A free, customisable USB-run copy of your Moodle to support remote students
As we increasingly use Learning Management Systems like Moodle to deliver online learning to more people, the learning materials we provide to them also becomes increasingly multimodal. Instead of just being able to provide a flat printed booklet, or a couple of PDFs on a CD and calling it a day, the materials we provide are now full of videos, images, audio, interactive activities, quizzes, and so-on to support learning. The spaces we build to support this learning are often carefully scaffolded so learning occurs in a particular sequence and structure.
So if someone who wants to learn doesn't have internet, or can only get online once a week, does this mean they won't have these same opportunities?
Spoodle - Shared Portable Moodle - is a project to develop a lighter, adapted version of Moodle to run directly from a flash drive, which can be loaded with your course materials and provided to the student. This will allow them to access all of your course materials in their full context, with all the related Moodle activities and resources along with it, even when they don't have internet access.
We're hoping this project will help to support students in rural & remote environments with poor or inconsistent internet access, as well as those who may find themselves with limited connectivity due to their work or life commitments.
How to set up and use Spoodle
The section below will cover customising Spoodle to make it look the way you want, some possible uses, and how to add course content to send out to an individual or small group of learners.
Notes about what we changed
While the majority of changes work version to version, there are a few differences in where to find some settings, or their names. To save you a bit of sanity, made a note of these differences and have differentiated setup instructions below.
If you've got the zip file from above - skip to section 5 and have a look at how to customise and import your courses! You're still in the right place.
Mac / Linux Note: So the above are set up for Windows. Everything beyond things specific to setting up the server should adapt with the exact same instructions, so try it and see
Been able to use Spoodle to assist your own students?
Problems with any of the links above?
Thoughts, improvements, feedback, or grand tales to share?
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