Moodle: The Unsung Hero of LMS Options

Ask a Tech Teacher

There are many LMSs to choose from, but none as flexible, scalable, feature-rich, and affordable as the open source ecosystem of Moodle. Moodle got its start years ago as a method to organize blended learning and online classes. Assign at least one person to manage the Moodle ecosystem.

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Why Moodle’s Mastermind, Martin Dougiamas, Still Believes in Edtech After Two Decades

Edsurge

Moodle , one of the most widely used learning management system across the world today. Moodle’s “flexible modularity” allows anyone to “build the perfect LMS.”. Key to its growth, he shares, is the ability to nurture a global community of partner businesses (which make up a “major source” of Moodle’s revenues) and staunch loyalists who volunteer their time to improve the open-source platform. As a platform Moodle allows everybody to make their own LMS.

Who Owns Digital Badges? A Company's Patent on Credential System Raises Questions

Edsurge

That group of colleges, companies and nonprofits is working to build an openly licensed Open Badges platform for digital certificates that professionals and students can use to show they’ve mastered certain skills (either academic or so-called “soft skills,” like collaboration or problem solving). How, they wondered, could a company claim to have just invented something that is so well known? When the U.S.

Here’s the Easiest Way to Check for Plagiarism

Ask a Tech Teacher

It can operate as a stand-alone web-based tool or be integrated into an LMS like Google Classroom or Moodle. The tool can be fully integrated into Google Classroom, Moodle, and Canvas.

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K-12 Dealmaking: Volaris Acquires Edumate; Hobsons Partners With Clever

Marketplace K-12

A Canadian investment company, Volaris, has acquired Edumate; also, Australian learning platform Moodle has raised $6 million. The post K-12 Dealmaking: Volaris Acquires Edumate; Hobsons Partners With Clever appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Curriculum / Digital Curriculum K-12 Dealmaking Learning Management / Student Information Systems Mergers and Acquisitions

iPads for Masterful Math: Randomizing Formative Math Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

We use Moodle as a Learning Management System. So you can have these types of assessment items on a Moodle platform. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product.

E-learning Engagement: Persuasive Design Strategies

The CoolCatTeacher

Her diverse roles which have included Moodle consultant, curriculum designer, adjunct professor, technology integration specialist, and more, reflect the breadth of her expertise. This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

Why It’s Okay To Be A Non-Techy Teacher by @Edsby

TeacherCast

Should individual teachers have to assess the pros and cons for themselves of systems like Edsby , Google Classroom, Edmodo, Schoology or Moodle? Moodle?), So if the system doesn’t work as planned, the company can be held accountable to make it right.

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Looking Back At 2011 And Looking Forward To 2012

The Web20Classroom

We are seeing more and more teachers, conferences, and companies embrace QR as another way to engage students, audiences and customers. One of the most useful examples I saw this year was at a Moodle conference where in the digital conference guide was a QR next to each session.

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Can Entrepreneurs Balance Educational and Financial Returns?

Edsurge

Perhaps it is because of the myth of the entrepreneur that resounds throughout popular culture: examples like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, who both dropped out of college, and in doing so, seemingly spurned education in order to build major tech companies—and yet now each have education initiatives of their own. He associates social entrepreneurship with terms such as “social enterprise” and “socially responsible business,” which he sees as “varieties of profit-maximizing companies.”

A Timeline of Google Classroom’s March to Replace Learning Management Systems

Edsurge

While many schools and districts continue to use existing learning management systems, such as Blackboard, Canvas , Moodle and Schoology , Google’s Classroom platform is increasingly catching teachers’ eyes. Along the way, the company has added features for teachers to manage several classes and invite collaborators, as well as adding the API for administrators and developers to integrate Classroom with outside applications.

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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

At the time, I wrote about the importance of APIs; the issues surrounding data security and privacy; the appeal of platforms for users and businesses; and the education and tech companies who were well-positioned (or at least wanting) to become education platforms.

