An announcement has been made by Microsoft’s Open Technologies subsidiary that a new integration is taking place between Office 365 and Moodle. The new integration is happening due to a partnership with support and hosting services provider, Remote Learner. Both teachers and students will benefit from this new partnership, with effect on calendar management and course content.
Microsoft offers open source plug-ins and these will help improve Remote Learner’s performance. Moodle will be integrated with OneDrive for Business, OneNote and Office 365 Outlook. Students and teachers will be able to log in with the same ID now. The plugin’s version 1.0 will be officially released by Microsoft on 21 January at BETT (British Educational Training and Technology) Show. As mentioned on the company’s official press release, Jean Paoli, president of MS Open Tech, has told, “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. By working closely with the open Moodle community, MS Open Tech will continue taking feedback and maintaining, improving, and adding new features.”
Signing in with the same ID means the process gets easier and faster for all educational institutions and Moodle users who have Office 365 accounts. The events created in Moodle can also be stored in personal Office 365 calendars which will help track course events easily and on time. Instructors will be able to create assignments on OneNote with this new integration and students will be able to submit their OneNote projects via Moodle, and feedback can be given on the same OneNote document. Interactive online lessons, in PowerPoint, also becomes easier with this fresh deal.
The official press release quotes Jason Cole, CEO, Remote-Learner, as “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.” The BETT Show 2015 will take place on 21 January and the released plug-ins will be available for download from Moodle plugins directory via Azure-certified Virtual Machine image and VM Depot.