As a former teacher in secondary education, I know how Moodle can be invaluable in structuring and sharing your course materials with learners, and also in monitoring and assessing progress. There’s an assumption from learners (and their parents) that learning will be available online – your Moodle site can be accessed via PC, tablet or other mobile device via a web-browser or there’s a free mobile app for your phone which can give you structured access to the learning that you need at any time.
Benefits for the educators
- Sharing learning materials – With Moodle’s rich resource toolkit, files and links to websites can be shared with learners easily. Pages of learning content – combining text, images and embedded video - can also be quickly created within a course.
- Managing access to learning materials – Group students into year or class groups to automatically provide access to the appropriate learning materials. You can even control when specific course content becomes available to learners.
- Updating course content – Edit 24/7 via a browser to update and add to course content for learners to access immediately.
- Automated assessment – Why spend time marking when Moodle can do it for you?! Use a variety of engaging question types in a Quiz to assess the learning. Moodle can mark these and give immediate detailed feedback to the learners – ideal for both formative and summative assessment.
- Managing work submissions – Learners can submit work and receive feedback and grades from the teacher. Teachers can also mark offline and can also incorporate their mark scheme to promote a consistent approach to marking. Teachers can also construct a comment bank to help supplement personalised feedback with pre-defined statements.
- Communicating with learners – Moodle’s messaging system allows learners and teachers to communicate easily. Teachers can also communicate with groups of learners via course forums either to provide answers to learners’ questions or to just get involved in discussions.
- Monitoring progress / Reports – No more need for tracking sheets in Excel! Moodle’s stores each learner’s scores from any graded activities. Snapshot reports can be viewed at any time to see how each learner is progressing through the course materials. There is also a full audit trail to monitor when and how regularly your learners are accessing resources.
Structured, flexible and a great time-saver … what’s not to like?
Benefits for the learners
- Ease of use – it’s a great place for your learners, whatever their age, to become confident in using the web within a school-controlled environment.
- Engaging content –with a variety of resource and activity types, learning on Moodle can be fun! Moodle supports a range of media to present or link to learning materials, support the learners and to assess their learning.
- Communicating and collaborating with peers – Using the course forums, learners can discuss topics, share ideas and even feedback on each other’s work. The chat module in Moodle allows a scheduled online messaging interaction – ideal for guest speakers or “live” discussion accessed from different locations at the same time.
- Dashboard – Learners can customise their own homepage within the site to tailor information and links to their individual needs.
- Testing themselves – the Quiz activity can give immediate feedback to the learners related to their answers so learners can regularly test themselves building their knowledge and confidence throughout their learning journey.
- Accessing learning materials 24/7 – Learning resources are available to the learners whenever they want them. There’s even a Mobile App to make access even easier via smartphone or mobile device!
- Self-reflection – Moodle courses provide a personal space for learners to reflect on their learning journey which could include recording feedback and/or setting targets for the future.
- Gamification – Moodle’s Badges allow learners to be digitally rewarded for their achievements throughout their learning journey. Learners can stretch and challenge themselves to earn all the badges available to them in a course.
Engaging learning content and activities, and easy to access whenever you want … what’s not to like?
With a rich variety of tools to encourage your learners to participate in online learning, Moodle is the ideal solution to bring your classroom into the 21st century.
HowToMoodle have had the pleasure of working with many educational institutions and have vast experience within this sector and all its Moodle service requirements. If you would like help in getting started, or developing your Moodle site call our experts on 0330 660 1111 or contact us here.