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Moodle 2.0 E-Learning Course Development by William Rice

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Chapter 1. A Guided Tour of Moodle

Moodle is a free learning management system that allows you to create powerful, flexible, and engaging online learning experiences. I use the phrase "online learning experiences" instead of "online courses" deliberately. The phrase "online course" often connotes a sequential series of web pages, some images, maybe a few animations, and a quiz, provided online. There might also be some email or bulletin board communication among the teacher and students. However, online learning can be much more engaging than that.

Moodle's name gives you insight into its approach to e-learning. From the official Moodle documentation:

The word Moodle was originally an acronym for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment ...

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