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Note: You are currently viewing documentation for Moodle 2.0. Up-to-date documentation for the latest stable version is available here: About Moodle.

Web server based?

It doesn't actually say anywhere that Moodle is server based (as opposed to desktop). I know this confuses a lot of poeple and is (surely?) just as important as being open source etc. --Howard Miller 11:08, 1 November 2009 (UTC)

About Moodle

Why is the opening sentence stating only two uses of Moodle? What about using it to support classroom teaching and training, blended learning, distance learning, just to mention a few other areas? user:Robert Brenstein March 2008

The opening sentence says:

"Moodle is a software package for producing internet-based courses and web sites. It's an ongoing development project designed to support a social constructionist framework of education."

So write a better opening

Moodle is a software package for producing internet-based courses and web sites. It's an ongoing development project designed to support a social constructionist framework of education.


  • "Moodle is an source software package for creating a web site and courses. As a tool, it is used in a wide variety of learning environments as a primary or secondary resource. Many people and organizations have contributed to its development since 19xx. Moodle was initially designed to support a social constructionist framework of education and is very flexible." --chris collman 10:03, 24 March 2008 (CDT)
  • "Moodle is a software package for producing internet-based courses and web sites. As a tool, it is used in a wide variety of environments as a primary or secondary resource. Moodle was initially designed in 17xx to support different kinds of collaboration, activities, and critical reflection in an interactive learning group."--chris collman 10:30, 24 March 2008 (CDT)

Those are my versions of "What, where, who, when and how". But I still like the original. I know, many don't really care about the "social constructionist framework" roots but...uh, others do. (huge grin) --chris collman 10:03, 24 March 2008 (CDT)

Introduction to Moodle

I would like to change this page to actually show the Introduction and move the Moodle Advocacy to a new page Advocacy. The first time I visited this page I expected to be able to read something about Moodle and I competely missed the menu at the top. The menu at the top could stay and could be repeated on each of the pages. If I hear no objections in a day or so I will make the change. --Gustav Delius 02:29, 28 January 2006 (WST)

Yes please - go for it! Perhaps the menu could become a navigation template? -- Helen Foster 02:35, 28 January 2006 (WST)
Echo - the Menu may need go through a period of natural evolution before making it a template. A few more categories might come to mind. Having navigation can become convoluted if the basic form is still developing. I feel it will be essential. Mark Burnet

Please, add Presentations and Moodle manuals to this pages, I think they should be here David Delgado 14:00, 7 February 2006 (GMT)

The manuals are for teachers and students, rather than being general information about Moodle. Also, some require updating. --Helen 00:21, 14 February 2006 (WST)

The discussion of the GNU licenses should change slightly because it implies that one needs to share source code of all of your modifications. In fact, you only need to give source code to modifications that you make to copies of Moodle that you distribute to others.

Hosting options

A new user, especially a non-technical one, may infer the main choices for Moodle hosting to be: a) host it on your own machines, b) get assistance from a third party vendor, or c) have a third party host your Moodle site. My ISP (Bluehost), and, I suspect, many others, allows me to install Moodle remotely with a simple script. They don't publicize this very well at all, but I believe it would help to add a comment to this page to inform people of this, relatively simple, option.(The preceding unsigned comment was added by Darren Adkinson (talkcontribs) .)

Darren, thanks for your feedback on what would make this page more userful to you, it is very helpful to us. I guess you are talking about scripts like Fantasitco. The problem is that they tend not to do a very good job of installing Moodle (See the [moodle.org/mod/forum/view.php?id=28 Installation problems forum]). You would not want to use that for a real site, although it is OK for just quickly getting a demo Moodle set up. That is not a simple think to explain, and I guess we want this about page to be quite brief.
Anyway, if you click the Administrator link on the left, you will see lots of information about the installation options.--Tim Hunt 00:11, 30 July 2009 (UTC)

Audio/visual facilities

As a new, potential, Moodler from a business background my first enquiry about Moodle was "does it handle combined audio+slide presentations?", ie. in a similar vein to WebEx. I have seen information on the site, though I'm not clear how well supported these features are (or if they're purely peripheral or classed as a core part of Moodle). Given that this page could be make or break for many new users could we add a comment or two about the underlying enabling technologies for this Virtual Learning Environment (accepting of course that they will change (improve) as time goes on).(The preceding unsigned comment was added by Darren Adkinson (talkcontribs) .)

The way this normally works is that you use some software external to Moodle to record the presentation. That then saves in a common format like .flv or .swf, and of coures Moodle can handle common formats like that (think those of us familiar with Moodle who are writing this page ;-)). I think you are right that this page could do with a paragraph that outlines the range of content and activities that Moodle supports. Fuller information is the other end of the Features link on the right.--Tim Hunt 00:11, 30 July 2009 (UTC)