I am currently a student in a Online learning certificate program, and my instuctor has asked me to evaluate Moodle as a learning tool.
I am correct in assuming that I will need a server to host my Moodle site site - Moodle is Open Source software, but is not a hosting site?
The host server will also need MySQL capabilities, so I think that pretty much limits any free web space provided by my internet provider. Do you know of a free SQL compatabily service?
Thanks in advance for any hep you can offer!!
There are very few hosting services that will host Moodle for free.
If you have a spare computer hanging around you can use one of the Moodle packages avaliable from the Moodle Download page. These packages are avaliable for use with Linux, Mac OS X or Windows. I have not used these packages but I would asume that they are easy to use. You will find that Linux is a better choice as it is alot more stable than Windows and preforms better that Mac OS.
I have a very basic setup using Damn Small Linux and XAMPP, it is quite simple to setup, if you like I would be happy to run though it with you.
My email address is email@example.com
I will keep your email address handy, if I decide to do my project on Moodle. Most of my classmates have been given web based LMS and LCMS, therefore, I think my instructor was not aware of the technical set up for Moodle.
I do indeed have an extra PC that I could configure, however, to run a Server my on my home ISP connection is against the terms and conditions of the service.
Would you be able to guide me towards a free hosting service? This is only a 6 week project, so I'm trying to avoid purchasing the services. (as you can imagine, I won't have much use for it afterwards)
Most CMS applications are easy to setup its usualy the operating system thats the tricky part.
My ISP does not have a problem with me hosting websites on my home server, I suppose if its only a 6 week project I could host it for you.
I could only offer a / on my server as my router only supports the update of one dynamic ip per hostname.
I could give you http://voiceworks.homelinux.com/heather ?
You would have to excuse the "voiceworks" part of the hostname, my client is a singing teacher.
P.S: Welcome to the Moodle Community and good luck with Moodle!!
A couple of months ago I started a small company in hosting moodle for schools, for low fees. (www.digitaalonderwijs.nl)
I can ofer you, for six weeks, a completely installed moodle-environment for free on my server with fast connections; located in redbus-interhouse / Amsterdam.
Your domainname will be something like http://heather.digitaalonderwijs.nl
Let me know if you are intersted.
Do you also host Moodle for Belgian institutions?
Yes, our hosting-services are also available for Belgian institutions. On our website you can see the various options: http://www.digitaalonderwijs.nl/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=29&Itemid=57
take a server and start moodle - and then? You will need courses, groups, szenarios, ...otherwise you will have to create all that things at your own ...and you will need time ...
You will find a lot of evaluations here on moodle.org. What you need is the discussion with users, depending on your questistions. If you like, you may use (for free) my server and you will get help from my students, writing there diplomas on topics, dealing with moodle ...
Maybe there is a way, to get a closer contact between your students and my students, because we are looking all the time for partners for our intercultural communications projects. Have a look at the bottom of this mail
Just send me an email and you will have your account very, very soon - without costs.
Peter SereiniggLecturer of Information Science and Project Management at FH-Joanneum University of Applied Sciences,
Program in Health Management in Tourism - Bad Gleichenberg (Styria/Austria), http://www.fh-joanneum.at/gmt Lecturer at Alpen-Adria University of Klagenfurt , Department of Business Informatics and Application Systems, (Klagenfurt/Austria), http://www.ifi.uni-klu.ac.at/IWAS , Management Consultant, http://www.sereinigg.at
Valentin Leitgebstrasse 10/5
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Currently I´m teaching at the University of applied sciences FH JOANNEUM Bad Gleichenberg, study course Healthmanagement in Tourism .
With the beginning of summer term 2006 we would like to socialize and support in an experimental way the contacts between students on different continents and within various culture areas. Primarily we think about the situation to feel the important process of getting known to each other in a virtual way. If young guys would meet in a cafeteria, conversations would never take place in a stiff way, like in usual Come togehter meetings.
One of my students, Petra Papst is working on her diploma thesis on this topic and would moderate and oversee this project.
This contact finding process should take place through the use of messenger systems (msn or skype) as well as foren and WIKI (we use the open source software MOODLE and would provide free access to this tool). Our ideas act on the assumtion, that this playful kind of access not only improves the knowledge of different languages (we can offer German, English, French and Spain) but also provides important knowledge about intercucultural processes. We don´t want any stereotyps We wanna let people talk in a way they are used to do, like the do all day long in their usual way.
There will not incurr any costs exept the willingness and the necessary time to get involved into this process. Our students would participate in an unsolicited way and will also use their sparetime for this intercultural project.
Should you know any other universities or institutions, which show interest for this project, please forward those informations to us
If you are going to test Moodle to see what feaures it has and what it can do, you can do as Martin Y. suggested, download a stand-alone version that will install and run on Windows and Mac OSX computers.
The stand-alone version includes its own MySQL database server, so there is no need to find a provider! Of course, it might not be able to take a heavy load of dozens of simultaneous users. But, you will have a working demo on your PC in no time for your research.
Seeing you are in Canada, why don't you look at http://knowplace.ca who provides a range of community development ahd support ofr new people entering into Moodle. You can run a Sandpit within the site for evaluation within a supported envonment.