Moodle, an open-source Education LMS, released an update on Sept. 9, that removes the ability to share courses on moodle.net as well as removing the community finder block. This is in anticipation of the relaunch of moodle.net in November 2019.
Present content on moodle.net will be archived. The new version of moodle.net has been in alpha testing since January 2019. According to the moodle.net site, the new moodle.net aims to be an open social media platform for educators focused on collaboratively curating collections of open content.
The release also contains:
Source: Moodle at SoftwareReviews, Report Published January 2019
Moodle’s competitive advantage is the fact that it’s open source. Collaboration tools to share course content and best practices are an integral feature to its platform. Although the majority of lesson plans have been set for the current term, it will be interesting to see if the improvements to the moodle.net sharing site will be worth shutting down the site right at the beginning of a new school year for the majority of the fall term.
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