When Moodle learning management system launched in 2002 for K-12 and Higher Education institutions, many did not foresee the popularity it would gain in the corporate world. Designed to help people learn in private and collaborative environments online, organizations around the globe quickly came to realize the business applications of this open source learning management system.
Since conception, Moodle has been used by organizations to achieve impressive business outcomes. There are countless examples but buckle up as we explain the 10 ways Moodle is used for business!
Moodle is used by many organizations to onboard new-hires. If you’ve worked for a medium to large organization your onboarding process likely consisted of a fat stack of papers crammed into a 5 ½ binder. What a great way to be welcomed to a company! With Moodle, the onboarding process can be streamlined for administrators and engaging for new hires. HR managers particularly love the ability to provide onboarding via course modules in Moodle, as quiz results can be tabulated and analyzed automatically. Additionally, varying courses can be cloned so that modifications can be made for different departments.
Similar to why HR managers love onboarding in Moodle, Compliance Trainers appreciate Moodle’s online training capabilities because they can easily prove who has successfully completed compliance training, and who has not. Better yet, the Moodle Badges plugin allows you to award your people upon successful completion of compliance training.
With the Moodle Outcomes Module, training managers are equipped with a process for defining competencies that are linked to a series of numbers or letters to determine the learner’s level of understanding of said competency. This way, when a learner has completed competency-based training in Moodle, both the learner and the training manager can see the competencies gained when training is complete.
Similar to compliance training, Workplace Safety Training in Moodle allows you to know who has completed mandatory training and who has not. With the capability to add video, discussion questions, quizzes and external resources to your online Moodle courses, Safety and Hazard Training can be completed at a time and location convenient for the learner.
Moodle has many tools for creating dynamic, interactive and engaging online courses. With multiple modules for both synchronous and asynchronous learning activities, learners have a plethora of tools for learning in real-time and on their own-time. With Moodle course builder tools, you can create eLearning programs for self-paced strategies, non-self-paced strategies and blended learning strategies.
Moodle is not designed to be an HR Management System but we know of a few organizations who have been crafty enough to utilize Moodle for their hiring and interview process. Without getting into the nitty-gritty technical details, a law firm used Moodle so that candidates could self-create a Moodle account to upload their resumes and complete competency assessments. Hiring decision makers could then easily access candidate profiles to review applications.
In today’s business world, products and services are being updated, modified or changed at an ever increasing rate; so it is important to understand that product knowledge training is not a one-time event. Rather, product knowledge is an ongoing education initiative that changes as new clients emerge, new features develop or new knowledge. Moodle makes it easy to train your people across all departments, and even provide access to only the product knowledge necessary for their functional teams!
COE’s and COP’s are informal groups of people within the business community that have common goals, and interests, and who work together to teach and learn from one another. Moodle is commonly used in organizations to help employees connect with experts on certain subject matter. In these COE’s and COP’s, users can ask questions or search discussion forums to seek the knowledge they are looking for.
Given that Moodle LMS is designed for Higher Education, many organizations use Moodle to provide their people with continued education opportunities to help them further their careers. We have seen many of our clients provide leadership training, management training and even high school courses to tradesmen looking to upgrade courses!
One of the great things about Moodle is that it is easy for users to create their own accounts to access the course(s) you want to make available to them. This makes it easy to train clients, channel partners and business partners at a low cost.
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Just as Moodle has seen adoption in the corporate world (from education), the open source learning management system has quickly gained popularity in the Healthcare sector.Used by hospitals such as the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and Clinical Difference; Moodle has helped many in this industry increase the standard of care by providing healthcare professionals with consistent training.
Healthcare organizations are using blended learning techniques enabled by Moodle to provide a holistic approach to practitioner training. What exactly is blended learning in healthcare? It is the combination or ‘blend’ of various training approaches that help to achieve tangible learning outcomes; often times tied to the improvement of patient outcomes. Typical tools for a blended learning approach in healthcare include: online learning, simulations, coaching and mentoring, and classroom learning. To learn more about these components, download the eBook below.
There is no question about the benefits of competency based training for a healthcare facility, as one of the fundamental advantages to this approach is the ability to measure the outcomes delivered after training and during the performance period that follows. With the “Pay for Performance” movement in healthcare, it is natural that we would seek a shift from measuring skills – and paying for skills – to measuring outcomes and paying for performance. Check out the eBook below to learn more.