For Some Students, #DeleteFacebook Is Not Really an Option

Edsurge

She says if she was still using Facebook groups, she doesn’t think the recent news about the company would bother her. In the past years, the education technology industry has given rise to a number of companies that have tried to create “Facebook for schools” tools to help connect students and teachers with one another—without all the other personal life updates. I entered my junior year of high school without a Facebook account. But a few months later, that changed.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Sandler is also the founder of the ed-tech company Nibletz. ” I’m putting this story here as it discusses VCs’ willingness to continue to invest in Mike Cagney , the former head of the student loan company SoFi. Via The Guardian : “ Student Loans Company ‘spied on vulnerable students’ social media’ ” The “New” For-Profit Higher Ed. The company: RIB Software SE. My apologies that this is a day late.

Meet the All New Flipgrid! #flipgridfever

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

Flipgrid now integrates with multiple platforms including Google Classroom, Canva, Edmodo, Blackboard, Moodle, Sway, WordPress, Powerschool, Schoology, Brightspace, OneNote, and Teams. Flipgrid is always evolving because they are a company who listens to their users.

Open, Value-Added Services, Interaction, and Learning

iterating toward openness

Both the wider internet and the narrower education space are filled with companies and organizations that provide value-added services around openly licensed software and content.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” asks Moodle News. Via The New York Times : “This Company Keeps Lies About Sandy Hook on the Web.” ” “This company” is Wordpress.com. Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education. National) Education Politics. Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “The Education Dept.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

News from the most well-funded ed-tech company, student loan provider SoFi : SoFi settles w/ FTC over allegations it misrepresented how much borrowers save by refinancing. ” My most favorite lines simply must be these: “One of the early adopters of Imbellus was McKinsey & Company , the management consulting firm, which uses the scenario assessments to find job candidates. Really looking forward to this new testing company though!

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Actually it’s Trilogy Education’s bootcamp , as the UO is outsourcing instruction to this company. Companies Should Know About Asia’s Edtech Market.” Via Moodle News : “Amid Low Adoption, DoD R&D Will Keep xAPI Alive And That’s Good News.” Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.

Edsby: “What You Should Know About Our ‘New-School’ Learning Management System”

TeachThought - Learn better.

The net effect is making teachers’ lives easier, so they can spend less time finding and maintaining ad-hoc applications like Edmodo and Moodle, and more time engaging with students.

The Makings (and Misgivings) of a Statewide Effort to Personalize Learning in Massachusetts

Edsurge

Moodle, Schoology, Blackboard and Summit round out the top five.) In a strongly worded letter ( PDF ) sent to MESE this August, the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) charged the department with cozying up to educational technology companies, decrying the MAPLE/LearnLaunch partnership as a “new corporate-backed effort to reshape public education” and “yet another in a long line of attempts to teacher-proof education.”.

Review: Ask3, a Free iPad App by TechSmith

The Electric Educator

They have produced some great software titles, are strong supporters of education and teachers, and are a Michigan company! Moodle, BrainHoney, BlackBoard, Haiku, etc) Thanks for subscribing to my blog. I''m a big TechSmith fan.

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A Guide to Picking a Learning Management System: The Right Questions to Ask

Edsurge

Over the past 10 years, new learning management systems (LMSs) have sprung on the scene to rival the Blackboards and Moodles of old. And with certain established companies like Pearson pulling out of the LMS ranks , where do you start? On the EdSurge Product Index alone, 56 products self-identify and fall into the LMS category.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via the AP: “A new federal lawsuit by Pennsylvania ’s attorney general says the nation’s largest student loan company engaged in abusive practices that have cost borrowers billions of dollars.” ” The largest student loan company is Navient. She’s an investor in a company that targets that group.) ” Useful for when you hear ed-tech evangelists swoon about how this company is going to revolutionize education.

