Moodlerooms Integrates Google Features with Moodle

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Moodlerooms, Inc., a global organization that offers optimized solutions that make online teaching and learning effective, accessible and affordable using the increasingly popular open-source online learning system Moodle, has teamed up with Google to develop an integration that allows Moodle users to access Google Apps™ Education Edition from Moodle using a single sign on (SSO).

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Moodlerooms, Inc., a global organization that offers optimized solutions that make online teaching and learning effective, accessible and affordable using the increasingly popular open-source online learning system Moodle, has teamed up with Google to develop an integration that allows Moodle users to access Google Apps™ Education Edition from Moodle using a single sign on (SSO).

Many schools are facing the challenge of how to implement or scale a campus-wide e-mail and documentation suite as older desktop-based suites give way to collaborative Web-based systems. Managing user names and passwords and deeper integrations with authentication and enrollment systems is challenging, especially for schools and institutions with tight deadlines, limited IT staff and decreasing budgets.

"This integration means that schools and institutions need only load their users into Moodle, and the integration will automatically load these users into their Google Apps Education Edition, providing users with Web-based e-mail, document authoring, spreadsheets, presentations and sites, all integrated with their online learning platform. This greatly simplifies the task of implementing a collaborative suite, as well as enables institutions to leverage the work they've already done integrating their platforms with their other systems," explains Michael Penney, managing director for Moodlerooms' West Coast office, where all programming and customization work is done. "From a teacher's perspective, this provides an easy way to assign students to collaborative tasks without having to worry about the students having different operating systems or incompatible software or being unable to access an online system. From an IT staffer or CIO's perspective, this provides an integration tested with large-scale data loads and built on industry standard SAML 2.0 and OAuth protocols for secure single sign on and information transfer."

Moodlerooms currently provides Moodle solutions to educational institutions, nonprofits and corporations of all sizes across the country. Many districts and university systems are looking for an easy way to increase and improve students' collaboration via Web-based tools like Moodle and Google Apps. Currently, Centro Latino for Literacy and Project KNOTtT (Kansas, Nevada, Ohio and Texas Transition to Teaching) are piloting the Google integration before it is officially released.

Centro Latino, a nonprofit organization in Los Angeles that provides Spanish literacy courses to adults in the LA area, will provide Google Apps e-mail accounts to the new readers as well as use Google Docs™ to collaborate internally, which they can access easily from Centro Latino's Moodle platform. Moodlerooms built Centro Latino's Moodle site with a custom multimedia display module, which can display Flash-based literacy courses in Moodle, as well as a custom theme that makes it possible to navigate the lessons without requiring reading skills.

Project KNOTtT, a consortium of colleges and universities in Kansas, Nevada, Ohio and Texas that recently received funding to develop a system to address the common needs of the consortium's teacher preparation program, is using the Google Apps integration to strengthen their internal communication and share documents, spreadsheets and mail among their team.

About Moodle http://www.moodle.org(http://www.moodle.org):
"Moodle" is both an acronym (Modular Object Oriented Development Learning Environment) and a verb (creatively meander through the various activities of a course; tinker towards insight and creativity). Moodle is a global movement, used in over 199 countries and translated into 78 languages, with a community of thousands of educators and developers working together to continually improve Moodle and online learning, as well as promote pedagogically-sound education tools.

About Moodlerooms http://www.moodlerooms.com (http://www.moodlerooms.com):
Moodlerooms provides essential technical solutions, including implementation, training, maintenance and customization, to make it possible for schools and organizations of all sizes to affordably and efficiently implement and facilitate a successful online learning experience.

Google, Google Apps, Gmail, Google Talk, Google Calendar, Google Docs, Google Sites and Google Video are trademarks of Google Inc.

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