After much deliberation, I have committed to Moodle as the foundation of our new intranet web site. Drupal was too oriented toward the whole community. Elgg was too oriented to the individual. Especially with the v1.6 release, Moodle offers a balanced mix of tools oriented toward the individual, groups of varying kinds, and the whole community.
Today, I experimented with two critical CMS features. The first was to use Moodle as a simple CMS (content management system) to maintain static content. I migrated two pages from other locations on our intranet: a page of teacher tools and a Spanish II class web site. So far, direct editing of a block and posting new “web page” resource links seem to do the trick. It’s not as flexible as a wiki, but it works for most content, and the wiki activity module is always there should it be required.
The second experiment was to integrate Gallery into Moodle. This is important for the many photo collections people have posted to the main Catlin web site. The experiment went brilliantly. Most users won’t even need to visit Gallery directly, as all Gallery functionality is now present within Moodle. One key lesson was that the Moodle Gallery plugin works with Gallery version 2.0.4, not the latest 2.1.
Those of you playing at home, you will find the new site at inside.catlin.edu