Kineo and Moodle
At Kineo we are strong believers in open source software and the benefits that it can offer our clients. We have been firm advocates of Moodle and other open source software since our inception. Our websites are built with open source tools and we run Sugar CRM to manage our sales activities, including our monthly newsletter.
Moodle is a software package for creating online learning platforms, which is used globally by tens of thousands of organisations.
The use of open source software is growing across the software world and you may already use open source software such as:
Moodle has grown in popularity over recent years and despite starting in the education sector, it has increasingly been adopted by corporate organisations. The latest survey by the E-Learning Guild revealed that it was the most used Learning Management System (LMS) by corporations of all sizes in America.
Advocating Moodle for Corporate as well as Educational Use
At Kineo we are firm advocates of open source software in the corporate sector. We believe that Moodle LMS solutions can offer a great many benefits to our corporate clients, not least: license-free core code, a wide range of robust functionality and a scalable solution. Many Moodle sites have hundreds of thousands of users. We have developed, deployed and maintain customised Moodle LMS solutions for over 50 clients including Nikon, UK Ministry of Justice, Cable&Wireless, McDonald's, Virgin Media, BAT and BP.
A criticism we often hear about Moodle is that it was developed for educational institutions and doesn't work so well for corporate organisations. We have worked with our corporate clients to identify where adjustments need to be made to make Moodle work better for them. As a consequence, we have developed a series of Moodle Enterprise modules designed to meet corporate requirements, which we can plug in to Moodle to effectively create an Enterprise Moodle. In 2010, we also partnered and developed Totara LMS, a distribution of Moodle, for enterprises designed to meet corporate requirements.
The Moodle core code is developed, enhanced and maintained by the Moodle core development team, led by Martin Dougiamas. They do a fantastic job and are supported by Moodle Partners in different countries, who make a financial contribution to Moodle's ongoing development. Moodle Partner status has been awarded to organisations operating in specific countries and can restrict Moodle Partners operating globally. At Kineo we are focused on supporting our corporate clients globally as this is often a critical requirement in this sector. We are not, therefore, a Moodle Partner but we are committed to the success of Moodle and contribute in the following ways: