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Moodle 2.0: Shifting from a Learning Toolkit to a Open Learning Platform

  • Marc Alier
  • María José Casañ
  • Jordi Piguillem
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 73)

Abstract

Learning Management Systems (LMS) have reached a plateau of maturity in features, application to teaching practices and wide adoption by learning institutions. But the Web 2.0 carries new kinds of tools, services and ways of using the web; personally and socially. Some educators and learners have started to advocate for a new approach to frame one’s learning sources, from the LMS course space towards Personal Learning Environments (PLE). But PLE’s are characterized by its absence of structure, just what is provided by open standards and mashup techniques. Based on 5 years of participative observation research, this article explains the changes in architecture performed on the second version of Moodle, why did these changes happen and what should be the next steps so Moodle can shift from being a learning tool to a true open learning platform.

Keywords

Education LMS E-learning Web 2.0 PLE Online Learning Interoperability Free Open Source Software 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marc Alier
    • 1
  • María José Casañ
    • 1
  • Jordi Piguillem
    • 1
  1. 1.Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - UPCBarcelonaSpain

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