Moodle ALA Online Learning (Continuing Education)


Some ALA divisions and offices offer asynchronous continuing education courses to ALA members.  The ALA Online Learning (Continuing Education) site is located at and is configured with an open source Learning Management System called Moodle.  More information about Moodle can be found at

Instructional materials for Moodle can be located at

Download a PDF of the excellent bookUsing Moodle- Teaching with the Popular Open Source Course Management System by Jason Cole and Helen Foster is published by O'Reilly as part of the Community Press series.  A copy of this book is also available in the Chicago Headquarters Network S: Drive at S:\Share\Moodle\Manual.  The book is 6 MB.  When you need a little more explanation then available on Moodle Docs this is the best resource.

ALA program officers are responsible for learning Moodle from the resources mentioned in the About section above so that they can collaborate with and support their instructors.  All decisions about how to utlilize ALA's Moodle installation is handled at the individual unit level within their own unit category.  Each unit that offers Moodle courses has their own category on and it is the responsibility of the unit to identify to ITTS who within the unit should administer their category area and act as subject matter expert (SME) for their courses.  These identified SMEs will all be added to a Sympa Email List called

News about ALA Online Learning

A course has been created called News about ALA Online Learning  on within the the Faculty and Program Officers category.  

This course is for all ALA Online Learning Teachers and Staff Program Officers to learn about and share information about existing and new features on our Moodle site. The teachers of this course are ITTS Moodle Admins, Pamela Akins and Rob Berquist so we can have a channel of communication with those who are involved in adding and maintaining content on the site.

All ALA Program officers and teachers should be enrolled.  Program officers should make sure that new teachers are enrolled in this course before they begin to create courses or modify existing courses on this site.  The enrollment key for this course is aware.

Strategies for repurposing course content and/or cloning courses

Attached below please find a document that outlines some common practices for reusing existing Moodle courses and content. This document assumes that the reader is already familiar with Moodle.