This is Why Moodle Join Hands with Joubel to Integrate H5P

Moodle-H5P integration

Moodle HQ joined hands with H5P recently to incorporate one of the best plugins a Learning Management System (LMS) can offer to its teachers and learners/students. Once this integration into the Moodle platform is over, the plugin will be available as part of the core Moodle LMS. Now, the tool is going to be part of the Moodle from its 3.8 version onward.

That means, from Moodle version 3.8 onwards the teachers and educators are enabled to directly upload H5P content into their courses. They need not install any extensions for content updating. Even more so, this tool helps them reuse the content without the need for developing it from scratch. Moodle aims to extend the H5P integration in the next few releases too.

H5P, the acronym for HTML5 Packaged, is an interactive content creation tool for instructional designers and educators across platforms such as Moodle, Blackboard, Canvas, Drupal, WordPress, and Brightspace. For that matter, using this framework, educators can share their interactive content with any system which supports the Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) standards.

By the way, H5P is an open-source framework designed and developed by its parent organization, Joubel.

 What is H5P?

What is H5P

It’s an amazing tool!

So much so, Martin Dougiamas, Moodle CEO, was quoted about H5P integration as saying, “Our users were asking for this, so we’ve made it a priority. With H5P standardized in Moodle’s LMS products, our teachers (and students) have the ability to use and share some interesting content without needing special tools…”

The coming together of Moodle and Joubel shares the common vision of empowering the educators by helping them create better interactive content faster, with the help of this tool.

H5P enables the educators to create such interactive content and has broadly divided the same into four content types: as,

  • Games. It helps to create your training in the form of a game. H5P provides ten such types making learning enjoyable like a game. Ex: Flashcards and Find the words
  • Multimedia. It helps to develop visually-appealing and interactive content such as Image sequencing, Find the Hotspot, Course Presentation, etc.
  • Questions. It helps to access your learners with various question formats like Multiple Questions, Fill in the Blanks, Questionnaire, Summary, Interactive Video, and so on
  • Social Media. It helps to create video content with/without audio. Ex: Interactive Video

Using these four types, you can create as many as 43 interactive content forms. That sounds awesome, doesn’t that? For example, create various question models from Question types: Arithmetic Quizzes, Drag and drop, Fill in the Blanks, Flash Cards, Find the Hotspot, Find the Words, and this list goes on. Thus teachers and educators can make amazing course content for learners using this tool.

Why H5P?

 

Why Use H5P with Moodle

Necessity is the mother of all inventions. You know that the statement is a cliche, don’t you? I have to go with it for want of a suitable alternative. And the saying is true with H5P as well.

This Open-source tool overcomes several obstacles when it comes to the eLearning industry because the content is king ( content should have been queen for us to see the beauty in the content and for engagement). They are as follows:

  1. Technology issue. Flash by Adobe was a great eLearning authoring tool introduced in the ’90s for developers to add animations to make content on the sites interactive. But it was equally problematic and outdated. But the solution came from some other corner through HTML which is not only a modern but also mobile-friendly responsive design).
  2. Monotonous content. Some LMSs have content authoring tools. However, the Moodle platform doesn’t have it. Now making interactive content is a real challenge for teachers. Then, how do they make their learning/training engaging and result-oriented? Consequently, the need of the hour is a special tool like H5P.
  3. Disengaged Learners. What is the best way to engage disengaged learners? Provide them interactive content material to reengage them. The L&D spending on these kinds of learners is synonymous with the filling of a broken cistern. For that reason, the disengagement of learners has to be addressed. Otherwise, it sucks out the valuable resources of your organization.

H5P addresses all three issues. That’s why Moodle users badly want it to be incorporated into Core Moodle.

How it works on Moodle 3.8

How H5P works with Moodle

How H5P works with Moodle LMS

The complete integration of H5P takes time. However, the process is on and you can use H5P on Moodle with the help of the following steps.

  • Prepare the interactive content at H5P.org
  • Click on H5P button from Atto Text Editor (Which you by clicking on Add activity or resource) on your Moodle and enter the ULR in the pop
  • Add this content to your course

As of now, that’s how you can use H5P within the platform. But the days are not off to completely have this interactive content tool within the core of this Open Source platform.

5 Reasons Why Learning Analytics Stimulates eLearning More

#1 Personalized Learning Space and Pace

This post aims to remind people of their growth in anything as an absolute. You like to do things at your own pace. And every learner cannot learn at the level and pace with the rest of them. In the same way, the learning analytics helps your learners find their learning space and pace for optimum learning outcomes, which help in effective organizational decision-making. For doing so, draw out the insights at each step of their learning curve. The insights such as the courses that suit her, the timings she prefers to learn, and such others prioritize your learner’s learning /training. To that end, it is feasible to create custom courses to bring out the best from each of your learners, allowing them to learn at the space and pace they are comfortable.

