This posting is meant to be the first in a series, as I learn how to work with Moodle.
Moodle is a free open-source content management system (CMS) or also known as an LMS or Learning Management System.
I am interested in setting up and learning Moodle to use in a corporate setting, but Moodle is also used widely in academic settings, and by independent educators.
I work at a company where the software product is made up of various modules. One of those modules, which is electronic health records (EHRs), is quite complex in nature for a novice user to learn. So, in order for the trainers who work at this company to become experts themselves, they need a general place to view training videos and be able to discuss ideas in open forums. With an LMS, I feel this can be accomplished easier, and what is great about Moodle is that you can learn it for free!
These postings aren’t meant to re-create the existing Moodle documentation, as they have their own extensive documentation which can be found here: http://docs.moodle.org/
Instead, I plan to describe my personal experience in getting up & running with this program.
If you are like me, and you don’t want to install Moodle on your own web server, then you can turn to the various free hosting services that are available out there in cyberspace.
This site compares some of them: http://orwinconsulting.com/free-moodle-hosting-companies
I chose NineHub.com mainly because I had already tried Key To School in the past, and was having trouble reactivating my learning site. So the first step for me was to register with NineHub.com and create my learning site, which you will see in the next posting.