I’ve just wrapped up the January 2017 Teaching with Moodle workshop. They host them twice a year. The next one’s in June, I will probably wait until next January to sample the Heisenberg.

A few fast facts:

  1. Moodle  is an acronym for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment.
  2. It’s open source software written in PHP under a GPL license.
  3. It’s a gift to the world from Australia.
  4. A 2016 study of 2015 data found 70,136 registered users in 222 territories worldwide.

Thousands of people, from all over the world, sign up for this course. And every time they do, they get a badge. So you can see, when you go to their user profile, if they’ve said anything at all in the forums, that it’s a regular crowd that keeps returning, year after year, to keep up with the releases.

Very clever really. A pity more developers don’t host that sort of opportunity for their global installed user base or wannabe base to synchronize with each other.

That being said, what the better part of them don’t do is participate in the final project. The forums are pretty active, but lurking appears to be the number one favored activity. To be perfectly honest, I’m not sure what that means.


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