Moodle is the world’s most popular learning management system. Moodle is flexible and scaleable software designed to help educators create interactive and collaborative online learning experiences. Moodle originated in Australia around a decade ago and has since been internationalised in more than 200 countries and 100 languages. The official community site has more than a million registered users.
There are numerous ways in which Moodle can be effectively used. These include
staff compliance, induction training, workplace assessment, the delivery of online courses and continuing professional development. Being open source software, there is a large amount of community support toward the development of third-party plugins to extend Moodle’s core functionality.
Moodle is freely available without licensing costs, however, it does take some level of technical expertise to install, configure and secure the software on a web server. Once deployed, it can be easily managed by a qualified system administrator.
Moodle’s key administrative functions include the ability to control authentication, perform bulk user actions, manage accounts, change site appearance, assign roles and permissions, automate course backups and generate various reports. Moodle enables integration with external systems, e-commerce plugins and SCORM compliance. Moodle is proactive with respect to data security and information privacy of its users, hence, patches are released on a periodic basis and there are global settings that can be configured by the system administrator.
Course creators can add online activities and resources intended for their learners. Moodle’s standard activities include assignment, forum, chat, messaging, blog, quiz and wiki. The learning sequence may be totally non-linear or controlled so learners engage with online course objects in a structured fashion. User activity and course completion tracking are monitored, moreover, assessment grades and feedback can be reported in real-time via the web.
Moodle enables online content to be distributed in several ways. Course participants can quickly upload existing files from their device, disk, or network. Using Moodle repositories, it is possible to import content and media from Cloud-based services such as Google Docs, YouTube, Flickr, Boxnet and Dropbox. On the same token, content can be export from Moodle to third-party services.