I tried a different kind of Moodle training today at the PNAIS TechShare conference. Leading a session on Installing and Managing Moodle, I decided to try for a proof of concept activity, much like we did a couple of years ago with K12LTSP. I set up my own Linux server for the first time (Ubuntu, in case you are wondering) and created a local account for each workshop participant. I then led them step by step through installing Moodle from scratch, including downloading it using wget, creating a database using phpMyAdmin, and editing the Moodle config.php file using nano. Nearly everyone made it within 75 minutes! By the end of the session, we had a dozen Moodle sites and a few disgruntled participants! In retrospect, I wonder whether it was the best use of our time, since it turned out that most of the participants run IIS web servers and would have benefited from more work on the admin menu options. However, it certainly proved that Moodle is pretty darn easy to install and configure!
Moodle By Fire
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