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Julian Ridden
Happy 10th Birthday Moodle!
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It was on this day 10 years ago that Moodle 1.0 was initially released to the community. Starting off with just a couple of passionate, education focused coders and a thesis. Who would have known back then exactly what Moodle would mature into over the next 10 years. 

Today we see Moodle sitting stable on version 2.3. Moodle has 66,337 registered sites online in 215 countries using 86 languages with 1,271,769 teachers creating over 6,303,949 courses. Organisations ranging from pre-schools through Primary/Junior and High/Senior schools. Special interest groups,Technical Colleges, Universities, Corporates and government now all use the system one form or another.

I first joined this community in 2005 as an educator seeking support implementing Moodle in my High School. Little did I know just how much my life would change due to exposure to this product. It has become over the years my passion, my work and my hobby. I travel the world speaking on it's use and the country trying to tech others how they could use it better. Why did I fall so heavily for this orange shaded beauty? I saw (and still see) is as a tool aimed squarely at teachers. A tool that allows THEM to teach the way THEY want to in a flexible online space.

It is today, on the 10th birthday of it's initial stable release I would like to thank all of those who have been involved in this community for making this more than a product, more than just an ideal, but creating a true open community of practice in which I and over a million other moodle.org users engage with on a nearly daily basis.

Obviously I can not go on further without of course thanking Martin. It was his initial idea and his ongoing vision that is leading Moodle into the future. Like all projects, open source or otherwise, it is not without its hiccups, bugs (ahem, I mean features), disagreements and inconsistencies. But it’s ongoing growth shows that these have all served to make Moodle stronger. I believe this has been largely due to the strong focused leadership from the top that has allowed the rest of us working on this project to keep a relatively steady hand and occasionally clear head ;)

And lastly, to the community! Regardless of your status. Maybe you are paid to work for Moodle HQ or a Moodle Partner, maybe you are an avid user sharing your knowledge, matbe you are a third party developer sharing your code and ideas back into the comunity or maybe just the lurker and occasional poster. Each of you bring something valuable to this community; knowledge, passion and a want to make the world around you a better place . I am grateful to all of you. (Yes, even Steve Hyndman) for your thoughts, ideas and candor.

So what next for Moodle, I have no idea! All I can do is hope that it continues to evolve to meet the ongoing needs and challenges of educators online. Who knows, hopefully I will see many of you here as we celebrate another 10 years.

Three cheers for Moodle.

Hip.....Hip.......HORRAY!

Julian (moodleman) Ridden

P.S. It is rather fitting that the original 1.x default avatar for users was a cake. So you will see this wonderous cake at the top of this post. smile


 
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Wow! Big cheers to Moodle! smile

 
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Julian Ridden
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Quick update...Martin was solo for te first few years. I always forget he was solo in the beginning. Makes it even more impressive smile

JR

 
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10 years old!! Not long to go until adolescence.

Quite a feat in the world of startups.

So, in history, when did number two person arrive to work with Martin?

-Derek

 
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You can see the early checkins here:  

And also the first version with checkins other than mine (Holger and Petri):  Moodle 1.0.6

And more history here:  Ohloh committer stats

 
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I love this interview with Martin by Charles Severance from 2005 in which Martin talks about the early years: Visiting with Martin Dougiamas

 
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I remember when you went to work at HQ and posting a link to the interview in a long gone DL forum.  I was hosting on a Plesk platform. Moodle.org is a much friendlier place today.

 
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A big congratulations from  the Moodle pioneer in Denmark to Martin and his team. Finally version 2.3 brings us a good reason to be fostering new Moodlers every year forward.

Cheers,

Jens

 
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This is a most remarkable video!

 
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Happy Birthday Moodle, you've grow up so quickly smile

 
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Happy birthday Moodle!

Here's to the next ten!

 
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Happy Birthday Moodle and Happy Birthday martin smile

 
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In the spirit of the google doodle... I've done a moodle doodle for the occasion!

Happy 10th birthday to Moodle

 
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Happy 10th  Birthday Moodle

 
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Alles Gute zum Geburtstag, Moodle.
 
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Congratulations Martin and Happy Birthday Moodle!

Toni Soto from Spain

 

 
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Happy B'day! smile

 
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Peace.

Congratulations Martin and Happy Birthday Moodle! martin cool

Big cheers to Moodle!

Greetings.

José de Jesús.

 
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Happy birthday, MOODLE! We have proudly been using MOODLE since 2007 and we absolutely love it.

Thank you!

 

 
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Happy birthday Moodle and Martin! You've changed my life for eight years now B)

 
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Sincere congratulations to both Moodle and Martin (great year 1969 wink !).

