On Monday January 19, Microsoft announced the integration of Moodle and Office 365, working with leading Moodle partner Remote-Learner. This announcement transforms education technology, by bringing a more productive experience to both teachers and students.
"Working closely with Remote-Learner, we're delivering a technical solution for one of the most popular open source learning management systems that aims to provide seamless workflows for both Moodle and Office 365 users,” said Jean Paoli, president of MS Open Tech. “By working closely with the open Moodle community, MS Open Tech will continue taking feedback and maintaining, improving, and adding new features.”
Some key improvements include:
- Allowing students and teachers to sign in to Moodle with the same ID, making single sign-on easier and faster for schools.
- Events created in Moodle will be automatically stored on teachers' and students' personal Office 365 calendars, enabling easy tracking of course events and due dates.
- Making it easier for teachers to embed interactive online lessons created in PowerPoint with OfficeMix through an open format standard.
- Documents stored in OneDrive for Business can be associated automatically with Moodle courses. Updates to those documents appear automatically in links in Moodle which streamlines version control and simplifies the integration of content stored in the cloud.
- Teachers are now able to create assignments in OneNote, have students submit their work via Moodle, and then provide feedback on the student's work in the same OneNote document.
Jason Cole, CEO of Remote-Learner says, “Educators and trainers who have both Moodle and Office 365 create new learning experiences that leverage the power of both platforms. Moodle administrators can deploy these new features knowing they have the support of both Microsoft and the Moodle Partner community.”
On Jan. 21 at the BETT Show 2015, MS Open Tech will officially release version 1.0 of this project, which kicked off last September, on GitHub under GPLv3. The plugins will also be available for download from the Moodle plugins directory, via Azure-certified Virtual Machine image and VM Depot.