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					        A toolbox for
            building
            learning
Delivered by       Created by
        communities
Daryl Hawes          Martin
                     Dougiamas
                 (and Moodle.org contributors)
                      Moodle Pty Ltd
About Moodle
                                   Martin’s Background
Administrator of online learning at Curtin University
   Computer Science degree, Internet software developer (since 1986)
   Dissatisfied with existing products at the time
   Had the ability to fix problems and customise software but was prevented by
   closed-source licenses
   Developed passionate belief in the possibility of something better



Masters and PhD research
   Performed detailed case studies of online classes and students
   Detailed reviews of education literature


             Moodle 1.0, August 2002
                                        What is Moodle?
A software application that can be added to a
web server to create a flexible web-based
environment for creating and managing online
courses.


A modular toolbox for creating online activities
and assignments


A content manager for integrating nearly any
content


A system for creating communities of learners
                      What is Moodle? (Cont.)
Assessment aids with detailed logging and
grading


Can work together with other systems in your
environment


Free, Open Source software under the GPL
license


Compares pretty well with products like WebCT
and Blackboard


A work in progress!
                                            Creating Courses
Course design is based on the simple metaphor of a series of activities


There are nearly 20 available types of activities, such as forum discussions,
assignments, glossaries, chats etc, and each has many options.


Blocks provide information and useful tools that are movable and customisable


Creating courses is quite simple and lends itself to constant re-evaluation and re-
shaping during a course.
                            Creating Courses (Cont.)

   Filters provide auto-linking and auto-formatting
   of text, solid mathematics notation and
   integration of multimedia (sound, video)
   throughout courses.


   Email notifications of events and posts keep
   interaction bubbling


  Content from around the web, including packaging standards like SCORM
can easily be introduced at any time.


 Moodle courses can be packaged and moved around.
                                                         Usage

Over 7000 registered sites in 142 countries, eg:
           Open University (UK) 180,000 users
          Open Polytechnic (NZ) 40,000 users
         Athabasca University (CA) 32,000 users
     Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (MY) 23,000 users

Latest release already has over 1.75 million users and
300,000 teachers

Interface is translated into more than 65 languages


     Moodle is downloaded over 1000 times each day
Map of registered sites
                              Community location

        Moodle is used in a wide variety of sectors




 74% Education Sector




9%          3%          26%      36%         12%               14%
                                                Source: Moodle Community 2005
                            Community roles
There are over 77,000 participants in the Moodle
                  Community




                                                   Source: Moodle Community 2005
                       Open Source Software
Open Source literally means the source code of the
software is open for viewing and modification.
Moodle uses the GPL license, which means it is also
Free software, both in cost and rights for users.

Benefits of Open Source
  Users pay nothing to try/use it
  Users can modify it as necessary
  Users can help design/fix it
  Many eyes+hands bring good security, stability
  Complete range of support available
                                 Development
Over 140 contributing developers in total
Core programming is done by moodle.com, our
team co-ordinates community contributions
Other developers are paid by their institutions to
produce local customisations
Many others are just teachers or students who are
“scratching an itch”
Not everything ends up in the main release –
Moodle’s modular structure provides choice
                    Moodle Headquarters

Office in Perth, Australia
Team of core programmers working on:
  Core features
  Fixing bugs
  Increasing consistency
  Simplifying interfaces

				
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