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Getting Started

The versions of Moodle available for Windows, Mac OS X and several Linux distributions, along with modules, themes, language packs and so on are available to download from the moodle. org web site downloads page. The conditions of use are described in brief on the projects About page.

System requirements

Moodle does not require anything special in the way of hardware and will run on most standard PC's. The Web server used must support PHP (version 4.3 or higher) the Moodle documentation gives as examples Apache and IIS. Usually a MySQL or Postgres database is used with Moodle, but the Microsoft SQL Server can be used with some configurations and support for SQLite is in the works.

The hardware requirements vary with the number of users, for 50 concurrent users 1 GB of RAM is recommended. A test installation on an older XAMPP server with 1.6 GHz CPU and 768 GB of RAM ran without problems, the response times were in-line with the performance of a comparable installation of Joomla on the same server.

If you don't have a Web server installed, you can use either the Windows or MacOS Moodle Complete versions which include a suitable server.

In addition to the Moodle scripts there is also a complete infrastructure supporting Apache, PHP and MySQL. For Windows XAMPP Lite can be used, Mac users can choose between a MAMP, XAMPP and a selection-based installation package.

Learning more about Moodle

Demonstration versions of Moodle that include a test server make it easy to try the system out. The official Moodle demo site offers administrator, teacher and student rights and access to the underlying database with the limitation that after every hour of use the system returns to the initial state. A whole series of finished courses in many languages, is already available, so experiments do not have to start from scratch.

Moodle Moot 2010 logo Those who are seriously interested in Moodle have the chance to attend MoodleMoots which are held at least once a year. The last UK Moot, MoodleMoot 2010, took place at Senate House, University of London from the 13th to the 14th of April. The Moot was opened by Professor Geoffrey Crossick, Warden of Goldsmith College and Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of London, followed by a morning keynote from Prof. Sugata Mitra of Newcastle University about the 'Hole in the wall' project cited as an inspiration behind the film "Slumdog Millionaire". The Moodle Moot 2010 programme featured five other presentations including a live video link from Moodle founder Martin Dougiamas. The Moot was rounded out by several breakout sessions between presentations. Similar Moodle Moots are scheduled to take place this year in a number of countries around the world.

The next UK Moodle event, hosted by Moodle Partner WebAnywhere, is to take place at the Conference Centre, Oxford on Wednesday 19th of May.

Schools, Colleges and Universities using Moodle

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