Moodle https://moodle.com Empower educators to improve our world Thu, 22 Jul 2021 15:42:52 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.2 https://moodle.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/cropped-FAV_icon-1-32x32.png Moodle https://moodle.com 32 32 Moodle’s performance at scale: From 400 to 10,000 users in 10 days https://moodle.com/news/moodle-scalability/ https://moodle.com/news/moodle-scalability/#respond Mon, 26 Jul 2021 01:00:15 +0000 https://moodle.com/?p=162113 Moodle LMS, the world’s most customisable and trusted open source learning management system, can support installations of all sizes.   Designed to grow with your organisation With the right hardware and IT people, or with the help of one of our Moodle Certified Service Providers, your Moodle site can go from handling a few hundreds to hundreds of thousands of users simultaneously logging in and actively navigating in the platform, requesting, downloading, or updating information. This is because Moodle LMS is designed with a clear separation of application layers or tiers, which enables it to perform in environments with load balancers that distribute requests and traffic to your site across multiple web servers. Because it has the ability to access extra resources automatically, Moodle LMS’s performance is not compromised by sudden increases in the volume of traffic. It also lets you set limits on memory requests by a given page in order to prevent memory hoarding by one user or process, ensuring uptime and consistent performance.  All of that makes Moodle LMS capable of handling installations featuring hundreds of thousands of users accessing resources, learning and interacting simultaneously. In fact, the largest registered Moodle sites in the world currently have...

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Moodle LMS, the world’s most customisable and trusted open source learning management system, can support installations of all sizes.

 

Designed to grow with your organisation

With the right hardware and IT people, or with the help of one of our Moodle Certified Service Providers, your Moodle site can go from handling a few hundreds to hundreds of thousands of users simultaneously logging in and actively navigating in the platform, requesting, downloading, or updating information.

This is because Moodle LMS is designed with a clear separation of application layers or tiers, which enables it to perform in environments with load balancers that distribute requests and traffic to your site across multiple web servers. Because it has the ability to access extra resources automatically, Moodle LMS’s performance is not compromised by sudden increases in the volume of traffic. It also lets you set limits on memory requests by a given page in order to prevent memory hoarding by one user or process, ensuring uptime and consistent performance. 

All of that makes Moodle LMS capable of handling installations featuring hundreds of thousands of users accessing resources, learning and interacting simultaneously. In fact, the largest registered Moodle sites in the world currently have over one million users!

 

Scalability case study: From 400 to 10,000K users in 10 days

Offering 91 bachelor’s programs, over 100 masters and 41 PhD programs, the University of Jordan is one of the top 250 universities in the world in student employability.

To support their online exams, the University had a virtual learning environment built on Moodle LMS, which supported up to 400 users taking exams simultaneously. With the University’s growth, their VLE stopped meeting their needs and its slow performance was starting to cause distress amongst students. With all teaching and learning moving online due to Covid-19, the University needed to implement a trustable solution, fast.

In order to keep providing a top-quality online learning experience for their students, UJ contacted Certified Moodle Service Providers Eummena. In just 10 days, this team of edtech experts built a new hosting environment on their Eummena Cloud service and migrated the University’s Moodle LMS. This new cloud hosting ensures excellent performance for the University’s Moodle site, as it is based on a three-tier architecture:

  • The Presentation tier is where all users of the learning platform connect directly.
  • The Application tier holds the main code that processes users’ requests, implementing the application logic of the learning platform.
  • The Data tier is responsible for the storage and management of all data, including permanent and temporary data (for session management and caching). 

After the successful and fast migration of their Moodle LMS, now the University of Jordan can have 10,000 concurrent users on their learning platform. You can read more about this case study on Eummena’s site

 

Already running your own Moodle LMS site? Learn more about Moodle scalability and performance in our documentation for systems administrators and developers.

 

Or get in touch with one of our Certified Moodle Service Providers in your area to help you scale your Moodle site and make sure it performs to the highest standards.

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Moodle Workplace 3.11.1: enhancing multi-tenancy for your LMS https://moodle.com/news/moodle-workplace-3-11-1-release/ https://moodle.com/news/moodle-workplace-3-11-1-release/#respond Thu, 22 Jul 2021 14:50:06 +0000 https://moodle.com/?p=162759 The post Moodle Workplace 3.11.1: enhancing multi-tenancy for your LMS appeared first on Moodle.

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The latest version of Moodle Workplace, our LMS with advanced features for workplace learning, is available through our network of Moodle Certified Service Providers

Whether your multi-tenant LMS hosts eLearning sites for different branches of your organisation, different campuses from your institution or even different customers, with Moodle Workplace 3.11.1 you can adapt and customise the learning environments of your tenants even further.


Dashboard: customise the learning experience

The Dashboard is a page that gives users an overview of the courses that they’re enrolled in, as well as any activities which they need to pay attention to. Moodle Workplace 3.11.1 enables you to define a specific dashboard for each tenant, so that each administrator can manage and customise their tenant’s Dashboard and adapt it to their needs.

