Moodle Keynote Address in July 2011 by Martin Dougiamas

 

Quo vadis, LMS? Trends, predictions, commentary — from CampusTechnology.com

The LMS market is in flux. According to a 2010 survey conducted by the Campus Computing Project, Blackboard‘s dominance of the higher education market declined from 71 percent in 2006 to 57 percent in 2010. Open source alternatives Moodle and Sakai have continued to make inroads, as has Desire2Learn–together they now control over 30 percent of the market. The entry of Instructure, whose Canvas LMS recently scooped up the business of the Utah Education Network, provides an additional plot twist. And hanging over it all is the imminent migration of hundreds of legacy Blackboard clients to new systems as their existing platforms are retired.

Often overlooked in the numbers game, though, are more fundamental–even philosophical–questions about the evolving role of the LMS and its ability to meet the needs of higher education today. If the debate of recent years has been between open source and proprietary systems, the focus is gradually shifting to how all of these systems will tackle the thorny issues of informal learning, social networking, assessment, and a mobile learning environment.

To gauge what the future may hold, CT asked leading educators and vendors for their thoughts on the evolution of the LMS in higher education.

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10 things you can do with a Moodle webpage [Thibault]

10 things you can do with a Moodle webpage — from MoodleNews.com by Joseph Thibault

 

 

 

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Moodle Monday: Forums for individual groups

Moodle Monday: Forums for individual groups — from MoodleNews.com by Tim Dalton

 

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Moodle 2.0 integrations – Alfresco — from Synergy Learning by Joel Kerr

As Moodle 2.0 becomes more established we are finding more and more clients eager to upgrade from their current version.

Not only is the software being recognised for it’s new and improved features, it also makes integrating with third party tools a whole lot easier, opening up a whole new world of possibilities for those moving to Moodle 2.0.

Over the next few blog posts I am going to look at some of these external tools to see what benefits they can bring to your operations….starting with Alfresco.

Alfresco

If you haven’t heard of Alfresco before you might find it a rather useful tool.  It is a Content Management System (CMS), which basically means it can be used for managing the production of electronic content (text files, videos, graphics etc.) via a set of rules, processes and workflows.

Like Moodle and Mahara, Alfresco is Open Source and as a CMS it specializes in:

  1. Document Management
  2. Records Management
  3. Web Content Management
  4. Share
  5. Content Platform
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Blackboard vs Moodle 2.0: 100+ metrics compared head to head — from MoodleNews.com by Joseph Thibault
This post is cross-posted at LMSWatch.com (comprehensive news and resources for all Learning Management Systems)

Ralf Otto of Ruhr-Universität, Bochum in Germany provided me with a wonderful resource he’s created recently.  Ruhr-Universität utilizes both Moodle and Blackboard (as a growing number of colleges and higher education institutions are doing) and over the last two weeks was charged with comparing the two LMSs head to head, he said in his message.

The comparison matrix covers 103 different aspects of the LMS and whether or not each is capable (and sometimes how).  How does each measure up?

For the full comparison that Ralf created please visit:
http://moodle.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/file.php/1/Feature_Comparison_Moodle-Blackboard.pdf

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Cambridge Global Grid for Learning Partner with Moodlerooms
Leading broker and aggregator of digital educational content has established a joint partnership with proven provider of enterprise Moodle-based e-learning solutions to improve access to digital content.

Baltimore, MD — Moodlerooms, Inc., the provider of proven, enterprise Moodle-based e-learning solutions has established a joint partnership with leading broker and aggregator of digital educational content, Cambridge Global Grid for Learning (GGfL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Cambridge University Press, one of the world’s most respected publishers, to further the effort of providing educators and learners across the world with a safe and reliable environment to search, stream and download high quality and copyright-cleared learning resources from multiple content providers.

Over 40 content providers are currently available through GGfL, including Cambridge University Press, Intel, Science Photo Library, Classical Comics, Corbis, Reuters, EduPuzzles, and Bridgeman Education, making it one of the most comprehensive digital educational content collections in the world.

Rest of article…

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Moodle 2.0.1 released

Moodle 2.0.1 released — from Moodle.org by Martin Dougiamas

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Moodle Tool Guide for Teachers

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The database activity in Moodle 2.0

The database activity in Moodle 2.0 — from Edutonica by John Patten [via Moodle News by Joseph Thibault]

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Mobile App Review – mBook — from moodlenews.com by Joseph Thibault

mBook is the 2nd app for Mobile Moodle developed by MassMedia (MassMedia.hk) from Hong Kong.  This is an expanded version of mPage specifically tailored for use on the iPad (the app is not available on any other OS).  This app is also a hybrid, requiring a purchase from the Apple App Store as well as installed files on your Moodle server (server side installation files are available from http://mbooks.hk/mod/resource/view.php?id=2).  NOTE: the same files for mPage are required for mBook (so installing for one of the apps makes your site ready for the other, which is a plus).

mBook is listed at $3.99 in the Apple App Store.

Moodle 2.0 videos

Moodle 2.0 videos

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