Beyond Moodle


Session audio:

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Brenna and Brian have a… complicated relationship with the learning management system.

“Reclaiming Innovation”, EDUCAUSE Review, featured arguments against the LMS. – “this course could be your life” – hybrid learning.

Team communication: Mattermost

Did you know you (anyone with a TRU network ID) can launch open BigBlueButton sessions? — let’s try it out!

WordPress: blogging, websites, content management and almost any other crazy idea we can come up with…

See also, Jamie and Brian’s Summer Camp session on ePortfolios.


Murder, Madness and Mayhem – later, a wide range of Wikipedia-oriented public knowledge activities have since emerged.


MediaWiki: – a locally hosted instance of Mediawiki. Mostly used for documentation, but there is immense power for the collaborative development of learning resources. We have only done a little of that here.

The OpenETC: – “a community of educators, technologists, and designers sharing their expertise to foster and support open infrastructure for the BC post-secondary sector.”

We support a collaborative instance of WordPress. With cloneable “starter sites” intended to offer a running start for new users.

Examples of open practice on the platform. A couple recent conference presentations.

We also support the open source app Sandstorm toolkit at

Etherpad is a particularly useful application. We played with it during the Summer Camp Loom session.

Twine: this is an external tool (though it is open source), and our experience with it is limited. But we are very excited by the potential! This from Cait S. Kirby is a wonderful example of using the medium to promote an empathetic response to our students in time of pandemic.  by Keegan Long-Wheeler is an excellent resource.