Moodle Tutorial 1: What is Moodle?

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Moodle is an Open Source Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), that universities, community colleges, businesses, and even individual instructors can use to add web technology to their courses. Its open source and modular design allow people to develop and add extra functionalities to the software. Moodle software is an intelectual property of Martin Dougiamas, who released the software under the GNU General Public License.

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With the capacity to support a single-teacher site as well as a 50 000-student online university portal, Moodle is flexible enough to allow for a diverse range of teaching modes. It has become very popular among educators around the world as a tool for creating online dynamic web sites for their students. To work, it needs to be installed on a web server somewhere, either on one of your own computers or one at a web hosting company.

At present, more than 30 000 educational organizations around the world use Moodle to deliver online courses or supplement traditional face-to-face courses. Based on well-tried and time-proved pedagogical traditions, it gives educators full control over all settings of a course through a user-friendly and easily operated WYSIWYG HTML editor.

It is important to remember that Moodle does not replace the teacher in any way, it is a support tool for sharing knowledge and facilitate learning using new technologies. A teacher is irreplaceable!

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