Scholars Online Moodle Distance Learning Environment

Scholars Online uses an open source course management system called a Moodle (Modular Object-Oriented Distance Learning Environment). This teacher-designed package provides an integrated secure environment with most of the functions that we need for a distance-learning community. It includes course organization areas where teachers can list chats links, post and collect assignments, set up quizzes, record grades, link in outside resources, mail notices to course participants, foster communication between students with individual class or even class session forums, or add wikis and glossaries.

Students have individualized home pages in the Moodle, listing their own courses and links to their teachers. The calendar on this page contains all scheduled events for the student's clases, including quizzes and assignment due dates.

The Moodle has a world-wide user base, including an increasing number of colleges and universities in the United States. As with all open source software, it is platform-independent, easily configurable, and its community of users are constantly adding new functionality, so our website chat, bulletin board, messaging, and database features can grow as we do. The only software required by student or teacher is a recent version of a common browser.

The Scholars Online Server

Our Moodle is securely hosted on a dedicated Linux server located in the Westin Building in downtown Seattle, currently the communications hub for the entire Pacific Northwest. Because of its importance, the hub has emergency power generators in the event of a city-wide electrical failure. Servers are connected directly by multiple fiber runs to the Seattle Internet Exchange. Our domain server is supported by NuOz/Northwest Nexus, an ISP that has been serving the Puget Sound area since 1987. NoOz supplies 7x24 performance and security monitoring, firewall protection, daily incremental and weekly full backups, and an on-site staff of exceptionally accommodating Information Technology professionals that designed and configured the Scholars Online server to meet our specific needs.

Scholars Online is accredited by AdvancED and the Northwest Accreditation Commission.