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Note: You are currently viewing documentation for Moodle 1.9. Up-to-date documentation for the latest stable version is available here: Teacher documentation.

Welcome! The purpose of this page is to provide educators with a brief overview of teaching and learning with Moodle and useful links by general topics.

Moodle principles

The design and development of Moodle has been guided by a social constructionist theory and practice of teaching and learning. While Moodle can be and is used to support a number of other pedagogical and andragogical approaches, the core Moodle package will continue to be built with these five key principles in mind.

Moodle in education and training

Although initially designed in and for higher education environment (university), Moodle has quickly become used across a broad range of educational settings and systems worldwide. Moodle can be used to conduct courses fully online or to support face-to-face teaching and learning, with little or very strict controls.

Its modularity, flexibility, security and free availability have attracted learning communities ranging from single primary school classrooms to giants like Open University UK as well as a number of governmental, corporate organisations and other places where people learn. Below is a list of common practices in different settings. Of course, the use of Moodle is NOT limited to these:

Primary education - Common uses of Moodle in primary education settings.

Secondary education - Common uses of Moodle in secondary education settings.

Tertiary education - Common uses of Moodle in tertiary education settings.

Adult education and training - Common uses of Moodle in adult education and corporate/government training.

Versions of Moodle

Since 2002, Moodle has undergone many changes and updated versions. Currently, the most widely used stable version of Moodle is 1.9.

Moodle 2.0 is a major new version, stable release expected in early November 2010. It contains a number of improvements and new features. Users will be able import and export content in and out Moodle easier (File and Portfolio API), scaffold courses with conditional activities, encourage peer evaluation with Workshop, search, enrol in and share courses via Community Hub, enter Comments in a range of places, navigate easier, integrate better with other systems, mobile devices, and more.

Starting with Moodle

Countless anecdotes from Moodle users suggest that the best way to learn Moodle is by simply trying and using it in ways you find it creative and useful - like a box of Lego.

  • Getting started for teachers - general overview of technical features of a course with links to expand your knowledge of the how to make different features work, currently for Moodle 1.x.
  • Teaching and Learning with Moodle – collection of explanations, FAQ, examples of use, useful links, tips and resources to help educators make the most of Moodle
  • Mt Orange School Demo - A demo site in Moodle 2.0, fully populated with accounts and examples to see and play with. Great way to explore the features of Moodle and many ways they could be used in places where people teach and learn.
  • Download Moodle – Choose from the official Moodle packages to install on your own server.

Moodle community

Moodle has been made and improved with participation, mutual help from software developers, educators, translators and many others worldwide. There are many ways to participate in Moodle community, regardless of your background and interest.

  • Moodle.org - The multilingual alma mater of moodlers worldwide! Forums, documents, users, activities, demos, history, Particularly Helpful Moodlers and more. You can see and contribute to the good will and effort of thousands over the years.
  • Moodle Docs - A wikipedia-style documentation about Moodle that we all write. This document is part of Moodle Docs and anyone can contribute, easily.
  • Moodle Partners – Optional commercial services for Moodle users, including fully-serviced Moodle hosting, remote support contracts, custom code development and consulting. Customers range from individual educators up to company training departments and universities.
  • Moodle Tracker – Community database for recording and managing bugs, improvements and feature requests for Moodle.
  • MoodleMoots - List of famously named gatherings of Moodle users, developers and enthusiasts around the world! Other events included.
  • Moodle on social networks – Connect with fellow moodlers.
  • Getting help – There are many ways in which you can ask for and get help.
  • Teaching FAQ - Commonly asked questions about Moodle and its use


Useful links

Complete install packages - for installing Moodle on a small server or a standalone computer
Installation guide - Moodle for Windows on a USB Memory Stick