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The future with Moodle


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Paper presented at Moodlemoot Ireland & UK, Dublin, Ireland, 2-4 April 2012

Usually we think one of Moodle's great assets is its worldwide community. However, IMHO you may question whether the community as it is organized today can cope with future challenges.

IMHO what we need is:

1. an organized way to give the Moodle community a voice;
2. an open discussion on what is going on in the e-learning field and how we perceive these developments are valuable for our teaching/learning and have their impact on the position of Moodle.
3. an open discussion on the Moodle characteristics that are appreciated most by its users.
4. an assessment of alternative roadmaps for development.

As an example, the Open University has given various presentations on earlier Moodlemoots on the way this large educational "factory"organizes course development and has changed their own instance of Moodle (3000 changes, I once heard, if I remember correctly). I really want to know more about what they are doing. And I really would like to use that if it is more appropriate than Moodle’s standard edition. Or even better, if we agree on such changes, make them the standard edition. Of course such issues require careful discussion of advantages and disadvantages, and careful decision-making. A better organized community could initiate and facilitate this.

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The future with Moodle

  1. 1. - Pieter van der Hijden MSc Sofos Consultancy, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsTHE FUTURE WITH MOODLE 2012 – Sofos Consultancy / Pieter van der Hijden ( - This work is licensed undera Creative Commons Attribution- Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License. 1
  2. 2. - www.sofos.nlABOUT 2
  3. 3. - www.sofos.nlAGENDA 3
  4. 4. - www.sofos.nlSWOT ANALYSIS: STRENGTHS 4
  5. 5. - www.sofos.nlSWOT ANALYSIS: STRENGTHSStrengths Whole process supported by single package Client is in control thanks to open source Great Community of Practice Software license is free of charge 5
  6. 6. - www.sofos.nlSWOT ANALYSIS: STRENGTHS Google Trends: Moodle 6
  7. 7. - www.sofos.nlSWOT ANALYSIS: STRENGTHS Moodle registered sites 7
  8. 8. - www.sofos.nlSWOT ANALYSIS: WEAKNESSES 8
  9. 9. - www.sofos.nlSWOT ANALYSIS: WEAKNESSESWeaknesses Design tools are missing Client uncertain about future Ecosystem needs more balance (kernel, partners, community) 9
  10. 10. - www.sofos.nlSWOT ANALYSIS: OPPORTUNITIES 10
  11. 11. - www.sofos.nlSWOT ANALYSIS: OPPORTUNITIESOpportunities Need for beacon in turbulent world Need for gradual shift to student-centered learning Growing need for lifelong learning Solving capacity problems via distance learning 11
  12. 12. - www.sofos.nlSWOT ANALYSIS: THREATS 12
  13. 13. - www.sofos.nlSWOT ANALYSIS: THREATS Google trends: Moodle, BlackboardThreats Turbulent environment Fierce competition Growth rate is declining 13
  14. 14. - www.sofos.nlSWOT ANALYSIS: THREATS New Moodle registrations: Growth rate is declining 14
  15. 15. - www.sofos.nlCONCLUSIONS 15
  16. 16. - www.sofos.nlCONCLUSIONSConclusions Shared vision needed Community importance underestimated 16
  17. 17. - www.sofos.nlRECOMMENDATIONS 17
  18. 18. - www.sofos.nlRECOMMENDATIONSRecommendations Community needs to take responsibility Give the community a voice International Moodle Association  Representing the users  Window to the world 18
  19. 19. - www.sofos.nlTHANK YOU! Pieter van der Hijden MSc Sofos Consultancy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands – 19