As developer of the first e-learning course my employer is preparing to offer, I have been researching and learning all I can about Moodle 2.0, which will serve as our learning management system (LMS) for course delivery. Having worked with Moodle as well as Blackboard only a bit in the past, I was excited to have the opportunity to gain expertise with an LMS, at least on the front end of the system. I’ve learned a lot in the past six months and am quite pleased with the improvements in Moodle from its last version. The “activity completion” option, in particular, can dramatically enhance course development, and we are using this in our very first online course. Moodle’s file system in version 2.0 is extremely different from its prior versions, however, and the “file repositories” are quite difficult to figure out for many educators, including myself, though a Moodlerooms-hosted Webinar this week helped me significantly in understanding the concept and use.
I’m learning about Moodle, as well, this year through a couple of conferences—one online and one on ground. The 2011 iMoot, which took place April 30 through May 3, was an international online Moodle conference that ran 24 hours a day. I attended some live sessions and some recorded sessions, and at least two of the sessions were highly informative. In July I’ll be attending the 2011 Midwest Moodle Moot in Goshen, Indiana. With a pre-conference workshop day and two full conference days, it should prove to be a great asset in understanding and implementing the Moodle LMS.