Learning BQ How do you support learner’s on demand needs?

How do you support learner’s on demand needs? How do you make best use of subject matter experts? How do you make something from nothing? For all three questions the answer is the same. I Moodle.

Moodle Open Source LMS
Moodle, a free open source customizable Learning Management System (LMS), offers distinct advantages for companies, businesses, and universities alike. With Moodle, there are no licensing fees and no proprietary ownership. As an open source LMS, anyone can download and install Moodle for free. Moodle, Modular Object Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment, is based on a social constructivist pedagogy developed by Martin Dougiamas in 2001. Today, with over 1,000,000 teachers in over 200 countries and 4 and a half million courses online, Moodle offers a stable and robust learning platform with Web 2.0 capabilities for wikis, forums, blogs, chats, online assignments, and assessment. With content delivery and tracking, communication and collaborations tools, online assessment and marking, and integration with PayPal, LDAP, and HRIS, Moodle makes sense for lean operations large and small.

Moodle offers great flexibility, because you can readily add, move, and modify course material. With more than 10% of all universities worldwide using Moodle, it is the Linux of the LMS. In keeping with its open source philosophy, Moodle accepts a wide variety of plug-ins ranging from smart academic calendars, social network capabilities, grade management, virtual classrooms, VOIP, e-commerce and a wide array of other possibilities. With Moodle, you can develop instructional materials, while allowing 24/7 course access to faculty, instructors, trainers, SMEs, and students. Moodle provides the infrastructure to deliver and manage content, identify and assess performance, track progress, collect data, and report on an organization, its courses, and individuals.

Constructivist Pedagogy & Platform
Moodle encourages constructivism by providing avenues for students to collaborative in learning activities. It consists of a valuable learning environment where learners build upon the collective knowledge of each other. The best part about the Moodle platform is it ensures learners receive help from instructors, tutors, peers, and SMEs in a timely fashion. With most LMS platforms, students are essentially isolated from instructors, tutors and each other. Learners who take a course through such a LMS do not experience a sense of attending a class. Instead, they may feel lost, alienated, and left on their own, because the system does not provide a built-in way to encourage, motivate, and coach one another. With a rich toolset of activities and resources, Moodle’s activities help to raise awareness and motivate learners by allowing an instructor to establish context and students to share their experiences. With constructivism, learning is viewed as a social activity, where knowledge is actively constructed through problem solving.

Knowledge, Benefits, & Value
The general benefits of using Moodle for teachers, trainers, and facilitators include the ease with which you can incorporate a variety of activities and communication strategies. A Moodle course can be designed to support a full spectrum of instructional roles from a traditional expository lecturer to an egalitarian facilitator. Yet the most powerful tools in Moodle require participants to interact with one another and collaborate while they construct knowledge in wikis, forms, labs, and assignments. For companies of all sizes, a Moodle install or cloud service is a no brainer when compared to software service providers like Saba, SumTotal, and Cornerstone OnDemand. I began working with Moodle in 2006 and I’m an advocate of its use in companies as well as schools.

Moodle, moodleMethods, and Moodle in the Cloud
See http://www.skilledge.net/moodle.html.

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