Moodle - A robust and secure...open source e-learning platform

Moodle is the most widely used online learning system in the world today. It is an open-source web application used by educators and learning and development professionals to create and deliver online learning. Moodle has a feature rich environment that supports all forms of online culture, ranging from personalized learning to social learning, while being in a collaborative learning environment.

Most Sought Open Source LMS

Moodle is an open source software used by education institutions as well as enterprises around the world to provide online training to the learners. It can also be used to conduct courses online or to provide face-to-face teaching, learning and training. Moodle has the potential to be extended with over 500 plugins for carrying out different types of assignments, quizzes, grading, certification, and social and collaborative learning

Moodle is Easy to Use

No matter you are an administrator, course creator, educator or learner, Moodle has an intuitive dashboard and a graphical user interface that makes teaching, learning and using it easy. For example, to make things interesting, you add a quiz in a given topic by choosing it from the list of activities under the activity menu. Besides, there are icons that are specifically created to help the Moodle admin understand the nuances of course creation better. E.g. - the eye icon hides and unhides a particular resource or activity. The up icon moves a resource or activity within the lesson up. It means you don't need to be a programmer to use Moodle. Just invest some time to familiarize yourself with the navigation and you’ll be a pro in the Moodle environment 

Moodle is Feature-rich

Moodle comes with an endless list of resources, features and activities. To start with, it has block elements like calendar, student activities and text activities like chat, forum and wikis. Moodle is compatible on all operating systems. A Moodle facilitator, can assign an "enrollment key" that helps in filtering away those users who are not supposed to be included in a particular course. Besides, learners can be assigned into groups. Creation of links to content rich sites outside can be done without leaving the Moodle instance or opening a new browser. This and a lot more can be done as you explore Moodle to appreciate its wonderful features in the elearning field. The list of possible uses is limited only to the user’s imagination.

Moodle is Customizable

Moodle offers white labeling options, wherein the look and feel of the user interface can be changed to conform to the style and esthetic value of your organization’s branding. Moodle can be tailored to the T with a variety of prebuilt themes available. To start with there are a number of themes available for free. Further, there are different sites that provide themes for Moodle and some themes can be purchased and applied.

Moodle can form Integrations

Moodle has the capability to integrate with some of the premium software portals seamlessly. To cite a few examples, Moodle integrates with video conferencing software like GoTo, Webex, Adobe Connect, CMSs like Joomla, Drupal, Wordpress, CRMs like Salesforce, SugarCRM, Microsoft Dynamics, ecommerce portals like Shopify, collaborative tools like OneDrive and Dropbox. And the best part is, with all these integrations, Moodle can form Single Sign On (SSO).

Moodle Supports SCORM Courses

Moodle has the ability to decode various SCORM learning objects. Now the question arises, whether one should make the Moodle courses as SCORM or use Moodle's features. The answer would be - it depends how one intends to use the courses. If the ultimate aim is to export and use the courses in another LMS then going the SCORM way would make things easier. One very important aspect elearning geeks need to remember is that Moodle does not generate SCORM content. Moodle simply presents the content in SCORM packages to the users, and in return saves data from user interactions with the SCORM package.

Provides Personalized Learning

Moodle can be used to institute customized learning experiences for the users. Students can learn online independently and interdependently as well. To cite an example of how Moodle can personalize learning - if a student views a quiz, but hasn’t read a particular lesson, Moodle can be set up to show him an alert, which instructs him to read it before taking the quiz. Likewise, if a learner submits a quiz and scores less than 70%, Moodle can be set up to some remedial content, while informing him that he has access to it. On the flipside, if he scores greater than or equal to 90%, Moodle will release the next lesson for him.

Moodle Flaunts a Worldwide Community

Moodle has programmers and developers around the world that continuously work to improve user experience. Besides, it has robust forums from where one can get support, share ideas, and meet others, while doing all this in their desired language. One can also contribute to the community by answering questions, giving feedback by rating posts as useful or in case one has discovered a bug or have a suggestion for a new feature. There is also an option where an individual can help shape Moodle's future by participating in the developer discussions and other research and crowdfunding projects.

Disclaimer - Moodle™ is a registered trademark of Moodle Pty Ltd.

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