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Moodle: Using Learning Communities to Create an Open Source Course Management System

, , National Key Centre for Science and Mathematics Education, Australia

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-48-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


This paper summarizes a PhD research project that has contributed towards the development of Moodle - a popular open-source course management system ( In this project we applied theoretical perspectives such as “social constructionism” and “connected knowing” to the analysis of our own online classes as well as the growing learning community of other Moodle users. We used the mode of participatory action research, including techniques such as case studies, ethnography, learning environment surveys and design methodologies. This ongoing analysis is being used to guide the development of Moodle as a tool for improving processes within communities of reflective inquiry. At the time of writing (April 2003), Moodle has been translated into twenty-seven languages and is being used by many hundreds of educators around the world, including universities, schools and independent teachers.


Dougiamas, M. & Taylor, P. (2003). Moodle: Using Learning Communities to Create an Open Source Course Management System. In D. Lassner & C. McNaught (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2003--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 171-178). Honolulu, Hawaii, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved March 21, 2019 from .


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