4 major Moodle service providers (@Lambdasolutions, @NivelSiete, @RemoteLearner @Blackboard) Launch POET to advance Moodle Plugin Development

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logoIn a surprise announcement August 5th, Blackboard (Moodlerooms, RL UK, Netspot), Remote-Learner, Lambda Solutions and Nivel Siete, together launched a joint-working group initiative to advance the development, vetting and review of commercial and non-commercial 3rd party plugins for Moodle. In the past, each company managed its own plugin review process forcing vendors to adhere to multiple and disparate criteria to provide their Moodle plugins to share clientele of Moodle service providers and the likes of publishers, educational service providers and integration companies.

Now, through Partners of Open source Educational Technologies (POET) Working Group vendors can work through a streamlined process and be vetted by one company but accepted by all. According to the site the initiative was created,

to formulate common standards and guidelines that will improve and streamline the development process of plugins for Moodle, one of the most used learning management systems (LMS) in the world. The initiative is supported by Moodle PTY, the independent company behind the Moodle project.

Additional information is available at http://poetgroup.org/mod/page/view.php?id=2

  • Joe,
    Thanks for covering our initiative. We are pretty excited. While plugins are one of the most important parts of Moodle, because they help make it flexible for everyone’s needs, managing Plugins is one of the most challenging aspects of hosting a large number of clients using various plugins. This initiative starts to solve that problem in a very clear way, both for us, and, more importantly, for the providers of plugins, who can focus more on innovation than in certification by the various providers.

    We will shortly be announcing plugin providers that agree and meet these standards!

  • Except that it is not at all clear why these people are going their own way, rather than adding value to the main Moodle plugins database https://moodle.org/plugins/index.php

    What they are doing is not supported by Moodle Pty Ltd (HQ), despite their claims.

    https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=317916 for more.