Top 10 things organizations get wrong when using Moodle – Stuart Mealor at MoodleMoot Australia #MootAU16

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Being an open source Learning Management system, Moodle is used in all kinds of learning environments like Schools, Universities and Corporates. However, the implementation of Moodle depends on multiple factors and it is single and foremost reason which decides the success of your learning environment.
Stuart Mealor – Managing Director of HRDNZ, Moodle Partner from New Zealand, presented the crisp of his decade long experience with Moodle in the recently concluded MoodleMoot Australia 2016. Stuart discussed about the major things which are implemented in wrong way while using Moodle in Corporate learning environments.

Top 10 things organizations get wrong:

The areas, where most of the organization get it completely wrong while using Moodle as their learning environment, as summarized by Stuart are:

  • Quizzes – Moodle have the most sophisticated and flexible quiz engine. But while implementing Moodle, the basic structure is generally missed like keeping questions in categories. Many corporates are using Moodle only for the quiz engine without knowing about the other tools available in Moodle.
  • Gradebook – Moodle Gradebook has much more functionality than a regular user expects and the best practices for gradebook are not followed.
  • Reporting – There is a quest for better reporting features in Moodle but as pointed out by Stuart a major chunk of students and teachers don’t know about the reports available at their disposal. The disconnect between the site admins and academics makes it even more difficult.
  • SCORM – sharable Content Object Reference Model – but a high amount corporates use it only for a single Moodle site without actually using its Sharable benefits. The functionality/learning created in a SCORM package can be easily replicated in a Moodle lesson activity. The ability to edit the SCORM packages is also very much limited but Moodle lessons can be edited easily.
  • Authentication & Enrollment – All corporates have their own authentication and enrollment requirements like ability to login with email addresses which may be a security risk.
  • Themes – A lot of money is spent on the design part of the Moodle site like Logo and Branding on every page. But since a user is already on your Moodle site, don’t you think that the learning environment should be clear from all distractions and shouldn’t be used for marketing.
  • Plugins – Simply speaking – the more plugins you have on your Moodle site – the higher risk you have. Let’s say if the plugin is not maintained afterwards, then there is no way to upgrade your whole setup.
  • Training and development – Doesn’t matter which hosting, which infrastructure you use for Moodle site but the success depends on the effective usage of Moodle platform. The only way to extract most from the environment is by giving proper training to the teachers.

You can watch the video recording of the presentation below or through this direct link.

In the end of the presentation Stuart posed a challenge to all the participants to identify “10 things you could improve on your Moodle site”.  What are the top 10 things which you would like to improve on your Moodle site? Do share your experience with us in the comments section below.

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