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General Information
    • ISSN: 2010-3689
    • Frequency: Bimonthly (2011-2014); Monthly (Since 2015)
    • DOI: 10.18178/IJIET
    • Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Steve Thatcher
    • Executive Editor: Ms. Nancy Y. Liu
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Editor-in-chief
Prof. Dr. Steve Thatcher
QUniversity, Australia
It is my honor to be the editor-in-chief of IJIET. The journal publishes good-quality papers which focous on the advanced researches in the field of information and education technology. Hopefully, IJIET will become a recognized journal among the scholars in the related fields.

IJIET 2018 Vol.8(7): 514-519 ISSN: 2010-3689
doi: 10.18178/ijiet.2018.8.7.1091

The Educational Potentialities of the Virtual Learning Environments Moodle and Canvas: A Comparative Study

Márcia Gorett Ribeiro Grossi, Michelle Cristina Almeida de Souza Elias, Camila Macedo Chamon, and Débora Cristina Cordeiro Campos Leal
Abstract—The advancement of digital information and communication technologies allowed the development of Virtual Learning Environments, which are the spaces where classes offered in distance education take place. Currently there are several virtual learning environments, but the most noteworthy are Moodle and Canvas, which are software that have open programming codes and are freely accessible and provide features such as usability, reliability and mobility. That is why these virtual environments have been adopted by many educational institutions in Brazil. Thus, the present study aimed to compare the technological parameters of the Virtual Learning Environments Moodle and Canvas, in order to facilitate the choice of a virtual environment to be used for educational purposes. It was chosen the qualitative, exploratory and descriptive research which was carried out in 2017. At the end of the research it was possible to realize that both Moodle and Canvas present similar evaluations. However, Canvas was more complete, collaborative and intuitive interface in the results analyzed, in relation to Moodle. In addition, Canvas uses a programming language more modern than Moodle, presenting an updated technology: cloud computing, which represents an advantage over Moodle.

Index Terms—Distance education, virtual learning environments, moodle, canvas.

The authors are with the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil (e-mail: marciagrossi@terra.com.br, micheleng.bio@gmail.com, cmchamon@gmail.com, deboracristinaleal@hotmail.com).

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Cite: Márcia Gorett Ribeiro Grossi, Michelle Cristina Almeida de Souza Elias, Camila Macedo Chamon, and Débora Cristina Cordeiro Campos Leal, "The Educational Potentialities of the Virtual Learning Environments Moodle and Canvas: A Comparative Study," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 8, no. 7, pp. 514-519, 2018.

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