Moodle was and continues to be built on the social constructionist philosophy of learning. This view of learning is based on the belief that people construct knowledge by interacting with the people and objects in their environment and this learning is enhanced when the interaction produces something for someone else. Collaborative and social learning is a large component of this philosophy and Moodle has many features that make it pretty easy for instructors to incorporate these kinds of activities—forums, workshops, wikis, chats, messaging, glossaries, and databases– just to name a few.

Finally, Moodle has momentum. Moodle was developed by Australian, Martin Dougiamas, and Moodle 1.0 was released in 2002. Currently, there are 78 language packs available for Moodle and on the date of this writing there were 47,447 registered sites in 201 countries around the world–wow! (Retrieved January 4, 2009 from http://moodle.org/stats) What this means for you and me is we get to be a part of this large and diverse community and can benefit from the wide variety of perspectives, knowledge and expertise that flow from it.

For further information:

* About Moodle: http://docs.moodle.org/en/About_Moodle
* Case for Moodle: http://docs.moodle.org/en/Case_for_Moodle
* Social Constructionist philosophical approach: http://docs.moodle.org/en/Philosophy
* Martin Dougiamas and the development of Moodle: http://docs.moodle.org/en/Background
* Moodle development community: http://www.moodle.org
* Moodle documentation: http://docs.moodle.org
* Moodle bug tracker: http://tracker.moodle.org