We complete MoodleNews Founder Joe Thibault’s survey of expert Moodlers with the sixth, and arguably the most complex, question. This tends to be the case when the most critical piece of information is precisely the one most clouded by uncertainty. It pertains to the future, its perils, and whether we’re ready for it. It is the proverbial “unknown unknown.”
«What are the future needs the community and developers should be aware of? What are upcoming challenges yet to materialize in full force?»
Many of the respondents are aware that education and technology are currently facing seismic shifts. From the way things operate and the players that deserve the most attention, to the evolving needs and expectations of the people, in their overlapping roles of creators-consumers, buyers-users, educators-learners. This is easier to notice on the technology side of the equation, but it is arguably as striking on the education side. National systems are changing pace and form due to the role of EdTech to a large extent, but technology is not the only driver of change. Education is a social entity. It changes technology and is affected by it.
In the views of the ad hoc panel of experts, Moodle appears to be at least partly aware of both the forces that shape its field of action and the power it has to tackle present and future challenges. As money pours into the system and mergers and partnerships continue to increase, the key to remaining relevant is to continue to deliver on Moodle’s main sources of value, especially those that large companies cannot dutifully provide. But what are those? Take a look at the expert’s guess:
- Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications
- Virtual Reality (VR), be it as the core or a stepping stone towards “holistic” learning experiences
- Groundbreaking ways to let more people build functionality or solutions for Moodle, by offering more powerful tools, or promoting programming skills and computational thinking as core values
- Breaking down the walls of the “echo chambers,” the Moodleverse’s as well as EdTech users’, that keep them from experiencing the true value of Moodle and open learning ecosystems
- To be the end-all for standards in learning, education, and technology alike. To deliver on institutions’ increasing needs for standardized, comparable (quantified?) Competencies with hard-to-match frameworks and tools
- To consolidate a community by becoming the de facto language of collaboration and innovation in learning, thought possible through a culture of quality and maybe also competitiveness.
Get the full responses to this and other critical questions about Moodle and its place in the future of the world’s learning, in “Moodle in 2032: The past, present and future of the world’s most popular LMS” available in PDF.