Moodle: a case study in sustainability
* 1. Brief description
* 2. Introduction
* 3. Project history
* 4. Growth and development
* 5. Project structure: sustainability model
* 6. Project structure: process and governance
* 7. Reflections and future
* 8. Project details
* 9. Current status
* 10. Further reading
* 11. Acknowledgements
In the latter half of 2006, the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) commissioned a study via its Teaching and Learning committee to examine the issues surrounding sustainability of open source software. The resulting report drew together seven case studies of successful but very different open source projects and examined each project's sustainability model. Each of these case studies has been told from the point of view of the lead developer or one of the key personnel and gives a fascinating insight into the factors that have determined the success of each project. These case studies are now presented by OSS Watch as stand alone documents in a series.
This case study, examining the Moodle project, has been written by Martin Dougiamas, Managing Director, Moodle Pty Ltd.
1. Brief description
Moodle is an open source Web application (released under the GNU General Public License) designed for producing Internet-based courses and websites. It is written in PHP, runs on nearly every available server platform, and can be used by anyone with a Web browser. It has been translated into over 70 languages and supports the popular SCORM standard for content packaging.
The name 'Moodle' was originally an acronym for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment. It is also a verb found in larger dictionaries, meaning something like a cross between 'muse' and 'doodle', describing the kind of creative tinkering that is common among Moodle developers and teachers as they use Moodle.
Moodle is funded by a mixture of royalties and annual fees, and supported by 'free' work from a...