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Why is Moodle the Best LMS? - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

Why is Moodle the Best LMS? - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

Moodle (acronym for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) is an open source Learning Management System (LMS ) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE ). It is rising in popularity among the educators around the world, as a tool for creating dynamic websites for students. It is open source, since it is customizable, has no contracts or user costs to pay and is widely available for free use. It can be efficiently integrated with your management system and allows you to support personalized learning, which is effective even outside the classroom and encourages the involvement of the broader community of the institution.


Moodle has constantly maintained its top spot among the LMS tools and has been ranked 11th overall among the top 100 tools for learning in 2013 . Many factors have contributed to Moodle being highly successful. On top of being a great LMS, it is also free to use. Teachers can teach their own online courses using this and find it stable and easy to use and being customizable, it fits to its user’s needs with ease.

 

 Moodle has several advantages over other LMSs, here’s the list of a few:


- It is an open source learning platform, which is utilized by millions of people worldwide. This open source nature allows anybody to tinker with its code or add new things. Users can share changes with the Moodle community for others to use for free. All this leads to the extension and reformation of the software.

- It makes use of simple technologies, as a result of which its developers are easy to find.

- It is built on some of the most reliable technologies, such as PHP, MySQL, Apache.

- It has a fully cooperative development model which offers constant scope for improvement by allowing many high quality contributions to acquire new modules, features and enhancements.

- It makes use of the more advanced programming approach, the object-oriented programming which makes its functionality all the more efficient and allows users to proceed at their own pace, as well as customize it according to their needs.

- It focuses on making the learning and teaching experience constructivist. This process encourages the involvement of learners in the learning process, rather than letting them receive knowledge passively. The learning environment becomes more democratic with interactive and student-centered activities.

- It is convenient for educational institutions and organizations for learning and course management.

- It can be quickly deployed in your organization, without the requirement of any extra efforts.

- It is highly cost-effective, since it has a low risk startup and a low initial investment.

- It provides you with fast and reliable updates of information.

- It provides you with regular support, all the time you use it. Its support feature is active twenty four hours a day, seven days a week and addresses to its developers, members and users.

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Wendy Zaruba's curator insight, October 5, 2015 2:38 PM

Great article on Moodle.

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Revealing the next breed of Moodle Mobile App - Attempt Quiz, Competencies and remote addons

Revealing the next breed of Moodle Mobile App - Attempt Quiz, Competencies and remote addons | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

Moodle Mobile App is upgraded to a new version 3.1.0 to complement the advanced features available in the Moodle 3.1 version which was just released yesterday. The new breed of the Moodle Mobile App is packed with a whole bunch of new features which will improve the user experience through the mobile app.

In a recent announcement, Juan Leyva – Developer of the official Moodle Mobile App announced about the release of the new version of the mobile app. The app allows the users to attempt the quizzes while on the go. Additionally, if the students are having internet problems, then you can also allow them to download the quiz and attempt it offline by using the new Offline attempts access rule plugin.

If you are going to use the Competencies in Moodle 3.1, then you can allow your students to check out their learning plans and teachers will be able to view the competencies of their students.

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Moodle 3.1 Overview

Moodle’s latest release contains plenty of useful features and improvements, including much-anticipated support for Competency Based Education (CBE). See the full list of improvements and features in Moodle 3.1 at https://docs.moodle.org/31/en/New_features
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5 Critical Moodle Plugins You Need Today

5 Critical Moodle Plugins You Need Today | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
If there is one thing I’m noticing in all my design work, it is the importance of five critical Moodle plugins. This little posse of plugins are what I consider essential to designing and running a Moodle course.

Don’t freak out if this seems a little technical. This entire page of suggestions will probably take your Moodle Tech about 45 minutes.
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Moodle Must Have: BigBlueButton 1.0 Released

Moodle Must Have: BigBlueButton 1.0 Released | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
If you’ve been using Moodle for any amount of time, you’ve seen, heard and probably used BigBlueButtonBN Moodle Plugin. It’s integrated into Moodle Cloud. Even Moodle HQ uses it for developer meetings and the like. The plugin is currently ranked #15 in overall downloads and Michael de Raadt recently published a survey of 353 Moodle sites showing 13 percent of sites responded using the BigBlueButtonBN Moodle plugin.

