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What is Moodleroom's relationship with Blackboard?

Moodlerooms is strategically partnered with Blackboard to better serve the education community. Although we are part of the Blackboard family, we’re still an independent division with the same people that created the products and services for Moodlerooms, providing excellent online learning for over 2 million people worldwide.

How does client development work?

Moodlerooms is dedicated to providing tools and features that meet the unique needs of its customers. To ensure Joule remains relevant to the evolving needs of its customers, Moodlerooms has developed a Client Contributor Program to allow customers to contribute to the development of Joule.

What is Moodle?

Moodle (abbreviation for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) is an open source e-learning software platform, also known as a Course Management System, Learning Management System, or Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Currently, Moodle has more than 60 million users globally. Moodle was originally developed by Martin Dougiamas to help educators create online courses with a focus on interaction and collaborative construction of content, and is in continual evolution. Moodle Pty Ltd (also known as Moodle Headquarters or the Moodle Trust, based in Perth, Western Australia), is an Australian company that performs the majority of the development of the core Moodle platform.

How often does Moodlerooms rollout updates from Moodle Core and other Joule developments?

Moodlerooms and Moodle’s core developers operate under very different release models. Moodle’s core developers use an “agile development model.” This means that updates to Moodle’s core codebase are released to the public to download as soon as the code is deemed stable and secure. Moodlerooms operates six-month release cycle. This means that twice a year (typically once in June/July and once in December) all Joule developments and major updates to Moodle core that were developed six months prior are compiled and applied to customer sites. Moodlerooms operates under this six-month schedule for two main reasons: 1) to limit the impact that new features/functionality/UI adjustments have on end users. 2) To allow all Moodle core updates and Joule developments to pass through our additional level of QA testing, thereby confirming the code’s security, stability, reliability and performance.

What is Joule?

Joule® is what sets Moodlerooms apart from the rest of the Moodle Partners in the network. Joule is an e-Learning platform that builds on a Moodle core to combine feature/functionality enhancements and dedicated service into an affordable and adaptable turnkey solution. While open source Moodle typically requires an investment in hosting infrastructure, personnel and a particular Moodle expertise to deploy, maintain and sustain use, Moodlerooms provides needs-based consultative services that enable customers to flexibly shape their e-Learning platform by choosing the features and services they want and need.

What’s the major difference between Moodlerooms and the other Moodle partners?

Without well-developed services and support, cultivating a great experience for teachers and students would not be possible. That’s why since 2005, Moodlerooms has continually expanded its team of Moodle experts to deliver a suite of enterprise-level services and customer support that is simply unmatched by any other Moodle partner across the globe.

Where did the name “Moodlerooms” come from?

Before its inception in 2005, Moodlerooms’ founders were Baltimore-based educators who would use international Moodle forums to connect with fellow educators on a variety of school subjects. Each forum would be focused on a particular subject and were collectively referred to as a “rooms.” There were History Rooms, Math Rooms, Science Rooms, etc. Those who were interested in discussing in-class instruction using Moodle would use “Moodle Rooms.” That’s how Moodlerooms got its name.

What does “open-source” mean?

Open source is a specific licensing agreement designed for computer code. The license is designed to encourage collaboration within a world-wide community of developers. Specifically, it allows you to download and use the software program free of charge and modify the source code of the program if desired. Joule is based off of open-source code, but has additional feature and service enhancements to make it more robust.

What are Moodle Partners?

Moodle partners (part of the Moodle Partner Network) are service organizations that have been certified by Moodle Pty Ltd to provide a wide range of Moodle expertise and technical services, such as hosting, implementation, maintenance, training, customization, etc., to support the use of Moodle across the world. By providing services for a fee, the Moodle partners contribute a portion of their revenue to fund the Moodle Pty Ltd.

What is the Moodle Community?

The Moodle Community is an open network of Moodle users who interact through the Moodle community website to share ideas, code, information and free support. This community also includes a large number of non-core developers. Moodle's open source license and modular design allows any developer to create additional modules and features which has allowed Moodle to become a truly global, collaborative project in scope.

Who is Moodlerooms?

Moodlerooms is an e-Learning solutions provider that is fueling the Moodle phenomenon by making it even easier for educational (universities, colleges, K-12 schools) corporate, and governmental institutions to offer courses and content online. Using a cloud-based, Software-as-a-Service model, Moodlerooms provides turnkey solutions to quickly provision your Moodle site while limiting the financial and personnel investment required to implement, deploy and maintain an open-source instance.