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Thursday, October 06, 2005

Moodle News

An article in the Guardian this week explored the use of Moodle in education (well in schools, but it’s the same virtual learning environment).

It focused partly on the work of Darren Smith, a teacher in Teeside who uses Moodle with his students. His was a school environment but here's where the flexibility of sharing resources comes in - in his e-subjects he offers a comprehensive list of mostly free (otherwise inexpensive) software that are also very useful to the wider adult and community learning sector. It's quite a mixed bag with some lesser-known pieces of software thrown in the list too for good measure.

There are recommendations in each of the following categories.

  1. Software for Teachers
  2. Security
  3. Web and Internet
  4. Graphics
  5. Sound
  6. Video
  7. Simulation
  8. Computer Control
  9. Office Software
  10. Utilities
  11. Miscellaneous
  12. Technical / Complex
  13. Apple Mac Software
  14. Tech Support
The list is nicely broken into categories so that navigation within Moodle is easier. You can also download this course for your own Moodle installation for free making a really useful resource for your own learners.

(By the way, if you're an existing Moodle user and keen to keep up to date with Moodle News particularly in the Further Education sector, its worth noting the url of Moodlebug where Josie will keep you posted.

If you want to know more about how to use the Moodle Course Management System, Jeffrey Branzburg of TechLearning explains here.)


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