Training people to use Moodle® can be a wonderful and fulfilling experience. You get to witness the lightbulb moment when a new idea clicks in a users’ head. Unfortunately, sometimes, it takes extra long to click or it doesn’t even click at all! What then? Check out our tips for training Moodle® users. This month’s tips are directed toward Moodle® administrators.
Use a committee to decide site policies. A team comprised of course creators and teachers can be beneficial when deciding on site guidelines and procedures. These are the users who will be most affected by those policies, so welcome their input to find out what best works for them.
Personalize your site. Add a logo to welcome users. Design the front page to be functional and user-friendly. Don’t go overboard on blocks, but use blocks that may be most beneficial based on your users’ needs.
Explore site settings (and upgrades) on your sandbox site. Even small changes in the site settings can affect how courses function across the site. Always test configuration changes within the safety of your sandbox environment before applying them to your production site. For additional support, take a snapshot of your site with BackTrack recovery tool.
Consider adding brief Moodle® materials to your site for training your users. This material could include “how to” instructions or cheat sheets for common functions, such as how to update messaging preferences, how to upload an assignment, how to participate in a forum.
Learn about Moodle®’s reporting capabilities. Being open source, Moodle® integrates with some stellar and intuitive reporting and analytics suites like Intelliboard. With these reports, you can track site usage and also monitor course completions by individual users.
Do you have any additional tips to add? Let us know!