As announced recently via their blog, the team at BigBlueButton are over the moon excited about (finally) releasing version 1.0. Don’t think these guys have been slacking, however. This is the fifteenth release in its seven years of development. The service has been stable and running in production for more than six months with one company hosting over 100,000 live sessions to-date.
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Eric Hsin's curator insight, May 21, 4:05 AM
太棒了,終於發行1.0版了
Eric Hsin's curator insight, May 21, 4:07 AM
太棒了,終於發行1.0版了
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Extending Moodle ~ Stephen Downes

Extending Moodle ~ Stephen Downes | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
Keynote presentation delivered to Moodle CONNECT - CONNECTER Moodle, Gatineau, Quebec.

Discussion of some major trends of recent years, how these have impacted Moodle (including a discussion of some Moodle extensions addressing them) and some observations about future trends that will impact how Moodle developers will want to adapt the technology in the future.
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Check Out These New Features For Moodle Assignments In 3.1

Check Out These New Features For Moodle Assignments In 3.1 | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
Everyone is hotly anticipating the release of Moodle 3.1 on May 23rd and the documentation for the new version is being rolled out as quickly as possible. I was perusing over the documentation for the Assignment module today and was particularly excited to see some of the new features for 3.1 starting to take shape:
Annotating Submissions

By activating the ‘Comment inline’ feature of Assignment, teachers will have the ability to annotate PDFs, docx or odt files. Annotation can be done with a bunch of different tools or comments (depending on what you’re admin has allowed). All saved annotations are available to students as a part of the feedback they receive.
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Creating Mobile friendly Moodle courses #MoodleMobile

Creating Mobile friendly Moodle courses #MoodleMobile | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
As the share of Mobile users is increasing on a rapid pace and now it has taken over the desktop users share, so it is essential for all online courses to focus and optimize their courses for Mobile users also.

In Moodle the official Mobile app can be used to improve the learning experience but still you need to optimize your course to cater the requirements of students who are using Mobile to access your Moodle course as all activities are not yet supported by Moodle Mobile app.
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Moodle plugins: Sharing Cart

Moodle plugins: Sharing Cart | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
The Sharing Cart is a block for duplicating course items into a personal library and an easy way to move those Moodle resources and activities between multiple courses on your site. With just three clicks, the Sharing Cart copies and moves a single course item from one course to another. It copies without user data--similar to the "Import” function in Course Administration. From version 2.3, user content in Forums, Wikis, Glossaries and Databases can optionally be included. In addition, items can be collected and saved on the Sharing Cart indefinitely, serving as a library of frequently used course items available for duplication. The Sharing Cart is viewable only by teachers, course creators and administrators. Tested on Moodle 2.9, 3.0.3 and earlier versions.
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Global Search in Moodle 3.1 from Developers perspective #Moodle 3.1

Global Search in Moodle 3.1 from Developers perspective #Moodle 3.1 | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

Moodle 3.1 is just about to release in next days and is now having 96% of QA tests passed out of total 528 issues; contains a lot of new and interesting features like Global Search, Competency Based Education and many more. (Read 14 interesting new features coming in Moodle 3.1).

But how these features will impact the Moodle Plugins developers especially features like Global Search. In the recently concluded Moodle Developers Meeting on 11th May 2016, Eric Merrill – Moodle system administrator for Oakland University and Maintainer of many Moodle plugins shared the presentations about the impact of Global search in Moodle core.

The Moodle core will allow users to search activities and content within Moodle course, Offloads search to an engine and will be efficient. Also it will add a new plugin type for Moodle named ‘Search Engine’. So, all Moodle plugins must implement search areas to be indexed.

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Interested In The Moodle Academy?

Interested In The Moodle Academy? | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

Gavin Hendrik’s keynote at the IEUKMoot16 was filled with a bunch of great information – some of it reflective, but also some very much forward looking. He touched on the research-heavy Japan moot (the next one is in February 2017 if you’re booking in advance) and the excitement around the first official Moot in India this year. He also noted there may be an official Moot in Latin America sometime in the near future.

