We are hopefully 4-6 weeks away (sometime in May) from securing funds to develop a new Social Course Format that closely resembles the ease of use of Facebook or Edmodo.com. We have a Moodle Partner that we are in talks with to develop this project. We also have been in discussions at length about features and ideas on this new social course format.
We are soliciting community ideas and thoughts that might help us develop a more complete product.
Here is the initial job posting we made over 2 years ago with some of our initial thoughts: https://moodle.org/mod/data/view.php?d=54&rid=5607&filter=1
This has been a long time coming but we feel we are very close to finally getting the funds to undertake such a project.
Please share your thoughts as we plan to give this back to the community when complete.
Our ultimate goal would be to develop something that could be refactored into the core as a possible forum/social upgrade.
If you have funds and would also like to be a part of this please contact me directly and I can share more specific details-
Chris Kenniburg firstname.lastname@example.org
I am just a web guy from Dearborn, Michigan and I have a very tech savvy partner named Bryan Smith who is a database/system guru out of the Lansing area. The two of us have banded together a group of dedicated Moodle users from across the state at various K-12 levels to try and make Moodle the best solution for blended learning. We helped fund the dev of the Etherpad plugin (needs work now...sorry) as well as setup a statewide Michigan Moodle Hub for sharing courses. Our roadmap is as follows: Almost every single county in Michigan supports Moodle for all their teachers. The Moodle Hub will provide us with a means to distribute activities, quizzes, etc to the masses. Right now we need the masses in using Moodle. To do that we need an easy-to-use and familiar user experience to alleviate any concerns a beginning blended learning teacher may have. Facebook/edmodo are something that all of the students and teachers are comfortable with and there is not a big learning curve to get started. That is why we think this is mission critical.