Spring has arrived! Our dark months of hiding indoors are over as our side of the world fills with new life and warmth. The old tradition of spring cleaning is how we acknowledge the change of scenery outside by freshening up our indoor spaces.
Spring is also a good time to take stock of your training site as you settle into the year ahead. Small businesses, in particular, should ensure they are providing the best and most appropriate tools for their LMS users. The following list of plugins is a good place to start, providing an excellent set of tools to help your company’s training site blossom like spring!
#1: Microsoft Office 365 Integration
Working with Microsoft Open Technologies, Remote Learner = created a plug-in that enables integration between Microsoft Office 365 and your Moodle™-based LMS. This integration means instructors and learners alike can use Microsoft applications (such as Powerpoint or OneNote) to create content, submit assignments and receive feedback within your LMS. You use your Microsoft credentials to log in and share and create documents. The integration can provide a fantastic boost to user productivity.
It is important for an organization to remain reactive and sensitive to the needs of its staff and clients alike. Regular check-ins with surveys are a good way to do this, and some third-party sites exist to offer this service. The Questionnaire plugin lets you create a survey within your LMS. You can gather data directly from your users and store that data within your site. It allows teachers and site administrators to create a broad range of questions to get user feedback on your LMS or your larger business. With Questionnaire, you do not test or assess the users, you gather data about whichever subjects you wish.
#3: Configurable Reports
Questionnaires and surveys are a good way to collect raw business intelligence, but extracting useful and actionable information from that information can be a daunting task. Happily, there are various reporting plugins in the marketplace that generate easy-to-understood charts and graphs. The free Configurable Reports plugin allows administrators to custom build new reports or download existing ones. For example, you could create a report that charts your course activity and user logins. You can export results in various standard file formats. An advantage of this particular plugin is that all your data is kept secure within your own LMS.
#4: Collapsed Topics
Sometimes, spring cleaning your LMS can be taken in a more literal sense. A good way to make your course content more accessible and intuitive is to clean up the navigation. This type of organizing can be hard if you have an extensive course selection. For courses with a high number of topics or with a long timeline, keeping track of individual sections can be confusing. Users may struggle to find information within a lengthy selection of lists and folders. With Collapsed Topics, you can toggle whether or not you wish a given selection be displayed. These toggle selections are retained between sessions, making course navigation significantly easier.
Why not consider making your LMS available to users with special needs? The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – and similar legislation in other countries – mandate minimum standards for accessibility for websites as well as physical locations. These standards may require your website to offer features that make it easier to navigate for users with special needs. Even if you are not required to do so by law, it is always a good idea to make your content available to as many people as possible. The Accessibility plugin is a block that allows your users to change the display of your site to suit their needs. This block permits users with visual impairments to customize the text and background in a way that maximizes legibility. This plugin saves users’ settings between sessions and pages.