[UPDATED] What is Moodle™ LMS?

March 30, 2023

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what-is-moodleWhat is Moodle LMS? Moodle LMS is the world’s most popular and most used learning management system. Why? Because the Moodle Learning Management System is a flexible, open-source, and free-to-download learning management solution. With more than 213 million users and 164,969 Moodle sites deployed worldwide, Moodle is a user-friendly eLearning platform that serves the learning and training needs of people from all types of organizations.

Moodle is an acronym for ‘Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment’ and was originally developed by Martin Dougaimas in 2002. Moodle is 80% more cost-effective, and matches leading competitors' feature for feature. Traditionally an open-source software used by education institutions to provide distance learning for students—Moodle is now used by enterprises around the world for online training and learning. In other words, Moodle provides educators with the technology for online learning in personalized environments that foster interaction, inquiry and collaboration.


How can Moodle be integrated with school, university, or corporate IT systems?

As a highly flexible LMS, Moodle can be used to conduct courses online or to support face-to-face teaching, learning and training. It can also be extended with over 500 plugins for assignments, quizzes, grading, certification, and social and collaborative learning. To learn more about Moodle plugins, visit our Moodle Plugins Guide.

Today, Moodle is used by organizations of all shapes and sizes and in sectors beyond education. In private or public Moodle sites, educators, trainers and employers can create and deliver online courses so their respective audiences can meet and exceed their learning goals. Most commonly, Moodle is used by businesses, corporations, hospitals and non-profits for online learning, training and, in some cases, extended business processes. Here is a brief list of everything we’ve seen Moodle being used for:

  • Compliance Training
  • Onboarding and Related-training
  • Competency-based Training and Management
  • Workplace Safety Training
  • Online Learning and Continued Education Opportunities
  • The Hiring and Interview Process
  • Online Course Development
  • Product and Service Launches
  • Communities of Expertise or Communities of Practice

Moodle can be integrated with online content resource repositories, enterprise solutions for managing course registration, payment and enrolment, course schedules, training resources, compliance management and student or employee records.

Furthermore, Moodle can be installed on any computer that can run PHP and can support an SQL-type database. Moodle runs equally well on Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems.  As such, Moodle can be hosted on a variety of web hosting platforms. For optimal performance and user experience, we recommend managed hosting services because they cost less than on-premise hosting and are customized for your unique Moodle site.


Moodle Statistics

Moodle has been adopted by over 230 countries where Moodle communities thrive. As an open source platform, Moodle users benefit from a global community of developers who are actively engaged in improving the user experience.

Moodle stats Nov 2019 overall


Top 10 Countries by Registrants

Moodle status Nov 2019 top 10 countries


Version Used

Moodle Version used


Last updated: November 1, 2019.

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