#2 Performance Forecast

A part of the usefulness of learning analytics is to predict learners’ performance in advance so that a trainer or a manager can take necessary steps to engage and encourage at-risk or low-performing learners. Either from their learning analytics from the big pile of system data or directly from themselves, you can elicit why they are not productive at so and so education/training. Ultimately, predicting the performance of your learners helps you take precautionary measures to improve their learning experiences.

#3 Perfect Your Course

Has your course gotten a smaller number of registrations? Or, is everyone passing training? Does your L&D consist of boring, monotonous text material? These facts are enough to smell a rat. The learning analytics helps you get such insights as above. Based on those invaluable suggestions, rework on your courses until you get them right enough to effectively train/educate your learners. Thus, you perfect your courses for optimum learning experiences.

#4 Productive eLearning

How do you make your learners productive at eLearning? For that purpose, you have to first improve their engagement levels beyond your courses. The learning analytics shows which courses, activities, quizzes, assignments, Scorm, or as such getting highest and lowest levels of learner engagement. Again here, if you have designed your courses properly (read, engagingly) based on the insights, you automatically increase your learners’ productivity for better profits. Otherwise, you have to check for where the learners are going wrong, why they are going wrong, and how to get over that unproductivity. You can draw such crucial insights from the learning analytics from your LMS.

#5 Practicable Courseware Budget

You can know to which course or part of it working or not working, then you can either focus on improving the course (or, its parts) or allocate the time and efforts to improve on what’s working for learners. Learning analytics helps you in this regard. Observing the same from your analytics, you can conclude and accordingly allocate your budget to prepare high-quality eLearning material at a reasonable cost. As a result, you cut through the cost of education/training and improve the Return On Investment (ROI). You can see all these reasons viable in LearnerScript, a Moodle learning analytics, and reporting plugin if you employ Moodle LMS. To know more about this tool, visit us or contact us.]]>

7 Advantages of Moodle LMS You Need to Know

If you don’t know what Moodle is, chances are you take that word for a kind of minutes-made Noodles (the popular South Asian dish). Unfortunately, it’s not. Moodle is an acronym for Modular Objective Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment (MOODLE) developed by the Australian educator and computer programmer, Martin Dougiamas.

It’s the first Open Source Learning Management System (LMS) brought out to the public in 2002. Since then, Moodle is the best alternative to tens of commercial LMS software. Currently, about 100 million educators have used or still using this platform.

You can be one of them. Here are some standalone characteristics/advantages of Moodle LMS for you to consider and go Moodle.

#1 Highly Configurable LMS Software

Moodle Learning Management System (or, Moodle LMS) is highly customizable LMS. Being an Open Source software, Moodle changes continually year after year, with exceptional improvements incorporated in the latest versions, from its community of developers all over the world.
Since Learning/Training and Development requirements change vis-à-vis organization objectives, Moodle allows you to make tweaks to the software. Add the required Moodle plugins, themes or whatever. That way you get the perfect LMS.
Moreover, the big advantage of this fact is that you pay for what you get. The other LMSs come as full-fledged eLearning software. That is, you may find many features which you may not use, yet you shell out more money when you buy that LMS.

#2 Moodle speaks plain PHP

If Moodle LMS is written in PHP programming language, what’s the benefit for you and me? Well, PHP is known for its easy deployment and implementation. That means, the language paves the perfect way for endless capabilities and functionality expansions in the future.
Hence, the continual updating of Moodle in the form of its versions is feasible. So, you won’t lag behind your competitors when it comes to leveraging the technology for learning/training and development requirements. Moreover, its flexibility to run on any platform such as Linux, Unix, Windows, macOS, and even on the newcomer Ubuntu has made PHP a preferred choice for writing Moodle LMS software.
All in all, writing Moodle software in PHP has made the Moodle LMS independent of any platform, just like its software language.

#3 Plugins, plenty!

Chances are that no other LMS except Moodle will have these many plugins. Moodle plugins directory tells us that there is about 1601 plugin, and they are downloaded 366.6K times! (The stats are taken at the time of writing this article).
These add-ons give you great flexibility; whenever you want to enhance your LMS, you can add them. Otherwise, you can discard the same. Isn’t it a cool thing?
Moreover, some add-ons to Moodle are commercially available. The plugins such as – Edwiser RemUI, H5P, Congrea, Poodll, LearnerScript, etc. to name a few, are nothing short of excellence. Plugins like those will not only give it an edge over the other LMSs, but they also make it a great substitute.

