The Moodle Learning System was created by Martin Dougiamas from Australia. Dougiamas believes students learn best when they are able to learn through experiences, so he wanted to create an online environment where students would be able to explore and learn without a teacher telling them exactly what to do. He released the first version of Moodle in August of 2002, and continues to be a major developer of the CMS even today.
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