Teaching with technology is transforming classrooms — and improving student outcomes — at a faster pace than ever before. But even as new tools reshape learning, they have yet to fully solve some of the day-to-day challenges facing teachers and faculty. Tasks like managing calendars, creating content and improving workflows continue to steal valuable class time, and while many companies are tackling the issue, I'm very excited to announce that Microsoft, in partnership with certified Moodle partner Remote-Learner, is working to solve it today.
Serving nearly 80 million users — more schools than any other learning management system (LMS) – Moodle has already changed the face of classroom management in 241 countries. Combined with Office 365, which is being embraced in a big way by the education world thanks to its business-class productivity tools and the Office 365 ProPlus benefit, Moodle becomes even more powerful. With new open-source plugins, Office 365 and Moodle work together to bring a better and more productive classroom experience to teachers and students alike — and that's just what educators have been asking for.
Microsoft is committed to open-source software solutions that bring out the best of Office 365, and these open-source Moodle plugins provide a number of game-changing productivity benefits, including:
Easy access. Office 365 username and password now work with Moodle, with no additional credentials to remember. Moodle is now also accessible from the new Office 365 app launcher – meaning it's just a few clicks away from any of your favorite Office 365 apps, like Delve, Outlook , SharePoint and more.
Work offline. Moodle courses can now include Office docs that can be edited on any device — even without an Internet connection.
Mobile friendly. Moodle calendar events can be synced with Office 365 and show up in any mobile device that supports Exchange – including iOS, Android and Windows.
Classroom ready. Teachers and faculty can embed their interactive Office Mix lectures in Moodle courses, manage Moodle assignment submissions through OneNote, and store Moodle course documents on OneDrive.
The new tools will initially be available in English, and, through the worldwide Moodle partner ecosystem, we expect to add more languages — and more features — over time.
Over the years, Microsoft has supported a large and growing community dedicated to ensuring that today's young people are prepared for tomorrow's challenges. This community not only includes teachers, school leaders and government decision-makers, it's also made up of innovative companies who share our vision for education. Our partnership with Remote-Learner is just the latest example of how effective that community can be when we're working toward a common goal.
Here at Microsoft, we've long been committed to transforming education with technology. And with an open source and open standards approach, we are accelerating the kind of innovation that will make a real difference. Along with our partners, we're making classrooms around the globe more productive for teachers and their students so that they can focus on the task at hand: Learning.