My interest was piqued at around the 20 minute mark when Gavin started to talk about branding for Moodle Mobile. This looks like it is becoming a reality (via the Partner network) and, I think a fantastic next step. As mentioned in the talk, this has been possible for a long time, but implementation is a bear and resource heavy. Here’s hoping we see the first examples of that coming along very soon.

Then, 25 minutes into the presentation, Gavin mentions the launch of the Moodle Academy. This looks like a direct response to the Canvas Network. I’m excited about the prospects given the size and breadth of the Moodle community.

The Moodle Academy will be a centralized MOOC hosting platform run and managed by Moodle. This is for institutions or Moodlers who want to hold a MOOC but don’t necessarily have the bandwidth to deal with the short term (massive) hit on their internal resources from a much heavier user load. Moodle will also offer consultancy and instructional design services via Partners.

A couple of cool Moodle Academy features that Gavin showed mock ups for included a different profile page, course completion tracking from the user dashboard and a new dashboard look for the teacher/admin that includes upcoming, current and archived courses (as you’d expect in a MOOC environment).

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Collapsed Topics Course Format Updated For Moodle 3.1

Collapsed Topics Course Format Updated For Moodle 3.1 | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
In one of the first announced updates after the release of Moodle 3.1 earlier today, Gareth Barnard posted in the Moodle forums that he has already released a stable 3.1 version of the hugely popular (stats say there are more than 3700 sites using it!) Collapsed Topics course format.
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Moodle 3.1 adds support for external Antivirus tool

Moodle 3.1 adds support for external Antivirus tool | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

Moodle has supported ClamAV from the era of Moodle 1.3 and by default, ClamAV was the only antivirus tool available for Moodle sites. In Moodle 3.1, a new plugin type is added to incorporate external Antivirus plugins developer by different service providers (see our previous coverage over the Moodle Tracker issue here.)

The Antivirus plugin implements the virus scanning functionality in Moodle. The new type of plugins will allow the external contributors to develop plugins for different antivirus products and extend existing antivirus functionality to different areas of Moodle. By default, ClamAV will be available in Moodle core as antivirus tool.

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Moodle.org: Moodle 3.1 now available (with long-term support)!

Moodle.org: Moodle 3.1 now available (with long-term support)! | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
Martin Dougiamas ponedeljak,
23. may 2016., 12:53

Moodle kids swimming in a bowl with Goldfish and Moodle 3.1Team Moodle has been incredibly busy for the past few months bringing together another major release of Moodle.

Moodle 3.1 wraps a lot of new features together with hundreds of fixes and improvements into a package that we'll be supporting for the next three years, 1.5 years longer than most releases.

I am proud to announce that the most important new feature in this release is the new core support for competencies, which is something we've been talking about and developing in the community for many years. These help when Moodle is used for competency-based education (CBE), "mastery learning" and any technique that involves learning plans based on the things students know, and the things they are yet to know.

Our HQ developers (in collaboration with the community and significant contributions of development and design from the Université de Montréal) have now added strong basic interfaces for these in core, allowing competencies to be determined automatically via coursework or manually by examination of uploaded evidence. However we fully expect these core interfaces to be further extended by the community via plugins and integrations to suit all the many niches where Moodle is used.

This release also marks the first time a new feature has been chosen by the Moodle Users Association. In this case it was the Recycle Bin, a plugin written by Skylar Kelty at the University of Kent, now reviewed and included as a standard feature in Moodle 3.1.
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Presentation - Tools for online assessment in Moodle by University of Glasgow

Presentation - Tools for online assessment in Moodle by University of Glasgow | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
University of Glasgow faculty had shared an admirable presentation over the topic “Tools for online assessment in Moodle”. The presentation is focused for teachers and brainstorms about the assessment tools available in Moodle like – Quizzes, Assignments and Workshop.

