It's a verb in English but not very well known. I didn't know the 1934 book at the time but I had heard of the word even though it only appears in larger dictionaries.
When coming up with a name for my system I remember sitting down one evening trying to come up with a word that:
- was an acronym (because I like hidden meanings)
- was a word you could say easily
- was not common on the internet (so searches could find it)
- had a domain name free
The first Moodle site ever was of course smec.moodle.com. Here is a copy of how it looked in 2001.
As far as I know, the first school outside Australia to use Moodle (which was a secondary school) was Jacob Romeyn's The Kings School in British Columbia, Canada. Note his ID number (2), and see the first discussion on this site.
I appreciate you telling me how you found the word. My English teacher colleagues will love it. That's how I'll start my presentation. I know they'll find this a lot more interesting than a computer acronym. They are still a little bit afraid of the computer but I'm sure that once they'll see Moodle, they'll become addicted.
Origins of Moodle - very interesting. It's just amazing how it spread from Australia to Canada and all over the world. Thanks for the links,
Is that your eye in the 'log' icon? I love it... 'he says as he reaches for his digital camera'
- To dawdle aimlessly, to idle time away. Origin unknown. 1928: "Napoleon often moodled about for a week at a time doing nothing but play with his children or read trash or waste his time helplessly."
I remember a discussion after a talk by Martin at the first UK Moodlemoot at the Open University at which he told a few of us that the "D" had originally stood for "Digital", thus the original acronym (/"backronym") was "Martin's Object-Oriented Digital Learning Environment". Pehaps Martin might confirm this? We have to get it right as we are writing history!
Well... if Wikipedia says it's true then it must be !
I'm interested in this conversation because I'm currently rewriting Moodle Course Conversion: Beginner's Guide and I've heard so many conflicting stories regarding Martin's background and Moodle's background.
Strange thing, human memory.
I dare say your recollection is right, but I only have my own recollections and interpretations, mangled as they are over time by the little electrical flashes in the neural wires.
Mine recalls a conversation, ~five people, including Martin after his opening talk, left aisle of the Berrill lecture theatre (looking from the stage), about 20 feet from the stage, Martin waiting for someone to collect him to take him to post-talk venue (lunch? coffee?). A few spare minutes. Someone asked about the origin of the name 'Moodle'.
I made a note at the time... Moodle, with the M and D underlined, then, underneath:
Martin's > Modular; Digital > Dynamic
How much of history depends on differing recollections? Most of it, I guess. At least, in the past. The future might hold something quite different...