Evangelising Moodle Beyond the Moot (Why Moodle should be at Educause)

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In the States it’s Educause this week, one of the largest education technology conferences in the world and a premier event for making a splash in edtech. It’s an opportunity for vendors from around the world to showcase their software, hardware, services and to give attendees a first impression on their brand. The conference has more than a few Learning Management Systems represented at the conference, no doubt rubbing elbows with some of the decision makers that will influence the adoption, pilot or just demo of a new LMS on their campus or at their institution. Here are those I was able to find in the vendors list:

WIRIS
  • Helix Education
  • Fidelis
  • Canvas by Instructure
  • Blackboard
  • D2L
  • Schoology
  • Asahi (Sakai)
  • CampusCruiser
  • Vocareum

See anyone missing from the list? Sadly there’s only one Moodle partner present (as far as I was able to research) in the Vendor Hall; ironically the closest that Moodle comes to being represented this week is by Blackboard. There was one session scheduled on Tuesday that spoke to using Moodle in the classroom (and BYOD policies). One session out of 488. There were loads of solutions that play nicely with Moodle present, including Kaltura, BigBlueButton (BlindSide Networks), Questionmark, and loads others which would be possible through LTI.

As one of the top LMSes used in the US and a market that is getting very, very competitive (see vendor list above and recent announcements on the competency front), it seems that Educause (and events like CUE, FETC, GSV) would be a great opportunity to pool resources and get every Moodle partner under one roof (booth?). Moots are wonderful events for those who already know the power of Moodle. But these events offer an opportunity to provide a unified front for Moodle, to grow it’s brand in the US (and elsewhere) and to promote the flexibility, community and extensibility that it brings to bear.

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Image from https://www.flickr.com/photos/tabounds/

Back in 2012 Moodlerooms had a huge booth and touted the popularity of Moodle.

How do we get a Moodle pavilion back in action?