Moodle: Little magic, more misery

An ESL school has recently been trying to use Moodle as a learning platform. I say ‘trying’ because so far, it has been a resounding failure. And to most people, it comes as a huge surprise because Moodle has been hailed as the best LMS for online learning. It comes in at #12 on the list of top 100 tools for learning.

But it’s not surprising. While Moodle is a very powerful and customizable learning platform, there aren’t many people that take the time to understand how to unleash its power, properly.

In the case of this particular school, no training has been provided so far, teachers don’t even know whether they should log in or not, and students have shown little to zero interest. The design of the school’s Moodle site is neither captivating nor intuitive. The content is repetitive and redundant – the administrators are using course book listening activities which the teacher will do in class, uploading them to Moodle, and adding gap-fills and true-false questions to supplement classroom learning. While an online platform should encourage everyone to go paperless, students are given paper worksheets to answer questions found on Moodle. The future of Moodle in this school appears to be bleak. (more…)