|Original author(s)||Martin Dougiamas|
4.0.1 / 9 May 2022
|Type||Course management system|
Moodle is a free and open-source learning management system written in PHP and distributed under the GNU General Public License. Moodle is used for blended learning, distance education, flipped classroom and other online learning schemes in schools, universities, workplaces and other sectors. It can be used to create custom websites with online courses and allows for community-sourced plugins.
Moodle began development in 1999 and has been translated into over 100 different languages. "MoodleMoots" are conferences held by Moodle customers and researchers and are organised by universities or other large organizations using Moodle.
Moodle has over 50% of the LMS market share in Europe, Latin America, and Oceania. In the U.S. higher education market as of fall 2018, the top three learning management systems by number of institutions were Blackboard (31%), Canvas (30%), and Moodle (18%). In 2013, Moodle was for a time the second largest provider with 23% market share, following Blackboard (41%). By 2017, Moodle had dropped to the third largest provider, due in part to increased adoption of Instructure's Canvas platform. In March 2016, Blackboard became an official Moodle partner, although this partnership ended in 2018.
The Open University of the UK currently uses a Moodle installation, with about 200,000 users, and the UK government uses a Moodle installation for their Civil Service Learning platform.
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