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!