Moodle is just an application. Call it, web application. No doubt, it is a web application. It is also called CMS or Course Management System.
A reading from the book “Using Moodle” Teaching Popular Open Source Course Management System by Jason Cole and Helen Foster. O’REILLY:COMMUNITY PRESS.
What is Moodle?
Moodle is an open source Course Management System (CMS) that universities, community colleges, K-12 schools, businesses, and even individual instructors use to add web technology to their courses. More than 30,000 educational organizations around the world currently use Moodle is available for free on the Web (http://www.moodle.org), so anyone can download and install it. More on that later in this preface.
The name Moodle has two meanings. First, it’s an acronym (what isn’t these days?) for Modular Object-Oriented Dydnamic Learning Environment. Moodle is also a verb that describes the process of lazily meandering through something, doing things as it occurs to you to them, an enjoyable tinkering that often leads to insight and creativity.
Moodle was created by Martin Dougiamas, a computer scientist and educator who spent time supporting a CMS at a university of Perth, Australia. He grew frustrated that a system built by someone who started with the educational process, rather than an engineering process, would be infinitely better than what he had to work with. He put his postgraduate degrees in Education and Computer Science to work and started developing Moodle as an alternative. Martin now works on Moodle full-time. A community of dedicated open source developers from around the world works with him in a collaborative effort to make Moodle the best CMS available. Martin lives in Australia with his wife, daughter, and son.
Chapter 1, pages 1 – 2
If you teach, you’ve probably heard for years about the revolution the Internet was supposed to bring to teaching and learning. As with so many promises of revolution, the changes haven’t materialized. Instead, there has been a slow evolution toward using the Web to enhance teaching and learning. You can use CMSs to enhance your teaching by taking advantage of the Intenet without replacing the need for a teacher.
What is course Management?
Moodles runs on a server and are accessed by using a web browser. The Moodle server can be located in University or department, but it can be anywhere in the world. You and your students can access the sytem from any place with an Internet connection.
The power of copy and paste: Wikipedia’s web application or web app definition
Web applications are popular due to the ubiquity of web browsers, and the convenience of using a web browser as a client, sometimes called a thin client. The ability to update and maintain web applications without distributing and installing software on potentially thousands of client computers is a key reason for their popularity. Common web applications include webmail, online retail sales, online auctions, wikis and many other functions.
For experienced web apps users the definition is a book/course/years of continuing learning and practice by itself.
Moodle’s great LMS success can only be attributed by the strong support of the COMMUNITY – guided by the Open Source Spirit/Culture/Movement – a phenomenon that could never be understood unless you joined/immersed/experienced/advocated/ contributed/volunteered and benefited in one or many other open source projects and communities as volunteers/developers/coders/forum contributors/bloggers/donors/users/practitioners/defenders/marketeers/advertisers and e.t.c – without counting the cost.
What happened if community support collectively diminished/declined/gone
The best example is the forum.mamboserver.com. This was once a vibrant forum community supporting the most popular CMS at that time – MAMBO!
Today February 12, 2009, it has a sign saying: CLOSED FOR POSTING!
Out of commission! Gone were the good old days! That will happen if the community will pull out its support. COLLECTIVELY DONE ELECTRONICALLY!
The Moodle Installation:
Moodle is not a point and click installation like most proprietary software with wizards that produced the sounds – “click” “click next” “click” “Click Done!” Program launched! Haleluya!
Now here comes Moodle installation where you are forced to RTFM: Read The ***** Manual – for short read the manual.
Instruction includes, please make sure you have the following software running on your computer before thinking on Moodle installation.
Focus on the following:
- Apache Web Server
If the above mentioned software are installed and running on your computer and tested with the simple commands such as phpinfo then you can now proceed to the Moodle installation.