moodle 2017

Moodle’s top ten highlights of 2017

December 22, 2017

We announce our new investment partnership with Education for the Many

During his keynote at MoodleMoot Australia 2017, Moodle Founder and CEO, Martin Dougiamas, announced our new investment partnership with Education For The Many (EFTM).

EFTM is a subsidiary of the French-based Leclercq family office involved in well-known global companies such as Decathlon.

The new $6m investment will be used towards advancing Moodle’s mission of “empowering educators to improve our world” through progressing a number of key projects and initiatives, such as MoodleNet, new Learn Moodle curriculum and of course, improving usability in Moodle core.

Read about our new partnership.

Moodle’s 15th birthday celebrations!

How time files! This year we celebrated Moodle’s 15th birthday with a global Moodle Party.
We also took the opportunity to reflect on how our open source learning platform has advanced and evolved over the last 15 years.

From that first original post where Martin Dougiamas worked on Moodle by himself, we now have over 40 staff at Moodle HQ, located around the world and of course, a global, supportive community of over 120 million registered users.

We look forward to celebrating many more birthdays with all Moodlers.

Check out our global birthday messages

MoodleMoots

Our global MoodleMoots are organised by us here at Moodle HQ, our Moodle Partners and our dedicated Moodle community members.

This year Moodlers from all over the globe joined to share ideas, learn best practices and meet their peers.

MoodleMoots took place in: Australia, the UK, the United States, Russia, Japan, Germany, France, Guatemala, Colombia, Paraguay, Brazil , Dubai, Greece, Italy and for the first time Moodle HQ hosted MoodleMoot India in Mumbai.

Find a MoodleMoot near you in 2018

Moodle continues to focus on usability for its users

In 2017 we continued with our major releases (Moodle 3.3 and Moodle 3.4. ), focussed on usability and increasing the user experience of Moodle.

In addition, we also automatically upgraded MoodleCloud and of course released new versions of the Moodle Mobile app and Moodle Desktop.

Download the latest Moodle versions
Download the latest Moodle versions

Say hello to Moodle’s education team

Education in Moodle is a strong focus here at Moodle HQ and no better way than to express that than through developing a new Education team, full of long time Moodlers and passionate educators globally!

Find out what unique insights, experiences and educational goals our new education team is bringing to Moodle!

Get to know our new Education team.

Moodle re-affirms its mission to empower educators

Since our first release in 2001, Moodle has been dedicated to empowering educators, of all kinds, in their work.

This year we took the time to reaffirm our mission of: “empowering educators to improve our world”.

Find out more and watch our Founder and CEO, Martin Dougiamas, explain Moodle’s mission in his own words.

Moodle Mobile 3.5 is coming with a new modern look

Last month Moodle Mobile Team Leader, Juan Leyva, announced that a new modern look Moodle Mobile 3.5 will be available around May 2018.

The app will come with several UX updates, in line with our aim to improve the usability of Moodle for learners and educators alike.

Get ready for Moodle Mobile 3.5

MoodleNet Project begins & we’d love your help!

One key project we announced this year is the MoodleNet Project, described as Moodle’s “new open social media platform for educators, focussed on professional development and open content.”

Under the guidance of long time Moodler, Doug Belshaw, the project is underway, with a white paper currently in progress (and you can all contribute to the development of).

Be part of our MoodleNet Project

Introducing a new Learn Moodle curriculum

The term “Learn Moodle” now covers a whole new curriculum to learn how to teach online, of which our Basics MOOC forms the first stage. Our Moodle Education team has begun constructing training modules designed to follow the MOOC and to lead to new Moodle Teaching Certificates and a larger conversation around Teaching and Learning using Moodle.

In the meantime, you wouldn’t want to miss our first Learn Moodle 3.4 Basics MOOC, starting on 8 January!

Participate in our new Learn Moodle curriculum

MoodleCloud continues to advance online learning

As you know, MoodleCloud is our cloud-hosted solution for your learning environment. The multiple packages and plans come with additional plugins and tools for engaging, fun and interactive learning.

This year we saw MoodleCloud continue to rise above the mark with the addition of the Starter Plan, increased BigBlueButton users and two major updates – Moodle 3.3 and Moodle 3.4!
Get a MoodleCloud site to suit your needs.