Homeschooling parents who want to teach their child via online classes for free, live with peers and a teacher, along with online materials and resources can use Moodle.
Moodle a free and open-source e-learning software platform. It has a general public license, which means it can be downloaded for free, copied, modified and be used forever by individuals and organizations. It does need to be installed on a web server, so joining a group within Moodle with its own is an option.
During a preliminary search, I discovered the following free homeschool groups within Moodle:
These groups provide homeschoolers with a flexible online curriculum and support. Classes are either led by volunteer homeschool moms and dads or unattended (no teacher). If you have expertise in an area, download the Moodle user guide and add yourself as a teacher. You are ready to share your expertise in an subject area. I saw basic curriculums to more advanced options, including chemistry, composition, literary analysis among others.
Moodle helps manage, monitor and track the educational progress of homeschooling. With it’s versatile plug-ins, possibilities are endless.
My son is able to navigate the site, choose and take online classes, take quizzes, link to specific sites and documents. Some courses are guest access so you cam review prior to signing up. The classes also have audio and/or a text chat system too. As a parent, I can run reports to track my son’s progress.
This collaborative effort between homeschooling families all over the globe and Moodle really brings homeschooling into the future.
Article By Nuria Almeida