The presentation covers the tips for using quizzes, using quiz for formative assessment, pros and cons of Moodle question types, Assignments, Plagiarism in assignment submissions, peer assessment and review.
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Moodle.org: 100% pass rate for Moodle 3.1 QA tests

Moodle.org: 100% pass rate for Moodle 3.1 QA tests | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
A big thank you to all our Quality Assurance (QA) testers, as listed in the Testing credits, who helped us achieve a Moodle 3.1 test pass rate of 100% in 3½ weeks. Congratulations to everyone who received a Moodle tester 2016 badge for running three or more tests in the QA cycle.

Thanks also to all our developers, who helped with fixing bugs identified through testing, so that tests could be reset and run again as quickly as possible. Thus we are all ready for the 3.1 release next week!
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Moodle plugins: Tutorial Booking

Moodle plugins: Tutorial Booking | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
The tutorial booking module is designed to allow instructors of a course to create slots that the students can sign themselves up to. It replicates the sign up sheet on an office door.
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Best Practice: Creating, Configuring And Grading A Moodle Quiz (Videos)

Best Practice: Creating, Configuring And Grading A Moodle Quiz (Videos) | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
We’ve written before about material posted by folks over at UCSF that is Moodle inspired, related and best practice. Today, we found a nice little gem created by Dylan Romero that includes an entire video series on how to create, configure and grade a quiz. While the material is specific to the CLE system at UCSF, the fundamentals are applicable to all Moodlers. And, perhaps more importantly, if you’re looking for some best practice about how to get this type of stuff to your Moodle base of users, this is a great example to draw from.
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BigBlueButton 1.0 released with new polling, emoticons and improved video dock @bigbluebutton - Moodle World

BigBlueButton 1.0 released with new polling, emoticons and improved video dock @bigbluebutton - Moodle World | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

BigBlueButton, the most popular open source web conferencing system for online learning, has been updated to a new version 1.0 with improved features.

In a recent announcement on the BigBlueButton project blog, the BBN team announced the release of the new stable version after testing the beta version for more than 6 months.

The major changes in the new version of BBN are:

- New Polling,
- Emoticons,
- Improved Video Dock

In addition to the above features, this new release saw significant advancements in stability, usability, accessibility, leaning management systems (LMS) integration, and design wins.

BBN uses WebRTC for very high quality audio and this new version detects the loss of Internet connection (which can occur on a wireless network) and automatically attempts to reconnect the client and audio.

For more details about the changes in the new version please check out the official BBN 1.0 release docs here. If you are also an education institution looking to integrate live collaboration in your product then this new release of BBN is the most stable and gives you a solid web conferencing platform.

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Have You Entered The Moodle 3.1 Plugin Triathlon?

Have You Entered The Moodle 3.1 Plugin Triathlon? | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

David Mudrak recently posted over in the Moodle forums that he is once again holding the Moodle triathlon for updating plugins for Moodle version 3.1, due to be released shortly. Now that the Moodle 3.1 beta is on the street, developers should consider updating their plugins so that users don’t experience any (or at least many) hiccups if and when they decide to upgrade to the latest core.

The idea behind the triathlon is simple – your plugin can receive a 3.1 “early bird” award by completing the following:

1. Testing as compatible with Moodle 3.1
2. Fixing all eventual regressions, including PHP notices, and
3. You must release the new, compatible version on or before the release of Moodle 3.1 (anticipated for May 23rd).

David has thrown in one new rule for this version update – any new or updated plugin must come with a valid PHPUnit and/or Behat test. While the coverage of testing doesn’t have to be 100%, David will not accept dummy tests.

Get started today!

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How To: Using VoiceThread LTIOne with Moodle

This tutorial explains how to add VoiceThread links and assignments in your Moodle learning management system.
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Moodle in 2016 - Gavin Henrick - #mootieuk16

MoodleMoot Ireland & UK 2016: Moodle in 2016 Gavin Henrick Community Projects Manager - Moodle HQ
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5 Tips to Leverage eLearning in your Organization with Moodle

5 Tips to Leverage eLearning in your Organization with Moodle | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
Moodle isn’t just for the higher education sector, it’s used by countless organizations in healthcare, enterprise, and even non-profit arenas to ensure employees are provided with learning opportunities to meet their performance goals. If you are in the market for a learning management system that meets your unique learning needs, this blog will provide you with an overview of some of the many benefits you will gain from implementing Moodle into your organization.
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