What is Moodle?
Moodle (Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) is a free open-source learning management system or e-Learning platform that serves educators and learners across the globe. It is the most widely used LMS in the world and currently has over 68 million users worldwide (and growing).
Moodle was developed in 2002 by Martin Dougiamas to help educators create online courses with a focus on interaction and collaborative construction of content. Since then, the main development of Moodle is led by Martin and the core team at Moodle Headquarters, as well as hundreds of other developers around the world who have helped fuel the growth of Moodle through contributing and testing code, and being active participants in community forums.
What is Moodlerooms?
Moodlerooms is strategically partnered with Blackboard to provide excellent online classrooms for over two million Moodle teachers and learners worldwide. Formerly competitors, Blackboard and Moodlerooms merged in April of 2012 to better serve the education community. Moodlerooms continues as an independent division within the Blackboard family of educational tools. As a combined entity, the companies are able to leverage expertise to enhance the LMS experiences of Moodle, Angel LMS, Learn LMS, and Sakai. Using software tools like Blackboard xpLor (a repository of shared learning objects), for example, teachers from any of those LMS systems can search, create, share, and re-use the same learning objects across their different platforms.
To be clear, Blackboard merged with Moodlerooms and Australia’s NetSpot, two companies that are Moodle Partner companies, not Moodle itself. Moodle remains an independent project and organization and continues to also be supported by more than fifty additional Moodle Partners around the world.