Paid Plugin Site gains steam/interest

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mstarterOne of the great things about Moodle is that it has a solid community to developers who share all of their products for free.  It’s also one of the things that might be holding back the best development ideas and products. There will always be a place for free apps and plugins in the Moodle community, some believe though that there’s a place for paid apps as well, potentially through a crowd-sourced funding model like KickStarter.

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Funding for paid apps could support both developers and Moodle.org and could incentivize the continued development and innovation of plugins overtime without relying on free labor.  Open source is about community and sharing (but there’s also room for paying developers). If you’re familiar with WordPress.com you’ll recognize a different take on the open source community and the ways by which individuals and companies make a living off of premium software, themes, etc (http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/commercial/).  In a way Moodle is already authorizing the official commercial use of its software through the partner network.

Could individuals be the next to benefit?

What are your thoughts on paid apps for Moodle, if there was one site to browse and purchase great plugins, solid reviews and ratings and a standard rule set for how information was displayed and presented would you be more willing to buy an app or upgrade your Moodle?

 

7 COMMENTS

  1. This is a great idea. I have bought plugins before and will again. They were not expensive and have been very useful to me and my students. Also, I view commercial activity as indirectly supporting the Open Source Moodle project because the money I have given developers for services, code, and plugins is a pittance when compared with how active and helpful those same individuals are on Moodle forums. If a percentage of my layouts went directly to Moodle, so much the better.

    One thing your article doesn’t mention is the notion of courses and content getting into the game. They too could be sold through a Moodle Marketplace. Moodle needs content and content needs Moodle, wouldn’t you agree?

  2. I agree that there is a place for content, but I view that differently than plugins and tools. There are some good sites that now share content (hub.moodle.org), OER commons, OU’s site currently those are non-commercial and a great resource. Selling content is harder because 1. it has to be excellent and 2. there has to be a demand for it. I think that’s why to date most multimedia content and course cartridges are created by larger publishers for commercialization.

  3. You replied: Selling content is harder because 1. it has to be excellent and 2. there has to be a demand for it. I think that’s why to date most multimedia content and course cartridges are created by larger publishers for commercialization.

    But you wrote: …for free. It’s also one of the things that might be holding back the best development ideas and products.

    If “free” can hold back the best plugin development ideas, couldn’t “paid” liberate some good ideas in content development also? How can one test demand if there is no marketplace to offer the courses created by smaller publishers?

    Code and content have to be excellent to sell, and there has to be a demand for them. I do not see a distinction. Are you suggesting that small publishers cede the field to big publishers?

  4. Nope, there are places for publishers large and small (and individuals as well). It’s just that right now I think the marketplace for plugins is a better bet than a marketplace for content.

    One of the main reasons is that educators tend to create their own resources still. There exist very few barriers to content development (youtube.com/my_webcam for example) while there still are huge barriers to coding a plugin (expertise, money, time).

  5. Hi all ,
    I have search for premium moodle plugins.
    But I can’t see any one premium moodle plugin site.
    In joomla i have seen many more sites with good plugins.
    why moodle developers are not share the plugins to moodle.org or their own sites.

    Because moodle system is huge ,suppose any one user need a
    new concept but that plugin not available in any site , how
    can they manage.

    so my kindly request please launch the premium moodle plugins hub.
    Its more helpful for us.

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