What is Moodle?
BCLN has choosen Moodle as it's standard learning management system. Thus, all BCLN resource development and Student Management System is based on Moodle. Why Moodle?
- Moodle has great flexibity for various teaching styles.
- Moodle is easy to learn for teachers.
- We aren't dependent on any particular host.
- Open source allows us to modify the LMS to suit our needs.
- There is NO license fee for Moodle!
- It can be hosted locally to remove any legal concerns with student data.
The video below provides a general overview of Moodle.
|Open Source Software|
|One of the most important aspects of Moodle for teachers is that it is an open-source product. Teachers worry about spending a large amount of their precious time developing resources in a commercial product, as a change in licensing and/or ownership has the potential to leave them stranded. This is not the case with an open-source product like Moodle. Even if something crazy happened to Moodle developers, you can always use existing code.
Distance and Blended Learning
Historically, Moodle has primarily been used for Distance Learning (or DL). These are the programs throughout BC where the students can sign-up for a class to be done "at a distance." In these settings, face-to-face contact with the teacher is typically not a requirement.
It is becoming more common for Moodle to be used for Blended Learning (or BL). Since most teachers taking this course will be using it for BL, many of the explanations will be aimed at the classroom teacher experimenting with a Blended Learning approach.
There are MANY variations on BL, but the video below is probably the best overview I've found.
|Variety in BL
|There are many programs in BC and beyond which label themselves as BL. They probably ALL are different versions of BL, in their own ways. BL is simply using technology to save the human resource (the Teacher) for the most important aspects of learning. Technology simply does what it does best and releases teacher time for more important things, like personal relations and related adaptations. Be cautious of anything being sold as BL where the teachers isn't a central part of the learning process.