I’ve recently installed and configured Moodle, an open-source learning management system (LMS). It took about 5 minutes – unbelievable.
The testbed Moodle is for a course I’m taking, ETEC 510 (Educational technology 510), which is part of the University of British Columbia’s Master of Educational Technology program.
(You gotta love the “Untitled Document” page header on that link … for some reason those who work to bring technology into education almost invariably have the lousiest websites.)
In any case, Moodle is a very cool application that has significant functionality. For those who are interested, my installation of Moodle is right here.
I’ve just started to put a course on it that will be further developed as part of a project that a group of us in the class will be working on. If there’s anyone out there that would like to play with an LMS, drop me a line and I’ll likely give you an account with teacher privileges.
(You can get demo access at Moodle’s site, but nothing will be saved for any length of time there … I think they flush the database daily.)