How to Get Hesitant Students and Teachers to Use Moodle

Moodle allows teachers and students to use a streamlined, simple and efficient interface. It is a platform that allows education to move online. With the influx of students preferring to work online, and the addition of online apps such as Turnitin and Google Docs, Moodle is a valuable program to use.

However, teachers and students alike are often still reluctant to use it. This can be due to a host of reasons – whether they are intimidated by the software, refuse to use technology no matter how useful it may be, or simply because it is an unfamiliar program that comes with a learning curve.

Despite these reasons, Moodle is a relatively easy program to use and familiarize yourself with. It is a program for those who are unfamiliar with technology or have a difficult time grasping new concepts. The learning curve is not steep and can be learned quickly. Once users become comfortable with the interface, Moodle proves to be a worthwhile program. If you are not convinced, here are some reasons below to persuade you to consider using the program.

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1.   Replacement for traditional lectures

Moodle acts as a replacement or alternative for the standard type lectures that most students are subjugated to in class. It is a free program that offers 24/7 support with full functionality. As students are gearing toward using online measures to study, typical lectures may prove difficult for students to with.

Using Moodle will allow students to use a platform that they feel comfortable and familiar with. Furthermore, students can learn either independently or interdependently on Moodle, depending on the activities provided. They can work on assignments individually as they would normally with tasks such as quizzes. Conversely, they can collaborate and interact with other students in group activities like wiki projects, workshops and forums. This promotes “active learning”, where students engage with their teacher, other students and what they are learning, rather than passively taking in information and regurgitating what they learn. It bridges the content gap that may be present in lectures. Moreover, quizzes can be assigned to test students’ understanding of the content. Quizzes can be chosen from a given topic by choosing the activity from a menu. This makes the process more streamlined and easy, where everything is centralized and can be dealt with in one unified app.

As Moodle acts a substitute to traditional lectures, it is important to retain the teacher-student relationship, where both sides are clear with what is going on. This means that being able to use the interface is essential. Teachers and students can navigate easily throughout the program with the aid of icons, in order to understand the nuances of course creation in Moodle. It uses icons that many users are familiar with – such as an eye icon to choose what is hidden or not, and an up/down arrow to move activities within a lesson.

2.   Instantaneous feedback

Feedback is a key component in maintaining a consistent classroom structure. With Moodle, you can receive almost instantaneous assessments and evaluations. Students who take quizzes, projects, workshops etc., can view their grades/results almost immediately. All teachers are required to do is assign how the students will be grades and choose points (such as if an assignment is out of 10 or 100).

Moreover, if both teachers and students are logged in at the same time, teachers can give students comments and replies in real time, reinforcing the idea of instant feedback. Thus, this portrays how Moodle does not eliminate the feedback that students would receive in an actual classroom setting. It also establishes an advantage in the sense that students do not have to wait for marking delays, as teachers are no longer required to individually mark each assignment with the aid of Moodle.

3.   Rich in Features

Moodle has a variety of features accessible within the interface. To begin, Moodle has an enrolment key available to teachers, where they can filter what users are able to join. Teachers can also assign learners into groups and create links that do not direct out of Moodle but can if it is needed. This means that lessons stay within Moodle and remains centralized and simple. Moodle also offers forums, lists, quizzes, wikis, workshops and calendars to create variety and allow for greater capabilities within the online classroom.

Moreover, Moodle increases efficiency significantly for teachers by automatically renaming files using student names or their candidate number to help distinguish between students, enable anonymization for blind marking to prevent bias and allow for all submissions to be downloaded at once/in groups. Furthermore, it allows tutors to choose when grades are released to students and display the due date on the course page and assignment itself to simplify the student’s job.

4.   Moodle is Multifunctional

Moodle is multifunctional on other operating systems, such as Linux and works on mobile as well. Furthermore, using Moodle reduces the need of using paper and thus is environmentally friendly. Moreover, Moodle can be used as a project collaboration site, a news site, school portal and several other mediums. It is not exclusively for online classroom purposes only, showing the multi functionality of Moodle.

Another key feature to note is that Moodle is modular. This means that Moodle has features that can stand alone but are designed to complement one another. For example, text and webpages and their corresponding lesson can be reinforced with the use of podcasts in order to enhance learning for students.

5.   Compatible with WalkMe and other apps

Moodle’s flexibility and compatibility with several apps further increases the value of Moodle. It allows custom themes to make the interface more personalized towards your preferences. The standard look of Moodle may not be appealing to some, but the ability to tailor it to your likings eliminates that as an issue.

If teachers are still finding it difficult to navigate within Moodle, WalkMe can be utilized. This app capitalizes on the idea of users self-serving. If set up by another person familiar with the program, there is a “show and tell” process for users who are still confused with the program. It eliminates the needs for repetitive question on how to use the software, as users – teachers and students alike – can proceed with confidence and ease.

Many students have requested non-users to begin utilizing Moodle’s tools, showing how useful the interface is once users become familiar with it. There are many options available to create variety within lessons and navigate through the platform. Although the program may seem intimidating at first, there are several strategies implemented to allow students and teachers alike to become comfortable with it. Consider using Moodle – you may find that it is an invaluable program that minimizes a substantial amount of time consuming activities, making it easier for teachers and students.

Nicole Lewis is the Lead Author & Editor of MyLMStips. MyLMStips is dedicated to providing the most engaging topics, information, tips and tricks surrounding Moodle®. It's a place where Moodle® users can receive guidance on how to get the most out of it and increase their productivity and progress.