Here is a collection of the key terms regularly used in Moodle. Best to learn them now. It will assist your future learning a use of Moodle. One can't learn the concepts without first understanding the words.
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Activities in Moodle are educational things to do. They include, for example: discussing a topic in a forum, writing a journal entry, submitting an assignment, or completing a quiz.
As Far As I Know :)
Short name for Apache HTTP Server Project. This is the web server environment that Moodle was developed in, a freely downloadable Open Source product from Apache Software Foundation.
Gossip: The original name for Apache Server was "A patchy server", but cooler heads prevailed and named it Apache - didn't matter, it worked so well it celebrated its 15th birthday February 2010 and has been the Web's most popular server environment since April of 1996.
Applets are small programs written in Java and embedded within web pages. Most recent browsers can run these small programs if you have Java installed on your computer.
Acceptable Use Policy
This is an acronym that used most commonly in UK schools. It is a policy document that sets out the school's or institution's terms for acceptable use of IT facilities and the Internet.
autonomous system (AS)
An Autonomous system (AS) is a collection of IP networks and routers under the control of one entity (or sometimes more) that presents a common routing policy to the Internet
Benevolent Dictator For Life.
Often the founder and lead developer for open-source software projects. This individual often must make critical decisions in the design of an ongoing project in order to maintain consistency and resolve disputes.
Guido van Rossum, the project leader of Python, is an individual who is often given this label.
Probably the largest commercial competitor to Moodle, Blackboard recently purchased WebCT (10/21/05). Unlike Moodle, Blackboard is basically a commercial, closed source VLE.