Thursday, February 12, 2009

See How Easily You Can Moodle

Have you ever used Moodle? Do you know what it is?

Moodle is an Open Source Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It has become very popular among educators around the world as a tool for creating online dynamic web sites for their students. To work, it needs to be installed on a web server somewhere, either on one of your own computers or one at a web hosting company.

The focus of the Moodle project is always on giving educators the best tools to manage and promote learning, but there are many ways to use Moodle:

Moodle has features that allow it to scale to very large deployments and hundreds of thousands of students, yet it can also be used at much smaller sites, such as an elementary school.

Many institutions use it as their platform to conduct fully online courses, while some use it simply to augment face-to-face courses (known as blended learning).

Many users like to use the many activity modules (such as Forums, Wikis, Databases and so on) to build richly collaborative communities of learning around their subject matter (in the social constructionist tradition), while others prefer to use Moodle as a way to deliver content to students (such as standard SCORM packages) and assess learning using assignments or quizzes.

Here are the most current statistics involving Moodle:

Registered validated sites: 49,232
Number of countries: 204
Courses: 2,583,698
Users: 28,230,855
Teachers: 1,862,814
Enrolments: 21,415,299
Forum posts: 35,977,349
Resources: 20,583,768
Quiz questions: 27,759,450

Go to Moodle's demonstration site and see how easy it is to Moodle!

Just in case you are curious, Moodle is an acronym for "Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment." Originally the M stood for "Martin's", named after Martin Dougiamas, the original developer. J.T.

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