March 23 2016

5 Ways Moodle Improves Higher Education

Written by Nimritta P.

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definition-of-higher-education1Moodle LMS is an intuitive, and supportive environment for the independent nature of learning in higher education. There is no population more technologically skillful than post-secondary students - the virtual landscape of Moodle is one they are familiar with, and can navigate through easily. Without a major learning curve, online learning platforms like Moodle LMS are ideal for students in higher education. Here are 5 ways that Moodle improves and enhances higher education.

 

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  • A steady stream of communication is essential for students in higher education, because it increases both learner engagement and student success. Moodle has a number of plugins and modules that can be used for this purpose. The forum module allows virtual communication in Moodle between students and teachers. There are two different forms of messaging in Moodle - instant messaging and message alerts, that provide quick and efficient ways to get in touch with peers and teachers. There are also Moodle blogs (each Moodle user has their own), that can be used to share and express thoughts. The great thing about Moodle is that you can access it at your own time, so you don’t have to worry about being constantly preoccupied with discussions and questions, you can go on when you have time.
  • Along those same lines, Moodle enables and encourages collaboration and teamwork - the communication features in Moodle listed above (discussions, forums, messaging) allow students to work together, share ideas, and ask/answer questions if needed. Collaboration nurtures success, because it allows students to work through their problems, and fine-tune their work with the help of their peers.
  • In higher education, course materials and supplementary resources are just as essential as in-class lectures. In Moodle, you can easily upload and share resources, articles, videos, pictures, and anything else students might need to complete coursework and assignments. Having a centralized repository means that students can easily access their learning materials whenever they need, as many times as they need.
  • In Moodle, assignment submissions are not only limited to school hours - you can submit assignments in Moodle at any designated time, including weekends, early mornings, and evenings. This not only provides students with more time to fine-tune their work, it also alleviates some of the stress associated with getting work into teachers’ hands in time.
  • Moodle heartily accommodates flexible learning on the go. Moodle offers mobile eLearning, as it is compatible across a number devices, including smartphones, tablets, and laptops. Not only can you complete coursework and access course materials from home, you can also do so on the bus, at work, on a coffee break, or from anywhere you have internet access. The limitations are few, and the possibilities are endless!

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