Using Moodle for Assessment Guide

We’ve talked about employing Moodle for customer training, user training and other forms of learning for business and home use, but what about using Moodle for assessment? There seem to be two camps of thought regarding this idea – either that Moodle is too bulky for this task, or that Moodle is just  perfect for it.

Moodle is the most sophisticated (yet user friendly) cloud-powered learning infrastructure out there. This means that using it for assessment requires picking out some features from its multitude of features. So, I do see where the people who think Moodle is overpowered are coming from.

But, chances are, if you’re considering Moodle for assessment, it’s because you already use it for other learning/training purposes and you know how truly efficient and versatile it can be.

Usually, I don’t take sides in such debates, but in this case, I find myself agreeing with those who think that Moodle is a perfect fit for assessment. So, let me offer you some advice on how to use Moodle for this purpose (you can actually make use of a lot  more features than you think).

Quiz it

The quiz and test infrastructure that Moodle offers is going to be the first thing you explore for assessment, along with progress and test tracking functions. these tools will be the meat of your usage. You will be able to test students/employees on any given material.  If you want them to be proficient, the knowledge and skills may be assessed on a daily basis (which will serve to refresh their memories). You can also createquizzes and tests right on the Moodle Platform.

Rich Media

It is important to keep your assessments, fun, fresh, and engaging. You can have trainees watch a video, hear a lecture or read a summary on the given topic. You can then test them on the finer details and discover which media form is the most effective. Keep trying different media and different combinations until you find the right formula for your trainees. As far as the hiring process is concerned, the results can help you figure out which applicants will be the best fit for specific positions within the company.

Knowledge and Teamwork

Finally, allow me to point out one good use of these functions which I think people overlook, and that’s assessing an individual’s overall knowledge and general skillset. This includes everything from reading comprehension and  memory capacity to the ability to follow instructions. You can also assess the ability of individuals to work in group environments. Testing for cooperation and teamwork is easy with Moodle’s expertly-designed group tools. These communication tools include wikis, instant messaging, emails, forums, group projects and more.

One caveat is to avoid letter grading. I say this a lot in Moodle writing, and there’s a reason – having left school behind, professionals aren’t receptive to that kind of judgment. Choose a different grading system (Moodle provides many options).

You can get a lot out of using Moodle for assessment. No longer is it only a system for learning and training, it can also be an effective means of assessment for employees, applicants or 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.