Open University chooses Moodle 2.0 as their LMS of the future — from Moodle News by Joseph Thibault

The Open University, after commissioning a survey of the alternative/rival LMSs available, has decided to continue using Moodle as it’s primary Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) moving forward and is now planning it’s site wide upgrade which will be a several phase process over the next 12 months according to Ross MacKenzie.

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Book review: Moodle 2.0 First Look by Mary Cooch

Book review: Moodle 2.0 First Look by Mary Cooch — from Synergy Learning by Joel Kerr

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Kineo and partners shake up LMS market — from

Kineo has formed a joint venture company with two leading e-learning and open source companies to develop and distribute a version of the Moodle Learning Management System for the corporate sector. The product, called Totara, is set to revolutionise the corporate LMS space as the first open source learning management solution designed specifically for the corporate sector.

An island no more: A game-changing application suite for LMS — from by Trent Batson

…a “Google Analytics” for the LMS.

…perhaps the most revolutionary aspect of plugjam, allowing both students and teachers to intelligently search open educational resources (OERs) maintained by Merlot and 10 colleges and universities through the new OER Global Consortium inspired and supported by MERLOT, including Johns Hopkins, MIT, Notre Dame, The Open University, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Stanford University, Delft University, University of Massachusetts Boston, The University of Tokyo, and Yale University. Other institutions offer additional OERs, such as Carnegie Mellon, Rice, and others.

…essentially allowing faculty and students to create a portal with a live instantiation of the LMS interface on the same page as social software and other functionalities, literally putting your LMS into the social Web.

Why is all this important? The campus book library of 10 years ago has changed radically: It is now augmented (and perhaps surpassed) by the library on the Web, more easily searched, portable to any Web site, and potentially a broader-based, more up-to-date set of resources than was ever available before to the campus community. With many more Web academic resources becoming available everyday and the LMS, with plugjam, capable of becoming its own “lending library,” each course can be content-rich beyond imagination.

Top 100 Tools for Learning 2010: Final list, presentation and more — from Jane Knight

Yesterday I finalised the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2010 list.  Many thanks to the 545 people who shared their Top 10 Tools for Learning and contributed to the building of the list.   Although this list is available online, I also created this presentation which provides the information as a slideset – embedded below.

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Jane Hart, a Social Business Consultant, and founder
of the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies.

Interview with Martin Dougiamas

Interview with Martin Dougiamas — from e-Literate

Here it is! All about the past, present, and future of Moodle:
Click here to view the embedded video.

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Using VoiceThread in Moodle — Documentation — from Free Technology for Teachers by Richard Byrne

For users of Moodle, VoiceThread recently announced some useful new information. VoiceThread has  published documentation for integrating VoiceThread modules into Moodle 1.9. In this documentation you will find all you need to know to embed VoiceThreads into Moodle, creating VoiceThread assignments with Moodle, and authenticating with single sign-on. …

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Martin Dougiamas, Moodle founder and lead developer, announced Sunday that (the longest continuously running Moodle site) has been upgraded to Moodle 2.0 release candidate 1.  If you’re curious to check out some of the new features on an install with loads of information to peruse and search: point your browser at

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The Moodle Philosophy

The Moodle Philosophy — from by Joel Kerr (emphasis below from DSC)

It is often said that Moodle is designed with pedagogy in mind. The developers are very transparent about the philosophy they use when making decisions about the direction of Moodle, a philosophy that focuses on what is best for the learner.

The design and development of Moodle is guided by a “Social Constructionist Pedagogy”, which can be explained in terms of four main related concepts: constructivism, constructionism, social constructivism, and connected and separate.

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How to sell a migration to Moodle

How to sell a migration to Moodle — by Michael Feldstein

The folks at Wesleyan University have a blog up that is a stellar example of how to evangelize for an LMS platform to faculty when you’re facing the front end of a migration.1 For starters, their FAQ is rich with information, including analysis by peer schools.

Here’s a sample:

Why are so many schools switching to Moodle?

While we cannot speak for all the other schools, we imagine their motivation is similar to ours—Moodle is more cost-effective than Blackboard and we have more control over it.  A plethora of independent research on student and faculty satisfaction with course management systems show that users like Moodle as well as or better than Blackboard.

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Moodle by Colby: A Moodle video from the student's perspective.

Also see this posting from Joseph:

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Press release: Moodlerooms releases joule 1.3

Press release: Moodlerooms releases joule 1.3 — via

Baltimore, MD — Moodlerooms, Inc., the provider of joule®, a cloud-hosted, managed open-source e Learning platform, is pleased to announce joule 1.3, the latest release of the enterprise learning management platform that delivers updated features and integration capabilities to further expand the choices educators have to configure their learning programs.

Some of the changes in joule 1.3 include…

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Drilling down with the Navigation Block in Moodle 2.0 — from by Moodle News by Joseph Thibault

Further resource from Joe about Moodle:

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