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Moodle: (noun) Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment To moodle: (verb) the activity of tinkering with things as they come to you, which causes creativity and development. Ideally the way that Moodle is used and was originally created.
A – Nothing
B – Heard of it but haven’t used it
C – Used it as a learner or participant
D – Used it as a teacher
E - Used it as an developer/administrator
What do you know about Moodle?
Code is made freely available for modification and improvement for educational purposes
This benefits both users and developers as improvements are made for all to access and ideally increases the quality of the product
In comparison to commercial platforms, there is no financial gain in development or intellectual property, so a wide audience is welcome and happy to contribute to it’s growth without holding onto IP
Free and open source software
Created by Martin Dougiamas, originally a developer for WebCT at Curtin University
Influenced by a thesis he wrote on the use of open source software to support a social constructionist philosophy to teaching
Moderated by the Moodle company in Perth Western Australia
Features of Moodle
It is highly compatible and interoperable with other content management systems, web 2.0 tools, RSS and Atom feeds, supports Flash content, webpages, video and most other widgets and interacts with many student management systems eg. CAS
Has wysiwyg and html editing so offers both easy and flexible editing
Is SCORM compatible and compliant to the Australian eStandards
Features of Moodle
Graphical themes – editable and tailored
Features of Moodle Activities, resources and questions
Moodle has a huge range of plugins and modules that can be used to enhance and tailor you Learning Management System for the benefits of your learners and staff
These may include:
Google search bars
Audio and Videoconferencing
And many, many more.
Support for Moodle
Moodle is generally used by the internet savvy but information is available and reasonably easy to understand.
Forums are available for members to search and post questions
Face to face training is available from Moodle.com.au
Registered Moodle owners are listed on the Moodle website and are easily contactable for implementation advice
Free instructional Moodle compatible training programs can be found by searching the Moodle website or Google
Many publications available
Instructional videos – YouTube etc.
How do you use it?
There is a range of ways that Moodle can be introduced into elearning.
Structured courses by topic
Structured courses by date
Non structured learning resource environments
Collaborative spaces for project management
Lets show you around
Modules and Plugins
Behind the Moodle – the files you can edit
Continuing Education Bendigo Ltd
(03) 5430 2100
Poll As a result of the session I will : A: start to explore Moodle and its possibilities. B: need more information and PD. C: do nothing. Not convinced yet.
Let’s continue the conversation! http://ementors.acfe.vic.edu.au/moodle
Part of a bigger picture: Ementor network
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