Moodle – the most popular open source Learning Management System has collaborated with NextCloud along with DeiC, regio iT, the TU Berlin and Univention to bring out the Nextcloud Education Edition.
Nextcloud is free and open source client side software for creating and using file hosting services. It is an actively maintained fork of OwnCloud. Built on the NextCloud 12, the education edition delivers the capabilities which are very much in demand in the educational market like Moodle and Zenodo integration, ORCID authentication, a Dashboard app and many more.
NextCloud Education Edition Apps:
The Nextcloud education edition is a collection of apps available with Nextcloud 12.0.1. Here is a list of all the apps:
- Moodle integration app*
- Zenodo publishing app*
- Dashboard app*
- Circles group handling app*
- Group Folders app
- Announcement center app
- Administrator notifications app
- Quota warning app
- ORCID identification*
- SSO & SAML authentication
The Moodle integration requires installing an app on the Moodle side, adapted from work done by Moodle community members and the University of Muenster. It then offers users the ability to get access to files from Nextcloud, adding, removing or sharing them from within Moodle.
On the occasion of the release of NextCloud Education Edition, Dr. Martin Dougiamas – CEO & Founder of Moodle, commented:
I’m excited about the Moodle integration in Nextcloud as part of the Education Edition. We’re looking forward to co-operate with Nextcloud on deepening the integration and offering a powerful education and research solution to our users.
Whereas, Frank Karlitschek, Managing Director of Nextcloud GmbH, commented:
The need for secure, self hosted cloud collaboration solutions in the educational and research space is growing. The Education Edition positions Nextcloud as the most integration focused solution in this market.
Nextcloud is a suite of client-server software for creating and using file hosting services. It is functionally similar to Dropbox, although Nextcloud is free and open-source, allowing anyone to install and run it on a private server. Nextcloud brings together universal access to data with next-generation secure communication and collaboration capabilities under direct control of IT and integrated with existing compliant infrastructure. Nextcloud’s open, modular architecture, emphasis on security and advanced federation capabilities enable modern enterprises to leverage their existing assets within and across the borders of their organization.