Saturday Jul 22

Moodle

Moodle (abbreviation for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) is a free and open-source e-learning  software platform, also known as a Course Management System, Learning Management System, or Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). As of October 2010[update] it had a user base of 49,952 registered and verified sites, serving 37 million users in 3.7 million courses.

Moodle was originally developed by Martin Dougiamas to help educators create online courses with a focus on interaction and collaborative construction of content, and is in continual evolution.

Features

Moodle has several features considered typical of an e-learning platform, plus some original innovations (like its filtering system)[citation needed]. Moodle is very similar to a learning management system, but it has many more standard features . Moodle can be used in many types of environments such as in education, training and development, and business settings.

Developers can extend Moodle's modular construction by creating plugins for specific new functionality. Moodle's infrastructure supports many types of plug-ins:

* activities (including word and math games)
* resource types
* question types (multiple choice, true and false, fill in the blank, etc)
* data field types (for the database activity)
* graphical themes
* authentication methods (can require username and password accessibility)
* enrollment methods
* content filters

Many freely-available third-party Moodle plugins make use of this infrastructure.

Moodle users can use PHP to author and contribute new modules. Moodle's development has been assisted by the work of open source programmers. This has contributed towards its rapid development and rapid bug fixes.

By default Moodle includes the TCPDF library that allows the generation of PDF documents from pages.