I was reviewing the ASTD 2007 State of the Industry Report and a few statistics stood out:
I have been working on developing an E-Learning Strategy and ran across a great diagram for the E-Learning value chain on the web. I traced it back to a free Ebook called Theory and Practice of Online Learning from Athabasca University. The first edition of this book does a great job of describing the value chain in Chapter 3: Value Chain Analysis: A Strategic Approach to Online
Today we are interviewing Hiram Kuykendall, CTO of MicroAssist and Jacob Williams, Senior Training Application Developer at MicroAssist about Moodle, an open source Learning Management System. Moodle is designed to help educators create online courses with opportunities for rich interaction. Its open source license and modular design means that people can develop additional functionality. MicroAssist is an experienced custom E-Learning company that has a number of large Moodle installations.
Editor: What is Moodle?
Jacob Williams: Moodle is an open source web application designed to create a collaborative online environment for students and teachers.
Hiram Kuykendall: In this case it is web based and as Jacob stated it is an open source package. The main Moodle site is www.Moodle.org. The only thing I would add to that... is I would classify Moodle as a Learning Managment System (LMS).
Editor: What is a Learning Management System?
Hiram Kuykendall: A Learning Management System is software for delivering, tracking and managing training. Jacob Williams: A LMS allows teachers to post assignments, record grades and have discussions with and among the students in a class.
In preparing for an interview on Moodle (A LMS licensed under the GNU License) I found this interview with martin Dougiamas, creator of Moodle at Steve Hargadon's site (http://www.stevehargadon.com/2006/10/interview-with-martin-dougiamas.html)
It provides an excellent background into this LMS. We'll be publishing an interview with some E-Learning practitioners who use Moodle in their work soon.