WHAT’S NEW

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BENCHMARK EDUCATION COMPANY ADVANCEALL ( benchmarkeducation.com ) Benchmark Education Company (BEC) released Advance ALL, a new series motivating students to read with literary and informational reading text sets.

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How a Flipped Syllabus, Twitter and YouTube Made This Professor Teacher of the Year

Edsurge

He has also been named a Master Educator by Course Hero , an education technology company that produced a short film on Boyer. . For undergraduates in World Regions, the road to an A is paved with: 1) Weekly book reading quizzes —Each week a quiz is posted on Moodle —a free LMS—with questions arising from the two assigned chapters from The Plaid Avenger’s World.

Can Foreign Language Immersion Be Taught Effectively Online?

MindShift

While Middlebury’s program was developed to stand alone, the company has found that increasingly districts are choosing to use the curriculum in a blended environment. The company’s tech team has found that schools have different versions of software and very little technological support.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” The Kenyan Ministry of Education says that the Bridge International Academies are not complying with the country’s laws, and the company, which runs chains of schools across the developing world, has not received approval for its curriculum. ” The curriculum company Great Minds is appealing a lawsuit in which it claimed that FedEx had violated the “open” in its open educational resources by making copies. The gaming company has raised $26.5

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Shernaz Daver , Udacity ’s chief marketing officer, is leaving the company. Via Edsurge : “​How Apple , Salesforce and Other ‘ Platform ’ Companies Can Help Close the Skills Gap.” “ Are Big Tech Companies Doing Right by America’s Students? Waldron’s company is featured in Singer’s story and not in a very good light. These companies get $1.5 (National) Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Some internet-access advocates say EBS is underutilized at best, and wasted at worst, because loose regulatory oversight by the FCC has allowed most of the spectrum to fall into the hands of commercial internet companies. As Edsurge observes , “New CEO at Coursera Comes From Financial Tech, Not Higher Ed” – he was the co-founder of Financial Engines, a retirement planning company. ” The company has raised $16.5 It’s a digital worksheet company.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Via Politico : “A complex legal battle involving dozens of debt collection companies fighting over contracts with the Education Department has essentially suspended the government’s ability to collect defaulted student loans , the Trump administration disclosed in a court filing on Monday night.” ” Edsurge gets the company’s take on criticisms of its business model. Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Mostly tutoring companies.). “ ICE officials have invited tech companies, including Microsoft , to develop algorithms that will track visa holders’ social media activity ,” ProPublica reports. Badges , patents, and the world’s ‘least popular’ education company” by Doug Belshaw. Mindwires Consulting’s Michael Feldstein continues to fight the LMS fight: “Fear and Loathing in the Moodle Community.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

On Thursday, the judge gave Google the victory , ruling that the company’s use of the Java API fell under fair use provisions. ” Via the BBC : “ Microsoft accused of Windows 10 upgrade ‘nasty trick’ ” Via Campus Technology : “ Moodle Intros Full Support for Competency-Based Ed.” Its Crunchbase description is great : “TX-based edtech company.” Education Politics.

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Google Teacher Academy Reflection

The Electric Educator

Corporate culture at Google is unlike any other company in the world. After lunch we dove back in with a session on integrating Google Apps, Moodle, and Mahara. I was with a great group and hosted by a great company. Yesterday, I got to be a Googler for the day.

This Week's Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Sebastian Grady, COO of Altus Learning, will share stories from companies that are using video to capture critical knowledge throughout their global organizations. It uses Mahara as its open source ePortfolio platform, working in tandem with Moodle, the open source learning management system. Below are this week''s public, free, and interactive Webinars through LearnCentral.org , the social learning network for education that I work on for Elluminate.

This Weeks Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Moodle course features a series of Elluminate Live workshops during October – December. Join Beth for a webinar and learn how to make your succession plan work for your company, your culture and your top talent. Below are this week''s public, free, and interactive Webinars through LearnCentral.org , the social learning network for education that I work on for Elluminate.