How to Integrate Moodle with Joomla

When regarding how to integrate Moodle with Joomla, you actually have to use a third party component to get the most out of it. So, if you’re interested in using the best learning software and the best CMS in tandem, just … be prepared for that being a necessity.moodle

Usually, with a topic like this, I happily outline in a step by step manner, how to set these up, and configure them for the optimal outcome. That’s sort of … what I do. However, given the voluminous nature of this process, I’m going to be a wee bit lazy, and opt out by just suggesting that you go to Joomdle’s website and use their very comprehensive guide for this, since reinventing the wheel isn’t my mission in writing.

That said, allow me to just talk a little bit about why this concept is so useful, and why it’s worth one more navigation from here, to get and install this linkage software. It really is worth it, as you’ll see in a minute.

So, why do you want to learn how to integrate Moodle with Joomla? Well, it’s no secret why Moodle itself is an amazing educational tool, supporting an open-ended educational style that allows a non-locational sort of casual environment where people can learn on flexible schedules, and where organized, team-based codependent learning is the key. This bucks the trends of classic educational environments where you are alone in a crowd with little engagement as you are tediously lectured to and drilled on facts, rather than homeopathically learning the way the human mind is wired to do.

But what does Joomla bring to it? Well, let’s talk for a minute about what Joomla is. It’s a CMS, or content management system. These are very popular today, and Joomla’s not the only one. There’s also the equally popular WordPress, and the somehow also popular Squidoo. These are basically pre-designed frameworks where you just design a visual template (or install premade ones), and then, to maintain your site, all you have to do is submit your content. These are very popular for artists and bloggers especially, and their designs more or less cater to these demographics primarily.

Joomla is so popular simply because it’s far easier to install, modify and manage than the others. It’s a little less limited in flexibility than its main competitor, WordPress, but this superficial limitation makes Joomla much easier to work with, because there is less fluff to sift through.

So, why do you want to hook Joomla and Moodle together? They sound like mutually exclusive purposes, right? Well, no. My colleagues in the educational and training industries have touted the power of blog-powered CMS systems being excellent for elective extra reading, delivery of easy-to-access video and literature as actual course items, and as a way for teachers or trainers to easily post updates and news for students to read and comment on.

Moodle also supports this sort of framework, but it requires logins to Moodle, and in the case of mobile users, this can be difficult to do on the fly for now, as Moodle’s app framework is still somewhat experimental. Using Joomla to deliver some of the less sensitive course materials as well as a social news hub that can tie directly into Moodle to use Moodle’s course progression is an excellent way to ensure that students on the go will get updates and access some items that they may not be able to access directly through Moodle on the go. Joomla, being a directly HTML-based standard construct, is a little more resilient to the glitches inherent to some mobile systems, as well as spotty bandwidth that still plagues 4G and wifi connections for now.

So, do you want to learn how to integrate Moodle with Joomla? If you want to get around some problems we’ve talked about before with mobile systems, absolutely you do. Just go to Joomdle’s website, and you’ll be using it in less than an hour’s time!

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.