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Colgate’s Moodle Learning Management System (LMS) provides online resources for academic courses and much more. Moodle is available to faculty, students, and staff at   

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We will be transitioning from Moodle version 2.5 to version 3.0 in June 2016. 

A summary of expected changes is provided in our Moodle - Transition to Moodle 3.0 Document

We will be developing and announcing project details, a new Moodle information website, learning opportunities, and other information here ( as the project develops. 

Please address any questions to Dan Wheeler ( - 228.7742)

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Moodle’s Capabilities

  • Upload and share resources, such as presentations, documents, and data
  • Link to remote resources, such as websites and multimedia files
  • Conduct an online discussion (forum)
  • Manage grades 
  • Create and deploy quizzes
  • Build assignments, pages, labels, and other organic content 
  • Collect assignments and papers
  • Embed YouTube, Vimeo, and other media provider's resources
  • Build simple wikis, blogs, and databases
  • Import documents from Google Docs and DropBox
  • Engage with Moodle's Journal, Survey, and Lesson tools

Thumbnail image of the Colgate University Moodle headerColgate’s Edition of Moodle

Moodle is an open-source software project in use at thousands of sites around the world. Our Moodle 2.5 Liberal Arts Edition is a sub-version of Moodle core developed by the CLAMP (Collaborative Liberal Arts Moodle)*  consortium of liberal arts institutions. Moodle administrators and instructional technologists from across the country meet regularly as part of CLAMP to modify, document, and update Moodle and to discuss the needs of small to moderately sized liberal arts colleges and universities. 

About Moodle and Learning Management Systems

Moodle is a learning management system (LMS). Simply put, Moodle allows you to interact with your students in an organized way. An LMS is designed to help a professor: 
  • Enhance teaching and learning through online resources and activities (pedagogy)
  • Save time and effort (efficiency)
And, yes, these design goals can be at odds. For example, it can take quite some time and effort to learn how to use an LMS. But you might want to use one feature of Moodle to enhance your class discussions (using Moodle forums) and another to save you time when collecting papers (using Moodle Assignments). 

LMS features like a Gradebook can serve multiple purposes — you might use it strictly for yourself to track assignments and calculate your grades, or you might use it to provide feedback to your learners. That student feedback might be throughout the course, letting them track their progress, or just at the end, letting you summarize their grades at the end of the semester. 

Some LMS features are basic — Moodle resources can be uploaded documents or web links. Others are more complex — Moodle activities can provide interactive components or content generation. Additionally, assessments may be performed and feedback provided to students within the Moodle interface. Quizzes are an integral assessment tool. 

Other Moodle components include: RSS feeds, YouTube clips, Google Docs and more. And Moodle is extensible — we just added a Journal Activity in response to a faculty request.