What is Moodle?
Moodle is a free course management system and learning platform. The software supports cooperative teaching and learning methods.
Moodle provides virtual course rooms where learning materials and activities are made available. Each course can be configured to be accessible only to registered participants, allow guests, or require a password for participation. Various course formats allow for a “weekly overview”, a thematic structure, a central forum, or a SCORM learning unit.
Course materials include texts, links, and files. Learning activities include forums, tests, assignments, lessons, books, wikis, etc. The arrangement of working materials and learning activities allows for different didactic scenarios that can follow an instructional or constructivist learning model.
Users have different rights in the course room or for individual activities based on their assigned roles as trainers/lecturers/teachers or participants/students/pupils. The Open Badges project run by the Mozilla Foundation offers the possibility of issuing digital performance records, the so-called badges. Badge holders can present these on the Internet, for example in the Mahara e-portfolio system.
The three most important arguments in favor of Moodle are as follows:
- Features for digitization, testing, and gamification
- Provider independence thanks to open source
- Value for money ratio