What is Moodle?
When you add this into a Google search you might come across our Wikipedia entry, or our moodle.org site or our moodle.com site. You will also get loads and loads of Moodle sites from around the world.
Plus a lot of blog posts, articles and mentions of Moodle.
We recently added a new “What is Moodle” video too on our YouTube channel, explaining in a minute or so, features of a Moodle site that helps empower educators to improve our world and also what it means to be an open source project supported by hundreds of millions of users.
Have you watched it yet?
Recently one of our Moodle Partners attempted to also tackle the question “what is Moodle?” by taking Moodlers on a seven step journey to showcase how to use our platform to enhance their online learning.
Let’s take a look at their seven tips!
Make your Moodle course fit the unique needs of your learners by scaling and personalising it.
As Moodle is made up of modular ‘blocks’ and plugins, it is possible to create a personal learning experience.
2. Moodle is FREE
One of our values at Moodle is openness, so it’s not surprising that Moodle is open source. This means that anyone can download it for free from moodle.org.
Open source also means that everything is, yes you guessed it, open! Everyone has full sight of the code and that means the Moodle community has thousands of pairs of experienced eyes on it at any one time.
This means two important things: because it is open source, you can customise Moodle to meet your needs and specific requirements AND secondly, Moodle is supported by a global community of experts who contribute to making the platform even more powerful!
3. Use Moodle for business and academia
Moodle’s flexibility means it can be used in lots of different types of organisations of all sizes, not just schools or at universities.
As the Moodle platform is developed in a modular way, almost everything you can think of functionality-wise can be added as a plug in – including the Moodle plugin database!
Plus, just like all great business systems, Moodle is completely scalable, meaning you’re organisation will never outgrow it.
Find out how many organisations – from world charities through to big companies – and education institutions use Moodle in our case studies.
4. Moodle is more than hosted learning
Put simply, Moodle does everything you need to manage the online learning journey. From enterprise solutions, to file management, to online resources, to competency based learning and much, much more.
But don’t just take our word for it, try it for yourself! You can start small will a MoodleCloud free account at https://moodlecloud.com
5. Access all the data you need
Moodle gives educators and learners multiple options when it comes to assessments and feedback.
For example, educators can choose how to access their learners, personalise their journey and access extensive reporting and data, all at the click of a button!
Grades are stored centrally, learners themselves get a personalised dashboard to track their progress, plus they can publish their achievements externally via an online CV or blog, and get a PDF certificate when they complete the course.
We have hundreds of millions of Moodler users (affectionately called Moodlers) worldwide and that number keeps growing!
Collaborating with our huge global community is a fundamental aspect of Moodle; developers create new plugins, trainers create and facilitate new content and learners support each other. Even the content can be collaborative, from forums to wikis and onto surveys!
Collaboration in Moodle allows our global community to share their skills and learn new ones, while keeping our open source project strong.
Check out our community site at https://moodle.org
7. Take learning mobile
About 70% of global traffic is via mobile devices. All of us are using mobile devices more and more to access the internet for everything we do – including our learning.
If your learners have an account on a Moodle site, they can access all their courses and studies directly on their mobile devices with our free Moodle Mobile app. This allows learners to have access to Moodle anywhere and anytime – even if they are offline!
You can also take your mobile learning higher with Moodle’s branded mobile app, which contains all the features of the mobile app plus your organisation’s own branding!
So there you have it Moodlers, seven steps to show you how Moodle to help you thrive at online learning!