Moodle to save the day
September 13, 2019
Moodle to save the day
Score 9 out of 10
Overall Satisfaction with Moodle
Moodle was used with our students to provide a platform where they could track their upcoming assignments as well as complete and upload them online. Using Moodle also allowed graders to easily see what needed to be graded and get those grades back to students. Also, administrators and teachers of the classes were able to use Moodle to keep track of where students were in class progress. Using Moodle provided transparency and clarity that had not existed before. People knew what they needed to do to succeed in classes, and administrators could see who was succeeding and who needed more coaching and help.
- Detailing each assignment so that students could refer back to expectations as they completed assignments. This way students were not dependent on they're own notes for reminders.
- Being open-source, Moodle has so many good plugins that there are few limitations to what it can do.
- Related to above, this means that virtually every type of assignment a teacher might envision can be created in Moodle. This allows for a vast array of learning experiences.
- Updating can feel clunky at times. Updating plugins is easy, but updating from one version to the next takes a bit more work.
- Because it is open-source, you generally need to have someone fairly tech smart to set up and maintain Moodle. This means generally simple HTML coding ability, and the ability to troubleshoot issues as needed.
- We have the ability to know where students are. This leads to students being happy because they feel cared for.
- We're saving the team a lot of time tracking student progress. Now this time can be used to actually engage with the students.
Being completely free, Moodle comes out on top for any situation where the school is small or the budget it tight. Most of these other tools have paid services where there are professionals to assist with set-up or problem-solving. However, there is tons of information online to help one troubleshoot Moodle, so if one has the time and ability then Moodle is an easy choice. Moodle also gives teachers far more freedom in choosing what types of assignments they want to create for their students.
Being open-source, there is not really much support from Moodle itself. There is no number to call to get immediate help. However, there is a huge community with wiki pages, discussion boards, etc. where one can find the answers needed. Personally, I have been able to solve any issue I've had through online searches.
Do you think Moodle delivers good value for the price?
Are you happy with Moodle's feature set?
Did Moodle live up to sales and marketing promises?
I wasn't involved with the selection/purchase process
Did implementation of Moodle go as expected?
Would you buy Moodle again?
Moodle will fit any education system. Beginning free with it is specifically good for those settings where money is an issue for the school or group. However, even large universities use Moodle successfully. Honestly, Moodle can work well for any education setting. It is an education tool though, so it would not work well for other needs though.