Scholars Online Moodle Distance Learning Environment
Scholars Online uses an open source course management system called a Moodle (Modular Object-Oriented Distance Learning Environment). This teacher-designed package provides an integrated secure environment with most of the functions that we need for a distance-learning community. It includes course organization areas where teachers can list chats links, post and collect assignments, set up quizzes, record grades, link in outside resources, mail notices to course participants, foster communication between students with individual class or even class session forums, or add wikis and glossaries.
Students have individualized home pages in the Moodle, listing their own courses and links to their teachers. The calendar on this page contains all scheduled events for the student's clases, including quizzes and assignment due dates.
The Moodle has a world-wide user base, including an increasing number of colleges and universities in the United States. As with all open source software, it is platform-independent, easily configurable, and its community of users are constantly adding new functionality, so our website chat, bulletin board, messaging, and database features can grow as we do. The only software required by student or teacher is a recent version of a common browser.