We’ve grown Moodle since 2001 as an open source platform that empowers educators to develop and manage courses online.
Moodle is a modular system based on plugins, which are like lego blocks that you put together to build whatever you want.
There are plugins for different kinds of content, and plugins for all kinds of collaborative activities, which is where Moodle really shines. As an example our Workshop plugin manages a full peer assessment process, so you can get hundreds of students accurately grading each other’s assignments (that can save you a lot of time!). Add some tracking and reports and the ability to add more plugins from the community or even ones you write yourself, and you can build some pretty amazing education environments.
The Moodle project is run by Moodle HQ from Perth, Australia, but would not be what it is without a huge community of users. Our community work together and help each other on moodle.org (itself a Moodle site), where they’ve taken Moodle’s founding principles of feedback and collaboration online and practise it in our Moodle forums, our wiki-based Moodle Documentation, our Moodle Tracker for bugs and new features, our course-sharing site Moodle.net, and our Moodle Translation portal (which means you can use Moodle in over 100 languages!).