Moodle is provided freely as Open Source software (under the GNU Public License). Basically this means Moodle is copyrighted, but that you have additional freedoms. You are allowed to copy, use and modify Moodle provided that you agree to: provide the source to others; not modify or remove the original license and copyrights, and apply this same license to any derivative work. Read the license for full details and please contact the copyright holder directly if you have any questions.
Moodle can be installed on any computer that can run PHP, and can support an SQL type database (for example MySQL). It can be run on Windows and Mac operating systems and many flavors of linux (for example Red Hat or Debian GNU). There are many knowledgable Moodle Partners to assist you, even host your Moodle site.
The word Moodle was originally an acronym for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment, which is mostly useful to programmers and education theorists. It's also 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.
- What does a teacher need to know? A good starting place to learn about the robust features in a Moodle course.
- The Moodle "Features" Course is a place to see how these things work.
- Later you might be ready for Demo.moodle. Here you can play on a Moodle site as a teacher, administrator or student. Or create a Moodle on your own computer
- The Moodle page at Wikipedia. MoodleDocs and Wikipedia both use MediaWiki.
- Moodle (Wikiversity)
- Moodle_manuals has many links or there is the Using Moodle book for those who must have an Adobe document to read or print.
- Here is where Moodlers share their "This is Moodle" presentations.
- Moodlemoots are exciting Moodle conferences all over the world, with both face to face and virtual components.
- Which course management software ? - Documents useful for decision makers
- Each of the links below will take you to a different alphabetical index of topics, such as the Administrator index or Teacher index.
testing some edits --- Martin Dougiamas 04:03, 31 March 2011 (CDT)