Training people to use Moodle® can be a wonderful and rewarding 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® course creators.
Keep in mind the technical expertise of your instructors. Moodle® can be as simple or advanced as you want it to be, but instructors may become frustrated if courses complex designs go beyond their level of expertise.
Don’t underestimate the power of choosing the correct course format. As you develop courses, consider the structure that best suits the course material and instructional style. For instance, creators might consider a grid format for courses that require lengthy content yet need to avoid the scroll of death.
Keep design elements in mind. A course page should be clear of unnecessary clutter and too much color. No more than three colors should appear on a single page, and colors should remain complementary. Also, keep images to a reasonable size to eliminate distraction and consider the amount of time an image requires to load and display.
Consider what technology your users need for optimal engagement. Not all users have access to the same word processing programs, internet speed, and video playback capability. Design courses that function well different types of users.
Design with accessibility in mind. Moodle Atto’s toolbar has built-in accessibility checkers to help identify areas. Invest the time to test the course activities and resources for keyboard accessibility.
Do you have any additional tips to add? Let us know!