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Moodle magic

November 11, 2012

Over the coming weeks junita and I will showcase and use a learning management system (LMS) called Moodle. Moodle -Modular Object Orientated Learning Environment, was designed, develped and built by an Australian educator who needed a tool to assist him in recording the outcomes of his PhD research. What ended up happening is that he got so involved in the research tool, that his PhD was never completed, but Moodle has grown to be one of the most widely used LMS systems in the world, with over 1milion registered users.
One of the most fantastic things about Moodle is that is is part of the Open Source Research Network – meaning that it is totally free to use. The source code is freely available for you to download and install into your own server, and with the right technological know how, you can have a Moodle site up and running in less than an hour. For most of us, however, this is a bit beyond our reach, but thankfully there are loads of ‘moodle’ instances out there for use. What else is great about the open source nature of the platform and Moodle, is that people around the world are continually writing code for Moodle.
What does this mean – well, firstly it is continually growing, but the growth is governed by the users – if people want Moodle to do something particular they write the code for it, and then if it is a popular download, it gets added to the core code. This is how Moodle has been able to evolve to meet the growing needs of learners and educators alike. All of the ‘plugins’ that have been written and approved of by the Moodle developers are available for download from the Moodle website – Moodle.org. In fact, EVERYTHING you need to know or want to know a out Moodle will and can be fond here. A fantastic resource.
The other fantastic thing about Moodle is that it is supported by a vibrant community of users, developers, code writers, people like you and I – all of which are interested in using Moodle for learning. If you want to ask a question or have a problem, you can post it to the community forums and quicker than you can say ‘Rumplestiltskin’ you will have a response, and sometimes several. Fantastic really, particularly when you need to make urgent changes or you just cannot get something to work out.

Another great feature is that Moodle integrates easily with existing management tools, payment gateways, eportfolio’s, Content management systems, Blogs, Wiki’s, YouTube, Prezi – basically any software or Web 2.0 tool, Moodle can accommodate. This makes creating content, activities and assessments easy, dynamic and above all engaging. When it comes down to it, Moodle is basically a Web page that you can customize to suit you individual needs. Something well worth exploring for your organisation.

I could go on and on about Moodle here, but I think it will be better if we show you first hand what Moodle can do, so make sure you block out Tuesdays for the upcoming weeks. It will be well worth it. I really love Moodle and use it a lot for my work and I can show you many fantastic things that you can do with it. I am excited to be able to show you.

Keep your eLearning journey going strong- make a blog post here, share information on twitter, curate a page in Scoop.it and follow a eCapability on Facebook to keep up to date with all things digital.

See you inside the virtual space soon…..
Leo

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