Moodle (Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) is the NDUS supported learning management system (LMS). Moodle uses courses that contain activities and resources. Currently, there are more than 20 different types of customizable activities available (forums, glossaries, wikis, assignments, quizzes, choices (polls), attendance, flashcards, photo galleries, databases, etc.). The main power of this activity-based model comes in combining the activities into sequences and groups, which can guide participants through customized learning paths.
Moodle can also embed and link to most every web 2.0 tool, such as, YouTube, Tegrity, blogs, SCORM and IMS packages, etc.
There are a number of other tools that make it easier to build communities of learners, including blogs, instant messaging, web conferencing, wikis, participant lists, etc.
- Academic – http://lms.ndus.edu
- The academic Moodle is available to all campuses within the NDUS and is the primary LMS at four of them: Dakota College at Bottineau, Dickinson State University, Mayville State University, and Williston State University. If you are taking courses at any of these four campuses, you have likely been using Moodle.
- Community – http://community.ndus.edu
- Community Moodle is available for all non-credit courses, compliance trainings, and various other non-academic purposes.