Moodle is a powerful e-learning management system that is also 100% free and open-source, making it a simple investment for organizations big and small. With its wide array of features, plugins and community resources, the only thing holding back organizations from taking advantage of Moodle is the perceived difficulty in getting employees onboard. Although this apprehension may be a natural reaction to the implementation of any new software solution, the benefits far outweigh the costs associated with the learning curve.
Here are ten advantages that Moodle brings to the table that can inspire those in your organization to jump on the bandwagon and start reaping the benefits of e-learning.
1. Moodle is Cost Effective
Not only is Moodle free to download, but it also comes with free modules, plugins, and community resources to better customize the experience for each company. In general, e-learning tools are much cheaper than traditional learning systems because they take less space, are more scalable and require less investment in infrastructure. Moreover, they significantly reduce paper consumption. This should help allay some of the apprehension businesses have when making the initial time investment.
2. Making Compliance Training Compelling
Compliance training is an important facet of many organizations’ risk management strategy. Lesson modules come in two forms: a question page that asks the user a question and then provides feedback based on their input, and content pages that present content without actively grading the user’s response. In particular, question pages can form an interactive foundation for certain training. For example, basic office safety training can leverage these tools to create a multiple–choice-style quiz to get employees more involved. Interactive elements can increase knowledge retention by forcing employees to actively analyze and think about information.
3. Easier, Faster Distribution
Standardized training has a global reach. Since all of the training materials are available online, learning is more accessible than ever. The logistics of publishing new training materials and sending them around the world have become much simpler. What was once impossible is now reduced to a short, convenient step in publishing content online. Instant connectivity lets you reach staff and trainers from around the world without any hassle, especially if your employees are travelling around the world often
4. Controlling Learning through Tracking Employee Progress
Moodle comes with several ways to track employee progress, including course completion reports that show if an employee has finished a specific online course, and statistics on how far employees have reached accomplishing their personalized training goals. Progress tracking is important for human resources because it clues them into which employees require additional training. More complex analytics can be implemented to take into account other correlating data
5. Integrated Social Collaboration Forums
Social connectivity, whether in-person or online, is an extremely important factor in maximizing employee satisfaction. Within Moodle, you can create “Communities of Practice”, which include Forum and Wiki modules, to allow employees to collaborate and interact with one another effortlessly. Forums are not only an excellent complement to face-to-face conversations, but also have a sense of permanence, making it a useful resource. In that same vein, Wikis allow employees to author pages for future reference and create more in-depth documentation for their work. There is even a blog feature that content creators can use to push this information in an informal fashion.
6. Streamlined Content using Template Tools
With the use of template forms, you can create content with a similar layout and flow to save a lot of time when creating training material. For example, you can create a baseline template which includes information and a handful of questions. Then you can use this same template to create a variety of other iterations for different courses.
7. Information Safety: Data Recovery and Backup Software
Worried that after you’ve uploaded all of your training materials to the Web, everything will disappear into thin air? Don’t be. Moodle has site backup capabilities that feature wide breadth and versatility, including back up Moodle code bases, databases, and any uploaded multimedia content. Compared to regular training programs, this recovery process is much safer and faster.
8. Role Management is Simpler
Another useful Moodle feature is its role management and assignment tools. You can select multiple employees at once and place them into groups. For example, you can set permission rules to different users to control who is able to access courses, download/upload content, alter activities, and more. Each roles will be assigned custom names and permissions assigned. This allows them to quickly analyze course completion results and employee progress.
Moodle gives you limitless opportunities to create more compelling training material in a much more efficient manner. Its built-in tools are cost-effective versatile, and above all, combine to yield higher learning results when compared to traditional training methods.