May 11 2016

5 Tips to Leverage eLearning in your Organization with Moodle

Written by Nimritta P.

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moodle-corporate-.pngMoodle isn’t just for the higher education sector, it’s used by countless organizations in healthcare, enterprise, and even non-profit arenas to ensure employees are provided with learning opportunities to meet their performance goals. If you are in the market for a learning management system that meets your unique learning needs, this blog will provide you with an overview of some of the many benefits you will gain from implementing Moodle into your organization.

1. Lesson and Quiz Module for Compliance Training

The lesson module is great for compliance training, because it allows compliance managers to provide content and graded questions that are automatically graded. It’s also an excellent tool for solidifying the learning, as the trainee progresses through content.

Make sure you have a solid idea of the learning outcomes that you want to achieve at the end of the lesson. This will help you find direction, so you can begin creating your lesson’s various pages. With the content editor, there’s plenty of room to get creative with your lessons, by embedding videos, pictures, or links to additional resources.

2. Develop a Competency Based Training Program with Moodle Outcomes

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. Unlike grades, which may be composed of test scores, participation points, attendance and projects - outcomes, like competencies, assess a series of statements which can be provided at the end of a course along with the overall grade.

A few things to note:

  • Before setting up your competency program in Moodle, it is important to have clearly identified the competencies that are achieved with the completion of the courses and/or activities.
  • Once these have been defined, it becomes a matter of going through the various activities and assigning competencies that are achieved once completed.
  • Activities can cover single or multiple competencies and can be set so they are only achieved once a student has attained a certain level of understanding (pre-determined by the administrator).

3. Course Development

Each of us has our own unique learning method that works best for us, which is why not everyone can excel in traditional learning systems. eLearning with Moodle allows you to incorporate different activities that not only assist the learning process, but are also considered primary sources of content. These activities will fall into one of two categories - Synchronous, and asynchronous. 

Synchronous activities are happening in real time, and require all participants to be present. This includes video conferencing, polling, instant messaging, games, and whiteboards.

Asynchronous activities can be done independently, at any time. This includes contributing to Wiki’s or blogs, participating in discussion forums, watching videos, listening to audio, going over slides, and composing emails. Allowing students to access material on their own time, means they can work at their own pace. 

4. Moodle Course Module for Product Training

Central to any business is the level of understanding your employees have about the products and/or services you provide. Depending on an employee’s role in your organization, their product training will likely differ. Your sales team, for example, will need more product focussed information, while your support team will need to know about product timelines, and history of bug fixes. While it is an option to create product knowledge training specifically for every functional department in Moodle, it is an option to create product knowledge training specifically for every functional department in Moodle. It’s much more efficient to use Moodle’s topic structure feature to allow each role to focus on the information they need.

To do this in Moodle, administrators and managers have the option to set up courses within the course category, which allows you to organize a product knowledge course based on the resources and activities needed for each functional role in your organization. This method is particularly helpful because it does not restrict employees from understanding your product or service from a holistic perspective.

5. Moodle for the Hiring and Interview Process

Moodle can be used as an HR tool, where applicants can send in their resumes, and employers can screen them. Here’s how it works:

  • Create a course that is solely for assisting the hiring process. You can create a different “Course” for each position you’re hiring for. You can also label each section within the course to make it very clear to applicants what they are to supposed to do in each section.
  • You can include a section where applicants can upload files - this is where they should submit their CV’s or resumes. You can also add a time range in which submissions will be accepted.
  • Go through the submissions and sort out which applicants are acceptable, and which ones are not a fit. 


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