Thanks to the Moodle mobile app, it’s now possible to get jobs done virtually and in a convenient way. In the past, mobile users all over the world yearned for a native app that would have the same intuitive access to the Moodle learning system, just the same way PCs did. The good news is that this is a reality.
This app is based on HTML5, meaning it can operate on every device out there. It will work well with smartphones, tabs, gaming consoles, set top boxes among other devices. The benefits are just tremendous when you think about it.
Why is the Moodle Mobile App Necessary?
Well, the life of the 21st century human being has been surrounding by two main things; work and education. Ideally, education is something we can’t do without, and learning is an on-going process, so it will be there even a hundred years to come. On the other hand, working is also part and parcel of human beings, so we can’t avoid it. Instead, we need a platform that would help us execute tasks efficiently.
Even when telephones and other devices became popular, tasks still had to be done in the office. Furthermore, learning had to take place in training centers and not anywhere else. In short, we had to schedule our lives around these place at coordinated times in order to get work done.
Now, the internet worked to some extent, but it didn’t provide the liberation that we needed. It was literally tethered to PCs, yet the vision of the future still remained that we would, one day, work from anywhere and still get the job done without stepping into an office or a training center. We dreamed of working from a restaurant while taking coffee, while out and about, and even while relaxing on the beach.
This is the ultimate mobile revolution we’ve been waiting for, since people can work from anywhere as long as the internet is present with them. Of course all this wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Moodle Mobile app, which has done a lot in bringing these dreams to fruition. The app is very secure, plus it offers offline capabilities. It speeds up all Moodle functionality and supports all platforms.
Overview of the Features of Moodle Mobile App
The first time you download this app, it will prompt you to give your site’s URL, username and password. This site must have mobile web-service enabled in order for the application to work.
The moment you log into the system, you’ll be presented with 4 options: Upload, participants, web and help. You’ll also notice that there are other icons, one designed to handle offline synching while the other one is for handling several accounts with Moodle or just one account you are currently working with.
Now when you choose the upload option, you’ll be presented with a new screen. This screen lets users upload multimedia and also record audio and videos. Users can select their photos or videos from the album they’ve opened. Once you select an item, they are given the option of previewing it before uploading. If they’re online, items will be uploaded to their Moodle site instantly. However, if they’re offline, it will be placed in a queue for late action.
Basically, they can take pictures, videos and even record audio so as to upload them at their convenience.
Where Do The Files Go?
In Moodle 2, files are stored directly into the user’s private files area. Once the files have been stored here, they can be manipulated as needed. If you are a teacher, you can always use them for your resource needs. It’s such an easy way to organize data.
This section is very important as it lets users keep track with those who are active. Once users load this section, it automatically loads a full list of courses containing full names and short names. The moment you select a course, it will show you those currently participating in it.
Under this section, you can find basic features that lets you contact them. There’s Email, send a message, add note as well as other contact features.
This link brings Moodle site into your browser. If you’re not logged in, you’ll need to do so since you may want to use features that are not available in the native app.
This section will load the main page of Moodle documents in a nicely laid mobile interface. Having it in the app is really useful, just in case you want to check some aspects of Moodle.
This feature is very important since it lets users queue their actions when they are not yet ready for synchronization. This feature ensures that users don’t use their 3G, and that they can preserve their data charges until they are on a WiFi hotspot.
Requirements to Use This App
This app will be useless unless you meet the following conditions:
1. The Moodle site you’re using must have Moodle 2.4 at minimum.
2. You must have mobile web services–check this with your administrator
3. Users must have a valid user account with that site
What About Configuration?
The configuration icon is really helpful when it comes to managing multiple account logins, either to the same Moodle account or different ones. Each login requires the same URL, username and password. When you select another account, the system will just swap you to the next session, and that’s it. This is very helpful especially when users want to test access to courses.
With this app, users can easily establish new connections or simply delete existing ones when they no longer use them.
So far, this is the only app that did a great job on its first version. The best thing is that it now supports all operating system, so even if you use Android or iOS, you should be able to use it without any problem. And it looks like developers are still busy adding new features to make the app even more appealing. Moodle mobile app is very unpredictable as users wake up to new features and upgrades every time.