feel that Google Classroom is much more limited in how the course content can be organized. All the content is just in a big list and if you have many elements it can get overwhelming and difficult to find what you're looking for. The gradebook is also not very user friendly.

Just my 2 cents.

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Re: Moodle over Google Classroom?

by Amanda Hawkins -
Thank you so much. I don't have enough experience with creating courses on any platform to be able to articulate why Classroom would not be a good choice. This is very helpful to be able to bring to administration. I appreciate it!
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Re: Moodle over Google Classroom?

by Alexandra Rosilius -

I'm in the NWT and we have all switched over to using only Google Classroom.

It has a lot of limitations in the kinds of questions you can ask, and automatic marking is largely gone.

For most teachers who never got into the coded side of tests, it works absolutely fine, and it is one single digital suite with email, and the live meets, and the resources all in one space.

Overall I've found it positive. 

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Re: Moodle over Google Classroom?

by Colin Byers -

I don't think Google Classroom is robust enough. It lacks many tools regarding student management, grading, data, and flexibility of overall design. I know some people love it, but I'd take Moodle over Google Classroom in an heartbeat. 

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Re: Moodle over Google Classroom?

by Pax Crawley -

I've used both. As a teacher, Moodle is more flexible for creating course content. It also has some great teacher features like grade me that shows a list of what assignments still need grading. You can see when a student was last logged in and what they have looked at (and how many times). I have posted an example from a student. 

You can easily set due dates with cut offs (can't submit late without permission) for each assignment and give extensions to individual students. 

They both have rubric systems for easier grading. They both allow you to create sections for organization. Moodle allows you to create user groups so that only certain students can see certain sections. This works well if you have say a 10/20/30 level split class and want to use 1 Moodle page. 

For creating content, Google classroom is pretty limited 

Whereas Moodle has a multitude of things you can create.

I use the forum a lot where students can post photos and comment on each others photos for an interactive class experience.

Google works for a very basic online class. You can create assignments and Material. It certainly doesn't have the same features as Moodle for a virtual classroom and it doesn't have the same teacher tools that make online teaching easier.

If you are going to be teaching online, I would check out

Which lets you create content that you can use with Google Classroom and Moodle


Which lets you create interactive polls and presentations to enhance your teaching.

I hope this helps 

Pax Crawley