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Some questions about

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Some questions about

Hi Doug,

as a long time Moodle user, community supporter and Moodle Partner I've a bundle of questions.

  • You are using the term ressources in the video. Ressources are a fix term in Moodle for files, folders and URLs. In an other video you demonstrate that after importing into a new course also quizzes are imported.
    Will it be possible to create all types of activities in
  • In one video you demonstrate that objects are added to via a URL. Will it be possible to import files that are not public available in the net? I.e. a document that I created by myself.
    How can a user create/add a quiz, an assignment, a glossary, a scorm? What about version problems?
  • Can a teacher take  mbz file into as resource for others?
  • In a video you demonstrate that a teacher adds the content to its own Moodle site with the option to create a new course. This requires course creator permissions. Most teachers will not have this permission. Does it mean that the course create option is only available if the user has this permission?
  • As far as I know its not possible to create a new course in the app. Is this a new feature for the app?
  • You are showing that is connected via app to the teachers Moodle site. Will it be possible to transfer data without using the app? I.e. if the teacher is working on desktop with browser.
  • What are the plans to connect the groups, projects in moodle net  with types of schools, learning goals, competencies, topics?

I appreciate the project very much. But I would like to see more realistic scenarios connecting to the real word of educators.  I see the risc that starts to define  a complete new  world/environment and loosing the connection with the educators daily work situation. 

is there  a master plan to make working? My experience (Germany focussed) is that most teachers are collecting ressources but are not willing to share own ressources. There may be lot of different reasons for this behaviour. But we need a global and a local marketing strategy for bringing this community to success.


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Re: Some questions about
More questions

  • In Moodle app a teacher can't switch to edit mode in a course. How will you import mbz files?
  • How can teacher collaborate while creating a content or an activity in Can they work together on quiz questions?
  • How do you handle an app to app data transfer or is this a server to server transfer?
  • How can a teacher use if the moodle site is not available in public internet?
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Re: Some questions about

Hi Ralf, thanks for your questions and we're delighted that you appreciate the project.

While it's tempting to go through and answer each of your questions individually, I'm going to answer in a cross-cutting way with these 10 points:

  1. Open in every respect - from the very first prototype showing users accessing MoodleNet from a Google search, we've designed this as something that is open to all.
  2. Difference to - despite the name, MoodleNet is not a direct continuation of It has different functionality and has a distributed approach (meaning it can be installed by orgs)
  3. Responsive design - users will be able to access MoodleNet on both mobile and desktop - in fact all of our most recent development has been focused on the latter.
  4. Moodle Core integration - as an independent platform that will be closely linked to Moodle Core, we'll have to figure out some integration details, but we hope to do that in time for 3.7.
  5. Value proposition - the pilot scheduled for January 2019 is about testing a new value proposition, one that makes the sharing of resources more social.
  6. Terminology - we're using terminology that we hope makes sense to educators within the Moodle community and outside it. We'll be responding to feedback on that.
  7. Taxonomy - as an educator, and after extensive research, I am yet to come across a platform that effectively imposes a taxonomy on a global basis. That's why we're testing a tag-based approach that uses taxonomic tagging for language, grade level, and broad subject area, but folksonomic tagging for everything else.
  8. Uploading resources - for the pilot, users will only be able to add links to already-existing resources (including those added to the existing We'll be following that up with the ability to upload resources, but we're waiting for a couple of decentralised storage projects to mature (e.g. IPFS)
  9. Existing - we're not going to touch this while we're piloting MoodleNet. The functionality will still work in Moodle Core, all we're going to do is redirect visitors looking for the legacy service from to
  10. New - as part of an overall redesign of Moodle sites, there will be a new page that gives an overview of MoodleNet. The actual HQ-run MoodleNet instance(s) will run on subdomain(s) of
I hope that answers your questions, albeit tangentially in some places. Feel free to pin me down for specific answers if you need them!