Moodle is the world's leading eLearning technology platform, and InterComm's first choice for corporate clients who are setting up an intranet-based training management system. Learn about the key elements of this powerful education framework.

eLearning – All about Moodle

Moodle is the world’s leading e-learning technology platform, and InterComm’s first choice for clients who are setting up a corporate e-learning or intranet-based training system.

How is Moodle organised?

Moodle has a hierarchical structure. Activities or Resources belong to Topics, which belong to a course that is housed in a category. So think about how you want to organize your information so the hierarchy makes sense.

For example,

  • Subject: History
    • Course: South African History 101
      • Topic: South African Statesmen
        • Page/s: Nelson Mandela
          • Folder: The Early Years
            • Files: various photographs

Of course if you don’t need this hierarchy, you don’t have to use it. But a well-organized eLearning system makes sense to learners, and it is easier to manage! Setting up the right initial structure is one of the most important tasks during installation, and InterComm can assist you in defining a structure that is flexible and practical.

What is a Resource?

Resources are not active:

  • A page is the basic form of learning content. It can display multimedia or photographs, and should be kept to a single screen length if possible. It is easy to create and manage.
  • Books make sense if you have considerable number of pages that should be organized as a printable e-book. One great advantage of Book is that learners can print off the whole book in one go, unlike the lesson which must be printed by page.
  • There are additional options such links to other websites, files and folders.

What is an Activity?

Activities provide for interaction between students, or between the student and the teacher. You can assess your learners through multiple-choice questions, assignments, feedback or quizzes.

  • The Quiz activity module allows the teacher to design and build quizzes consisting of a large variety of Question types, including multiple choice, true-false, and short answer questions. These questions are kept in the Question bank and can be re-used in different quizzes.
  • Assignments are uploaded files that have been created offline. Educators can grade assignments and give comments.
  • Lessons are complex workflows and used for self-directed learning. Depending on the student’s answer to a question on the page, they are redirected to a page/resource.
  • A Wiki is a collection of web pages that anyone (students or educators) can add to or edit.
  • A Workshop allows peer assessment. Students submit their work via an online text tool and attachments. There are two grades for a student: their own work and their peer assessments of other students’ work.

Different settings can result in significantly different user experiences. For example, quiz settings can provide adaptive questions, immediate feedback, certainty based marking and so on…

How do I track my students’ grades?

The following features have been designed for the use of educators and the administrator:

  • individual user’s grade history
  • assignment/quiz grades
  • Grader Report

How do students and educators interact?

Moodle’s Forum is a popular resource rich with information and support for distance learners. Educators and students are able to reply or comment on

Chat allows participants to have a real-time synchronous discussions, but is often switched off as it can be a security risk if classes are large and registration is open.

Surveys and Feedback are similar in objective but different in format – and are usually not graded.

Reporting & Analytics

Keep track of upcoming events and appointments with detailed logging. These also make the grade tracking process incredible simple in many ways by organizing and averaging as specified. You can also take advantage of upcoming events by subscribing to new ones with this feature as well. No more missing out on those you really want to participate in.

There are plenty of capabilities Moodle offers that you can use to enrich your and your learners experience. Visit www.moodle.org for further information.

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