What’s in a name?<br />Modular Object Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment<br />Also a verb that describes the process of...
Moodle Mythbusters<br />
Moodle might be fine for small schools, but it’s not powerful enough for an institution as large as mine.<br />BUSTED<br /...
About Moodle<br />Is an active and evolving work in progress<br />Started in the ‘90s, first released in 2002<br />Moodle....
Martin Dougiamas<br />Background in Information Technology<br />Began developing Moodle while working as a System Administ...
Moodle Architecture<br />Designed to support a social constructionist framework of education<br />Learning is more effecti...
Once Moodle is stable, it will be put under license. If it were any good, they’d already be charging for it.<br />BUSTED<b...
Is it really free?<br />Moodle is provided freely as Open Source software <br />"I'm committed to continuing my work on Mo...
Open Source<br />The software itself is free, but the company makes money from it in other ways<br />Server hosting<br />C...
There’s no documentation, training or technical support available for Moodle – you’re on your own<br />BUSTED<br />CONFIRM...
Moodle.org<br />Currently over 452,000 registered users (June 08) <br />Averages over 500 new users each day<br />All of t...
Student Feedback<br />Student feedback has been very positive<br />Students just “get it”<br />
Faculty Feedback<br />Overall very positive<br />Once they get started they love it<br />Course conversion is not easy<br ...
Moodle: Layout<br />List of Blocks <br />
Here are some of our favorite Moodle features!<br />
Moodle: Participants<br />Can filter by time since last activity.<br />Can sort by all column headings.<br />Displays pict...
Moodle: Resources & Activities<br />Moodle gives you two types of items to add.<br />Resources are things for students to ...
Moodle: Grading<br />
Moodle: Reports<br />WOW, WOW, WOW!!!<br />Can see details about every click made.<br />Can sort, filter and view in great...
Moodle: Message<br />A hybrid between instant messaging and email<br />If a student is online, when you send a message an ...
Moodle: Calendar<br />Big WOW!<br />Displayed prominently on the main course page.<br />All due dates are auto-linked dire...
Moodle: Glossary<br />Your students can post glossary entries or you can restrict this privilege to instructors only.<br /...
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  • So, that would be one larger than the UK&apos;s Open University, with 180,000 students, yes? The OU has announced that they&apos;re moving to Moodle as their institutional VLE, and there are plenty of other large institutions officially using Moodle, and a good number of others where sections are.
  • Martin Dougiamas is on record that Moodle will always be free and under the GPL. Even if it weren&apos;t, the community could take the latest GPL code and continue development from there. One of the reasons why Moodle&apos;s so good is that it&apos;s open source code, and so the world wide educational community can contribute to making it better still.
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  • Getting to know Moodle and some Mythbusters

    1. 1. What’s in a name?<br />Modular Object Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment<br />Also a verb that describes the process of lazily meandering through something, doing things as it occurs to you to do them, an enjoyable tinkering that often leads to insight and creativity<br />Anyone who uses Moodle is a Moodler<br />
    2. 2. Moodle Mythbusters<br />
    3. 3. Moodle might be fine for small schools, but it’s not powerful enough for an institution as large as mine.<br />BUSTED<br />CONFIRMED<br />
    4. 4. About Moodle<br />Is an active and evolving work in progress<br />Started in the ‘90s, first released in 2002<br />Moodle.org user community<br />Moodle.com company website<br />Moodle Stats as of June 16, 2008:<br />45,271 registered sitesin 199 countries <br />1,985,661 Courses<br />20,535,286 Users<br />1,912,476 Teachers<br />
    5. 5. Martin Dougiamas<br />Background in Information Technology<br />Began developing Moodle while working as a System Administrator for Web CT<br />Web CT and Blackboard frustrated him “There had to be a better way”<br />Went on to complete a Masters and PhD in education. Moodle was his thesis project.<br />“It is crucial to me that this software be easy to use - in fact it should be as intuitive as possible. “ Martin Dougiamas<br />
