March 22 2016

The 8 Best Moodle Plugins for Course Presentation & User Experience

Written by Ben Young

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Best Moodle Plugins for Course Presentation and User Experience

Moodle Plugins are the most efficient way to get the most out of your learning management system. Think of your LMS like a smartphone - it does everything you need it to do, but sometimes you need a little more! If you want entertainment, you have a plethora of game apps to choose from. If you want to tap into social media, there's the Facebook app. If you want to work on you physical or mental health, there's a long list of apps that you can download that will assist you. Apps take our smartphones from a piece of technology, to a virtual hub for your everyday life. Moodle plugins are like applications - adding them to your LMS will tranform your online learning experience, allowing you to get the most out of your LMS. 

For our full list of Best Moodle Plugins, download our Moodle Plugins Guide, where we go through all of our plugin recommendations

Here is our recommended list of Best Moodle Plugins for User Experience and Course Presentation. 

1. Book

The Book plugin allows you to create multi-page resources with a book-like format. You can build complete book-like websites inside of your Moodle course, including chapters and sub-chapters. These Books can be printed in it's entirety, or just by chapter.

2. Certificate/Simple Certificate

This plugins allows you to create printable PDF certificates and/or diplomas for learners. You can customize these certificates a few different ways – you can add watermarks, borders, grade information, seals, and you can also add custom text.

3. Collapsed Topics

With Collapsed Topics, you can create a format that is interchangable by topic or week, that alleviates the annoyance associated with the “Scroll of Death” when a course has many topics. This makes sifting through course topics much easier without getting lost, and creates an overall better user experience for teachers and students. 

4. Lightbox Gallery Resource

With this plugin, you can create image galleries, and implement this into your Moodle course. They are completely customizabe, as teachers can edit or delete these image galleries as needed. 

5. Pcast

This  plugin makes it simple to create podcasts in Moodle. Podcasts can easily be created with this plugin, with episodes created by instructors, or by learners in a course. 

6. Accessibility

This plugin gives users the ability to customize the appearance of Moodle for their own requirements. Users can change the size of text, or the colour scheme. All customizations will be saved for each user's session, and it can also be saved permanently to the entire database.  

7. Checklist

Checklists can be created by teachers, or by students, either for individual assignments or for a series of assignments. Teachers can use this to keep up with their students progress, but students also have the ability to check their own progress, promoting a more independent learning method, and providing a method of motivation. 

8. Progress Bar

This plugin is used by students as a time-management tool. It provides students with a visual representation of their progress in a course, or activity. Teachers also have access to this view, allowing them to keep up with student progress. 

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