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Moodle™ is the most widely used online learning system in the world today. It is an open-source web application used by educators and learning and development professionals to create and deliver online learning. Moodle™ has a feature rich environment that supports all forms of online culture, ranging from personalized learning to social learning,while being in a collaborative learning environment.
Moodle™ is an open source software used by education institutions as well as enterprises around the world to provide online training to the learners. It can also be used to conduct courses online or to provide face-to-face teaching, learning and training. Moodle™ has the potential to be extended with over 500 plugins for carrying out different types of assignments, quizzes, grading, certification, and social and collaborative learning.
No matter you are an administrator, course creator, educator or learner, Moodle™ has an intuitive dashboard and a graphical user interface that makes teaching, learning and using it easy. For example, to make things interesting, you add a quiz in a given topic by choosing it from the list of activities under the activity menu. Besides, there are icons that are specifically created to help the Moodle™ admin understand the nuances of course creation better. E.g. – the eye icon hides and unhides a particular resource or activity. The up icon moves a resource or activity within the lesson up. It means you don’t need to be a programmer to use Moodle™. Just invest some time to familiarize yourself with the navigation and you’ll be a pro in the Moodle™ environment.
Moodle™ comes with an endless list of resources, features and activities. To start with, it has block elements like calendar, student activities and text activities like chat, forum and wikis. Moodle™ is compatible on all operating systems. A Moodle™ facilitator, can assign an “enrollment key” that helps in filtering away those users who are not supposed to be included in a particular course. Besides, learners can be assigned into groups. Creation of links to content rich sites outside can be done without leaving the Moodle™ instance or opening a new browser. This and a lot more can be done as you explore Moodle™ to appreciate its wonderful features in the elearning field. The list of possible uses is limited only to the user’s imagination.
Moodle™ offers white labeling options, wherein the look and feel of the user interface can be changed to conform to the style and esthetic value of your organization’s branding. Moodle™ can be tailored to the T with a variety of prebuilt themes available. To start with there are 12 themes available for free. Further, there are different sites that provide themes for Moodle™ and some themes can be purchased and applied.
Moodle™ has the capability to integrate with some of the premium software portals seamlessly. To cite a few examples, Moodle™ integrates with video conferencing software like GoTo, Webex, Adobe Connect, CMSs like Joomla, Drupal, WordPress, CRMs like Salesforce, SugarCRM, Microsoft Dynamics, ecommerce portals like Shopify, collaborative tools like OneDrive and Dropbox. And the best part is, with all these integrations, Moodle™ can form Single Sign On (SSO).
Moodle™ has the ability to decode various SCORM learning objects. Now the question arises, whether one should make the Moodle™ courses as SCORM or use Moodle’s™ features. The answer would be – it depends how one intends to use the courses. If the ultimate aim is to export and use the courses in another LMS then going the SCORM way would make things easier. One very important aspect elearning geeks need to remember is that Moodle™ does not generate SCORM content. Moodle™ simply presents the content in SCORM packages to the users, and in return saves data from user interactions with the SCORM package.
Moodle™ can be used to institute customized learning experiences for the users. Students can learn online independently and interdependently as well. To cite an example of how Moodle™ can personalize learning – if a student views a quiz, but hasn’t read a particular lesson, Moodle™ can be set up to show him an alert, which instructs him to read it before taking the quiz. Likewise, if a learner submits a quiz and scores less than 70%, Moodle™ can be set up to some remedial content, while informing him that he has access to it. On the flipside, if he scores greater than or equal to 90%, Moodle™ will release the next lesson for him.
Moodle™ has programmers and developers around the world that continuously work to improve user experience. Besides, it has robust forums from where one can get support, share ideas, and meet others, while doing all this in their desired language. One can also contribute to the community by answering questions, giving feedback by rating posts as useful or in case one has discovered a bug or have a suggestion for a new feature. There is also an option where an individual can help shape Moodle’s™ future by participating in the developer discussions and other research and crowdfunding projects.
Whenever an educational software is created, usually the aspect of what learning framework would be used is neglected. Unfortunately, it always happens that most of the commercial elearning software are often headed towards how many features it can offer, while neglecting the obvious question of adopting pedagogies. The question that need to be answered is, how will the learners learn while using a particular software? And Moodle™ has the answers as constructivism, social constructivism, and connectivism, all adopted as its pedagogies. It means that knowledge can be built and developed through constant interaction and cooperation. All the more when knowledge is processed properly, it is then that the learners are immersed during the process.
Learning till date was limited to a structured set-up wherein the teacher gives the lecture, the students listen, go back home and do their homework. With Moodle™, teachers get the opportunity to provide learning independently and interdependently by giving them the opportunity to study online on their own. Students learn how to assimilate and process information, while learning to cooperate and interact with one another, as they engage themselves in student-centered learning activities. Bottomline, they learn by applying knowledge rather than just absorb it, and there you have the recipe for student success.
The volume of training material generated in universities or organizations is usually so enormous that catering to different types of learners, while finding the courses that is most relevant to them can be difficult.
Here, Moodle™ comes to rescue by providing a place where web pages with information about your course can be created,while linking them to the word documents, slides, and other resources that the learners can access.
Providing these links directly to your learners will sort their as well as your life for good.
Another wonderful Moodle™ feature, we say.