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MOODLE: e-learning software platform

Organisation:University of Cyprus, Computer Science Department, Nicosia, Cyprus

In July 2008 the IT department, responsible for the development and support of software application within the Computer Science department of the University of Cyprus, took the decision to adopt the MOODLE platform as an alternative to the proprietary course management system previously used, blackboard. MOODLE (Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) is a free and open-source e-learning software platform, belonging to the Content Management Systems (CMS). The adoption of MOODLE was overall successful, as "there weren't any problems during the adoption of the software and not any migration was needed. No legal issues were arisen at the time."

Software components / licenses:The open source components used were Linux server, Apache web server and MySQL database. The source code of MOODLE was not modified. No proprietary software component was used. MOODLE is released under GPL license.

Main results /achieved objectives

  • Improvement of performance and effectiveness of the organisation
  • Strategic independence from vendors lock-in
  • Reduction of procurement/ licensing costs
  • Minimisation of the need for technical support

Perspectives:MOODLE is nowadays in operation and the perspective for the next years is to be enhanced, expanded or replicated.

Contact / info: Mr. Nicos Kyriakides, knicos@gmail.com www.moodle.org