A Moodle History Based On Yesterday And Tomorrow’s Highlights. Chad Outten At MoodleMoot Australia 2018

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This one includes mojitos!

As a 90s student at his university dorm, “Martin plants his seed,” according to character witness Chad Outten. The dependable Moodler, Founder and 12-year President of My Learning Space, retells the origin story of Moodle with a few never-shared-before details for the Brisbane audience.

You might know that in 2001 Moodle 1.0 sees the light. But did you know the Tracker was also born in’01? Soon after the first MoodleMoot (Germany) and the first Moodle Partner would come into the scene. There’s a thousand registered Moodle sites by 2004. (The million mark would be struck by 2010.)

“In the next year, the mojito establishes itself as the official Moodle drink.”

The Moodle docs would not bear until 2006. Another non-tech highlight takes place in 2008, when its founder is the recipient of the O’Reilly Open Source Award (Google-O’Reilly at the time) as “Best Education Enabler.”

Moodle Mobile (“My Moodle”) is born in 2011.

In 2013, the first “Learn Moodle” sees the light.

2o15 is a “watershed year”: Moodle becomes the number one LMS globally. MoodleCloud is born, as well as Moodle Mobile 2.0 and the Atto editor.

In 2016, the 100 million mark is crossed. Outten voices previous claims, stating that this figure is the “tip of the iceberg” because “most system admins won’t register their Moodle, they don’t.” At neither time evidence has been presented that supports the claim.

The Moodle Users Association is born in 2016. The Recycle Bin would be the first of many gifts from MUA to the Moodleverse through its Project Development Cycle.

The “Boost” theme, now Moodle default look, was also a 2016 happening.

The “momentous” year would continue with the third generation Moodle app and the Moodle Desktop app.

The past would wrap up with Education for the Many’s $6 million AUD stake and the Barcelona offices.

As for the future plans, they don’t differ too much from last year’s: Moodle Learn curriculum and Certification overhaul, MoodleNet, the Moodle Foundation and a focus on usability.

But there are also new ideas to keep tabs on:

  • Straightforward site copy and transfer
  • “Flavors” for specific use cases
  • Analytics (machine learning) driven Moodle assistance
  • VR and AR support


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