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What is Moodle?

A content management system for academic institutions.

Moodle is a learning management system that helps the teachers, students and administration departments of academic institutions communicate with one another.

There are many features like assignments, quizzes, lessons and much more.

The platform is designed to provide educators, administrators, and learners with a single learning environment.

It offers:

An easy way for students and staff to communicate from wherever they are

With the Moodle platform, students, and teachers can easy ask, and answer questions, communicate that classes have moved rooms or been cancelled, and more.

Share documents quickly

Moodle allows you to create web pages with information about a particular course, as well as share resources between teachers, and students. Slides, Word Documents and other resources that students will want to access quickly can all sit in this central point.

Beyond documents

Moodle is also capable of sharing other content like video, and audio. You’ll find it easy to post recorded lectures as podcasts, or special events as videos, and house them in that same central location.

Easy access to relevant and useful online resources

Make it easy for students to find what’s relevant to them. With so many different courses within just one department or institution, it can be difficult to provide the specific resources a student needs. With Moodle, you can point students of a particular course to specific e-books, articles, publications, and more that are relevant for what they’re studying.

Handing in assignments online

Moodle allows students to hand assignments in online, meaning institutions can bid farewell to the flurry of excuses that normally populate teacher’s inboxes approaching the due date. Having the entire process be automatic means that students who aren’t on campus are not at any sort of disadvantage when it comes to submitting their work. Plus, the process saves time, avoids postage, and avoids using paper. There’ll be no chance of the dog eating your homework with this feature.

Use less paper

Not only will it save money on resources like paper, but having a central version of any document will ensure students are always looking at the latest version of course material.

Control access to different areas

With Moodle you can create areas for tutors and students to communicate.

Collaborative learning

The Moodle system encourages collaborative learning, providing functionality that makes it easy for students to collaborate no matter where they are in the world.

Group tools for students

To help students collaborate, Moodle allows for forums, wiki and chat functionality, making group projects easier.

Manage your materials

With the ability to keep materials in the one place, Moodle makes it easy to keep and change things year after year.

Course calendar

The course calendar will allow you to flag important events for each course.

Profiles and contact information

And finally, Moodle provides a central location for students and staff to find contact details for each other. It can also hold information about the course team and students.

Moodle is already a well established learning management system that’s been adopted by a number of high profile academic institutions. So, if you’re looking to create an online destination centred around education, this platform might be for you.

Now that you know what it is, check out our Moodle category on ThemeForest.

You can also check out what our author community had to say about Moodle on the Envato Forums.

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Dom Hennequin

About the Author Dom Hennequin

Dom is the host of the Famous 5, and Community Content Coordinator at Envato.