Microsoft Open Technologies, a subsidiary of Microsoft, has partnered with Remote-Learner.net to integrate Office 365 with open-source learning platform Moodle.
Microsoft plans to offer Office 365 and Microsoft Services plugins to integrate OneDrive for Business, OneNote, and Office 365 Outlook calendar with Remote-Learner.net's Moodle, allowing teachers and students a single sign-on for all services. Plus, the events created in Moodle will automatically store information in teachers' and students' personal Office 365 calendars, allowing them to keep track of their courses and due dates.
Moodle has been around for 13 years and it offers a highly customizable and secure learning environment with things like online quizzes, surveys, forums, instant messaging, glossaries, and more.
Integration with OneNote enables instructors to create assignments in OneNote. Students, meanwhile, can complete the assignment in the digital note-taking application, submit their work back to the teachers, and get feedback from instructors in the same OneNote document.
Microsoft will formally introduce the new integration at the BETT Show 2015, an electronic learning conference taking place in London this week. MS Open Tech will officially release version 1.0 of this project on GitHub under GPLv3. The plugins will also be available for download from the Moodle plugins directory, via Azure-certified Virtual Machine image and VM Depot.