What do I have to know before I start using Moodle?

It is one of the (free) learning management systems.

Moodle is just one example of how educational materials can be used for the benefits of students. This open-source software first appeared in 2002. The person who designed it–Martin Dougiamas, now 46, from Australia–understood early on the potential of the Internet for education (what we would later call e-learning), and began to develop a system in 1999 as part of his PhD.  Years have passed, and Moodle have been tailored to the needs of educators from different countries, so the functionality expanded and the variety of languages soared to more than 100.

Moodle can be used as a supportive environment for instruction.  It can be formal education, trainings, short seminars, etc. The major assumption behind it is to enhance learning, not to replace it. After all, learning is most probably happening in our heads instead of our computers. Moodle allows for educators to create assignments, quizzes, tests, instructional materials that support learning.

Other examples of learning managements systems (LMS) are  Blackboard, Desire2Learn, and Instructure. The competitive advantage of Moodle is that it is a free tool and can be used in the countries and settings that cannot pay thousands of dollars for other platforms. The official website of Moodle is https://moodle.org/ and anyone can create his or her account there free of charge.

My project is about introducing Moodle for learning English in a Belarusian secondary school. First, LMSs are still not there; second, LMSs help move home assignments online and provide additional materials; third, LMSs may influence the discipline of students with the idea of strict deadlines, which is a big issue in Belarusian high schools.

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7 thoughts on “What do I have to know before I start using Moodle?

  1. Hi Yuri, I know a little bit about Moodle, but I did not realize it was used so internationally! I look forward to reading your posts about this. One question I have is: what are the benefits of paying for a system versus using Moodle for free?

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  2. I think Moodle is a great tool that can definitely help improve classrooms and the communication between teachers and students. Also, the fact that it is free, is definitely a bonus. However, I did not know it was founded in 2002. I think it is amazing that Moodle is in over 100 different languages. I think this shows that although countries have different education systems and ways of teaching, the technology may be the same. Therefore, there may be some similarities in the way teachers conduct their classrooms in various countries.

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  3. Hi, Yuri,
    So, if I understand you correctly, you are going to be both blogging about Moodle for the second half of the semester as well as utilizing it for your Collaborative Technology Project—right? If so, I was wondering about how you decided to delve more into the world of Moodle: Have you used it in the past? How does it compare to Blackboard? Why do you think it is an ideal tool for Belarusian high schools?

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  4. Hi, Yuri,
    (I just posted something, and it didn’t work for some reason, so I apologize if you get double posts from me.) If I understand you correctly, you are both blogging about Moodle for the second half of the semester as well as utilizing it for your Collaborative Technology Project—right? If so, I was wondering why you decided to use Moodle as the platform: Have you used it before? How does it compare to Blackboard? Why do you think it will be ideal to use in Belarusian high schools for your purposes?

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  5. Hi, Yuri,
    (I commented last night, and it didn’t work for some reason, so I apologize if you get double posts from me.) If I understand you correctly, you are both blogging about Moodle for the second half of the semester as well as utilizing it for your Collaborative Technology Project—right? If so, I was wondering why you decided to use Moodle as the platform: Have you used it before? How does it compare to Blackboard? Why do you think it will be ideal to use in Belarusian high schools for your purposes?

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  6. Yuri, I never use Moodle before, but you gave a very clear introduction of Moodle. It sounds like a platform that is similiar to Blackboard and Wiki, isn’t it?. Because I’m very interested in such learning platforms and plan to use them in my future teaching, so, I will be looking forward to your blogging.

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