Moodle stands for “Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment.” It provides custom learning environments for educators and students. Moodle is also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or Content Management System (CMS) or sometimes Course Management System (CMS). These are all just fancy names but what is really important is the Moodle can help you to improve online instructional practices or online classes.
Moodle was originally developed by Martin Dougiamas. The goal was to help individuals and organizations to share resources for a group of intends with full management power on the resources shared. Today, the Moodle Project is led and coordinated by Moodle HQ. Moodle HQ is an Australian company with total of 50 developers and they are financially supported by a network of 84 Moodle Partner companies worldwide. Open-source programmers also assist moodle development.
The objective of the draft is to understand very basics of Moodle. We will understand what a Moodle is, exploring the features and visualize Moodle’s place in the universe for educators and learners.
Deployment of Moodle:
Moodle is available free at cost. You need to download it and install on a web server, such as Apache HTTP Server. It also requires a database management system such as PostgreSQL.
There are many Certified Moodle Partners who provides various moodle services, such as hosting, training, customization and content development. Moodle can smoothly run on any Windows, OS X, Linux, FreeBSD, Unix, NetWare and any other systems that supports database and PHP.
How Moodle helps Educators and Learners
Moodle is trusted by wide number of institutions and organizations, such as London School of Economics, State University of New York, Microsoft and the Open University. It is the world’s most widely used learning platform. About 90 million users are using moodle world wide, which gives a huge trust support to Educators.
Designed to support both teaching and learning
The moodle has introduced fully managed online classrooms. Online Classroom is a place on internet where you can do most of the activities may occur in classroom otherwise. Moodle provides a protected place where students can access resources safely and efficiently. It’s appears to be an interactive duration with students and teachers. Educational resources can be uploaded using a simple interface that allows drag-and-drop features. To help this it has published a well-documented resources along with ongoing usability improvements which makes Moodle easy to learn and use.
Moodle in your language
Moodle community has successfully translated moodle in more than 120 languages. Plenty of resources are made available to easily localize the moodle site in various languages. A high end community discussion is available for different language.
All-in-one learning platform
Moodle provides flexible tool set for learning and online courses. It easily integrate everything needed for a course using its complete range of built-in features, including external collaborative tools such as forums, wikis, chats and blogs.
Moodle can be tailored based on individual needs. It support plugins according to the functionality need of moodle for a particular online task.
Moodle features can be utilized for fe students as well as millions of students across the globe. Because of this feature it is been adopted in education, business, non-profit, government, and community contexts. It is the globally learning platform.
Isolation and Privacy
The moodle community constantly work to provide updated security to the data and user privacy.
The security module is constanly developed in the software development phases keeping the software intact with security techniques and implementation of it. That is how moodle can be completely implemented on private secure cloud.
Mobile access, anywere, any time
Since moodle is web-based, any device with cross platform compatibility with correct user credentials can access the resources from anywhere. It will work seamlessly on any compatible web browser irrespective of location.
Abundant resources available
A lot many plugins are shared all over the globe. These plugins are freely used by any one having moodle installed. Based on the individual functionality requirement they can directly use these plugins, write their own plugins and contribute as a moodle community uploading new plugins.
Strong community support
Moddle project is supported by a team of dedicated developers, international community a network of a certified moodle partners
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Hence, Moodle is provided freely for both commercial and non-commercial projects without any licensing fees and benefit from the cost-efficiencies, flexibility and other advantages of using Moodle. Moodle is a fantastic solution when applied to the correct requirement.
Moodle is a fully managed system for learners right from creation of lessons, management of courses to the evaluation and storing records of course proceedings. It provides virtual interactive session between teachers and students. A wide variety of features are supported for students where they can review the class calendar, submit assignments, take quizzes, and interact with their classmates.
And to keep the services up to date, Moodle is continually being reviewed and improved on to suit the current and evolving needs of its users.
Ms. Deepmala Kale