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{{About Moodle}}
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Moodle is an active and evolving product. This page lists just some of the many features it contains:
== Overall design ==
*  Promotes a social constructionist pedagogy (collaboration, activities, critical reflection, etc)
* Suitable for 100% online classes as well as supplementing face-to-face learning
* Simple, lightweight, efficient, compatible, low-tech browser interface
* Easy to install on almost any platform that supports PHP. Requires only one database (and can share it).
* Full database abstraction supports all major brands of database (except for initial table definition)
* Course listing shows descriptions for every course on the server, including accessibility to guests.
* Courses can be categorised and searched - one Moodle site can support thousands of courses
* Emphasis on strong security throughout. Forms are all checked, data validated, cookies encrypted etc
* Most text entry areas (resources, forum postings etc) can be edited using an embedded WYSIWYG HTML editor
== Site management ==
*  Site is managed by an admin user, defined during setup
* Plug-in "themes" allow the admin to customise the site colours, fonts, layout etc to suit local needs
* Plug-in activity modules can be added to existing Moodle installations
* Plug-in language packs allow full localisation to any language. These can be edited using a built-in web-based editor. Currently there are language packs for over [http://download.moodle.org/lang/ 70 languages].
* The code is clearly-written PHP under a GPL license - easy to modify to suit your needs
== User management ==
*  Goals are to reduce admin involvement to a minimum, while retaining high security
* Supports a range of authentication mechanisms through plug-in authentication modules, allowing easy integration with existing systems.
* Standard email method: students can create their own login accounts. Email addresses are verified by confirmation.
* LDAP method: account logins can be checked against an LDAP server. Admin can specify which fields to use.
* IMAP, POP3, NNTP: account logins are checked against a mail or news server. SSL, certificates and TLS are supported.
* External database: any database containing at least two fields can be used as an external authentication source.
* Each person requires only one account for the whole server - each account can have different access
* An admin account controls the creation of courses and creates teachers by assigning users to courses
* A course creator account is only allowed to create courses and teach in them
* Teachers may have editing privileges removed so that they can't modify the course (e.g. for part-time tutors)
* Security - teachers can add an "enrolment key" to their courses to keep out non-students. They can give out this key face-to-face or via personal email etc
* Teachers can enrol students manually if desired
* Teachers can unenrol students manually if desired, otherwise they are automatically unenrolled after a certain period of inactivity (set by the admin)
* Students are encouraged to build an online profile including photos, description. Email addresses can be protected from display if required.
* Every user can specify their own timezone, and every date in Moodle is translated to that timezone (e.g. posting dates, assignment due dates etc)
* Every user can choose the language used for the Moodle interface (English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese etc)
== Course management ==
*  A full teacher has full control over all settings for a course, including restricting other teachers
* Choice of course formats such as by week, by topic or a discussion-focussed social format
* Flexible array of course activities - Forums, Quizzes, Glossaries, Resources, Choices, Surveys, Assignments, Chats, Workshops
* Recent changes to the course since the last login can be displayed on the course home page - helps give sense of community
* Most text entry areas (resources, forum postings etc) can be edited using an embedded WYSIWYG HTML editor
* All grades for Forums, Quizzes and Assignments can be viewed on one page (and downloaded as a spreadsheet file)
* Full user logging and tracking - activity reports for each student are available with graphs and details about each module (last access, number of times read) as well as a detailed "story" of each students involvement including postings etc on one page.
* Mail integration - copies of forum posts, teacher feedback etc can be mailed in HTML or plain text.
* Custom scales - teachers can define their own scales to be used for grading forums and assignments
* Courses can be packaged as a single zip file using the Backup function. These can be restored on any Moodle server.
== Assignment Module ==
* Assignments can be specified with a due date and a maximum grade.
* Students can upload their assignments (any file format) to the server - they are date-stamped.
* Late assignments are allowed, but the amount of lateness is shown clearly to the teacher
* For each particular assignment, the whole class can be assessed (grade and comment) on one page in one form.
* Teacher feedback is appended to the assignment page for each student, and notification is mailed out.
* The teacher can choose to allow resubmission of assignments after grading (for regrading)
== Chat Module ==
* Allows smooth, synchronous text interaction
* Includes profile pictures in the chat window
* Supports URLs, smilies, embedded HTML, images etc
* All sessions are logged for later viewing, and these can also be made available to students
== Choice Module ==
* Like a poll. Can either be used to vote on something, or to get feedback from every student (eg research consent)
* Teacher sees intuitive table view of who chose what
* Students can optionally be allowed to see an up-to-date graph of results
== Forum Module ==
* Different types of forums are available, such as teacher-only, course news, open-to-all, and one-thread-per-user.
* All postings have the authors photo attached.
* Discussions can be viewed nested, flat or threaded, oldest or newest first.
* Individual forums can be subscribed to by each person so that copies are forwarded via email, or the teacher can force subscription for all
* The teacher can choose not to allow replies (eg for an announcements-only forum)
* Discussion threads can be easily moved between forums by the teacher
* Attached images are shown inline
* If forum ratings are being used, these can be restricted to a range of dates
== Quiz Module ==
* Teachers can define a database of questions for re-use in different quizzes
* Questions can be stored in categories for easy access, and these categories can be "published" to make them accessible from any course on the site.
* Quizzes are automatically graded, and can be re-graded if questions are modified
* Quizzes can have a limited time window outside of which they are not available
* At the teacher's option, quizzes can be attempted multiple times, and can show feedback and/or correct answers
* Quiz questions and quiz answers can be shuffled (randomised) to reduce cheating
* Questions allow HTML and images
* Questions can be imported from external text files
* Quizzes can be attempted multiple times, if desired
* Attempts can be cumulative, if desired, and finished over several sessions
* Multiple-choice questions supporting single or multiple answers
* Short Answer questions (words or phrases)
* True-False questions
* Matching questions
* Random questions
* Numerical questions (with allowable ranges)
* Embedded-answer questions (cloze style) with answers within passages of text
* Embedded descriptive text and graphics
== Resource Module ==
* Supports display of any electronic content, Word, Powerpoint, Flash, Video, Sounds etc. that are stored locally, or remotely
* Files can be uploaded and managed (zipped, unzipped, renamed, moved, etc..) on the server
* Folders can be created and managed on the server and linked to
* Internal web pages (html formatted) can be created with WYSIWYG editor and linked to
* Internal text pages (no formatting) can be created and linked to
* External content on the web can be linked to or seamlessly included within the course interface.
* External web applications can be linked to with data passed to them
* Linked MP3 audio files will display with elegant flash player
== Survey Module ==
* Built-in surveys (COLLES, ATTLS) have been proven as instruments for analysing online classes
* Online survey reports always available, including many graphs. Data is downloadable as an Excel spreadsheet or CSV text file.
* Survey interface prevents partly-finished surveys.
* Feedback is provided to the student of their results compared to the class averages
== Workshop Module ==
* Allows peer assessement of documents, and the teacher can manage and grade the assessment.
* Supports a wide range of possible grading scales
* Teacher can provide sample documents for students to practice grading
* Very flexible with many options.

Latest revision as of 08:33, 29 November 2011