Glossary of common terms

This glossary defines a number of words you will see used often in discussions about Moodle - you'll find them highlighted throughout this course.

If you wish to import this glossary to your Moodle site, you can download this file of exported entries: glossary_of_common_terms_20101214.xml.

Please feel free to add new words here!

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moi!!! it is what is is...


by Colin Fraser - Monday, June 20, 2016, 8:46 PM

One of the database types supported by Moodle's implementation of the database interface layer. There are a large number of implementations of MSSQL, and it would appear that Moodle works with the latest versions.   


by Emma Richardson - Thursday, January 28, 2016, 2:28 AM

Multiple Choice Question

by Jon Bolton - Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 8:13 PM

A multiple-choice question (MCQ) is composed of two parts: a stem that identifies the question or problem, and a set of alternatives or possible answers that contain a key that is the best answer to the question, and a number of distractors that are plausible but incorrect answers to the question.

It is one of the core question types in Moodle.

More information:

Useful reading:

Related Moodle plugins:

Martin Dougiamas


by Martin Dougiamas - Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 7:28 AM
MySQL is the world's most popular open source database, recognized for its speed and reliability.


Ben talking on the phone beside a monitor


by ben reynolds - Friday, May 17, 2013, 3:43 PM

A nickname is a descriptive name given in place of or in addition to the official name of a person, place or thing.

Nickname often denotes the diminutive form of a person's legal first name, or it denotes an alternative for a person's legal first name.

Diminutive: "Ben" for "Benjamin."
Alternative: "ian" for "Choon."

See also, Customised usernames, user profile field, friendly name.

Martin Dougiamas


by Martin Dougiamas - Wednesday, October 1, 2003, 2:25 PM
A Moodle Nightly is built automatically every day from the most recent code, and is available from the download page. It can be useful if you don't have CVS, but you want to try the latest features. It can also contain bugs, since they may not have been well-tested yet.

Martin Langhoff - Sailing

NZVLE Project

by Martín Langhoff - Friday, June 3, 2005, 1:29 PM

NZ Open Source VLE Project is a New Zealand-based project, hosted at

It is helping Moodle adoption as part of a greater project of developing OSS e-learning application software for deployment throughout New Zealands education sector. System integration of portal website framework, lcms, content creation tools and modular toolkit.



by Tom Murdock - Saturday, October 4, 2003, 6:50 AM
A symptom or psychoses prompted by too much Moodling. Oodle-Moodle often manifests itself in relationships that have been stunted while Moodling. Husbands, wives, and children may ask an oodled soul to "step away from the machine" and to communicate once again with hand gestures and verbal cues rather than emoticons.

Might be contagious.


by Helen Foster - Friday, February 26, 2016, 5:01 PM
Short for Original Poster, in other words the person starting the discussion.


by Lionel Redelinghuys - Friday, September 25, 2009, 3:19 PM
A commercial database management system like MS SQL with an Open Source leg.

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