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Learn about Moodle


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An introduction to the Moodle e-learning online system, for an Open University audience - academics and educators. Presentation at the Learn about fair, The Open University, January 2008.

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Learn about Moodle

  1. 1. Learn about…Moodle <ul><li>Learn about fair, 17 January 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Nick Freear </li></ul>
  2. 2. Moodle – what is it? <ul><li>Course management system, virtual learning environment </li></ul><ul><li>Open source – GPL licence, free to modify, run </li></ul><ul><ul><li>like Linux, Apache, Mozilla Firefox browser </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment ” </li></ul><ul><li>( backcronym?) </li></ul>
  3. 3. course page
  4. 4. Who’s doing it? <ul><li>Creator/ lead developer: Martin Dougiamas, Perth Australia (school of the air, PhD project) – Moodle 1.0 2002 </li></ul><ul><li>Core developers in: Australia, New Zealand, Czech Republic, Spain, UK … </li></ul><ul><li>Open University: development team, OUVLE (phase 1-July ’08) & OpenLearn </li></ul><ul><li>Competitors, commercial: Blackboard, WebCT … </li></ul><ul><li>Competitors, open source: Sakai … </li></ul>
  5. 5. Why is it significant? <ul><li>A social constructivist approach to learning – learner as teacher, collaboration, observation </li></ul><ul><li>Less rigid than other VLEs – not just ‘pushing content to learners’ </li></ul><ul><li>A pedagogical basis </li></ul><ul><li>Potential to engage & challenge learners </li></ul>
  6. 6. Considerations <ul><li>Open source – does not rely on single product vendor </li></ul><ul><li>Development, support – shared by a large user-community, core developers, Moodle Pty consultancy & nearly 40 partners </li></ul><ul><li>Business model – partner subscription, consultancy… </li></ul><ul><li>Low risk – source code will not be ‘closed’, critical mass, development & support will not cease </li></ul><ul><li>Organisations need to add modules, integrate – in-house developers or consultants. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Implications <ul><li>Moodle allows students to interact and adapt resources </li></ul><ul><li>A student-centred environment </li></ul><ul><li>Course texts plus quizzes, other activities – wiki, database… </li></ul><ul><li>Social constructionist philosophy </li></ul><ul><li>Continue work to make the OU and Moodle fit together . </li></ul>
  8. 8. Useful links/ contacts <ul><li>Moodle website http:// / </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle wiki – introduction http:// </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>OU VLE project website </li></ul><ul><li>Nick Freear , Application/Web Developer, Institute of Educational Technology, [email_address] </li></ul>