    6. 6. Moodle Architecture<br />Designed to support a social constructionist framework of education<br />Learning is more effective when constructing something for others to experience<br />Students learn from each other and the teacher<br />Moodle is not constrained by what will sell well, so the code that is developed is often at the cutting edge of educational thinking<br />
    7. 7. Once Moodle is stable, it will be put under license. If it were any good, they’d already be charging for it.<br />BUSTED<br />CONFIRMED<br />
    8. 8. Is it really free?<br />Moodle is provided freely as Open Source software <br />"I'm committed to continuing my work on Moodle and on keeping it Open and Free. I have a deeply-held belief in the importance of unrestricted education and empowered teaching, and Moodle is the main way I can contribute to the realization of these ideals." - Martin Dougiamas<br />
    9. 9. Open Source<br />The software itself is free, but the company makes money from it in other ways<br />Server hosting<br />Customization<br />Users are guaranteed the right to copy, modify and redistribute the software<br />The software is supported and updated by the company<br />More importantly though, it’s also supported by a huge online community of enthusiasts – Moodle.org<br />
    10. 10. There’s no documentation, training or technical support available for Moodle – you’re on your own<br />BUSTED<br />CONFIRMED<br />
    11. 11. Moodle.org<br />Currently over 452,000 registered users (June 08) <br />Averages over 500 new users each day<br />All of these people have a vested interest in finding and fixing errors and making improvements to Moodle.<br /><ul><li>Due to community effort Open source software tends to be more secure, more stable and more quickly developed than equivalent closed source (proprietary) software</li></li></ul><li>Students find Moodle very user friendly.<br />BUSTED<br />CONFIRMED<br />
    12. 12. Student Feedback<br />Student feedback has been very positive<br />Students just “get it”<br />
    13. 13. Faculty Feedback<br />Overall very positive<br />Once they get started they love it<br />Course conversion is not easy<br />Moodle is a mind-set shift; some handle it better than others<br />Instructors that tend to use discussion boards, chats and group projects seem to be the most enthusiastic<br />
    14. 14. Moodle: Layout<br />List of Blocks <br />
    15. 15. Here are some of our favorite Moodle features!<br />
    16. 16. Moodle: Participants<br />Can filter by time since last activity.<br />Can sort by all column headings.<br />Displays pictures, if added to profile.<br />Gives quick access to student’s profile & blogs.<br />Can quickly send messages to selected students from this screen.<br />Participants Screen <br />
    17. 17. Moodle: Resources & Activities<br />Moodle gives you two types of items to add.<br />Resources are things for students to look at or read.<br />Activities are things for students to do.<br />Moodle Activities <br />Moodle Resources<br />
    18. 18. Moodle: Grading<br />
    19. 19. Moodle: Reports<br />WOW, WOW, WOW!!!<br />Can see details about every click made.<br />Can sort, filter and view in greater detail.<br />Reports screen<br />
    20. 20. Moodle: Message<br />A hybrid between instant messaging and email<br />If a student is online, when you send a message an instant message box alerts them to your message immediately<br />If they are not online an email is sent<br />You can message students in bulk from the Participants screen.<br />A Message History log is saved of all messages you send through Moodle. <br />Messages are automatically sent to student whenever you post grades.<br />Incoming message <br />
    21. 21. Moodle: Calendar<br />Big WOW!<br />Displayed prominently on the main course page.<br />All due dates are auto-linked directly into the calendar.<br />Mouse over highlighted date for more info.<br />Students absolutely love this feature.<br />Events can be set at the school, class, group & participant level.<br />
    22. 22. Moodle: Glossary<br />Your students can post glossary entries or you can restrict this privilege to instructors only.<br />If a term in the glossary appears with-in the course, it is auto linked back to its definition.<br />You can turn this feature on and off.<br />

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