Improving the learning experience for online students

This article has been written in collaboration with Dr. Laurie Korte, MUA Committee Member

At a time when many students around the world are fully experiencing learning online where it once was in a classroom environment or only partially virtual, learners might find it more difficult to deal with daily progress, including keeping track of what tasks they have to do, and when they need to do them.

Advocating for the student experience, Moodle and the Moodle Users Association (MUA) have chosen this year to focus on enhancing the Moodle experience for learners. For the upcoming release of Moodle 3.11 (May 2021), the MUA has proposed and funded a significant improvement to help learners keep track of all the activities that are due in their Moodle courses: Student Activity Completion. In turn, this improvement will be part of Moodle’s overall enhancement of the student experience on Moodle 4.0.


Enable students to better organize their time 

Knowing what activities and assignments they’ve done and which they still have to do enables learners to keep a sense of their progress on the course, know what they need to focus on next, and organize their time to meet all deadlines.

In Moodle 3.11, the new Student Activity Completion will allow learners to see all upcoming assignments at a glance on the main course page, including the opening and due date for each task. This will enable them to see relevant dates and plan their schedule in advance.


Provide clear, easy-to-spot requirements for activities

Giving clear completion criteria for an activity is key to learners understanding what they need to do to be able to tick it off as complete. This is even more relevant with activities that have automatic completion, where your learners won’t be able to have them ticked-off as done until they’ve completed all requirements.

With Moodle LMS 3.11, you’ll be able to display the requirements of each activity (e.g. ‘Answer a question’, ‘Read file’) both on the course page and within the activity, so that your learners know exactly what has to be done and estimate how long it will take them to complete it.

Learners can see activity completion criteria on the course page


Plus, for activities with manual completion, learners will be able to tick them off themselves not only from the course page but also from the activity itself – so that they can then click ‘Next activity’ and continue with their learning without having to go back to the course page.


Ease your students’ online learning experience

“Individual progress roadmaps to assist in tracking, organizing, focusing, time management, and knowledge scaffolding become an accommodation worth many smiles in alleviating apprehension. Addressing individual education progress detail enables learners to follow along with many course content deliverables raising confidence that they know what is done, what is next, and what is still to do.” Dr. Laurie Korte, MUA Committee member + Solution Architect at Remote Learner (a Learning Pool Company)  

If you want more details about the Student Activity Completion feature, see our documentation for Moodle developers.

Moodle 3.11 will be released in May 2021. Read more about what’s coming in our next release on the Moodle 3.11 Roadmap

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