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A. What is Moodle?

Here is how Moodle is described on the Moodle website: “Moodle is a Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It is a free web application that educators can use to create effective online learning sites.” (

In other words, it is an application which allows you to create online activities for your students, store materials for them, manage your student’s grades, etc. Essentially, Moodle is a tool which enables you to create a website environment for your class.
Importantly, although the application itself is free, in order to work it needs to be installed on a web server. Therefore, you will need your school to agree to put Moodle on their web server, and you will need a technician’s help for this.

B. Why would I want to use Moodle in my classroom?

Because it appeals to the students – usually it’s part of their world.
Because it is adaptable enough to be used with all ages of students (from primary education to adult education and training) and all learner types (audio, visual, learning by doing).
Because it is flexible: it allows you to use it in any way you feel comfortable with.
Because Virtual Learning Environments, such as Moodle, are easy, free, and relatively safe to use.
Because it is a relatively simple way of bringing (authentic) material into the classroom.
Because it is based on pedagogical principles (specifically social constructionism; cf.
Because it allows your students to learn creatively and learn from their peers.
Because this is a place which allows you to bring together in a single site various online tools that you already use (or would like to use).
    Because it is available in different languages

To find out more what Moodle looks like and what you can do with it, go to section C: A guide through some basic features of Moodle.

Just like with any other tool that you use in your classroom, you need to keep the pedagogical considerations in mind (e.g. learning objectives, authenticity, etc.). To explore these in more detail visit section D. Pedagogical considerations.

To find out about the necessary technical support, go to section E. Organizational issues.

This initiative is carried out within the framework of a cooperation agreement between the European Centre for Modern Languages and the European Commission, entitled INNOVATIVE METHODOLOGIES AND ASSESSMENT IN LANGUAGE LEARNING