Moodle is a self-hosted and open source platform. Moodle supports integration through its Core APIs and through the LTI standard (including the LTI 1.3 and the LTI Advantage specifications).
Like other LMSs, Moodle has APIs that developers can access by integrating their product. However, developers can only access Moodle's Core APIs can only be accessed through the installation of a plugin.
Moodle requires edtech developers to write a plugin that allows the app to interface with a Moodle environment. Thus plugin must be written in PHP and manually installed in a school's Moodle instance by the Moodle administrator.
Self-Hosted Moodle Environments
Moodle environments are self-hosted by education insitutions. Thus, IT administrators must push updates to Moodle installations. If an administrator does not make regular updates, it can affect the compatibility of an edtech product with the LMS. This can cause problems if the installed Moodle environment does not support the most up-to-date version of LTI or set of Core APIs.
These challenges are just a subset of some of the issues edtech develoeprs could run into while integrating with Moodle.
Read More on Moodle:
Read these other articles we've written on Moodle and integrations.
- How to Create a Moodle Integration
- Edtech Vendors Can Stay Ahead with LMS Integrations
- What are API Integrations for LMSs
- What is “LTI Integration”?
- Rostering Students and Teachers in Your App: What Are Your Options?
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