Top 5 Moodle Tools to Implement

With modern technological advancement, it is evident that the education system is gaining a lot out of it by using Moodle tools. Teachers are embracing the tools to make their work easier and to facilitate the learning process among the students. However, not every Moodle tool will be beneficial to your activities. With hundreds of them online today, selecting the ideal one for your students can be a bit daunting. The most effective tools ought to make the student’s life and learning process effective and convenient as well. If you are contemplating on the best tools to implement in your Moodle, then consider the following.

Top 5 Moodle Tools to Implement

Assignment

In every learning institution, continuous assessment tests and take home assignments are vital. One of the must have tool in your Moodle is the assignment tool that helps to create gradable items and students respond by uploading digital content. Students can either submit essays, presentations, photographs, small audio, videos, spreadsheets or web pages. The tool can also be used to pass important information about the course material.

Glossary

This is yet another important Moodle tool that need to be implemented. It comprises of terminologies used by practitioners in your study area. They can be created interactively where students are allowed to contribute to the terms by giving definitions. With skilled administrators, certain words can be linked automatically to the glossary entry anywhere in the course. Students are encouraged to add links and images to any definitions they make so as to make a more dynamic glossary. A randomly placed glossary entry on the course can be created on the home page to display different definition of terms every time a student logs in.

Calendar

Every organization has a constitution that governs them and a calendar that outlines how things will be done in a given period. A calendar block or alternatively an upcoming events block is added to the course to display how various events will take place. If the calendar is on the main site, then it is viewable in all courses created by administrators. On course, it is only viewable only to the course members created by the trainers, on groups, it is viewed by group members only while a calendar on user is viewable by the user only. The block can be used to display current and future events or deadlines in a list generated from the upcoming events block. Links are then provided that direct you to the event details that shows the date hence differing from other Moodle tools that don’t use hyperlinks.

Attendance

Most institutions acknowledge their students by the percentage of class attendance. The attendance block on the Moodle is used to record attendance of students to classes and other curriculum activities and to report on attendance as well. The same block is available on the students’ side and displays attendance report to the individual.

Dialogue

 

A dialogue is yet another critical tool to implement in the Moodle. It is usually a 2-way text based communication meant to enhance private communication between the teacher and the student. It can also be used to pass information to all students with a common message. An individual student can attach files to the dialogue post.

With the above Moodle tools, you can be assured of an effective and convenient learning environment that favors both students and teachers. There are other tools that can be used, but you need only the most beneficial. Do a comprehensive research and use only the most ideal Moodle tools for your teaching activities.

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.