Moodle Learning Management System Overview
Moodle has been at the forefront of LMS technology by allowing educators and businesses to create private websites with their free learning management system.
Having serviced over 70,000 universities, corporations, and schools in over 100 countries and languages, Moodle has the track record to prove the success of their product and company.
For 10 years, Moodle has enabled thousands to construct online courses, upload content, add gradable assignments, collaborate activities, and create community plug-ins using hundreds of built in features.
The focus of Moodle is giving educators the best tools to manage and promote learning, but there are many ways to accomplish that task using Moodle:
- Moodle has features that allow very large scale deployments and hundreds of thousands of students, yet it can also be used for a primary school or an education hobbyist.
- Many institutions use it as their platform to conduct fully online courses, while some use it simply to augment face-to-face courses (known as blended learning).
- Many love to use the activity modules (such as forums, databases and wikis) to build richly collaborative communities of learning around their subject matter (in the social constructionist tradition), while others prefer to use Moodle as a way to deliver content to students (such as standard SCORM packages) and assess learning using assignments or quizzes.
Moodle is based on a solid foundation of social constructionism (strong community, shared experiences, building things together for others to view and use) and grew out of postgraduate research by Martin Dougiamas, its founder. Other companies tend to be led by profit, leading to a focus on marketing to what school decision makers think they need, rather than what actually works best. Moodle provides a powerful tool that will help educators and businesses better themselves and the world around them.