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Microsoft teams up with Moodle to transform E-learning

Moodle is a free software, an open source learning platform with comprehensive, customizable and secure learning management features. As an E-learning tool, Moodle has a wide range of standard and innovative features which includes online quizzes, surveys, database systems, glossaries, and more. Today, Microsoft's Open Technologies subsidiary has announced a partnership with the virtual learning tool.

Jean Paoli, president of MS Open Tech, states:

Working closely with Remote-Learner, we’re delivering a technical solution for one of the most popular open source learning management systems that aims to provide seamless workflows for both Moodle and Office 365 users. MS Open Tech will continue taking feedback and maintaining, improving, and adding new features.

This integration between Microsoft Office and Moodle includes OneDrive for Business, OneNote, and Office 365 Outlook calendar which allows students, teachers, and even enterprise users to interact with each other and accomplish tasks in a more coordinated and productive manner. Users will be able to sign in with the same ID, which will be particularly helpful for educational institutions. Events created in Moodle will be stored in teachers’ and students’ personal Office 365 calendars. Moreover, students will be also able to create their assignments in OneNote and be able to view interactive online lessons created in PowerPoint with Office Mix through an open format standard.

Jason Cole, CEO, Remote-Learner was ecstatic about the partnership.:

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. 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.

MS Open Tech will officially kick off version 1.0 of this plugin on Jan. 21 at the BETT Show 2015. Attendees can learn more about the integration of Moodle on Office 365 from Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Worldwide Education at Microsoft, who will present a keynote at 2 pm GMT on Jan. 21, titled “The Role of Technology in Transforming Education.”

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