Moodle

Innovative ways of teaching and learning are on the minds of institutions and corporations as they attempt to educate their constituents. Moodle™, an open source learning management system (LMS), easily enhances teaching and learning by helping institutions and organizations collaborate and communicate online, conduct online courses, accommodate multiple learning styles, and much more. Designed to support a social constructionist framework of education, Moodle can serve as the collaborative LMS for the enterprise.

What is Moodle?
Moodle is a software package for producing Internet-based courses and web sites, with standards-based APIs for integration. Moodle is an Open Source Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It has become very popular among educators around the world as a tool for creating online dynamic web sites for their students. To work, it needs to be installed on a web server somewhere, either on a local computer or one at a Web hosting company.

Whatever the goal of the Moodle deployment, Unicon provides the expertise required to give the confidence that comes with a professional implementation. Please read about Unicon’s services for Moodle, in the tabs below.

Associated Services for Moodle

Consulting Services for Moodle

Unicon's consulting services help in advising institutions on how to take full advantage of Moodle to meet their business objectives. Unicon assigns an experienced Project Manager to oversee expert project teams as they work to customize enterprise Moodle instances that solve business challenges. 

Unicon relies on software engineering and systems integration expertise to offer consulting and custom development services. Unicon’s experienced LMS development experts can meet aggressive deadlines, even when integrating Moodle with several different systems. 

Evaluation
Unicon understands the importance of documenting goals, needs, and wants, and offers an evaluation service to institutions.

This first-step service provides a snap-shot to help clarify customization needs for Moodle. An evaluation session can determine and prioritize the conditions and needs required for a customization to an existing Moodle instance. Unicon’s evaluation service includes surveys, reporting, and analysis, all helping institutions decide their business needs for the LMS. Unicon also provides best practices for evaluation based on functionality, finances, support/maintenance, performance, usability, and security.

Customization Services for Moodle

Moodle meets the needs of the institution, the individual instructor, and the group leader through its highly customizable nature. Engage Unicon's experienced team to create a custom learning environment according to the unique needs of the institution. The Moodle toolset can be customized to meet the growing and diverse needs of each institution. Clients can enlist Unicon to create new institutional tools and design custom enhancements.

Unicon offers software engineering expertise, to customize the flexible and extensible Moodle framework. Moodle can scale to very large deployments and thousands of users.

Systems Integration Services for Moodle

Moodle can be integrated, using standards-based specifications for integration, with learning applications created by publishers and other companies seeking to provide users with information from within Moodle. These standards-based integrations are made possible through the IMS LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability) specification.

Another common integration is with authentication technologies. Unicon can integrate Moodle with CAS and Shibboleth for single sign-on capabilities.

Unicon’s systems integration services integrate Moodle with most applications and platforms, open source or proprietary. Clients can count on Unicon to extend Moodle through systems integration services, maximizing the investment in Moodle.

Solution Delivery Services for Moodle

Unicon has developed best practices to help facilitate a successful, stable implementation for clients. Expert Project Managers guide clients through each phase of implementation, from brainstorming and planning to maintenance and support. While each of these services may be purchased separately, investing in the full package is ideal to avoid common pitfalls and ensure a seamless execution.

A successful deployment depends on taking advantage of the complete set of services listed below.

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Other Services for Moodle

Hosting
Unicon can host an institution’s instance of Moodle. Unicon’s hosting service is designed to maximize productivity, performance, and security, with a state-of-the-art data center and a team of experienced service delivery veterans.

Performance Testing
Enlist Unicon to optimize the performance of Moodle through on-going (iterative) application performance testing. Unicon’s proven methodology ensures Moodle will perform as expected to meet business needs.

User Experience
Unicon offers a user experience service to help institutions deliver a polished, visually appealing LMS that follows the key principles of user experience design: useful, useable, desirable, findable, accessible, credible, and valuable. 

 

History of Moodle

The word Moodle was originally an acronym for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment, which is mostly useful to programmers and education theorists. It's also a verb that describes the process of lazily meandering through something, doing things as it occurs to you to do them, an enjoyable tinkering that often leads to insight and creativity. As such it applies both to the way Moodle was developed, and to the way a student or teacher might approach studying or teaching an online course.