June 22, 2011 - Moodle Overview



  • Brief overview of Moodle as an LMS for instructors to consider for face-to-face, hybrid, and/or online courses.




What is Moodle?

Moodle is a Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It is a Free web application that educators can use to create effective online learning sites. Let's refer to it as an LMS.


Why use Moodle?

  • Maybe you have a face-to-face, hybrid, or totally online class. You can use Moodle to help streamline your workflow and create consistent online tools and resources for your students. You can use Moodle for:
  • Course content such as a syllabi, course documents, links to articles, grades, etc.
  • Grades management, including assessment standards such as Rubrics, .
  • Communications management, such as a forum for online discussions, Moodle emails, and announcements.
  • Quiz/test management, where you can create tests and have the grades automatically calculated in the gradebook.
  • Content management, such as creating entire curriculum web pages, document uploads, and use of embedded media and images.
  • Online meetings, either through linking to systems you prefer (like Elluminate) or through a module like OpenMeetings.
  • Flexible and customizable - themes, a number of portal page components to choose from, and an HTML editor to create compelling content.
  • Collaboration, content creation, and uploading tools for students.
  • Hundreds of free modules developed by Moodle users and developers.
  • Importing and exporting of documents and spreadsheets.


E-Assessment through Moodle

  • Flexibility in time and/or place in taking assessments (quizzes, assignments, portfolios, collaborative wikis, forum, uploads).
  • Assessment interoperability: IMS Content Packaging, SCORM, AICC (CBT), LAMS.
  • Pedagogical
    • Opportunities for students to assess own progress.
    • Feedback - instantaneous, large groups, emails.
    • Variety in assessment formats and media.
    • Identify areas/students in need of support.
  • Administration
    • Reduce time spent on face-to-face feedback/marking.
    • Grades stored and collated via Moodle’s gradebook.
    • Plugins for security/plagiarism detection.


Upcoming Benefits

  • Repository API to allow any external repository to be used as a source of files and data.
  • Portfolio API to allow users to capture things in Moodle and store them in any external repository.
  • Community Hubs for networking with other Moodles.
  • Enhanced blogging and improved emailing within Moodle.


Get to know the basic options for teachers in L.J.'s Moodle.

  • Login
  • See the LMS area - Global calendar, administration, course categories (which have individual courses in them.
    • The Site Administration tools are Global for the whole site, including all classes you create.
  • Visit the Course area - Course-wide tasks, forum, projects, communications, grades, announcements, etc.