Moodle Launches MoodleCloud – Free Hosting for Educators.

July 6, 2015

Leading learning management system today announced MoodleCloud, offering a cloud-hosting solution for teachers, trainers or anyone to effortlessly deploy Moodle as a learning environment, with zero installation or hosting charges.

PERTH, Western Australia — Moodle, the company behind the world’s most popular open source learning platform, today announced the release of MoodleCloud, a free hosting offering direct from the makers of Moodle, allowing anyone to get a free Moodle site in seconds. Ideal for individual classrooms and other small learning environments, MoodleCloud offers all the advantages of the latest version of Moodle’s award-winning education technology software, Moodle 2.9.1, complete with integrated web-conferencing delivered on a custom cloud system utilising Amazon Web Services.

“Moodle’s mission has always been to help educators improve learning with open, accessible tools to use as they wish. Our Moodle Partners take care of many thousands of institutions and individuals worldwide with second-to-none services, and through their royalties they continue to fund Moodle in achieving our mission. Today we launch MoodleCloud, for teachers and trainers with small needs and even smaller resources to quickly and easily set up their own learning environment direct from the people making Moodle” said Martin Dougiamas, Moodle Founder and CEO, speaking to over 500 delegates at the official MoodleMoot conference on 6th July held in Melbourne, Australia. “Education is the foundation of nearly every important thing we do on this planet, and I’m proud that Moodle is able to offer alternatives for everyone from the largest university to now smallest individual classroom with MoodleCloud”.

MoodleCloud site administrators have the ability to manage multiple courses, add content, enrol users and use Moodle’s famous range of interesting and unique collaborative learning activities within their Moodle learning environment. With automatic updates to the latest Moodle release, MoodleCloud hosting seamlessly gives educators the choice to adopt the open source learning platform for their teaching and training objectives without the need to install, maintain and upgrade software and servers themselves.

Key features of the free MoodleCloud hosting platform include:

  • Free hosting (supported by minimal advertising)
  • Easy, instant signup using your mobile phone.
  • Full version of Moodle with almost no limitations
  • Always has the latest version, currently Moodle 2.9.1
  • Up to 50 users and 200Mb disk space
  • Unlimited courses, unlimited database size
  • Integrated with BigBlueButton for video-conferencing – free!
  • Ability to personalise and customise your Moodle site
  • Available in over 100 languages with multilingual capability
  • Full support enabled for Moodle’s official app – Moodle Mobile.

The open source web conferencing system, BigBlueButton, has been made available within MoodleCloud sites with a seamless integration in the Moodle platform making it simple to open a quick session for up to 6 users with full video, audio, whiteboarding and presentation support. Dougiamas said “I’m really pleased to be working with our good open source friends at BigBlueButton to provide a total package that is second to none.”

Moodle has grown in 12 years to be the mainstream solution for online, blended, flipped and distance learning with powerful core features, backed by an active community of contributors and funded by a comprehensive network of global Moodle Partners. MoodleCloud is a part of the offering from Moodle, which brings together solutions for every educator, in every sector, all easily available at moodle.com
MoodleCloud is available free via moodle.com from Monday, 6 July 2014 10am AEST. Alternatively, users can seek the support of certified Moodle Partners for services including consulting, hosting, support, installation, customisation and many more.