I was just reading through Mike’s piece on virtual conferences and, while it’s in a slightly different space, I was reminded of Moodle. Moodle is a free, open source course management and webinar-production platform. We’ve written about it before on the OStatic blog, and some web workers may find it of interest as a way to reach large online audiences for interactive events on topics ranging from marketing to tutorials.
Among many universities that use Moodle to deliver online courses, U.C. Berkeley offers Moodle-based, free online courses and lectures. It’s also used for e-learning purposes on over 40,000 web sites.
As Bob Walsh noted here a while back, Moodle is particularly flexible as a training tool, and has been used to generate revenues in various ways for web sites and blogs. Because it’s open source, Moodle also has a constantly updated library of plugins that extend its capabilities. You can get a sense for how very frequently the community updates Moodle at the download page.
One of the best things about Moodle is that it is not a one-trick pony. You can produce podcasts with it, include videos in online events, or deliver online presentations. If you’re a web worker interested in new media methods for reaching audiences, check Moodle out.