Best Open Source Social Networking CMS Award Final: Moodle

Moodle

Homepage: http://Moodle.org
Latest Version: 1.8.2
View Demo: http://www.opensourcecms.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=158


History

Moodle is a course management system (CMS) - a free, Open Source software package designed using sound pedagogical principles, to help educators create effective online learning communities. You can download and use it on any computer you have handy (including webhosts), yet it can scale from a single-teacher site to a 50,000-student University.

Moodle was the creation of Martin Dougiamas, a former WebCT administrator at Curtin University, with graduate degrees in Computer Science and Education. Martin's later Ph.D. studies examined "The use of Open Source software to support a social constructionist epistemology of teaching and learning within Internet-based communities of reflective inquiry" and this research has strongly influenced some of the design of Moodle, providing pedagogical aspects missing from many other e-learning platforms.

The word Moodle is actually an acronym for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment, although originally the M stood for "Martin", named after Martin Dougiamas.

Moodle can also be considered a verb, which describes the improvisational process of 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 has a significant user base with 18,204 registered sites with 7,270,260 users in 712,531 courses (as of November 15, 2006). More than 70 languages are supported.

There are 152 registered Moodle sites that are larger than 5,000 users. The site with the most users is moodle.org with 40 courses and 123,254 users. The site with the most courses is Online Campus with 8,282 courses and 54,955 users (as of August 2, 2006).

Moodle market share according to Alexa Web Traffic for LMS Suppliers: Moodle only below Blackboard, above all other VLE, including WebCT.

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