In November we spoke to Margarita Griffith, Senior Learning Officer for the International Federation of the Red Cross based in Panama. There are over 5,000 branches of the 35 Red Cross National Societies in the Americas worldwide. IFRCs main aim is to train volunteers across the world so that they can be better prepared to help people and communities to restore their lives after a disaster. IFRC provide these eLearning courses through the Moodle platform.
The organisation began their Moodle journey in 2010. Over the years their Moodle site has grown and developed to now reach over 2,880 students who have taken courses on their platform. In August 2015 IFRC had a vital requirement to upgrade their current Moodle version from 2.5 to 2.8. As the site originally had a standard Moodle theme, they also required an improved look and feel that aligned with their newly developed website maintain the professional presentation and encourage user engagement.
Their hosting provider at the time was unable to help with their upgrade requirement, and so the organisation contacted HowToMoodle regarding migrating and upgrading their site, as well as to help improve its look.
Margarita comments on their decision;
“I had no previous references of HowToMoodle and I was just practically guided but what I saw on their webpage and in their social networks. So for us, it was a high risk especially because of their location so far from Panama. But we went ahead and trusted them to migrate our Moodle, upgrade it and design it."
"I want to be honest that at first we were unsure of the outcome, but now, I feel that I could not have made a better decision. I am truly satisfied with the way our Moodle is running, much faster than before and with a better design. Also, we have new functionalities that I have never seen before and we are eager to explore.”
“The team at HowToMoodle listened to all my requests and tried to help me with patience and understanding.They deliver all their services in the time and in the manner that they have stated. I feel confident now of the future of our virtual campus because I have the support of this great company who definitely knows how to Moodle."
Why we love this theme…
This Moodle theme creates a seamless transition between the Moodle site and the company’s main website. As a worldwide organisation this theme works well in multiple languages and is responsive (meaning that it is optimised for those wishing to access the site from a mobile or tablet).
The theme also comes with a range of functionality as standard, that can be turned on or off and used as required. Such functionality is included in the below images. If the company need help in making the navigation on the site more graphical, the tiles and front page quick links with images will do just that.