What is Moodle?

1 What is Moodle?

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Moodle is a learning platform designed to provide educators, administrators and learners with a single robust, secure and integrated system to create personalised learning environments (PLE).


  • The word Moodle is an acronym for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment, which is mostly useful to programmers and education theorists. It's also a verb (in the bigger English dictionaries) that describes the process of lazily meandering through something, doing things as it occurs to you to do them, an enjoyable tinkering that often leads to insight and creativity. A sort of cross between "muse" and "doodle". As such it applies both to the way Moodle was originally developed, and to the way a student or teacher might approach studying or teaching an online course in an ongoing, iterative way.


This is a digital book consisting of chapters.

  • In the block to the left are the chapters.
  • From here you can jump to a particular chapter, rather than reading from the beginning to the end.
  • You can also choose to print a chapter or the whole book.
  • See all the available options within the Administration block.


Learning Management Systems (LMS)

Learning management systems or LMSs are commonly used across the education sector. The most common of these are BlackBoard, Moodle, Sakai and DesireToLearn. These systems are more functional than websites, with the main differences being,

  • the ability to enrol participants, to manage assessments, and
  • to conduct activities such as forums, polls, among many others.
  • In addition, resources such as files, embedded videos, and digital books can also be made available. 


Moodle at UC

The University of Canberra (UC) is currently using Moodle 2.7.

There are 3 types of Moodle sites at UC - teaching, non-teaching (used for community or individual use) and course (for programs of study eg Bachelor of Journalism).

All units taught at UC are required to be supported by a Moodle site also known as LearnOnline. Every semester lecturers create a new site which is linked to the enrolment database known as Callista and to the unit outline database. When a site is created it connects automatically to these two databases.

Moodle helps to manage assessments which means that students have one place for uploading documents, getting feedback and seeing marks. It manages communication within that site, and it is also used to track whether students are connecting with their LearnOnline sites.


More Information about Moodle in General is available from MoodleDocs 2.7


Last Updated: 13-July-2016 (pdb)