Martin Dougiamas is best known as the founder of Moodle, and leading the team of software developers at the heart of the Moodle project. His major goal for the future is to improve the quality of education by encouraging social constructionist and collaborative practices within online learning communities.
With 68 million users worldwide (larger than UK’s population!), Moodle is hands down the most-widely used learning management system (LMS) by organizations of all shapes and sizes. But Moodle is not the world’s best LMS just because it’s so widely used—Moodle is the world’s best LMS because it is user-friendly, highly-configurable (flexible), and feature-rich. Oh wait, did we also mention that Moodle is free?
SLOODLE is a free and open source project which integrates the multi-user virtual environments of Second Life® and/or OpenSim with the Moodle™ learning management system.
SLOODLE provides a range of tools for supporting learning and teaching to the immersive virtual world; tools which are fully integrated with a tried and tested web-based learning management system used by hundreds of thousands of educators and students worldwide.
Tools and Features
* Connect to a chatroom with the Web Intercom. Students can participate in chats in Second Life using the accessible Moodle chatroom. Discussions can be archived securely in a Moodle database.
- Make presentations with the Presenter. Slides can be quickly uploaded to Moodle in a variety of formats, then viewed in-world as part of a live presentation or asynchronously in Moodle.
- Gather feedback with the Choice.
- Manage in-world assignments with the Assignment Drop-Box. Review grades quickly and easily in the standard Moodle gradebook.
- Distribute inventory with the Vendor.
- Link identities of Moodle users and avatars with the Reg-enrol booth.
- Take quizzes in-world with real-time feedback with the in-world Quiz Chair, integrated with the Moodle gradebook.
- Track points in in-world quizzes and games with the Scoreboard.
- Manage scenes of different objects with the Rezzer. 3D objects and activities can be easily arranged, saved and recreated.
Packt Publishing is running a free book download giveaway from February 16th through March 2nd and this Sunday it will be giving away Moodle 2.0 Elearning Course Development for free to Moodlers worldwide. Get your own copy!
Learn about Moodle for free
Packt Publishing is encouraging customers to develop new skills and try new technologies with 18 days of Free Learning. For 18 days throughout February and March the publisher is inviting customers to claim a free eBook everyday to learn a new skill.
Today [2/22] is Moodle’s turn!
So follow the link to download Moodle 2.0 E-Learning Course Development but hurry, the offer is only available for 24 hours!
If you are an existing Packt customer, all you have to do is simply click on the free eBook link and it will instantly be added to your account. New customers are also encouraged to sign up and take advantage – this is a great opportunity to get to know Moodle a little better.
As I see it, Moodle is this fantastic system that has so much to offer and provides genuine solutions to complexities that I still struggle to comprehend. Massively talented developers have poured their time and effort into making this product incredibly powerful and scalable (a task unto itself). So I ask that we give these developers the respect and kudos they deserve. What I am setting out to do, is ask that we help them to improve the usability of this software, so that the user can fully appreciate the amazing tool they have at their fingertips.
Faces is a simple block that allows you to print or view a collection of user profile pictures for your moodle course. Its very useful for those of us who need to put a name to a face. Faces can be viewed/printed for the entire class or by group.
It gives me great pleasure to officially announce Moodle 2.9, our latest major release that packages up all the new things from the past six months of work.
This release has a lot of new things in it (over 360 issues), ranging from some great interface improvements in many areas such as navigation, messaging, lesson and quiz, to things in the backend that designers and developers will be happy about, such as full support for jQuery and the mustache templating library (which I hope explains the Moodle kids photo for this release! )
For the best overview of everything new start with our New Features page or watch our series of explanatory videos below:
For more technical details see the full Moodle 2.9 Release Notes and our Upgrading page. And of course to download it just go to our download page or use Git.
As always, thanks so much to the entire community of developers, teachers and others who contributed towards this release, and especially our dedicated team at Moodle HQ and the Moodle Partners who support us.
We are now already busy on Moodle 3.0, due in November!
Youtube and Moodle play beautifully together, meaning teachers can incorporate into their courses the best of Youtube’s educational videos to enhance and develop their students’ understanding. Making sure you use reputable channels and check out the video content first, here are four ways to use Youtube and Moodle in teaching about major historical events:
Learning analytics and elearning reporting offer insights into the progress of learners and ensure that objectives are being met. Viewing trends of participation, submissions and other data can assist educators improve the elearning experience, vastly helping retention rates and student successes. Here we explore 7 ways to view trends, analytics and data in your Moodle site.
Learn how to use graded activities in Moodle such as assignments and quizzes and how to set up the gradebook.
Teaching with Moodle: An Introduction is a free MOOC designed to provide a good foundation and context to Moodle. Discover more about the course and register today - learn.moodle.net.
The MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) is a four-week self-paced and collaborative course up to 3 hours a week, ideal for teachers to master the basics of Moodle, enrich their knowledge and enhance their students' learning.
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