Learning management systems (LMS) are used by educational institutions around the world to help organize important course information and deliver hybrid or fully online courses with all the components of a traditional in-person class, including assignments, class resources, and the opportunity for learners and instructors to collaborate, all within a centralized digital learning solution. Moodle is the most widely used LMS in the world, empowering millions of educators with flexible open-source technology. It offers some important benefits that can lead to improved learning outcomes for students. Read on to learn more about the Moodle LMS and how it can foster better learning.
What is Moodle?
The name Moodle is an acronym meaning Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment. It is an open-source and community-driven platform that has gained immense popularity due to its feature set and flexibility. There are over 100,000 implementations of this LMS around the world and over 160 million learners using it.
Using Moodle, you can create classes, make attendance lists, deliver learning materials, give quizzes, send feedback and much more. There is a huge amount of flexibility and configurability within the platform. In many cases, it is best to have an expert help you with deployment to ensure you get all the right functionality set up the way you want, but we’ll touch on that later.
Learning Benefits of Moodle LMS
Clearly, there are many great reasons to pick Moodle as your learning management system. However, you may be wondering how it helps improve learning outcomes specifically for your higher education institution. These are just a few of the benefits of this eLearning solution:
- Access to learning materials anytime, anywhere. Because Moodle is a web-based solution that also offers a robust Moodle Mobile App, learners can access course materials from anywhere and at any time. That means they don’t need to be in the classroom or have physical materials on hand. They can progress their learning and participate in their courses whenever it is convenient and suits their busy schedules.
- Consistent content delivery and feedback. With Moodle, instructors have more ways to ensure every student receives access to all the types of content they need to learn, including a variety of media plugin options and forums that encourage collaboration. Additionally, instructors have comprehensive tools for giving feedback. For example, they can respond to a student’s work with a simple rubric tool, evaluating the work on pre-established criteria.
- Time-savings for teachers. Moodle easily integrates with other tools and systems such as the university’s Student Information System (SIS), attendance tools, gradebooks and more. These integrations mean instructors are able to spend less time enrolling and managing their learners and more time teaching.
- An organized eLearning environment. As mentioned, because Moodle is able to conduct seamless integrations between existing systems, your institution can effectively manage learning from a central location. This helps keep all administrative and instructional activities more streamlined, organized, and provides the ability to store and track this integral information in one place.
- Opportunity for blended learning approaches. Learning has long been relegated to the classroom. However, using Moodle, you can leverage a blended learning approach in order to incorporate a variety of learning content suited to meeting your particular goals and differing learning styles to effectively evaluate multiple types of formal and informal learning. Utilizing solutions such as virtual classrooms, gamification, and other methods can help create more dynamic courses and positively impact the engagement and overall success of your learners.
Why Choose Moodle as Your University’s LMS?
You may wonder what makes Moodle different from other primary and higher education LMS options. Aside from its incredible flexibility, robust functionality, and future-proof scalability, the key benefits come from it being a well-supported, open-source software.
As mentioned previously, Moodle is backed by a global community of partners, developers, and users who – unlike the users of the traditional, closed-source alternatives – all have the ability to make improvements upon the site’s original code. Additionally, the community examines best practices from other tools and uses them to make Moodle as effective of a solution as possible. This means Moodle is typically updated more often than its closed-source alternatives, enabling it to consistently stay on the cutting edge of current educational needs.
Further, Moodle’s open code base allows for multiple hosting options, which can be beneficial in maximizing the functionality and efficacy of your digital courses. Institutions have the ability to host their own Moodle site if they have the internal expertise and bandwidth, or you can choose to work with a cloud-hosting partner, who can significantly ease the burden of your LMS maintenance. With a Certified Moodle Partner like eThink, you’re able to spend less time focusing on the management of your system, and more on providing engaging learning to your constituents.
Universities and colleges need a learning platform that will allow them to ensure the success of their learners and provide their instructors with a flexible solution that can be tailored to meet each instructor’s teaching style. Moodle, the most widely used and advanced learning management system in the world, can help solve a number of the typical learning challenges institutions face while creating sustainable learning programs that will ultimately improve learning outcomes.
To learn more about using Moodle at your institution, check out:
- Why We Moodle: Higher Education LMS Panel
- University of Northwestern St. Paul Finds the Freedom to Innovate with Moodle by eThink
- Moodle Gradebook: Ensure Students & Teachers See the Same Course Totals
Or, watch the webinar below. During the session, our experts cover:
- Why Moodle is the world’s most widely used LMS… The advantages of open-source technology and the Moodle ecosystem
- About the features that colleges and universities are using to organize their online education and engage students
- How you can utilize analytics, time-saving integrations (including real-time SIS integrations), and unlimited support to optimize processes within your institution
- How Moodle’s community-driven platform, combined with eThink’s tailored customer support and powerful integrations, provide a refreshingly simple and flexible solution to meet specific institutional needs.
Watch the hour-long webinar to see Moodle in action and discover how to leverage the platform best in a higher education setting. Or, contact us for an individual demonstration of Moodle.