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The history of Moodle – A timeline of key events

Today, Moodle celebrates its 18th birthday. To commemorate the birthday of the platform which has had such a profound effect on the lives of people around the world, we thought we would take a journey through the history of Moodle. Starting from its first inception in 1999, through to where Moodle stands today in 2020. 

  • 1999

    Martin Dougiamas begins working on early prototypes of a new LMS. This would later become Moodle. 

  • 2001

    After continued research, the first ever Moodle site was created at Curtan University. In November, Martin publishes the first ever post on Moodle.com. 

  • 2002

    In August of 2002, just a month after the creation of the Moodle Tracker, Moodle v1.0 is released. 

  • 2003

    Moodle.org is created, which would later become the community arm of Moodle.

  • 2004

    The first ever MoodleMoot is hosted in Oxford - £15 for admission and cake! 

  • 2005

    Moodle HQ moves to its first permanent residence at Richardson St, West Perth. At a Spanish MoodleMoot the same year, the Mojito is adopted as the official drink. 

  • 2008

    Moodle continued growing from strength to strength, and by 2008 had established itself as the dominant LMS, winning multiple awards and registering over half a million users. 

  • 2010

    Just two years after hitting half a million registered users, Moodle reaches a new milestone with 1 million users. In November, the long awaited Moodle v2.0 is released. 

  • 2013

    The Moodle Mobile App is released. Later that year in November, the first ever Moodle MOOC was held. 

  • 2015

    Moodle Cloud is introduced. 

  • 2017

    Moodle reaches another incredible milestone. Years of exponential growth sees Moodle hit over 100 million registered users. In recognition of Titus' commitment to the Moodle project, we are named a Certified Moodle Partner. 

  • 2019

    Moodle Workplace is announced at the Learning Technologies conference and released later that year. 

  • 2020

    Titus is announced as one of the first ever Certified Premium Moodle Partners. Now in August we celebrate Moodle's 18th birthday, registered Moodle users stands at an incredible 221 million. 

There we have it, 21 years of Moodle history condensed into 13 brief bullet points. There’s of course so much more that has happened between each point that we could mention, but we wanted to cover just the highlights. Finally, we wanted to say how incredibly proud we are to be a part of this journey. From everyone at Titus, Happy Birthday Moodle! 

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