With over 100 million registered users around the world, what makes Moodle the most widely used learning platform?
Moodle Partner, eThink Education recently conducted a webinar to explain a number of features and reasons that gives Moodle the right to the above-mentioned taglines.
Brian Carlson, Co-Founder and CEO of eThink Education, and Randy Jones, eThink’s Vice President, hosted the webinar.
Throughout the webinar session, viewers were also treated to a Q&A session with Jeff Chidester, Director of Training and Learning at SIAA, who uses Moodle for the delivery of training and certification to their association members.
Jeff’s Q&A session further demonstrated how Moodle is being used in the workplace and why its main features help it to be an LMS of choice.
So…what are the key reasons that Moodle is the world’s most widely used learning platform?
Randy and Brian outlined a number of reasons why Moodle has become a top choice for meeting learning and development initiatives:
1. Moodle is open source
There is an accelerated use of open-source technologies in all sectors – K-12, Higher Education, and the workplace – and many are choosing open-source platforms like Moodle because there is no associated “vendor lock.”
This means that Moodle users have flexibility in what features they want, what to customise, and they have a choice as to how they would like their learning management system to work to meet their organisational objectives.
2. Certification and badges
Brian commented on the increased requirement for many organisations to offer certification for courses that need to be accredited through the learning management system.
Certification courses provide a place online for educators or trainers to create courses and set assessment tasks such as quizzes and assignments. Moodle provides a place for learners to access the courses and assessment activities.
Moodle’s features and tools for badgification, competency frameworks, quizzes, assignments, and of course, reporting means it is possible to offer certified courses directly within the Moodle platform.
3. Centralised platform
Many organisations today are using multiple content providers and systems to get the best courses and training systems available. Jeff from SIAA, for example, indicated that they use Captivate and Camtasia amongst many others to build their content.
Being able to bring together all of this content into a centralised platform to deliver courses and run consistent reports from one point is essential. Moodle’s continued updates with SCORM, LTI and xAPI means they can be the centralised platform to integrate content into one system.
As Brian mentioned in the webinar: “Moodle doesn’t limit what [systems] you use – integration is possible because [Moodle] is widely used and open source. This important fact allows for a best-of-breed learning strategy.”
4. Make learning interactive
It is important that learning and training is interactive and engaging. In the online learning environment, the use of gamification has been very popular to support this objective.
Moodle’s many features and plugins, such as Quizventure, makes it flexible, powerful, and supportive of many gamification ideas and activities.
5. Meeting your learners where they are with Moodle Mobile
At the beginning of the webinar, Randy mentioned, “mobile learning is here.” Increased access to learning, training, and any information through mobile devices is essential for reaching the modern, on-the-go learner.
Mobile friendly platforms are also widely demanded from a lot of organisations and institutions today for this reason.
Moodle continues to focus on its mobile app, making sure that there is seamless integration between the web and the mobile experience.
The current release is Moodle Mobile 3.2.1, which Randy described as “a great upgrade and probably the best in the market in terms of mobile interface for any LMS.”
To further demonstrate Moodle’s reputation as the world’s most widely used platform, the webinar continued with a Q&A session with Jeff Chidester.
At Jeff’s company, SIAA, they use Moodle to provide training solutions for over 4,000 independent insurance agents.
Jeff explained how using Moodle helps SIAA to achieve the following workplace objectives:
- Recruit & train top talent by providing professional growth opportunities
- Provide consistency in onboarding process while reducing costs
- Create personalised learning plans for each employee
- Connect employees and encourage collaboration
For more information and to access past webinars, contact eThink Education via their website.