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Moodle is an Open Source Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It has become very popular among educators around the world as a tool for creating online dynamic web sites for their students. To work, it needs to be installed on a web server somewhere, either on one of your own computers or one at a web hosting company.What is Moodle?The focus of the Moodle project is always on giving educators the best tools to manage and promote learning, but there are many ways to use Moodle: * Moodle has features that allow it to scale to very large deployments and hundreds of thousands of students, yet it can also be used for a primary school or an education hobbyist. * Many institutions use it as their platform to conduct fully online courses, while some use it simply to augment face-to-face courses (known as blended learning). * Many of our users love to use the many activity modules (such as Forums, Wikis, Databases and so on) to build richly collaborative communities of learning around their subject matter (in the social constructionist tradition), while others prefer to use Moodle as a way to deliver content to students (such as standard SCORM packages) and assess learning using assignments or quizzes.Moodle is open source under the GPL licence. Everything we produce is available for you to download and use for free.Standard Moodle packagesOur main method of distribution is via these standard core packages. They contain a number of modules that are maintained by core developers, and are convenient for installing on nearly any platform where you have PHP and a database already installed.? Standard Moodle packagesAnother way to get the core source code is by using CVS to connect directly to one of our mirrors of the code repository used by Moodle developers. This makes upgrading very easy, even if you have made local changes to the source code.? Moodle via CVSMoodle for Mac OS XIf you don't have a web server set up already, these all-in-one packages make it very easy to install Moodle on any Apple computer running Mac OS X.? Moodle for Mac OS XMoodle for WindowsIf you don't have a web server set up already, these all-in-one packages make it very easy to install Moodle on any computer running Microsoft Windows.? Moodle for WindowsModules and pluginsBrowse through our comprehensive database of extra modules and plugins that can be added to your Moodle site to give it extra functionality beyond the core packages.? Modules and pluginsThemesThe appearance of a Moodle site can be changed dramatically by using a different theme. We keep a database of themes that Moodle users have created and shared.? ThemesLanguage packsIn current versions of Moodle, adding support for new languages has been automated from the administration menu within your site. However, for some older versions of Moodle, new language packs need to be downloaded manually.? Language packs
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