Open-source learning platform company Moodle has announced the launch of MoodleCloud, a cloud-based hosting solution for educators who seek to use Moodle as a learning environment and have little or no budget. MoodleCloud has no installation or hosting charges for trainers and educators and allows teachers to create a free Moodle site in seconds.
MoodleCloud offers users all the features and advantages of the Moodle 2.9.1 education technology software. Martin Dougiamas, Moodle founder and CEO, said at the official MoodleMoot conference in Australia, that:
"Moodle's mission has always been to help educators improve learning with open, accessible tools to use as they wish." He added:
Today we launch MoodleCloud, for teachers and trainers with small needs and even smaller resources to quickly and easily set up their own learning environment direct from the people making Moodle."
The Moodle CEO highlighted in his speech that education is the cornerstone of civilization and life as a whole, and expressed his content that Moodle "is able to offer alternatives for everyone from the largest university to now smallest individual classroom with MoodleCloud."
Users creating websites through MoodleCloud can add content, enroll students and run multiple courses. They also have access to the collaborative learning features of the Moodle learning platform.
The no-cost MoodleCloud platform offers free hosting with minimal advertising, giving the complete Moodle version minus a few features. MoodleCloud offers easy, fast signup on mobile devices, and seamless updates with the latest Moodle release. Up to 50 users can be supported and MoodleCloud features unlimited database size with the ability to create unlimited courses.
The free hosting platform for educators with small or zero budgets integrates with BigBlueButton for free video conferencing. Up to six users can have video conferences with complete video, audio, whiteboard and presentation support, according to a news statement released by Moodle.
Dougiamas, Moodle's CEO, said "I'm really pleased to be working with our good open source friends at BigBlueButton to provide a total package that is second to none."
MoodleCloud gives site administrators the ability to customize their Moodle site to suit their needs. Teachers and trainers do not have to manually run updates and maintenance tasks as updates to the latest release are automatic. MoodleCloud is available in 100 languages.
For security reasons, user authentication is done through SMS sent to a user's mobile phone rather than through email.
MoodleCloud, which targets small schools and organizations and even teachers with a handful of classes, has some limitations, including one site per phone number and the availability of selected themes and plugins.
Moodle is an open-source learning platform that offers essential Internet-based tools for online, blended and distance learning.