Overall Satisfaction with Moodle
Currently, Moodle is being used in order to improve our workflow and efficiency of education. At Francis Lewis High School we utilize Moodle in order to increase enrichment for students, and make streamline the workload for educators. The Moodle platform is being used by a department with more than 200 students, with 3 fully developed curriculum and 3 educators. The problem this platform addresses is the need for students to be able to pace themselves and control more of their learning process. Students are able to follow the curriculum laid out from their home, their phone, their laptops, and from any smart wifi connected device. Teachers can upload lessons and content very easily, as students are also able to access all content approved by the teacher. Students can submit work online to the teachers from any device, making it very simple to assign work and grade work. This improves education for all students, which is the goal of implementing new tech.
- Allows for all students to create their own unique account to use to complete lessons and submit assignments. This makes it easier to grade students on an individual basis.
- Allows administrators to easily control visible content, create lessons, and deliver blended learning lessons online and in the classroom. This makes updating curriculum very easy.
- All student grades are listed on the Moodle platform. Students, parents and teachers are able to see student performance in live time as projects are assessed.
- Very easy to use by designers who are not professional web designers. Makes implementation of the platform simple.
- More skins in Moodle to change the color and aesthetics would help engage students better.
- More functionality would be mass texting through the platform. I currently use REMIND to mass text students, this would be easier since educators are always on this platform.
- I would like to see Moodle decrease the amount of bandwidth they used when students are logging in. At times Moodle will crash from overload, though it could be my provider or Moodle platform.
- Student engagement has increased.
- Parent involvement has increased.
- Customizing and updating the curriculum is done on a weekly basis and more often than it would be using other platforms and strategies to compile lesson plans.
- A positive classroom culture has been developed as a result of students being able to learn at home and in class.
Edmodo provides a simple platform but does not provide the depth of assignments that Moodle does. Moodle provides more assignment types, grading, deadlines, and shifting of assignments from one week to the next. Moodle is significantly more advanced in terms of what it can do for high school and college level students and educators. Customizing the platform also gives teachers a greater ability to customize courses, calendars, and location of content.
Moodle is perfect for education. In education, we are sincerely lacking a mainstream online platform for all educators to use. Some platforms, like SKEDULA, allow for grading, but they do not allow you to upload assignments that are easy to see, edit and get submissions, then grade. Platforms like Edmodo are too socially oriented and do not actually have the month and weekly breakdown that I look for and find very useful with Moodle. If you need a blended platform that allows students to learn in the classroom and also be coached and monitored at home, then Moodle is the best option. Being able to tell parents to log in to the account to see what is due, what is coming up, look at reference files, and check grades, makes engagement with parents simple, direct and supportive.