The amount of mandatory compliance training in health care is unparalleled to any other sector. Before a hired person even steps onto a hospital or care facility, compliance training is required. This is true for doctors, nurses and even tradesmen who do work in hospitals. Before the advent of online training and open source learning management systems like Moodle, compliance training was a time-consuming, and administratively-heavy process. With Moodle, healthcare workers can logon to complete compliance training and recertification at their convenience. Administrators and compliance officers benefit from live updates on who has completed training, their scores and even recertification dates!
Clinicians from every profession recognize the difficulty of keeping a pace with the rapid advancements in knowledge. In between long hours and delivering quality patient care, it can be extremely difficult to find time to keep up with the learning. Communities of practice and similarly, communities of expertise in Moodle, help clinicians to efficiently share knowledge. Rather than ten practitioners reading lengthy studies, one can to provide lessons learnt to his or her colleagues.
While Communities of Expertise keep clinicians in-the-know, continued education will provide them with structured advancement through measurable learning outcomes. This learning can be through either practical skills learnt on the job, and then reinforced with learning online; or knowledge-based learning such as certifications and applied courses specific to the practitioner’s field. With Moodle, continued education for healthcare professionals is made easy, reliable and consistent!
There are many more ways Moodle can be used for healthcare. Get in touch with one of our Moodle experts to learn more about how we have helped Healthcare organizations around the globe achieve compliance, effectively train clinicians, and ultimately improve patient outcomes.
Moodle was originally designed with higher education environments in mind, but it has quickly expanded to encompass the entire range of educational institutes. Moodle has become an intuitive, and supportive environment for every level of the education system. How is Moodle used in education? We are going to demonstrate how it can be used by Moodle administrators working in both K-12, and higher education – but keep in mind that each of these components can be used in any level of the education system.
These are just a few of the ways you can use Moodle in education. Get in touch with one of our Moodle experts to learn more about how we have helped Educational institutes around the globe increase student success.
We all know that Moodle is a compatible LMS for education, healthcare, government, and corporate sectors, but not everyone is aware that Moodle is a great tool for nonprofit organizations as well. Here are 4 ways to use Moodle for nonprofit organizations.
All of these outcomes in Moodle work together to essentially bring awareness to your cause. By building a sense of community, your community in turn begins to develop your brand. Overall, Moodle gives you the tools you need to be efficient, and focused on your cause, and your people.
If you find that your business needs extend beyond what Moodle offers, Totara LMS is the LMS for you. Totara is an open source distribution of Moodle built specifically for the modern needs of businesses today. While Moodle suits the needs of the education sector, Totara was designed with the corporate world in mind; hence why it is sometimes referred to as the corporate version of Moodle. With Totara LMS, you receive all the same benefits from Moodle, with talent and performance management features built on top.
Here are just 7 of the many extended features Totara provides.
Totara’s hierarchies store your company’s entire organization and job structure, so you can manage learning, drill down within reports, and control access to reporting data. This feature allows you to better organize learners, categorize job roles, build frameworks, set strategic goals, customize fields, define competencies, and administer line management.
To better manage and develop your talent, it’s essential that your LMS connects with key business information systems. Maximize your return on investment and minimize your data entry tasks with Totara’s HR sync. Totara’s HR integration allows bulk uploads, field mapping, and database sync with many popular CRM’s such as Salesforce, SAP systems and PeopleSoft.
With Performance Review and Appraisal, you can set strategic targets, objectives, form-based workflows, and printable outputs. There is also a 360 degree feedback tool that helps managers ask a wide group of participant feedback ensuring a more holistic review of staff member performance.
In Totara, managing regulatory compliance is made simple. Totara allows you to define and manage the structure of certifications and recertification paths, as well as set expiration dates. You can edit notification templates to automatically send custom messages to those who require certification or recertification. You can also run reports on the compliance status of every person in your organization, as well as track upcoming expirations and progress toward certification renewals.
Totara provides a steady channel of communication through discussion, feedback and analysis between managers and employers. This performance management capability allows you to conduct appraisals, and to align performance with personal and company-wide goals.
In Totara, users can access and/or create templates, objectives, competencies, comments, evidence, and workflow priorities. Learning plans represent all of learning, competencies, and objectives employees are working on presently and their upcoming deadlines. Totara’s learning plans also show what is mandatory, and what to prioritize. Learners love this feature because they can easily monitor their progress and directly access learning activities from their plan.
Totara is ideal if you require reporting and analytics to prove the impact of your eLearning programs on the bottom line. In Totara, you can set filters, set schedules, export, access and manage user-based data, data sources, and summary data reporting. Additionally, Lambda Zoola is a new reporting and analytics solution available for Totara users. We have put together an eBook explaining how Zoola extends upon the Totara’s built-in reporting capabilities.