Virtual Staff Development Modules in Moodle

Presenter: Charlene Chausis, Technology Trainer
Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL
Apple Distinguished Educator 2003


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Presented at the NICE Mini-Conference, January 28, 2006

The open source program Moodle provides a construction environment to build online classes, study groups, or discussion groups.

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What is Moodle?

From Wikipedia (

''Moodle'' is an open source e-learning platform. It has a very large user base with 7,954 registered sites. in 146 countries with over 2 million users in more than 189,000 courses (as of December 16, 2005).  Moodle is a software package designed to help educators create quality online courses. Such e-learning systems are sometimes also called a Learning Management System (LMS), Course Management System (CMS), Virtual Learning Environments (VLE), education via computer-mediated communication (CMC) or just Online Education.

Hear from Moodle founder, Martin Dougiamas, on the Saavy Technologist blogsite, posted by Tim Wilson, Technology Integration Specialist (and Moodle user) at the Hopkins School District in Hopkins, MN.

"Moodle has a very large, active community of people who are using the system and developing new features and enhancements. You can access this community at and enroll in the Using Moodle course. There youŐll find people who are more than willing to help new users get up and running, troubleshoot, and effectively use Moodle. As of this writing, there are 4,000 people enrolled in the Moodle community and over 3,000 Moodle sites in 112 countries. The global community has also translated Moodle into 40 languages." (Using Moodle, Teaching with the Popular Open Source Course Management System, Jason Cole, O'Reilly Press.)

Moodle Documentary: Watch a testimony from Moodle users in the UK (in QuickTime).

Illinois Online Network (ION) Technology Tip of the Month article on Moodle:

Moodle Examples:

You can find many Moodle sites using a web (Google) search. Once you arrive at a Moodle course page, look for the "Guest" button to join in!

Using Moodle to learn Moodle:

Stevenson's Moodle site:

ICTPD from Bryn Jones (in Australia):

ICT means Information and Communications Technologies. It is the standard term used in the EEC and is becoming the preferred term in Australia. It isnŐt just about computers, itŐs calculators, PDAs, digital cameras, scanners, video cameras, MP3 players, the internet, digital data loggingÉ  This is a year long subscription.

DV (Digital Video) in Education, from David Baugh:

Podcasting 101, from Wesley Fryer, Texas Tech University:

District 214's Moodle site:

Trinity International University:

UIUC Moodle Courses:

Oak Park Elementary School Dist. #97 - Middle School Virtual Classroom from Janet Barnstable:

CESA Test Moodle site:

From Grand Rapids, Michigan, "how to Moodle" in Moodle:

Learn Moodle:

Learn Moodle by "trial and discovery"

Suburban Cook County's Learning Technology Center (LTC) has a "sample" Moodle site at: -- Contact Faye Sinnott to request a login and password for "instructor" access. If you happen to develop a Moodle class you like, you can download your Moodle class file and install it onto your district server. Email Faye at, or to get your account established. Thanks LTC!!

Learn Moodle with Atomic Learning

Your ICE membership provides you with free access to the Atomic Learning tutorials. Check out their Moodle tutorials:


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Last Updated: December 26, 2006