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- <title>Moodle Docs: Background</title>
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-<h1>Background</h1>
-
-<blockquote>
- <p>Moodle is an active and evolving work in progress. Development was started
- by <a href="http://moodle.org/user/view.php?id=1&amp;course=1" target="_top">Martin
- Dougiamas</a> who continues to lead the project:</p>
- <blockquote>
- <p><em>I've been working on it, in some way or other, for several years. It
- started in the 90's when I was webmaster at <a target="_top" href="http://www.curtin.edu.au/">Curtin
- University of Technology</a> and a system administrator of their WebCT installation.
- I encountered many frustrations with the WebCT beast and developed an itch
- that needed scratching - there had to be a better way (no, not Blackboard
- :-)</em></p>
- <p><em>I also know a lot of people in schools and smaller institutions (and
- some big ones!) who want to make better use of the Internet but don't know
- where to start in the maze of technologies and pedagogies that are out there.
- I've always hoped there would be a Free alternative that such people could
- use to help them move their teaching skills into the online environment. </em></p>
- <p><em>My strong beliefs in the unrealised possibilities of Internet-based education
- led me to complete a Masters and then a PhD in Education, combining my former
- career in Computer Science with newly constructed knowledge about the nature
- of learning and collaboration. In particular, I am particularly influenced
- by the epistemology of social constructionism - which not only treats learning
- as a social activity, but focusses attention on the learning that occurs while
- actively constructing artifacts (such as texts) for others to see or use.
- </em></p>
- <p><em>It is crucial to me that this software be easy to use - in fact it should
- be as intuitive as possible. </em></p>
- <p><em>I'm committed to continuing my work on Moodle and on keeping it Open
- and Free. I have a deeply-held belief in the importance of unrestricted education
- and empowered teaching, and Moodle is the main way I can contribute to the
- realisation of these ideals.</em></p>
- </blockquote>
- <p>A number of early prototypes were produced and discarded before he released
- version 1.0 upon a largely unsuspecting world on August 20, 2002. This version
- was targeted towards smaller, more intimate classes at University level, and
- was the subject of research case studies that closely analysed the nature of
- collaboration and reflection that occurred among these small groups of adult
- participants.
-</p>
- <p>Since then there has been steady series of new releases adding new features,
- better scalability and improved performance.
-</p>
- <p>As Moodle has spread and the community has grown, more input is being drawn
- from a wider variety of people in different teaching situations. For example,
- Moodle is now used not only in Universities, but in high schools, primary schools,
- non-profit organisations, private companies, by independent teachers and even
- homeschooling parents. A growing number of people from around the world are
- contributing to Moodle in different ways - for more details see the <a href="?file=credits.html">Credits</a>
- page.
-</p>
- <p>An important feature of the Moodle project is the <a href="http://moodle.org" target="_top">moodle.org</a>
- web site, which provides a central point for information, discussion and collaboration
- among Moodle users, who include system administrators, teachers, researchers,
- instructional designers and of course, developers. Like Moodle, this site is
- always evolving to suit the needs of the community, and like Moodle it will
- always be Free.
-</p>
- <p>In 2003, the company <a href="http://moodle.com/" target="_top">moodle.com</a>
- was launched to provide additional commercial support for those who need it, as
- well as managed hosting, consulting and other services.
-</p>
- <p>For more about our future plans for Moodle, see the <a href="?file=future.html">Future</a>
- roadmap.</p>
-</blockquote>
-<p align="center"><font size="1"><a href="." target="_top">Moodle Documentation</a></font></p>
-<p align="center"><font size="1">Version: $Id$</font></p>
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