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CSC 350: Learning Management Systems COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (Virtual Campus)

CSC 350: Learning Management Systems COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (Virtual Campus)

Lecture # 20 Moodle…. . Modular object-oriented dynamic learning environment 2

Lecture # 20 Moodle…. . Modular object-oriented dynamic learning environment 2

Review of the Previous Lecture • • Moodle in Brief Introduction: Moodle Overview Plugins

Review of the Previous Lecture • • Moodle in Brief Introduction: Moodle Overview Plugins Themes Translations Mobile E-learning standards support 3

Topics of Discussion • Details Follow 4

Topics of Discussion • Details Follow 4

Development • Moodle has continued to evolve since 1999 (since 2001 with the current

Development • Moodle has continued to evolve since 1999 (since 2001 with the current architecture). • It has been translated into over 100 different languages and is accessible in many countries worldwide. • Institutions can add as many Moodle servers as needed without having to pay license fees. • The Open University of the UK currently uses a Moodle installation for their 200, 000 users while the UK government uses a Moodle installation for their Civil Service Learning platform serving half a million employees. 5

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End-of-life (EOL) • "End-of-life" (EOL) is a term used with respect to a product

End-of-life (EOL) • "End-of-life" (EOL) is a term used with respect to a product supplied to customers with respect to its useful life. • Vendor intends to stop marketing, selling, or sustaining it. • In the specific case of product sales, a vendor may employ the more specific term "end-of-sale" (EOS). • Different lifetime examples include toys from fast food chains, cars (10 years), and mobile phones (3 years). 7

EOL in Computing • In the computing field, the concept of end-of-life has significance

EOL in Computing • In the computing field, the concept of end-of-life has significance in the production, supportability and purchase of software and hardware products. • Microsoft marked Windows 98 for end-of-life on June 30, 2006. Its software produced after that date, such as Office 2007 (released November 30, 2006), is not supported on Windows 98 or any prior versions. 8

EOL in Computing • Depending on vendor, end-of-life may differ from end of service

EOL in Computing • Depending on vendor, end-of-life may differ from end of service life, which has the added distinction that a vendor of systems or software will no longer provide maintenance, troubleshooting or other support. • Such software which is abandonded servicewise by the original developers is also called Abandonware. 9

EOL in Computing • Sometimes, software vendors hand over software on end-of-life, end-of-sale or

EOL in Computing • Sometimes, software vendors hand over software on end-of-life, end-of-sale or end-of-service to the user community, to allow them to provide service and further upgrades themselves. • Notable examples are the web browser Netscape Communicator, which was released 1998 by Netscape Communications under an open-source license to the public, and the office suite Star. Office which was released by Sun Microsystems in October 2000 as Open. Office. org (later Libre. Office). 10

Interoperability • Moodle runs without modification on Unix, Linux, Free. BSD, Windows, Mac OS

Interoperability • Moodle runs without modification on Unix, Linux, Free. BSD, Windows, Mac OS X, Net. Ware and any other systems that support PHP and a database, including webhost providers. • Moodle also has import features for use with other specific systems, such as importing quizzes or entire courses from Blackboard or Web. CT. 11

Interoperability • As of February 2010, Moodle will not import Blackboard courses, apparently due

Interoperability • As of February 2010, Moodle will not import Blackboard courses, apparently due to changes in PHP code-releases. • In March 2012 Blackboard acquired two companies based on Moodle's software including Baltimore-based Moodlerooms Inc. and Net. Spot of Adelaide, Australia. 12

Interoperability • Moodle will always be an open source project, with clear delineation between

Interoperability • Moodle will always be an open source project, with clear delineation between Blackboard and Moodle. 13

Background Origins • Martin Dougiamas, who has graduate degrees in computer science and education,

Background Origins • Martin Dougiamas, who has graduate degrees in computer science and education, wrote the first version of Moodle. • Dougiamas started a Ph. D. to examine "the use of open source software to support a social constructionist epistemology of teaching and learning within Internet-based communities of reflective inquiry. " 14

Background Origins • Although how exactly social constructionism makes Moodle different from other e.

Background Origins • Although how exactly social constructionism makes Moodle different from other e. Learning platforms is difficult to show, it has been cited as an important factor by Moodle adopters. • Other Moodle adopters, such as the Open University in the UK, have pointed out that Learning Management Systems can equally be seen as "relatively pedagogy-neutral" 15

Background Pedagogical approach • The stated philosophy of Moodle includes a constructivist and social

Background Pedagogical approach • The stated philosophy of Moodle includes a constructivist and social constructionist approach to education, emphasizing that learners (and not just teachers) can contribute to the educational experience. • Using these pedagogical principles, Moodle provides an environment for learning communities. 16

Background Origin of name • The acronym Moodle stands for modular objectoriented dynamic learning

Background Origin of name • The acronym Moodle stands for modular objectoriented dynamic learning environment. • In the early years the "m" stood for "Martin's", named after Martin Dougiamas, the original developer. • As well as being an acronym, the name was chosen because of the dictionary definition of Moodle and to correspond to an available domain name. 17

Moodle conferences • A Moodle. Moot is a conference for Moodle community members, held

Moodle conferences • A Moodle. Moot is a conference for Moodle community members, held to learn about Moodle, share experiences of the learning platform, discuss research in related educational technologies and contribute ideas to future Moodle development. • Held around the world, Moodle. Moots are organised by universities or other large organisations using Moodle, Moodle Partners, Moodle associations or Moodle HQ. 18

Adoption • In the higher education market as of fall 2013, Moodle is the

Adoption • In the higher education market as of fall 2013, Moodle is the second largest provider with 23% market share, following Blackboard (41%) and Desire 2 Learn (11%) and Instructure as number three and four providers. 19

Adoption • In the corporate market, the six largest LMS providers constitute approximately 50%

Adoption • In the corporate market, the six largest LMS providers constitute approximately 50% of the market, with Success. Factors Learning, Saba Software, Voniz Inc and Sumtotal Systems being the four largest providers. • Vendors focused on mid-sized companies (200+ employees) include Halogen Software, ADP, and Workday. 20

Creating a new Course • A Teacher role can edit and add content to

Creating a new Course • A Teacher role can edit and add content to courses which have already been created. If you need to have a brand new course, you must either ask your admin to set up the blank course for you or else give you Course Creator privileges. • If you have been given Course Creator privileges then in the Category where you wish to set up your new course, you will see a button "Add a new course" beneath the current courses. Click on it to create your new course. 21

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Creating a new Course 22

Creating a new Course. . • Enter the course settings, and then click the

Creating a new Course. . • Enter the course settings, and then click the "Save changes" button. • On the next screen, choose your students/teachers to assign to the course. (You can skip this step and do it later) 23

Getting Started • A course homepage looks like the following screenshot. Down the left

Getting Started • A course homepage looks like the following screenshot. Down the left and right sides are blocks which can be added to and removed, and in the middle is the "work area". 24

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Getting Started … • You can start work on it by turning on the

Getting Started … • You can start work on it by turning on the editing, either with the button top right or the link in the Course Administration block: 26

Getting Started 27

Getting Started 27

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Editing elements of your course • With the editing turned on, each item on

Editing elements of your course • With the editing turned on, each item on your course homepage and each section/block will have icons next to it which all perform different functions such as edit /move / copy/ delete/ hide. 29

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Thank You 31

Thank You 31