Moodle in top 10 of Learning Tools

Every year there is a crowd sourced list of the Top 100 Tools for learning curated by Jane Hart of the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies (C4LPT), and this week the 2011 list was finalised. 531 learning professionals worldwide submitted their top 10 tools and hence the top 100 list was created.

Moodle finished at number 8 with its best showing for the last 5 years where it was 10th, 14th, 9th, 12th and now 8th. Two other Course Management Systems appear further down in the top 100, at 58th and 89th respectively.

So what tops the list?

The top 10 tools in 2011 are:

  1. Twitter
  2. YouTube
  3. GoogleDocs
  4. Skype
  5. WordPress
  6. Dropbox
  7. Prezi
  8. Moodle
  9. Slideshare
  10. EDU Glogster

So one thing that immediately jumped out at me about the list was that there are working integrations with these other tools and Moodle.

Twitter
There is a recently updated Twitter Search block available for Moodle 2

YouTube
It is so easy to use YouTube as a source repository for content in Moodle by using the new repository integrations.

GoogleDocs
The repository and portfolio integrations with GoogleDocs makes both teachers and students lives much easier when working with these online tools.

Skype
There is a Skype integration Module for Moodle in the Modules and Plugin database

WordPress
Although Moodle could always import an RSS feed in a block, the blogging tool in Moodle can now pull the feed into it as blog posts improving the experience.

Dropbox
There is an excellent repository integration available out of the box now for those who want to use the external file management system.

Prezi
You have long been able to use the embed code from Prezi to embed the presentation into a page in Moodle.

Slideshare
You have long been able to use the embed code from Slideshare to embed a slides into a page in Moodle.

EDU Glogster
It is possible to embed the iframe code from Glogster into Moodle.

As I mentioned in the presentation in New Zealand Moodlemoot 2011, Moodle has become part of the larger learning ecosystem, where learning and interactions happen lots of places not just in the Course Management System. The availability of integrations between these systems and Moodle helps further strengthens the overall ecosystem with teachers and students being able to use whichever is the best tool and pull the output right into Moodle when appropriate.

Be sure to check out the rest of the list and see how many of the tools you use now!

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