WHY USE MOODLE?

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Moodle the leader in virtual education.

  

Moodle is the most popular elearning platform in the world, with more than 60,000 virtual schools installed and more than 40 million users. These figures should not surprise us as it is the most used LMS system by companies, organizations and entities whatever their size. It is also no coincidence that Moodle was the best Open Source e-learning solution of 2011, and one of the best in 2012.
Some of its features and advantages.
  • It facilitates the communication of teachers and students outside of class hours.
    In them we can include a wide variety of activities and closely monitor the work of students
  • It helps cooperative learning by enabling remote communication through forums, mail and chat.
  • It is translated into more than 70 languages.
  • The resources that the teacher gives to his students can be from any source and in any format
  • Keep track of student access and a history of each student's activities
  • Manage users, accesses, and roles.
  • It allows to design the pedagogical structure with training actions.
  • It allows you to manage teaching resources and training activities.
  • It makes it possible to control, and track students' learning process.
  • Evaluate students and generate reports.
  • Establish ways of communication between the teacher and the students.
  • Create collaborative learning spaces. 
  • Scalable system in terms of number of students.
  • Create virtual courses and virtual learning environments.
  • Digital complement for face-to-face courses.
  • Possibility of various evaluation and qualification methods.
  • Accessibility and compatibility from any web browser, independent of the operating system used.
Main resources and activities for teachers
The Moodle platform is a scalable tool with a number of options for teachers, which greatly facilitate the educational task.
Resources are items that contain information that can be read, viewed, downloaded from the network, or used in some way to extract information from it.
The main resources available are:
  • Files uploaded to the server, which can be in PDF, Word, Excel, Power Point, JPG or others format to be shared with all participants.
  • Web links to existing portals that contain information relevant to students, including multimedia content such as Youtube Videos, audio recordings, slide share, flickr and others.
  • Own websites that can be easily elaborated by each teacher.
Activities are elements that ask to do some work or academic exercise based on the resources that have been used.
There are a type of activities that could be considered as much as resources as well:
  • Glossaries
  • Consultations
  • Lessons
  • Surveys
The following types of activities can be evaluated in Moodle, and these can be automated by the system or manual by the teacher:
  • Tasks
  • Questionnaires
  • Forums
The available modules are:
Chat.- This is the space in which participants discuss a specific topic in real time over the Internet.
Consultation.- You can see a question asked by the teacher with a certain number of options, from which you must choose one. It is useful to quickly know the group's sentiment on a topic, to allow some kind of choice or for research purposes.
Questionnaire.- Through this option you can answer the tests designed by the teacher. These can be: multiple choice, false/true and short answers. Each attempt is automatically graded and shows or does not show the correct grade and/or answers (depending on how the teacher set it up), once the questionnaire is completed.
Survey.- Provides a series of instruments already developed to analyze and stimulate learning in online environments. Teachers can use this module to understand their students' point of view and reflect on their educational practice.
Label.- This is an annotation that teachers make interspersed between other activities and resources in order to clarify some aspect.
Forum.- It is a module that allows the development of discussions on any topic for the teacher or the institution. They can be structured in different ways, and even allow you to evaluate participation.  It allows you to view messages in a number of ways, including attached images.  When you subscribe to a forum, participants will receive copies of each message in their email inbox.
Glossary.- This resource allows the creation of a glossary of terms, generated either by teachers or by students.
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