10 reasons to move to Moodle 2 from Moodle 1.9

Since Moodle 2 was released in November 2010, I have given a number presentations on Moodle 2.x on how it was different to Moodle 1.9.

It is a question that is asked a lot, about the differences between Moodle 1.9 and Moodle 2.  There have been a lot of tweets, presentations and posts about why people should move or shouldn’t move to Moodle 2. So I thought I should do an article on what I believe are the 10 key reasons to move to Moodle 2.

10 reasons?

However therein lies a problem.

There are so many reasons for considering Moodle 2, that I found it just not possible to choose my 10 top reasons.

So what to do?

I have created three presentations on 10 reasons to move to Moodle 2 (so yes, that is 30 reasons, but in no particular order) and will be asking you,  my blog readers to then vote for which reasons you feel are the key ones and see if together we can find a top 10.

** of course there are a number of other reasons not mentioned in the 3 presentations but maybe thats for a 4th video 😉


Moodle 2 contained a significant number of compelling new features. Moodle 2.1 also pushed the feature list to improve the platform. Between them Moodle 2.x now has a large range of feature improvements over Moodle 1.9.

Some of the improvements are fundamental to how Moodle works, some are neat feature additions and some are massive leaps forward in usability and functionality.

So which are the top 10?

Which of those are the most important, most significant?

Join me in this road of exploration through some of the Moodle features.


Each presentation will be available on YouTube (slides & voice), the slides on Slideshare. I will be adding them as mp3s later on too.

Here are the links to the first presentation

“10 reasons to move to Moodle 2” (Part 1)

If you want to vote for your 10 reasons, please comment on this, or the other videos!
Keep an eye out for the other 2 presentations.
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10 Responses to 10 reasons to move to Moodle 2 from Moodle 1.9

  1. How challenging is the migration from 1.9 to 2.1? A year or so ago, I recall seeing lots of people in the Moodle forums complaining about glitches in the upgrade. It was common to see recommendations to people to wait unless they had a specific need while problems were smoothed out. I admit I haven’t been following the forums as closely lately, so I’m wondering if the situation has improved.

    I would love to see a post with tips for migration, perhaps with suggestions for common problems or issues to watch for.

  2. ghenrick says:

    HI Chris,

    Aiming to tackle that in a whitepaper in a couple of months.


  3. Awesome. I’ll be looking forward to it.

  4. David says:

    Do you know if there’s been any movement with Google integration with Moodle 2.
    Our 1.9 is integrated with Google and i can’t move until that’s sorted.

  5. So far I’m voting for
    * Improved Course Options
    * Conditional Activities (can’t wait to have these)
    * Improved Quiz

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  9. Eric says:

    I find it funny to find this post. I’ve migrated to D2L because I’ve found NOTHING, and I mean ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to commend version 2 over 1.9.

    Version 2 has broken file management–there isn’t any (whoever thought that was a good idea I don’t know).

    It’s also broken groups. Whereas you used to be able to sort on any number of very useful criteria (for e.g. last time a student logged in) now it seems like you can sort on next to no criteria.

    And, the icing on the cake? Editing is broken. In version 1.9 you could (after turning on editing) at least go into an assignment you created and then click edit to modify it. Now, the ONLY way to edit an assignment is to click on the tiny, teensy, next to impossible to click on the first try pencil icon.

    All in all Moodle 2 is a disaster. Normally I can find things to commend new software but I REALLY cannot recommend Moodle 2. It’s a step backwards without providing anything in return 🙁 🙁 🙁

    • ghenrick says:

      Hey Eric,

      File management is certainly different, but I would have to not agree about broken. Yes Moodle is no longer a file dump, however the repository integration and in 2.3 the alias linking, is really a major move forward, imo.

      Not sure what you mean by the groups issue, is it when creating groups or viewing groups on participant list?

      With Editing, when you create an activity (assignment for example), you can go into it and using the settings block click Edit Settings, all the important control links for the assignment are now within the settings block. or perhaps I am missing something!

      No piece of software is for everyone, hope your new system delivers for you!

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