Learning Management Systems

Microsoft Open Tech Integrates Office 365, Moodle

Moodle partner Remote-Learner.net has teamed up with Microsoft Open Technologies to integrate Office 365 with Moodle.

The integration is designed to create "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," according to a news release.

As a result of the integration, single sign-on will be easier for institutions using both Moodle and Office 365 and students and teachers who create events in Moodle will have those events stored in their Office 365 calendars. Teachers will also be able to create assignments in OneNote, where students can complete them, then submit them through Moodle, in turn receiving teacher feedback in the same document.

The integration will also allow "instructors to easily embed interactive online lessons created in PowerPoint with Office Mix through an open format standard," according to information released by the companies. "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 of Remote-Learner, in a prepared statement. "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."

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at jbolkan@gmail.com.

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