Using Moodle for Corporate Training

Is it really worth all the effort, to implement using Moodle for corporate training? Moodle is one of the top LMS designs out there, stealing the top of LMS lists dependably enough. It’s a good system, with a lot of rich features, extended integration, and its open source nature means that its features are clinically limitless.

But, using Moodle for corporate training? Is any LMS really a good idea for this situation? Corporate training is a big deal, and if it goes wrong, oh man, does it ever go really wrong. So, we know an LMS works just fine in practice, is it worth the trouble to move corporate training over to one?

Well, the short answer is yes, but I think that’s a bit of a minimalist response to this. Given how reticent people have been to move corporate training over to the digital world, I think I need to actually get on my soap box here and explain why Moodle especially would be terrific for corporate training.

First of all, in a corporation, if you’re training people in a traditional manner, you have some overhead to deal with. Facilities for the training to take place, on location instructors, and scheduling people to be present. Along with this, if you’re training existing employees on new things or for advancement, you’re dealing with losing work hours to train them.

Well, shifting your training to their down time is not an option, nor is cutting into their weekend. Never do this sort of thing. Ever. So, the only way to overcome this overhead and the loss of hours is to go digital.

The first thing this does is remove that brick and mortar expense, as well as the rigors of scheduling to have everyone in the room together. With an online system, while live training is possible, it’s not a requirement, with individual schedules being able to be entertained by automated course, video and quiz scheduling.

Now, with this dynamism, it allows people to access their training from anywhere at any time, so if they do want to use some of their own time to get some of it done, they can. Or, they can do the training during up time from any location, like a coffee shop at lunch or what have you.

This could allow massively parallel training of very busy people in an effective timeframe. Along with this, Moodle’s wiki resources, group organization capacity (which can help with cross training), and the automated tracking and grading system make it less of a logistical headache to handle massive training. Corporations tend to have massive training projects as a result of their own scale if for no other reason.

Moodle also opens up new training models like gamification, organizational learning, flipped classrooms and other nicer and more effective models. Enabling these new models in corporate training has been a bit of a holy grail among training experts, and this is the first LMS that really works as a perfect vehicle for implementing those things.

So, is using Moodle for corporate training worth the hassle? Well, it’s not as much hassle as you expect, but even if it were, the answer is an obvious yes, when you see how it can bring in new ways of doing things.

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.