16 May 2018

MOODLE: THE ONLINE OPEN EDUCATION RESOURCE

The best solution for schools is to find a tool that could make learning more engaging for students and that would be easy to use at the same time because we cannot expect all teachers or even all students to be very confident with their IT skills. “Teaching in the Internet age means we must teach tomorrow’s skills today.” – Jennifer Fleming.

Moodle is an open-source virtual learning environment / VLE (also known as a learning management system or LMS), which has been developed by educators, for educators. Moodle provides a private and secure learning space for designing online courses with flexible content and collaborative activities for students. What makes Moodle unique is the fact that it is a free software based on its community.

Moodle is an Open Source Learning Management System that is used by tens of millions of people worldwide. Traditionally an open source software used by education institutions to provide distance learning for students—Moodle is now used by enterprises around the world for online training and learning.

Why Choose Moodle?

There are many LMSs to choose from, but none as flexible, scalable, feature-rich, and affordable as the open source ecosystem of Moodle. Moodle got its start years ago as a method to organize blended learning and online classes. Now, it provides more than 90 million educators, administrators, and learners in more than 200 countries with a single robust, secure, and integrated system to create personalized learning environments.

 “Learners in the internet age don’t need more information. They need to know how to efficiently use the massive amount of information available at their fingertips – to determine what’s credible, what’s relevant, and when its useful to reference.” – Anna Sabramowicz

Moodle is Free

Unlike Blackboard and WebCT, Moodle can be downloaded freely in its official site, moodle.org. Since it is an open source software, its development is revolutionary rather than evolutionary. Programmers, developers, and users around the world are working gratis towards the improvement of Moodle. Unlike other freeware, Moodle offers full functionality, 24/7 support in moodle.org forums, and simply the best value for money because it is free.

Moodle is free to use for everyone; you needn’t pay even a single penny for using it on your servers. However, if you need the servers or any services like customization, designing, etc., you need to pay for that. You are free to take your data and move your LMS to any other platform. You are nowhere bound neither with your data nor with any specific company.

Designed To Support Both Teaching And Learning

With over 15 years of development guided by Social Constructionism pedagogy, Moodle delivers a powerful set of learner-centric tools and collaborative learning environments that empower both teaching and learning.

Enables students to learn more independently. 

While Moodle encourages collaboration among students, it also enables them to have more control over their learning. For instance, teachers can upload supplementary activities, documents, links to websites or other relevant materials that are relevant to the lesson being taught. This helps students enhance their learning at their own time without having to do a research for quality materials themselves.

Moodle is Easy to Use
Whether you are an administrator, educator or learner, you will find Moodle easy to use due to its graphical user interface which we are all familiar with. For example, you can include like a quiz in a given topic by choosing from the list of activities under the activity menu. Not to mention the icons specifically created to understand better the nuances of course creation under the Moodle environment. 

 

Article by: Busayo Tomoh

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