Solange Lalonde and Bob McDonald, part of Moodle HQ’s Education Team, gave a talk at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris to highlight the increasing role Moodle and Moodle Mobile play in global education. It took place as part of UNESCO Mobile Learning Week. The content of their talk is covered in an interview on the Moodle blog.
For Moodlers who have followed the work of founder and CEO Martin Dougiamas, it is no surprise that the team was invited to the global stage. Dougiamas has framed Moodle’s work and goals within the Sustainable Development Goals. From this point of view, the idea to add a mobile app to the ecosystem was not just to follow a trend. It is an effort to bridge digital gaps with the majority of the world that do not have a reliable internet connection nor a desktop computer.
Investing in the education of this “mobile first” generation felt necessary, seeing the problem from the vantage point of Moodle’s mission:
«In our UNESCO presentation, I highlighted how Moodle was born out of a desire to create access to the many. It feels good to share with the UNESCO audience the ways Moodle empowers teachers and learners around the globe every day.»
In practice, several cases highlight the key place Moodle has had in global development. Rwanda School of Open and Distance Learning. USAID. Oxfam. World Vision. Thousands of students and teachers, but also farmers, aid workers, and more, are witness to the benefits of Moodle in the classroom or supporting team and organizational learning.