#4 Global expertise community

In Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, John Hammond, the millionaire who leases an island to build the Park, exudes in a panicking scene, “who else can I trust than the dinosaur expert (Dr. Alan Grant).” Trust the experts!
Because Moodle has a strong network of 88 partners (at the time of writing this article) and hundreds of millions of users, developers, admins, teachers, etc. around the world. No other LMS has such committed professional network except Moodle LMS. Also, Moodle HQ conducts MoodleMoots around the world to strengthen the community and to discuss anything Moodle.

#5 Assessment-type flexibility

Before writing this article, I met a seasoned Moodle developer and asked him, saying, “what is one big advantage of Moodle (over other LMSs) you observed over the years as a developer, which a commoner cannot find it on Google?”
“Quizzes,” he replied. “They are the heart of Moodle LMS. Unlike the other LMSs available on the market, Moodle offers a variety of assessment types: questionnaire, quizzes, assignments, hot spots, audio-and-video type assessment, etc. all for free cost.”
“It all depends on the kind of assessment that best fits your organization L & D goals, and moreover, if learning is not measured for development, what’s the use of learning after all,” the moodler continued. And the bottom line here, similar to the words of Hal Elrod – The Miracle Morning guy, is this: Learn, measure and grow! The Moodle LMS simply facilitates this approach for you.

#6 Learning Analytics tools

You might remember this famous quote from Peter Drucker, “ What gets measured gets managed.” As I have mentioned it the above paragraph, it’s no use if your eLearning on Moodle is not measured and analyzed for actionable insights to enhance your learning outcomes. These Moodle insights will play a constructive, crucial role for organizations and individuals alike to chart their course of learning action respectively.
For that purpose of getting learning analytics, you will find more or less a dozen analytics and reporting tools available for Moodle LMS. Some of them, like LearnerScript, belong to the Moodle family.
You can read more about this section in my previous article, published in the eLearning Industry

#7 Feedback System

The feedback system in Moodle is part and parcel of the LMS. It helps understand how your course, trainers/teachers, pedagogic methods are doing, which otherwise not possible to know.
The feedback in Moodle aims at improving the quality of L&D efforts. In other words, it helps to put a check to formality-kind-of training which is only a burden and diminishes the chances of better ROI of your organization. To assess your training whether it’s productive or not, various types of questions such as multiple-choice, essay answers, and as such form the feedback in the system.
For more about the advantages of Moodle LMS and its services, enquire with us now. There’s lots more in store for you!

Introducing LearnerScript, the Learning Analytics Tool for Moodle LMS

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At the outset, we at eAbyas are excited to announce today the launching of LearnerScript – the advanced learning analytics tool, a built-in plugin for the popular Moodle LMS.

This Moodle plugin is the only one of its kind

We are excited because this reporting tool is certainly something that’s gonna make a world of difference for Moodle learning analytics for good. That’s why we are eager to share this good news with all the folks who use the Moodle platform around the world.

Wondering? You will be. In fact, even more, when you actually make use of this Moodle plugin for reporting of e-Learning/training data.

But why another analytics tool? You may ask us.
Okay. See this.

The first and foremost, LearnerScript is designed by a Moodle partner, especially for Moodle. It’s not a third-party tool, but a built-in plugin on Moodle platform itself. That means you are free from sharing your LMS data with a third-party reporting tool.

And, using LearnerScript, you can create role-wise multiple dashboards for multiple roles for your organization. What a big relief!

Coming to making reports, as a Moodle admin you can create customized reports from the LMS data depending upon your requirement. It’s no rocket science. This Moodle plugin is that handy.
Thus, you say goodbye with this awesome tool to uncustomizable reports and dashboards that serve your purpose the least.

Want to use canned reports when you are running out of time? Fine, there are 40 plus canned reports at your disposal.

Either way, LearnerScript serves your need the best.

And, cost-wise?

Yes, the cost on the tool won’t break your bank for sure. No monthly or annual subscriptions.
However, you get the complete tool (that is, it’s source code) on One Time Purchase with one-year premium support. All that without any hidden costs. Absolutely!

One more thing. LearnerScript is completely mobile-responsive. That is, as a Moodle admin or user, you can easily switch between the devices to use this reporting tool, anywhere and anytime.
In a nutshell, this is the analytics plugin built for Moodle by a Moodle Partner. To know more about the highlights of its features, visit LearnerScript.com now.