Moodle On A Stick With Spoodle For Disconnected Learning

Moodle On A Stick With Spoodle For Disconnected Learning

Spoodle turns a USB stick or CD into a complete Moodle installation. It was designed as a solution primarily for students who have computers but cannot rely on internet access for their content. Despite the global increase in connectivity and bandwith, hundreds of places in the world do not have dependable internet access, many of which cannot be expected to for years to come.

Teorethically you could set up a Moodle installation with courses on a flash drive or CD and access it through a browser, but this would require dealing with drive permissions and IP settings. With Spoodle, an executable (EXE) file takes care of all services and launches the Moodle dashboard on start. It also speeds up the navigation as it does not depend of network latency.

Spoodle comes as a blank Moodle installation, upon which a Moodle course package (MBZ file) can be imported. This will transport most of the Moodle content. It will not carry on content hosted elsewhere.

If your original course includes YouTube videos or SlideShare presentations, you should consider adding the actual files to the stick. Spoodle includes a clearly labelled folder for this purpose. Other limitations include teacher involvement, which affect assignments and grading. Students will not have permission to ‘upload submissions’, as nobody would receive them. So plan accordingly.

Stephen Grono is Spoodle’s mastermind. A Learning Designer at the School of Education, University of New England, he showcased Spoodle at MoodleMoot Australia 2016, last September. He is aware of the history of distance learning technologies before him, which was a “solid base to draw from“.

To make it easier for instructors, Grono has set up a Moodle Cloud page with Spoodle packages according to Moodle versions from 2.7 to 3.1, and instructions. It claims to support most plugins.

See Grono’s MootAU presentation page here. It includes slides.

Read Stephen Grono on Spoodle at


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