MoodleNet

Connecting and empowering educators worldwide

A new open social media platform for educators, initially focused on the collaborative curation of collections of open resources. MoodleNet will be an integral part of the Moodle ecosystem, sustainably empowering communities of educators to share and learn from each other to improve the quality of education.

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Foundational principles of MoodleNet

Open

Open Source. Open Pedagogy. Open Content. Open to all educators to discuss, share and work together to build a better future.

Safe

Secure, standards-based, and GDPR-compliant. MoodleNet communities are moderated by you and your peers, not by a single central organisation.

Private

Share as little about yourself as you’re comfortable with, and control who sees what you post, thanks to MoodleNet’s granular privacy controls.

Ethical

Unlike most other platforms, MoodleNet’s business model does not involve selling user data.

Transparent

Built in the open, based on suggestions from the community, with MoodleNet you are welcome to observe and participate in what happens behind the scenes.

Connected

Bringing educators together from around the world, MoodleNet exists to create new connections and strengthen existing ones.

Timeline of MoodleNet's development

Conceive We started by researching our options and came up with a high-level goal for a platform that will be of immediate use to educators. This involved talking to a lot of educators and technologists, and looking to other platforms and services for inspiration.

Plan We then focused on planning how to achieve our high-level goal, deciding on the functionality it should have. We ran a design sprint to ensure we had a coherent plan focused on developing a Minimum Viable Product (MVP). We also hired Mayel, our Technical Architect to ensure that we make the correct technical decisions.

Develop In this phase we developed prototypes and worked with Outlandish on the front-end development. We hired Alex, a backend developer, who built out the crucial plumbing using Elixir.

Iterate This phase was about iterating existing designs and approaches so we could be laser-focused on producing something of value to educators. We onboarded Ivan as our designer and front-end developer, and brought together the front-end and backend development work. We did some early testing around the sign-up process, and re-imagined it to ensure there's no blockers for testing.

Test We launched the first version of MoodleNet to a group of alpha testers in January 2019. We recruited 100 users to test the platform, to rapidly iterate the platform based on their feedback. We'll then give them invites to share with friends and colleagues, meaning we grow organically and sustainably. In addition, we will be working on testing federation so that MoodleNet instances can communicate with one another. This will involve setting up a HQ-run API-as-a-service, which also needs testing.

Launch Once we've tested both the value proposition and federation, we'll double-down on fixing bugs and responding to user needs before opening registrations. During this quarter we aim to develop a plugin to allow users to send collections from MoodleNet to courses in Moodle Core.

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