Information for teachers
This www.freemoodle.org site is a completely free site for hosting your Moodle courses (provided they are open for anyone in the world to access).
Before you request a free course here, please read:
You may wonder why hosting your courses here is preferable to using other free hosting options? There are six main reasons:
- Many free Moodle hosting sites are in reality a 'marketing tool', and can disappear as quickly as they appear! If you have read the two links above you will realise that is not the case with FreeMoodle.org, and this site will be here as long as Moodle is
- FreeMoodle.org is financially secure and supported by HRDNZ (Moodle Partner since 2006). HRDNZ make many contributions to the Moodle community including running the MCCC (Moodle Course Creator Certificate) and our staff are rated by the community on Moodle.org as PHM's (Particulraly Helpful Moodlers).
- As an experienced and knowledgeable Moodle Partner we ensure this site is always up-to-date, and secure using the latest stable release of Moodle.
- FreeMoodle.org is the only multilingual free hosting site - with support currently available in English, Spanish, German, Greek, and French through the teacher community forums.
- FreeMoodle.org categories are synchronised with MOOCH (the MOOdle Commmunity Hub), allowing your courses to be published, listed, searched and shared globally.
- Our mission is simply "...you can change the world for the better through education!" and long-term we want this site to have as much impact as YouTube or Wikipedia.
Please read the following regarding this free service:
- Your courses should be useful and up-to-date
- All courses and their content are your property and responsibilty not ours (see licensing below). We provide the hardware, software, upgrades, networking, support and knowledge to ensure everything runs smoothly.
There are some restrictions regarding free courses here, including:
- There is no charge to host your course here provided the course is provided to others for free
(charging for courses on this site is not possible)
- You cannot use this site as free Moodle hosting for your organisations private (closed) courses - although you can provide a free course similar to the paid courses you might provide elsewhere
- This service is not available for religious content
- There is a 5Mb file limit (files bigger than this may not be uploaded)
This condition may be increased in the future.
- We ask that you keep total course size to less than 100Mb where possible
You can do this by embedding movies hosted on YouTube, linking to files available on Slideshare, and other similar services for example.
- Courses are currently set to allow a maximum of 100 users.
Please respect this limit.
- We cannot teach you how to use Moodle on ths site.
If you wish to develop your knowledge and skills using Moodle see http://www.moodlebites.com for some great courses
Alternatively contact your closest Moodle Partner.
- This is a 'minimum support service' - to keep administration to a minimum. If you have questions please use the teacher community forums.
- Your course can be facilitated (e.g. you answer forums posts) or self-study (where you do not engage directly with participants).
We advise you to make this clear at the beginning in your course information.
With advanced skills in Moodle you can design your course in such a way as to keep your own learners separate from the public learners
- This site uses a standard Moodle 2.x installation.
3rd party plugin modules are not generally supported, and will not be installed (a single exception at this time is the Certificate module).
This is so you can backup your course and move it to another Moodle Moodle site whenever you wish.
- The site is upgraded every 6 months or when a new stable version of Moodle is released. A forum post is given on the front page of the site notifying of any downtime required.
- Our servers are 64-bit linux systems and use best-practice security, virus checking, etc.
- Courses are backed up once per week.
We keep 4 copies, and the oldest is then deleted.
Some example uses of this site:
- You want to create a course that just helps people, examples might include:
- Learning a new language
- How to stop smoking
- The wonders of the solar system
- Basic maths
- Self-help topics such as time management
- ... you get the idea! In fact almost anything is OK
- Please bear in mind the underlying philosophy here...
"To provide educators and learners opportunities to change the world for the better through access to free education using Moodle"
FreeMoodle.org sets a default licence of 'All rights reserved' for the content you create in courses. However, this is just a default.
Facilitators and Teachers are the owners of Courses here, so it's completely up to you which licence(s) you apply. Here is a brief description of each licence, and a link to further information:
- All rights reserved
- This indicates that the copyright holder (the teacher(s) creating the course reserves the rights provided by copyright law, such as distribution and creation of derivative works.
- All rights reserved full definition on Wikipedia
- Creative Commons
- This licence gives others the right to share, copy, distribute and transmit the work and to adapt the work, and to make commercial use of the work.
- Creative Commons summary definition on CreativeCommons.org
- Creative Commons - NoDerivs
- This licence gives others the right to share, copy, distribute and transmit the work to make commercial use of the work (but not to adapt it).
- Creative Commons - NoDerivs summary definition on CreativeCommons.org
- Creative Commons - No Commercial - NoDerivs
- This licence gives others the right to share, copy, distribute and transmit the work (but not to adapt it, or use it for commercial use).
- Creative Commons - No Commercial - NoDerivs summary definition on CreativeCommons.org
- Creative Commons - No Commercial
- This licence gives others the right to share, copy, distribute and transmit the work, and to adapt the work (but not for commercial use).
- Creative Commons - No Commercial summary definition on CreativeCommons.org
- Creative Commons - No Commercial ShareAlike
- This licence gives others the right to share, copy, distribute and transmit the work, and to adapt the work (but not for commercial use), but must distribute the resulting work under the same or similar license.
- Creative Commons - No Commercial ShareAlike summary definition on CreativeCommons.org
- Creative Commons - ShareAlike
- This licence gives others the right to share, copy, distribute and transmit the work, and to adapt the work. This can be for commercial use, but must distribute the resulting work under the same or similar license.
- Creative Commons - ShareAlike summary definition on CreativeCommons.org
Q "Can I use a course here as a 'loss leader' - and encourage students to visit my site to purchase courses later?"
A "Yes, although your course on freemoodle.org should be useful and valuable for students in it's own right (not just a teaser for your paid courses). If you want to do this, we request that you provide a link at the end of your course."
Q "Can I charge for courses here?"
A "No. We recommend using a Moodle Partner in your country, or nearby, for paid course hosting."
Q "Can I use my course with my class for real?"
A "Yes, of course you can (we expect that many courses will be real). As long as you don't mind others accessing your course as well "
Q "How long will my course be available?"
A "For as long as this site exists! There is a requirement that your course is available for at least two years (this is to avoid people trying to use it for commercial hosting)."
More Q and A examples coming soon...