We've written before about the open source revolution in education, from MIT's OpenCourseWare to open source textbooks. Now, ally Jason Cole has written up the definitive book on using Moodle, a "free, open source course management system for online learning." The whole movement to open the tools of teaching and learning for all to use is a tremendously worldchanging one, whether we're talking about American universities or the world's 1,000,000 villages. Sounds like Moodle's a step in that direction.
Moodle is great! We've been using at Presidio for the last year - easy, powerful, and free!
Our K12 school system here in Northern Virginia began using Moodle last year.
The technologists love the open source nature. It saved the system a lot of money.
But it created a lot of work. Every lesson plan that was to use Moodle had to be rewritten for the system.
So while the open source technology itself is great, one thing that would really have been helpful would be open source lesson plans that could be customized for each teacher.