The Educator, Australia’s “only” trade journal for professionals and decision makers in education, partook in an exchange with Martin Dougiamas, founder of Moodle and current Moodle HQ CEO. With reporter Brett Henebery they discussed the role of technology in schools, the LMS market, upcoming initiatives and the future of Moodle.
Moodle deserves a place in the conquest of the classroom by technology. It has become ubiquitious and such and esential component of critical operations, that today you can safely treat learning and e-learning as equivalent terms.
For fifteen years Moodle has expanded his presence across learning spaces and moments, in varying degrees. From file repositories, to full blown educational experiences, Moodle has evolved from a tool to a robust and highly customizable platform. This despite the fact that, in Dougiamas’ opinion, oftentimes “Moodle is not implemented well”.
While perspectives vary, Moodle consistently remains as a top LMS provider. Being an open source, it is difficult to assess its market share, the actual size of its users and active installations, or the value of its multiple to the world’s learning economy. The Educator recognizes its stature as it mentions some of the organizations that work through Moodle: Open University in the UK, Monash in Australia and Columbia in the USA. Beyond education, the United Nations, governments and the US Armed Forces.
The exemplary leadership of Moodle, particularly at revealing the market potential of several untapped learning tech markets, means that technology providers are always following Moodle and contesting it on and on. Dougiamas expects several trends to play out: consolidation, diversification and partnerships, often in the form of functional integration.
schools will have the benefit of working with documents collaboratively in those environments, but also having them within the LMS in a way where all of the permissions are synchronised and part of activities.
Information and data is another field of excitment, as a joint venture with Seqta and and in-house analytics Project Inspire will extend Moodle’s ability to gather and learn from user behavior using state-of-the-art machine learning technology, for the benefit of the global community.
As the benefits of more open and richer sources of information invade our students’ minds, Dougiamas is cautious of letting students sail the internet through their own devices. Which means Moodle, as practical guidance mechanism, needs to ensure its prominence in the internet student toolbelt.
Teachers and mentors still have to be there to organise things to inspire students.
How would you make sure Moodle is accurately implemented as a learning value multiplier?