Moodle and its community are a shinning example of an adage that one of my first and best teachers liked to say: "Great things happen when people don't seek too much credit."

A remarkable milestone, here is to the next 10!

 
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Happy Birthday Moodle!

 
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Happy Birthday Moodle! Thanks for everything - Imagine where it'll be in another 10 years!?!

 
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I owe my current employment exclusively to Moodle, so without it, goodness alone knows what I'd be doing!

Cheers one and all! *raises glass*

 
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Yes me too, got hired because of moodle. On April 2012, I knew nothing about moodle. 2 months later I successfully deployed a moodle site, trained and assisted teachers for a month and then after that, opened the site for students. All of those without asking a single question. That is how good moodle is big grin, the developer as well as the forum/community)

Cheers, long live moodle.

Thank you

al tobing

 
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Happy birthday Moodle.

So much has changed in 10 years in technology usage, wonder where things will be in 10 years time?

 
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This time ten years ago (to the month) I was very excited because we got Broadband at our house instead of pay as you go dial up and I no longer needed to set a timer by the computer every time the children went onlinesmile And I could actually talk to people on the landline AND use the internet at the same timebig grin

 
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(quick copy of my blog post as people may not have seen the content and enjoy it and including the inforgraphic that Piotr Peszko made from the content)

As Moodle is 10 years old today, I thought I would share some Moodly stuff!

10 things about Moodle

  1. The 1st Moodle Research Conference is taking place at Heraklion, Crete on the 14-15 September, 2012.
  2. 27 people make up Moodle HQ
  3. There are 54 Official Moodle Partners spread over 33 Countries.
  4. Over 250 people have contributed code to Moodle core, 19 to Moodle 1.0.x Version, 105 people to Moodle 2.3.x
  5. 19 standard themes come with Moodle, and there is twice that many themes (38) added by the community to the Plugins Database
  6. There are 38 blocks in Moodle core, and 95 blocks in the Plugin database (out of 335 contributed plugins)
  7. 17977 Language strings in Moodle 2.3, and 110 Language packs available – 24 with more than 80% translated
  8. There are 251 courses in the Moodle open community hub (MOOCH)- 134 that users can Enrol in, 117 that users can download
  9. The top 5 countries with registered Moodle sites out of 215 countries are United States, Spain, Brazil, United Kingdom, Germany
  10. And according to Ohloh, Moodle has had 55,614 commits made by 319 contributors representing 1,030,183 lines of code  – Yes, that is over 1 million.

Some others things using 10, I am sure each list could be more than 10, but in keeping with 10th birthday just trying to have 10ish in lists!

10 of most read Moodle 2 plugin reviews on this blog in the last quarter

10 things about Moodle 2.3

  • Book Module is core
  • Courses can now choose to show sections on individual pages
  • Rewrite of Assignment activity
  • Drag and drop upload
  • Quick Edit of activity names
  • Activity chooser
  • File Alias/Shortcuts
  • Add/remove sections from course page
  • Workshop automatic phase switching
  • Admins receive notifications of available update to core/plugins they use

See http://docs.moodle.org/dev/Moodle_2.3_release_notes

10 Upcoming Moodlemoots & Conferences

See http://moodle.org/events/

10 Moodle 2 books

  • Moodle 2.0 First Look
  • Moodle 2.0 for Business Beginner’s Guide
  • Moodle 2.0 E-Learning Course Development
  • Moodle 2 for Teaching 4-9 Year Olds Beginner’s Guide
  • Moodle 2 Administration
  • Moodle 2.0 Course Conversion
  • Moodle Gradebook
  • Moodle 2 for Teaching 7-14 Year Olds
  • Science Teaching with Moodle 2.0
  • Moodle 2.0 Multimedia Cookbook

 10 Moodle Docs pages

 10 things you can do with Moodle

  • Teach & Learn
  • Communicate
  • Share content
  • Discuss
  • Create
  • Facilitate
  • Assess
  • Report
  • Observe
  • Reflect

Nearly 10 Official Moodle Twitter accounts

Update! Infographic!!

A nice Moodler Piotr Peszko from http://www.eduninja.com/ has taken some of the above info to create a cool infographic -> http://blog.2edu.pl/2012/08/moodle-is-10-years-old-infographic.html

Be sure to check out his blog which has some good stuff on it, or follow him on twitter @piotrpeszko

Moodle is 10 - Some Stats

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Many warm thanks to Martin and company for creating such an amazing and disruptive piece of software. Here's to another 10 amazing years. Lou
 
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Absolutely fantastic.

Here's to Moodle for helping me improve my PHP programming skills!
Happy Birthday and let's make Moodle better for the next 10 years.

Frankie Kam

 
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Long live Moodle!!!   Here's to another 10 years.

