Happy Friday: my top 5 favorite Moodle sites

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I’ve seen a lot of Moodles.  I can’t resist a new Moodle link, to see the theme, the apparent activity on the front page and the various courses that are available (even though they might be closed).  Checking out a new Moodle always gives me new ideas for posts, and how to design my own Moodle sites or courses.

Overtime I’ve visited a few over and over because they are just so cool.  So here are my all time favorite Moodle sites*

1. http://www.moodleinschools.org.nz/ – The theme and overall design of this site is AMAZING.  I love the palette.  As a resource site for New Zealand, it’s really a great destination for courses, learning and other information.  If you’re running a state or country based organization promoting Moodle, then this is a prime example of how to encourage Moodle with all of the right resources.
2. http://moodle.leedscitycollege.ac.uk/ – In my opinion: Best theme ever.  The Leeds Moodle team seems to be unleashing new features and aesthetic flavor every week.  Just check out Lewis Carr or Sukhwant Lota‘s blogs for the new features and tricks their posting on a regular basis.  Well worth a visit to any of their sites.
3. http://quantum.riverview.nsw.edu.au/Julian Ridden talks about this site and the basis for their design on a recent Moodlemayhem podcast.  His thoughts: help students own their Moodle site.  Another great example of a cool theme.
4. http://imoot.org – This was used in early 2010 for the first ever virtual Moodle Moot.  It is the first site I recall seeing with a modified 2 column layout (where the block columns are both on the same side).  It’s also had some cool features like Facebook Connect-based registration and the Moodle bar.  The cake though was the scheduling utility that was used.  It was both robust enough to manage scheduling for dozens of sessions but very easy to use.  Unfortunately some of the images are broken due to the prepping of iMoot 2011’s v2.0 site (but it was glorious in action).  Update 9/8/2010: the imoot site had it’s images restored (yay!)
5. http://moodle.aub.edu.lb/ – This was featured a few weeks ago because of the wealth of information provided to teachers and students through the use of the Moodle Books Module.  Though the theme is generally standard and basic, there’s a certain aesthetic which makes this site one of my favorites (perhaps I’m swayed by the direct link to Moodlenews…).
What’s your favorite Moodle?  Do you have an exemplary Moodle to share based on it’s theme, purpose or otherwise?  Share a link in the comments

*I reserve the right to revise this list at anytime.