After thinking a lot about the shortcomings of using a public community board like phpBB for university class use, I am now considering using Moodle, mainly because it is secure. I can give the students a one-time initial invitee password to get in and we can set up classrooms etc. This would totally circumvent all the unwanted outsiders dropping in with their pornography, and gambling links, spam etc.
One of the the new teachers at my university in korea -( who incidentally is just completing his M.Ed at USQ too, but didn't do FET8611, only the Internet-based langauge learning courses) - has just shown me his student site. I will check out what he is doing.
I actually thought that Moodle cost money _ I guess I assumed that a big university like USQ wouldn't be using a free piece of software for academic courses...
So I hadn't considered it for personal use a teacher.
But yes, it's free...
Welcome to Moodle!
"Moodle is a course management system (CMS) - a free, Open Source software package designed using sound pedagogical principles, to help educators create effective online learning communities. You can download and use it on any computer you have handy (including webhosts), yet it can scale from a single-teacher site to a University with 200,000 students".