Moodle is a Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It is a global development project designed to support a social constructionist framework of education. For more information please visit the Moodle website at http://moodle.org/ The word Moodle was originally an acronym for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment, which is mostly useful to programmers and education theorists. It’s also a verb that describes the process of lazily meandering through something, doing things as it occurs to you to do them, an enjoyable tinkering that often leads to insight and creativity. As such it applies both to the way Moodle was developed, and to the way a student or teacher might approach studying or teaching an online course.
Moodle is used at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design by faculty for the creation of online and face to face courses and resources for the student community. Please visit the Emily Carr University Moodle site at http://courses2.ecuad.ca/ or see our online course section below.
Here is a video overview of Moodle.
As a Course Management System, Moodle is a type of software that allows you to post course content, communicate with students, set up quizzes or surveys, and manage grades online.
How is Moodle different from a course web site? Traditional internet-based web sites are well-suited for recruiting students to courses and programs, since they are public and can be accessed by prospective students. However, they lack many features necessary for online instruction. Moodle is designed with instruction in mind, and incorporates the following features:
- Security: Moodle courses are secure. Each student receives a unique login and password, and only students that are registered in your course can access your Moodle content. This enables you to post copyrighted material, track which students are accessing particular course materials, and quiz students online. Students can have secure access to their grades at all times, but cannot access the grades of other students. They can also securely submit assignments.
- Easy to Build: You don’t need to know how to build a web site to build a Moodle course. All content is added through the use of online forms, and you can easily add items created in other programs, such as Word, WordPerfect, Powerpoint, Excel, Outlook, Adobe Acrobat, and many others.
- Communication: A variety of communication tools come standard with each Moodle course. The Moodle email function allows instructors to email students (either as a group or separately) without having to manage email addresses. Course discussion boards enable class participants to post questions or comments, to which other participants can respond at any time. Chat rooms enable synchronous discussion between course members. Professors can also break up the class into small groups to facilitate peer collaboration.
- Uniformity: Students have one Moodle account for the whole time they are enrolled at HSU, and they access all their courses from a common portal page. The basic navigation interface of each course is the same, although instructors can customize content areas. This uniformity makes using Moodle easy for students, as the interface remains constant from course to course.
Quick list of Moodle’s features:
* Customizable content areas
* Course Calendar
* Email Function: all students, all instructors, all groups, select users
* Course Discussion Board – Forums
* Course Chat Room with automatic archiving of discussions
* Student groups
* Assignment upload and return
* Student Home Page
* Integrated Instant Messaging – Quickmail
* Online Quizzes and Surveys
* Online Gradebook
* Course Statistics
* Advanced eLearning content development with the Lesson module