Principles underpinning Project MoodleNet: 5. ‘Transparent’

Transparent (CC BY-ND Bryan Mathers)

The principles underpinning Project MoodleNet are:

  1. Open
  2. Safe
  3. Private
  4. Ethical
  5. Transparent
  6. Connecte​d

But what do these mean in practice? In this fifth of a series of posts, we explore what ‘transparent’ means as regards this project.

Whether in the media or in our own organisations, we’ve all experienced calls for ‘greater transparency’. This is usually an encouragement for those with the necessary power to increase the frequency or quality of communication with those to whom they’re accountable.

As Wikipedia puts it:

“Transparency is operating in such a way that it is easy for others to see what actions are performed. It has been defined simply as “the perceived quality of intentionally shared information from a sender”.”

In the first post of this series on the principle of openness, we explored open as an ‘attitude’. When it comes to the transparency of Project MoodleNet, this involves two factors:

  1. Sharing information about the status and decision-making of the project while it is being built
  2. Being open and honest with users about the ways their data is being used once the project is up-and-running

Right now, we’re being as open and transparent as possible about the project as it’s being scoped out. There are some things (for example project risks) which we may choose to limit to Moodle HQ, but we are defaulting to sharing everything as quickly and openly as possible.

The canonical URL for this project is By this we mean that this is the project’s home, and that you should be able to navigate to every part of it from that link. In addition, we are endeavouring to make this project as ‘legible’ as possible, in the sense that we want it to be easy to keep up-to-date with progress. There are a number of ways of doing this, including this blog, a Telegram channel, and a discussion forum, all linked to from the web address given above.

Ultimately, the success of Project MoodleNet depends on Moodle’s competitive advantage around working closely with partners and community members in an open, transparent trusted way. We are confident that doing so will build trust and increase the chances of project success.