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2.1 What Is Moodle?

Welcome to the first lesson of this course, where we’ll answer the most obvious question: What is Moodle?

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2.1 What Is Moodle?

Welcome to the first lesson of this course, where we'll answer probably the most obvious question. What is Moodle? So let's begin. As I was saying in the introduction to this course, Moodle is an LMS, that's short for a Learning Management System. And I think we're all familiar with a CMS, that's a Content Management System. WordPress, for example is a content management system. Well, a Learning Management System is very similar in the sense that it's a platform that allows you to create content, and display it online. The difference is that a Learning Management System allows you to create online courses. And Moodle is actually one of the most used, if not the most popular LMS. You can find it at moodle.org and here you can find all the information about, this platform, we can see that it is open source. So the community is actively contributing to its source code, making it better. And on this website, you'll also find all the documentation you need. And you can also access a quick demo which we'll do in just a little bit. Now with that said, Moodle is not the only LMS out there. There are a lot of alternatives. But when it comes to open source, other popular options are OpenedX and Canvas. So if you're looking for a Learning Management System, you can check out these resources. You can also do a simple Google search for LMS or Learning Management System and you'll find other great alternatives. But in this course we're gonna focus on Moodle. Now, earlier, I talked about a demo that you can access right here. So let me show you a little bit about how this platform works. Now as a demo, the good people at Moodle set up this demo school called Mount Orange School. And here, let's go ahead and choose a role. Let's say we are a Teacher looking to how to set up my courses, so we can log in with teacher and the password is Moodle. So let's go ahead and do that right now. And right now we're logged in as Jeffrey Sanders. This is a demo username. That's currently a teacher on this school that was created here. So after you're logged in as a teacher, you have access to the Dashboard that gives you an overview of your courses. And you also have access to the announcements, files, badges, calendar, events, and so on. You can also head over to My courses where you can see all the courses taught by this Jeffrey Sanders. And if we open one of these courses, let's say Cinema, you'll see how a course looks like in Moodle, and courses are basically divided in sections. We can see one of the sections is General, the other City of God, this one, Assignment topics is another section. And in each section, we have various resources like these files here, we have text content, images, videos, and so on. Now if we work to login as a student, let's go back to our site home. And we'll actually log out, and we'll log in as a student using, Student and Moodle. And by the way, you can play around with this demo because the site resets at a set interval. So whatever changes you make here in the demo will be reset basically. Now as a student, you get access to all of the courses that you're enrolled to, okay? And as you can see the dashboard here is a little bit different for a student. It gives you the course overview, but also this right hand side, sidebar is also a little bit different. You only have access to the timeline, and if you open up a course for example celebrating cultures, you will see that you have access to the course, but you don't have access to any of the editing options that were available as a teacher. And you'll also see that this sidebar here is different, from course to course. So, this is what it looks like for this particular topic. But if we switch to another course, that's gonna be different. And the way this looks like is up to the teacher. All right, so I hope you got a basic idea of how this could work from both a teacher's point of view and a student's point of view. Now, what you see here, this interface is completely customizable. In fact, there are actually themes available for Moodle. If we open up Theme forest and we go to CMS, we can find Moodle listed here. And under Moodle, we can see a whole bunch of different themes that you can buy and apply to your courses on the platform. So for example, this lambda, which is one of the most popular themes, looks something like this, all right? So it's totally different from the default theme that we're presented with here. And there are also free themes that you can download for Moodle and also paid ones like this one from Theme forest. But the main idea is that you can customize how your courses will look like on this platform by using themes. All right, so now that you know what Moodle is all about, and you also got a first glimpse of what you can do with it, I think it's time we create the first course on this platform. I will do that in the next lesson, so I'll see you there.

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