What is it, and how do you get it?
Fundamentally, moodle is an environment where you can set up discussion forums and course outlines. *
1) Talk to eWorks. They can set you up with a "TrainingVC" account, which gives you access to your choice of Blackboard or Moodle (both of these are learning management systems with forums, space for resources, student tracking etc). I think the initial outlay is $2000.
CAE uses this option (is that right, Ann?)
2) Find an alternative moodle host, such as:
- Education Services Australia (ESA, formerly EdNA) groups
- One of the recommended "Moodle hosting partners" listed on the support site.
** There's a huge help document in the moodle community - link here.
3) Get the software and run it on your own web server. This is tricky, but some people do it, for example:
- Tim at Werribee Community Centre (?) explored a software called "BitNami" that lets you run moodle on your local windows network. (But then you may need to open your network to the wide world.)
- Stuart from Milang Old School House, South Australia, was one of the first to go down the moodle road in a community organisation [Here i wrote about an online forum where he presented in 2007.]
4) Or find a web host who provides a "one click install" for popular free and open source software, such as moodle, wordpress, joomla. At PRACE, we use a Queensland-based crowd called "Fluccs" who offer free hosting for community & non-profit organisations. (And their paid options are reasonable too.)
And Coach Carole has just confirmed that the Moodle Group in the ACE NING will be up and running again in 2012. So join the network there too!
Other related links:
Mark Dreschler gives this presentation on "Creating the perfect moodle course":
- Joyce Seitzinger also developed a very handy Moodle Tool Guide which cross references what you want to use (technology) with what you want to achieve (educational aim).
- I noticed that Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) have a particularly comprehensive teacher support database of resources and PD activities to pick up many of the skills.
- Michael Chalk gathered some links for a presentation here.
- More information about the Milang Old School House (MOSH) projects here.
- Looks like their groups site has changed address now - groups.moshcc.com.au
We'll keep you posted about further 'people' resources - happy holiday research!
* The tech talk: moodle is a free & open source web application that runs on your web server in the same way that an application like word runs on your desktop.