Want to use Moodle without internet to support remote students? Check out Updated Spoodle Project #Moodle

Do you want to teach online using Moodle to the students who are geographically distant with very poor internet connectivity? Have you ever wondered how you can use Moodle for the second world countries where internet access is still a privilege and still a majority of population in the world is deprived of internet? So, how you can extend the opportunity for learning to the students in those countries?

Last year, we posted about the Shared Portable Moodle : Spoodle – The free, customisable USB-run copy of your Moodle to support remote students. Recently, Spoodle project has been updated and improved for Moodle 3.3 with a support for Boost theme. Few days ago, Stephen Grono, School of Education University of New England, Armidale, – the person behind Spoodle, shared the details of the changes in the new version of Spoodle with MoodleWorld team.

Spoodle project is very similar to Moodlebox project and the functionality it provides. MoodleBox gives you the advantage of running Moodle on a Raspberry Pi and can be used in a classroom without internet access with its own network. Spoodle provides the flexibility to help students access course content more often, including all the activities within Moodle like formative quizzes to help them reflect on their learning.

What is Spoodle Project:

According to Steve, the Spoodle project is:

Spoodle – Shared Portable Moodle – is a project to develop a lighter, adapted version of Moodle to run directly from a flash drive, which can be loaded with your course materials and provided to the student. This will allow them to get access to all of your course materials in their full context, with all the related Moodle activities and resources along with it, even when they don’t have internet access.

Steve had also prepared a setup videos for Spoodle. Check them out below:

You can download Spoodle based on Moodle 3.3 to Moodle 2.7 version through Steve’s MoodleCloud website here. The instructions to setup and how to use Spoodle are mentioned here.

Are you going to use Spoodle for discontinued learning to your internet deprived students? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

Jaswinder Singh

Jaswinder Singh, passionate about using Moodle in improving the Indian Education System and reaching the students in far flung areas where still education seems to be a impossible prospect of life. He is the author of the popular Moodle Book "How to use Moodle 2.7". In October 2016, Jaswinder was elected as the Moodle User's Association Committee member - the first to make it from India.

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