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If you were a computer programmer the term Modular Object Oriented Dynamic Learning
Environment (Moodle) might make your heart skip a beat. If you were a teacher you might
recognize the word as a verb that describes the process of lazily meandering through
something, doing things as it occurs to you to do them, an enjoyable tinkering that often leads
to insight and creativity.
As such it applies both to the way Moodle was developed, and to the way a student or teacher
might approach studying or teaching an online course. Anyone who uses Moodle is a Moodler.
The Australian developer of Moodle (Martin Dougiamas), is both an educator and computer
scientist. This combination brings unique qualifications to the art and science of using
technology to reach learners in the 21
Open Source e Learning Software
Moodle is a course management system (CMS) a software package designed to help
educators create quality online courses and manage learner outcomes. Such e learning
systems are sometimes also called Learning Management Systems (LMS), Virtual Learning
Environments (VLE) and Learning Content Management Systems (LCMS). Students need only
a browser (e.g., IE, Firefox, Safari) to participate in a Moodle course.
Moodle is Open Source software, which means you are free to download it, use it, modify it and
even distribute it (under the terms of the GNU General Public License). Moodle runs without
modification on Unix, Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, Netware and any other system that supports
PHP, including most web host providers. Data is stored in a single database: MySQL and
PostgreSQL are best supported, but it can also be used with Oracle, Access, Interbase, ODBC
Moodle has 50 language packs, including: Arabic, Catalan, Chinese (simplified and traditional),
Czech, Danish, Dutch, English (UK and US versions), Finnish, French (France and Canada
versions), German, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Maori, Norwegian,
Polish, Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai
The design and development of Moodle is guided by a particular philosophy of learning, a way
of thinking that you may see referred to in shorthand as a "social constructionist pedagogy".
This page tries to explain in simple terms what that phrase means by unpacking four main
concepts behind it. Note that each of these is summarizing one view of an immense amount of
diverse research so these definitions may seem thin if you have read about these before.
If these concepts are completely new to you then it is likely that these ideas will be hard to
understand at first. We recommend that you read this carefully, while thinking about your own
experiences of trying to learn something.
This point of view maintains that people actively construct new knowledge as they interact with
Everything you read, see, hear, feel, and touch is tested against your prior knowledge and if it is
viable within your mental world, may form new knowledge you carry with you. Knowledge is
strengthened if you can use it successfully in your wider environment. You are not just a
memory bank passively absorbing information, nor can knowledge be "transmitted" to you just
by reading something or listening to someone.