Why is Moodle the best LMS for Elearning
Posted by Mycoach Learning on May 8, 2019 blog
MODULAR OBJECT-ORIENTED DYNAMIC LEARNING ENVIRONMENT, Wait! Don’t go away yet. We are not discussing something new here, it is nothing but the expansion of our well-known friend Moodle. As the name goes Moodle is as comprehensive as its expansion, yet as simple as its acronym. It has been 1.5 decades since Moodle was launched in 2002 and still stands relevant even after 16 years, thanks to the constant support from Moodle partners and the most relentless contribution from the extensive Moodle community.
The versatility and affordable scalability offered by Moodle is seldom matched by any proprietary LMS which is not surprising given the flexibility of Moodle’s core architecture. Let us quickly delve deep and see what makes Moodle the best and most preferred E Learning Platform for Enterprise Learning
Customization and Flexibility
Moodle’s Flexibility allows new plugins to interact with every functional layer of its core with ease and hence new features can be added to the existing system easily. The flexibility and effectiveness of this continually evolving LMS is what has attracted 130+ million dedicated users and more than half a billion enrolments to it. Over 1000 plugins have been developed by the Moodle developers, learners and managers to make the learning platform more engaging, collaborative and fun.
Moodle has been upgraded constantly over the years by the Moodle developers, Moodle partners and Moodle community. The strong funding to this open source project ensures new features are added as and when required based on the evolving needs of the learning and training community.
Moodle’s dedicated users provide continual support to the community, which has made Moodle the best choice for LMS. Moodle is supported by a global community of educators and professionals are who are extremely passionate about improving the online learning experience it provides. The open source code is constantly being updated by actual Moodle users who understand what learners need for better user experience. Requirement of new features or queries regarding plugins can be discussed in forums administered by Moodle developers.
Moodle Analytics allow you to track compliance, course completions, and competencies which is valuable when considering employees for promotions or succession planning in general. Apart from basic tracking, Moodle analytics offers description of learning engagement and progress, Diagnosis of learning engagement and progress and prediction of learning progress. With a set of student engagement indicators, it is possible to provide Proactive notifications to administrators who can easily communicate to learners identified by the model, or jump to the outline report for that student for more detail about student activity.
Moodle easily integrates with, and complements, your existing education and workplace software solutions such as G-Suite, Microsoft Office, Student Information and library Systems, Salesforce and more. It can also get integrated with the organisation’s workflow portals like Performance management portals, HRMS portals etc., to share data across the platforms and in turn eliminate manual interventions.
Moodle users can receive automatic alerts on new courses, deadlines, forum posts and also send private messages to one another. Using relevant plugins the MIS process can be automated as per required frequency of reports, receivers of the report, format of the reports etc.,
Moodle has its official mobile app which can be used to browse the courses, even when offline, receive instant notifications of messages and other events, track learning progress, and much more. The mobile app is also customisable like the desktop version.
Do you know that in certain cases Moodle can be 10 times cheaper than a Proprietary LMS? Moodle as such is not free but is extremely affordable. The source code is free for download and can be set up in any PC easily. Once a domain is registered you can swiftly go online with your courses available for users with internet access or it can be made available with LAN access. But the speed of access will depend on the server as number of users and speed is determined by the capability of the server used to host Moodle. Also customisation of Moodle will require programming knowledge of PHP and if you do not possess this knowledge it is advisable to use the help of a technical consultant to take care of the same based on your specific needs. So eventually the cost involved is towards server and customisation which is fairly cheaper compared to the costs involved with any other commercial LMS. Moodle can be hosted in cloud also to further reduce recurring costs.
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