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Microsoft integrates with Moodle to bring Office 365 to the classroom

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Microsoft's Open Technologies subsidiary today announced new integration between Office 365 and Moodle, partnering with support and hosting services provider Remote Learner. This partnership brings with it a more productive experience for both teachers and students who use Moodle, affecting credentials, calendar management and course content.

The open source service plugins offered by Microsoft will help bolster the backbone to the experience offered by Remote Learner. OneDrive for Business, OneNote and Office 365 Outlook will integrate with Moodle, enabling students and teachers to log in with the same ID. Microsoft will officially release version 1.0 of this plugin on January 21 at the BETT (British Educational Training and Technology) Show.

See the press release for more details.

New Microsoft Office 365 open source integration with Moodle transforms education technology

LONDON, Jan. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft Open Technologies Inc. (MS Open Tech), a subsidiary of Microsoft Corp., together with leading Moodle partner Remote-Learner.net Inc., on Monday announced integration between Moodle and Microsoft Office 365, bringing a more productive experience to teachers and students by harmonizing login credentials, calendar management and course content creation, in addition to other workflow improvements for education institutions and other Moodle users.

"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."

The open source Office 365 and Microsoft Services plugins for Moodle include integration with OneDrive for Business, OneNote and Office 365 Outlook calendar. The integration allows students and instructors, as well as enterprise users, to sign on to Moodle with the same ID, making single sign-on easier and faster for education institutions and other Moodle users with Office 365 accounts. In addition, events created in Moodle will be stored in teachers' and students' personal Office 365 calendars, enabling them to easily track course events and due dates. Previously, instructors needed to update their Outlook calendars manually, or send event invitations separately to students.

Integration with OneNote enables instructors to create assignments in OneNote, students to complete the assignment in the digital note-taking application and submit their work via Moodle, and instructors to provide feedback in the same OneNote document.

Additional integration between Moodle and Office 365 allows instructors to easily embed interactive online lessons created in PowerPoint with Office Mix through an open format standard. These lessons may contain audio, video, digital ink, interactive simulations or assessments. Documents stored in OneDrive for Business can be associated automatically with Moodle courses. Updates to those documents will appear automatically in links in Moodle, streamlining version control and simplifying integration of content stored in the cloud.

"We are thrilled to be able to work with Microsoft to integrate Moodle with the Office 365 platform. With the Office 365 plugins for Moodle, Microsoft continues to demonstrate its commitment to open source software and education," said Jason Cole, CEO, Remote-Learner. "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.

During the BETT Show, attendees can learn more about the integration of Moodle on Office 365 from Anthony Salcito, vice president of Worldwide Education at Microsoft, who will present a keynote at 2 p.m. GMT on Jan. 21, titled, "The Role of Technology in Transforming Education." Following the keynote, BETT Show attendees are also invited to attend the Learn Live session, "Moodle and Microsoft: Better Together," presented by Jason Cole, CEO at Remote-Learner, and Doug Mahugh, senior technical evangelist at MS Open Tech.

Rich Edmonds
Rich Edmonds

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28 Comments
  • Where is the wp10 and flagship leaks?
  • Can you maybe, just maybe wait for the ACTUAL reveal on wednesday/Thursday (depending on which time zone you are in)
    Seriously you bunch are so annoying
  • Yeah right...they are contented on leaks...they dont want to wait
  • Chill dude! This is not a forum for the anger unmanaged:)
  • No. People just need to grow up and stop annoying the readers and the authors with inappropriate comments.
  • in the near future, children will never learn to write. All they need to know is read.
  • Surely the two go hand in hand?
  • Not necessarily. If keyboards are replacing everything, how will people train their pen/pencil writing?
  • Digitizers 0.o
  • You reminded me of a book called Feed, a SciFi novel, where people don't write only read. Hopefully it doesn't come to that. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feed_(Anderson_novel)
  • May be people will talk via minds.
  • Had to sit through a surprise lecture on noodle when I was a Prof. Boring as f*uck. Pick up a damn book.
  • Moodle is awful. We use it at work and it's not really fit for purpose. Most of the features are there but tucked away somewhere or counter intuitive.
  • That's what I mean. It was billed as "cost effective," but nothing is free. The kids paid with their education being skimmed for the sake of us, who already have multiple degrees, to figure this stuff out. Throw in synchronous distance education while teaching a physical class in front of you and...I decided I didn't want to be the program director of Radiologic Sciences at the institution I was at.
  • I agree but perhaps this means a step towards integration w other CMS and even APIs.
  • I use noodle at school, so I do look forward to this!
  • Windows 10 :'(
  • 2 DAYS. 2 FREAKING DAYS, JUST WAIT FOR IT.
  • My highschool had Moodle for two years, never looked back.
  • I have never heard of this, and from the comments I guess it's not so good.
  • Will never reach Indian Classrooms for ever...... When I was participated in Debate competition with topic "Is smartphones good for students or not" . I was surprised by many students saying no no no . But I went upon to speak something impressive and finally got 2nd prize ...... But many of listeners were just ignoring what I was saying
  • India is 10-15years behind of US in Technology. Isn't it fair?
  • But there is a scope to split the timeframe if government want so. But you know how our government is.
  • u somehow havw to convince the govt to opt for such technology. if the govt supports to integrate applications like one note for studies then its good.
  • Despite your feelings on Moodle, hopefully this will open the gates for integration into Blackboard as well.  I doubt it since they'll probably end up bedding with google, but BB is still the dominant player in this line.  (which is odd, since BB makes me want to vomit when I see what they do with their acquisitions)
  • As someone who relies on Moodle for everything school at the moment this is amazing and will simplify my life so much (hopefully)
  • As a e-Learning constructor, this is a good news.
  • I don't know where I am...     :'(     I'm so alone!!!