I’ve talked about how I find Moodle e learning to be an extremely powerful, extremely valuable online learning tool. I’ve even taken the time out to discuss how to perform Moodle tasks. However, I keep getting questions from users –not about the minute details- but rather about the general uses of Moodle. How is Moodle e-learning different than the myriad of other training and learning systems out there? What solutions does Moodle offer? What functionalities make it adaptable to modern training? I also get this question frequently asked:
So, what exactly is Moodle?
Moodle is a centralized, cloud-based SaaS solution for virtual classrooms. It is based on an intuitive, self-service model. Moodle consists of two basic account types: the teachers’ account and the student account. While there’s a good deal of features that overlap, each account is distict. Teachers can create courses and sections, upload videos and projects, and manage forums and enroll or unenroll students. Students can access reading material, fill out test and project forms, and track their progress – without teacher permissions.
Moodle can track all data automatically. If a teacher designs courses, tests or modules, enrolled students are automatically updated. At any time, a teacher may intervene to adjust grades, add special projects or upload material. Teachers can also sit back and monitor the progress of their students.
Grading is handled in the same manner. You can choose traditional classroom scales (with curves), or base grades on percentage. There are a host of different options.
What really distinguishes Moodle from other elearning platforms is its wide range of communication capabilities. You can fill out forms, message, live chat, email or video conference. Cooperative group learning is a huge benefit of Moodle.
Unless a class requires a set time for live communication between students and/or a teacher, students can be allowed to learn at their own pace. Students can freely schedule how to use their time. This means that busy adults – with families and jobs – can work around typical hours. Learning at your own pace reduces stress and removes the inconvenience of training.
Moodle’ e-learning platform is an example of how the cloud can enrich a learning experience. With great features like automation, communication and scheduling, Moodle is a prime example of a successful teaching and learning online system.