Occasionally, the MoodleNet team get people emailing us with a bunch of questions. Often these are likely to benefit the rest of the community as well, so it makes more sense to answer them in the open. Here's the latest version of that:
1. In a recent answer you mention ‘instance’ of MoodleNet. I thought it was going to be a single site. Clarification?
MoodleNet is a federated social network. This means that, just like Moodle LMS, you can install your own version. The difference is that, just like other federated social networks such as Mastodon, PeerTube, and Pixelfed, you can interact with others on different 'instances' (i.e. servers) to you. Whereas you're @user on a centralised service like Twitter, you'd be @firstname.lastname@example.org on MoodleNet.
We're testing at the moment, but federation should be ready soon, at which point we'll be asking for testers. The new user interface should be simple enough for people not to have to think about how federation and decentralisation works, but it might be an idea to have a play with some ActivityPub-enabled social networks that form part of the Fediverse if you're an early adopter!
2. If my own interest is in creating a Moodle course and then sharing it on MoodleNet for other educators, would I do the following? Make the Moodle course, make an export file of it, upload the export file to a MoodleNet collection with proper tags, and allow others to find it there and then download it and import it into their own Moodle instance. You address the idea of a repository recently, too, but I’m not sure what you are saying MoodleNet will be.
What we've found is that while there are some users who are interested in sharing entire Moodle courses, there are many more who are interested in putting together their own from more granular shared resources.
We're designing MoodleNet to be resource-agnostic, meaning that you can absolutely share an entire Moodle course. But you can also just share a Moodle quiz, PDF, or other resource that is part of it.
Over the last few weeks the team has prototyped a Moodle plugin so that you can search MoodleNet and pull in a resource to a Moodle course. We're aiming for that to be a core feature in Moodle 3.8. In addition, we'll be working on a plugin to send a resource *from* Moodle *to* MoodleNet, which will probably be ready for Moodle 3.9.
3. H5P users currently suffer from a notable lack of a searchable hub, and I wonder if MoodleNet could even become the de facto H5P hub. What do you think?
We're interested in MoodleNet being a place where educators share collections of resources and engage in professional development. I think that sharing and discovering H5P content is definitely a part of that. We've received positive feedback from the testing phase, and we'll continue to listen to what people want from MoodleNet.
There's nothing, of course, stopping someone setting up an instance of MoodleNet that's pretty much dedicated to sharing H5P content. You could even ask H5P if they'd like to host that, and then the communities and collections from that instance would be available across the entire network of MoodleNet instances!
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