TIPP INST -- Tipperary Institute recently updated its installation of Moodle, the online distance education programme used to deliver third level courses in software development and multimedia. This Open Source program has saved the college a minimum of EUR 20,000 of subscription fees. That money equals the outlay required to get a commercial license for the likes of WebCT or Blackboard.
It makes sense to extend the Moodle framework into second level schools, perhaps as part of a formal outreach programme. There are modules from third level that are well-suited as foundation elements for selected Transition Year students, perhaps those interested in developing software programs or multimedia content.
The latest version of Moodle adds several new features.
- Automatic embedded audio streaming
- Support for groups and cohorts within courses
- Text filters which allow arbitrary processing on all text in Moodle, including automatic linking, mathematics support, and multi-language content
- Glossary module with many different ways to contruct learning activities based around collecting definitions
- Lesson module that easily creates active content with pathways and multiple-choice questions
Our Moodle revision work has begun in earnest.
Tipperary Institute uses the Moodle Open Source e-learning portal.
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