English: Photo of Martin Dougiamas

Martin Dougiamas, founder and lead developer of Moodle.  Photo credit: Wikipedia

By Lillian Williams

A brand-new MOOC (massive open online course) will show teachers how to use Moodle for their courses or employee training programs.

Ida Brandao, senior officer of Portugal’s Ministry of Education, already has enrolled, as mentioned in her blog post.

Moodle, of course, is a widely-used, open source learning management system.

Quite simply, Moodle allows you to create teaching/learning websites that contain documents, videos, and assignments such as quizzes, glossaries, and wikis.

The four-week course starts September 1st. Register here.

As mentioned in a previous post, Moodle has nearly 60 million users worldwide, featuring 6.1 million courses.

Institutional users range from primary schools to universities. It’s used, for example, at Columbia College Chicago where I teach.

Martin Dougiamas, founder and lead developer of the Moodle system, believes Moodle could be utilized to operate MOOCs,  as well as smaller online courses.

“A side benefit of running this event is that we can demonstrate that Moodle can scale to any size (and always has been able to),” Dougiamas wrote in a statement.

“There are private Moodle sites out there with hundreds of thousands of active students on them, but you (and I) don’t get to use them much. This site implements Moodle on a scalable cluster to provide a platform that can theoretically cope with any number of users and courses at a low cost. We want to show you that you can use open source software to easily run your own courses (massive or not) on your own private servers, in your own language, in your own country.”

If you utilize Moodle to develop a MOOC, we’d certainly like to hear about your experience. Click below to leave a comment.

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  1. Jenny says:

    I believe online courses such as this helps a lot in one’s growth without having to actually go to school.

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