Strategies to “Moodle” Your Academic Institution

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Anthony P. Crooks, International University of Japan


Learning Management Systems (LMSs) have risen in prominence in educational institutions over the last 20 years. Whilst there are many commercial packages available for purchase or lease by institutions, their costs can lead to hesitancy of those in control of educational budgeting. In contrast to the often costly commercial packages, Moodle, an open-source LMS, has become the ideal system for academic institutions that wish to have such a system in place, but may have restricted finances or are reluctant to make a monetary commitment to an LMS. However, a major stumbling block for those who wish to implement Moodle can be its acceptance and adoption by those with whom the Moodle advocate must cooperate: the administration, technical support staff, coworkers, and students. This paper addresses a number of practical strategies and approaches that can be (and have been) employed in putting Moodle to use in an academic institution.