One of the most interesting things that I saw at BETT 2011 was MOOPLE. Why? because it is trying to do what I hope a future version of a Schools Intranet (eg: National Grid for learning Cymry, SWGfL, Glow etc…) might do. It is using ‘single sign on’ to link a variety of tools via open standards.
MOOPLE - My Open Online Personal Learning Environment - provides users with access to a wide range of tools, technologies and resources. Using Single Sign On technologies via shibboleth.
By doing this MOOPLE allows staff and students to make use of freely available, open source tools and resources as well as those provided commercially. The MOOPLE team work with others to provide users with access to the widest possible range of online tools, technologies and resources that suit their local needs.
Think about this for a minute… The MOOPLE.NET single sign on allows learners to make use of free tools such as Google Apps for Education, Microsoft Live@Edu, MOODLE, Drupal, Wordpress, Aviary and much more.
MOOPLE was launched at BETT 2011 and I look forward to seeing how it develops over the next few months.