Scott

 
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Kudos for this great Open Source Software and its community. I've been following to Moodle for 9 years 269 days.

Cheers

Mónico

 
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Congrats teenager,

Paul

 
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Hip.....Hip.......HORRAY!

Hip.....Hip.......HORRAY!

Hip.....Hip.......HORRAY!

Happy Birthday!!!!

 

Laia

 
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Happy Birthday Moodle smile

 
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Long live Moodle! ... and thank you all.

 
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Feliz aniversário Moodle, felicitações do Brasil =D
Happy Birthday Moodle, greetings from Brazil =D

 
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Happy birthday Moodle! wink

 
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Thank you Moodle --- and may you stay for ever young smile

 
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Happy birthday Moodle!
 
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Here's to you Moodle and a job well done by Martin and the merry Moodlers.

A cold one

 
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In some parts of urban Malaysia, we would celebrate with a All-You-Can-Eat-For-RM10-USD3 durian fruit buffet. Burp!

 
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Herzlichen Glückwunsch aus Heidelberg!

 
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Yes, this idea was a game-changer for educators everywhere.  Well-done!

 
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Right on Moodle! My personal use of a self hosted Moodle site in 2006 has ended up rippling through my entire school district and landed me in a new career.

What a great piece of software and a truly diverse online community.

 
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Here's to many more Moodle birthdays!  I am self-hosting a Moodle site for the first time this fall and am hoping for similar results in my school setting.

Fabulous community!

 
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Vida longa, Moodle! approve

 
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Happy Birthday to Moodle & congrats to Martin! It's moments like these I feel proud to part of such a great community.

 
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Moodle is 10! Gosh time flys... Thanks for Moodle Martin and all you hard working open source people out there. Moodle has been, and continues to be an incredible tool for spreading learning goodness throughout the educational community. 

 
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Happy B'day Moodle!! smile 

 
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Feliz cumpleaños a Moodle y paz y felicidad a todos los Moodlers que lo using para formar y transmitir conocimientos a otros.


Mari Cruz García.

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University of Dundee

@education_right.

Education is a right, not a business.

 
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Yay!! Happy Moodleday! Been with you 8 years...and they said it would never last....look forward to the next 10!
 
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let's cheers foor moodle... be lated hppay bday moodle....
 
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I love the cake avatar but as (per usual, since I can never get my act together) this is a 'happy belated birthday' wish, I guess it's all been eaten sad

Did Moodle get a Google Doodle? I hope so!

 
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Congratulations to the Moodle community and especially Martin without whose leadership the community would have foundered.

I wonder how many people owe their careers to Moodle -- I know that mine got a lot more enjoyable after we started with Moodle 1.3 smile

Also, moodle gave the lie to the myth that php/mysql couldn't scale to big installations. Well done chaps!

 
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Belated Happy 10th Birthday Moodle.

And Congrates to Martin really it is useful and amaging opensource software. Thank you Martin.

 
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Selamat Ulang Tahun Moodle, I am one of your users in Indonesia.

 
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Belated happy birthday Moodlesmile

 
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Many happy returns, Moodle!

 
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Happy happy Birthday! ¡Felíz Cumpleaños Moodle! smile

 
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Well done Moodle, I've been with you since late 2003 (I forget the exact date) and was at the very first MoodleMoot in Oxford UK back in July 2004. It's come a long way since then!
 
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i am late, but Happy Birthday Moodle!
十周年おめでとうございます!
 
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Belated happy birthday, only 9 days late, but I am sure that I am one person who is getting the gifts...smile

The gift of knowledge, understanding new tools and new ways of using them

The gift of being in a community of knowledgable people, and through them gaining more understanding

Getting to know, on line, many people most of whom I shall never meet, but still, I think of as friends. 

Meeting some of these people and I get the best bits I think.

Not a bad birthday when the celebrant gives the gifts.

Thank you Martin  martin.

 
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FELIZ ANIVERSÁRIO ;)

 
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Congratulations are due to Martin and the developer und user community! approve

I too find it hard to believe I have been using and promoting Moodle for over 8 years already. It has not always been smooth; the 1.8 upgrade and the ongoing trouble with 2.x have given me some grey hairs (could not possibly be my advanced age could it now? wink) Nonetheless, I wholeheartedly hope we can continue developing and growing with Moodle for another decade.

Cheers to all!
Paul.

 
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Many Happy returns of the day !!! MOODLEsmile

 
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Liever te laat dan nooit

Hartelijk gefeliciteerd

Parabéns

Mi é fresterie joe

Congrats

Felicitaciones

बधाई

Keep on the good work

 
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An amazing decade of growth...


 
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