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Moodle is an open, collaborative effort for a learning platform by one of the largest open-source teams in the world.


[edit] Overview

Moodle is a learning platform designed to provide educators, administrators and learners with a single robust, secure and integrated system to create personalised learning environments. You can download the software onto your own web server or ask one of our knowledgable Moodle Partners to assist you.

Moodle is built by the Moodle project which is led and coordinated by Moodle HQ, an Australian company of 30 developers which is financially supported by a network of over 60 Moodle Partner service companies worldwide.

Moodle is provided freely as Open Source software, under the GNU General Public License. Anyone can adapt, extend or modify Moodle for both commercial and non-commercial projects without any licensing fees and benefit from the cost-efficiencies, flexibility and other advantages of using Moodle.

[edit] Features

  • Modern, easy to use interface on both desktop and mobile devices.
  • Personalised Dashboard - Organise and display courses the way you want, and view at a glance current tasks and messages.
  • Convenient file management - Drag and drop files from cloud storage services including MS Skydrive, Dropbox and Google Drive.
  • Simple and intuitive text editor - Format text and conveniently add media and images with an editor that works across all web browsers and devices.
  • Notifications - When enabled, users can receive automatic alerts on new assignments and deadlines, forum posts and also send private messages to one another.
  • Track progress - Educators and learners can track progress and completion with an array of options for tracking individual activities or resources and at course level.
  • Multilingual capability - Allows users to view course content and learn in their own language, or set it up for multilingual users and organizations.
  • Moodle capabilities can be extended with plugins. Many are available and more can be written.

[edit] Details

A course in Moodle is an area where a teacher will add resources and activities for their students to complete. It might be a simple page with downloadable documents or it might be a complex set of tasks where learning progresses through interaction.

The course page is made up of central sections which contain the tasks and (if desired) blocks to the side. The course teacher has control over the layout of the course homepage and can change it at any time. Progress can be tracked in a number of ways.

Students can be enrolled manually by the teacher, automatically by the administrator, or they can be allowed to enroll themselves. Students can also be added to groups if they need to be separated from classes sharing the same course or if tasks need to be differentiated.

[edit] The Site

  • The Front page of a Moodle site - the page you reach from your web browser - usually includes information about the establishment itself and can be highly customized. (Note that it is also possible to lock the front page down so that all a user sees when they click on the Moodle URL is a log in screen.)
  • A logged in user can access areas of Moodle such as their courses or profile from the Navigation block and Administration block. What a user sees in these blocks depends on their role and any privileges granted them by the administrator.
  • Each user has their own customizable Dashboard.

[edit] Standards

Users in some subject areas may benefit further from standard or compatible third-party modules and plugins:

  • In maths, TeX notation filter (standard) or DragMath equation editor (third-party plugin)), and more than 10 third party question types. You can also use PhET simulations
  • For language teachers, the contributed Hotpot and Poodll plugins are very popular.
  • For chemistry there are may plugins for displaying molecular structures and making questions about them. You can also use PhET simulations
  • For music there are question type plugins for key signature, music theory, music interval and musical scale.
  • For computer programming there in an interactive assignment package and several question types.

[edit] Moodle Mobile

Moodle Mobile is the official mobile app for Moodle. It is available for Android, iOS, Windows phone, Windows 8 and above via their respective app stores.

  • Browse the content of your courses, even when offline
  • Receive instant notifications of messages and other events
  • Quickly find and contact other people in your courses
  • Upload images, audio, videos and other files from your mobile device
  • View your course grades
  • … and more!

See the Moodle Mobile documentation and Moodle Mobile release notes for all the latest information.

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