Microsoft has announced the availability of an add-in for Moodle, the popular Course Management System (CMS) used by instructors across the country. Moodle is a “tool for creating online dynamic web sites for educator’s” and “instructors use it as a platform to conduct fully online classes” as well has “hybrid” course that take place both online and in the classroom.
Microsoft’s Education Labs has added the “Open to Moodle” and “Save to Moodle” options on their Office menu. According to the Education Lab’s website Microsoft “focused on teachers and content specialists first, since we know most documents posted to Moodle come from teachers.” This add-in makes saving and posting to Moodle as easy as can be, and one blogger equates it with saving to flash drive.
What I like most CMS’s is how accessible they are. When an instructor posts a reading assignment it saves paper, and when a quiz is posted the entire class has the same amount of time to take it and it levels the playing field. I had a class of 300 students once and the instructor would post assignments and quizzes to the CMS and everyone would have a certain amount of time to pass it in, making it impossible to pass in a late assignment and making it possible for all 300 students to receive credit for the assignment.
While I have never used Moodle (my school runs on BlackBoard) I think this add-in will help instructors who already use the applications and will attract more schools to the Moodle site.