The design and development of Moodle has been guided by a social constructionist theory and practice of teaching and learning. While Moodle can be and is used to support a number of other pedagogical and andragogical approaches, the core Moodle package will continue to be built with these five key principles in mind.
Moodle in education and training
Although initially designed for higher education environment (university), Moodle has quickly become used across a broad range of organisations worldwide to conduct courses fully online or support face-to-face teaching and learning.
Its modularity, flexibility, security and free availability have attracted learning communities ranging from single primary school classrooms to large universities, businesses, government departments and other places where people learn.
Primary education - Common uses of Moodle in primary education settings.
Secondary education - Common uses of Moodle in secondary education settings.
Tertiary education - Common uses of Moodle in tertiary education settings.
Adult education and training - Common uses of Moodle in adult education and business/government training.
Versions of Moodle
Since 2002, Moodle has undergone many changes and updated versions. Currently, the most widely used stable version of Moodle is 1.9.x
Moodle 2.0 is a major new stable version released in November 2010. It contains a many improvements and new features. Users will be able import and export content in and out Moodle easier, scaffold courses and activities by using conditions for entry, improved evaluations with re-designed Quiz and Workshop activities, search, enrol in and share courses via Community hub, enter comments in a range of places, navigate easier, integrate better with other systems, mobile devices, customise their personal home page and more. Check this playlist of short clips for the new and redesigned features in Moodle 2.0.
Starting with Moodle
Countless anecdotes from Moodle users suggest that the best way to learn Moodle is by simply trying and using it in ways you find it creative and useful - like a box of Lego.
Getting started for teachers - general overview of technical features of a course with links to expand your knowledge of the how to make different features work, currently for Moodle 1.x.
moodle.org/educators – a course with explanations, FAQ, examples of use, useful links, tips, strategies and resources to help educators make the most of Moodle
Mt Orange School Demo - A demo site in Moodle 2.0, fully populated with accounts and examples to see and play with. Great way to explore the features of Moodle and many ways they could be used in places where people teach and learn. Site link - Mt Orange School Demo
Teaching FAQ - Commonly asked questions about Moodle and its use
Download Moodle – Choose from the official Moodle packages to install on your own server.
Moodle has been made and improved with participation, mutual help from software developers, educators, translators and many others worldwide. There are many ways to participate in Moodle community, regardless of your background and interest.
Moodle.org - The multilingual alma mater of moodlers worldwide! Forums, documents, users, activities, demos, history, Particularly Helpful Moodlers and more. You can see and contribute to the good will and effort of thousands over the years.
Moodle Docs - A wikipedia-style documentation about Moodle that we all write. This document is part of Moodle Docs and anyone can contribute, easily.
Moodle Partners – Optional commercial services for Moodle users, including fully-serviced Moodle hosting, remote support contracts, custom code development and consulting.
Moodle Tracker – Community database for recording and managing bugs, improvements and feature requests for Moodle.
MoodleMoots - List of famously named gatherings of Moodle users, developers and enthusiasts around the world! Other events included.
Moodle on social networks – Connect with fellow moodlers.
Getting help – There are many ways in which you can ask for and get help.
Moodle research - A growing, community-contributed collection of research into LMS (Learning Management Systems) and particularly Moodle.