Moodle is an open-source, free learning management system with a vibrant community and various mods, add-ons, and extensions. New discussion topics and mods are created regularly. However, as you can see on its official website
, there still are paid professional versions of the app, and some of these add-ons are paid, too. Still, the price will probably be cheaper than the usage of the full-scale commercial LMS. If you manage to install and set up Moodle on your server, it’ll be totally free of charge.
It is mostly used in university education, both online and offline, to organize learning processes. More than 75% of all research literature that is dedicated to Moodle focuses on the university setting, according to Moodle’s trend review
. That’s where the tool emerged, so no wonder it remains the most used here. However, it isn’t limited by this.
Moodle's meaning is to be a simple and universal LMS that everyone can install on their computer or server and customize as they want. It was developed as an academic tool for making online education available for everyone in various contexts. Its open-source nature implies the existence of a vibrant community and that a large fraction of its support and development will be made by this community.
You can think about Moodle as a “Linux of the online education world,” as it’s a platform with many realizations and destinations, most of which are developed by community members and have many mods and addons. This approach is similar to the well-known open-source operational system Linux and its realizations, such as Ubuntu. Moodle has a GitHub page
Moodle's definition stands for a modular object-oriented dynamic learning environment, and the popularity of this LMS made it the synonym for a minimalistic educational platform. Meanwhile, the word “moodle” has a specific meaning, describing some creative and aimless process
. An example is painting something without thinking about it, which is also called “doodling.” So, it’s a kind of wordplay, as Moodle is actually a platform that enables users to participate in its development.
Let’s see how exactly it works.