Customizing Moodle for Language Learning*
CALICO 2011 Conference
Victoria, BC

Sponsored by the Language Teaching and Learning Technologies SIG


Many CALL specialists are attracted to the open-source Learning Management System (LMS) known as Moodle, or Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment. Designed to facilitate collaboration, Moodle offers flexibility as well as the possibility of incorporating multimedia. The panel members, all expert practitioners of Moodle, describe and demonstrate the ways in which they have been able to customize Moodle to achieve their pedagogical goals.

Chair, Courseware SIG:
Lisa Frumkes
Apex Learning
LisaF at

Claire Bradin Siskin
Excelsior College
csiskin at

Scott Brill
University of Arizona
brill at

The University of Arizona Critical Languages Series Online: Multimedia Courseware for Less Commonly Taught Languages


Thomas Robb
Kyoto Sangyo University
trobb at
Adaptation through Module Modification

Jeff Nelson
Washington State University
jtnelson at

Moodle Makeover

Presentation slides:

Carly Born
Carleton College
cborn at
Moodle Language Lab
Additional Resources:
Moodle Home Page main website for Moodle
Creative Ideas for Language Learning with Moodle blog of Oxford University Press
Using Moodle in Foreign Language Courses video by Mary Cooch
Moodle for Language Teaching Forum discussion forum
"Are you ready to Moodle?"

article by Klaus Brandl
Moodle 1.9 for Second Language Teaching book by Jeff Stanford
Moodleflair "site for language teachers who want to play with Moodle"
Moodle Modules by Paul Daniels
Moodle Makeover by Ian Wild
PoodLL open source language laboratory

*Panel discussion presented at the CALICO 2011 Conference in Victoria, BC, on May 21, 2011.

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