Moodle is excited to announce the launch of Moodle Academy, the hub for learning everything about online education with Moodle. It will provide educators, administrators, designers or developers with a community of best practices, interaction and professional development.
Martin Dougiamas, Moodle CEO and Founder says, “We have always given our community ways to learn Moodle – not just educators, but also administrators and developers, whether through our Learn Moodle courses, our forums, documentation, videos or MoodleMoots – we have an incredibly active community and Moodle Academy will become the home for all these learning opportunities and more. Online learning has grown at exponential rates over the last decade, and the pandemic has only increased that. It is more important than ever that we support our community to develop the skills required to create and facilitate great online learning experiences.”
Moodle Academy is launching with a series of interactive webinars on key topics relating to making the most of Moodle and will complement Moodle’s existing Learn Moodle courses. Facilitated by the Moodle Academy team and leading guest presenters, the webinar series will expand in 2022 and will inform the development of a range of new courses through which attendees will earn badges or certificates. MoodleMoots will continue to be delivered via representatives of the Moodle community, while Moodle HQ will potentially facilitate one global MoodleMoot per year.
“Creating best practice online learning is more than the software itself. Good teaching, whether in a classroom, fully online or in a hybrid model, must give learners a range of ways to access learning material, engage with it and exhibit the knowledge that they have acquired. Moodle is an incredibly rich, feature-driven and customisable platform; it provides multiple ways to do all of those things and Moodle Academy will provide our community ways to constantly improve their understanding of, and ability to use, Moodle’s tools,” says Jessica Gramp Moodle Academy Manager.
In addition to supporting educators, Moodle Academy will provide professional learning opportunities for systems administrators and developers in creating and maintaining secure Moodle installations, which is critical to ensuring equitable and accessible education globally.
“At its core, Moodle Academy is key to enacting our mission to empower educators to improve our world, and I know this is very important to like-minded educators and technologists in the Moodle community. Through improving the quality of teaching practice and the security of online learning infrastructure, we can increase our impact globally,” concludes Dougiamas.