On the left, a default Moodle Workplace Dashboard page. On the right, a customised tenant dashboard.


Multi-tenant SAML2 authentication – Supporting both user convenience and security

This very popular single sign-on plugin for Moodle LMS, which allows users to authenticate themselves in multiple applications or websites with just one set of credentials, is now available for Moodle Workplace too – with the ability to configure it for each of your tenants, including limiting Identity Providers and locking user fields per tenant.  

 

Configure user profile fields per tenant

No two organisations are the same, so the information that they need to collect or display about their staff and learners can be very different. With Moodle Workplace 3.11.1, you can configure distinct profile fields for each of your tenants. Additionally, you can define profile fields as identity fields in each of your tenants, which means that various user reports across Moodle Workplace will display the fields relevant to the current tenant. 

 

More improvements for workplace learning

Moodle Workplace 3.11.1 also comes with enhancements in the Audiences and Schedules for the Report builder, an improved UI for MyTeams block and advanced support for multi-tenant authentication in the Workplace App.

Check out more details, technical specs and screenshots for the new features of our latest Moodle Workplace release in the Moodle Workplace 3.11.1 documentation.

Upskill and transform workplace learning with the world’s most trusted and customisable LMS. Book a Moodle Workplace demo today

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Award winning Accipio achieves Premium Moodle Certified Service Provider status https://moodle.com/news/accipio-premium-moodle-certified-service-provider/ https://moodle.com/news/accipio-premium-moodle-certified-service-provider/#respond Thu, 15 Jul 2021 08:00:45 +0000 https://moodle.com/?p=160716 Accipio, a Moodle Certified Service Provider since 2020,  is an award winning UK based digital learning agency and leadership development firm with an impressive track record in providing end-to-end digital learning platforms for major brands such as PepsiCo, Premier League, UCAS and government entities including the Department for International Trade, Foreign and Commonwealth and Development Office, NHS, Public Health England, Sport England and College of Policing.  With a strong reputation in designing and implementing Moodle based solutions, we are pleased to announce that Accipio has achieved Moodle Premium Certified Service Provider status.   Founded in 2010, Accipio offers a full range of Moodle services – from hosting and support through to custom design, development and consultancy.  They have successfully deployed sites with over 500,000 users, and specialise in helping large organisations unlock people potential. “We are so proud and humbled to be recognised by Moodle as a premium level partner. We truly believe in the Moodle project and the benefits of harnessing ethical open source technology to develop people. It is a very exciting time with Moodle 4.0 and the UX/UI overhaul planned for release late in the year. Becoming a Moodle premium certified service provider makes us one of the...

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Accipio, a Moodle Certified Service Provider since 2020,  is an award winning UK based digital learning agency and leadership development firm with an impressive track record in providing end-to-end digital learning platforms for major brands such as PepsiCo, Premier League, UCAS and government entities including the Department for International Trade, Foreign and Commonwealth and Development Office, NHS, Public Health England, Sport England and College of Policing.  With a strong reputation in designing and implementing Moodle based solutions, we are pleased to announce that Accipio has achieved Moodle Premium Certified Service Provider status.  

Founded in 2010, Accipio offers a full range of Moodle services – from hosting and support through to custom design, development and consultancy.  They have successfully deployed sites with over 500,000 users, and specialise in helping large organisations unlock people potential.

“We are so proud and humbled to be recognised by Moodle as a premium level partner. We truly believe in the Moodle project and the benefits of harnessing ethical open source technology to develop people. It is a very exciting time with Moodle 4.0 and the UX/UI overhaul planned for release late in the year. Becoming a Moodle premium certified service provider makes us one of the top partners in the world, and one of just a handful that can offer Moodle Workplace which is a fantastic product,” says Sascha Benson-Cooper, CEO & Founder.

Accipio reports that there has been significant growth in demand for Moodle Workplace in the market especially amongst corporates in a post covid world.   As organisations embrace hybrid or remote work models, they face challenges such as how they induct workforces in a meaningful way, how they create a strong culture when people physically cross paths less often, how employees and managers share knowledge and ideas without incidental catch ups and face to face meetings, and how they maintain a program of upskilling their workforce when employees can’t learn from each other by osmosis.

“Learning and performance platforms, and in particular Moodle Workplace, have a key role to play in solving problems that organisations face who are spread geographically or operate in a hybrid or remote model. We see massive opportunities to upgrade ambitious organisations already using Moodle and service those that are not. We review hundreds of technical specifications each year and it is rare that Moodle Workplace does not meet the core requirements. Many organisations are looking to implement learning management systems that take learning infrastructure to the next level with dynamic rules, multiple tenants, targeted dashboards, event management and learning programmes,” explains Benson-Cooper.

Accipio has been shortlisted for a number of prestigious awards such as Learning Platform of the year (Learning Awards 2021), Best Blended Project (Learning Technologies Awards 2020), Best Public Sector Project (Learning Technologies Awards 2020) and Outstanding Innovation and Delivery Award (Chartered Management Institute Awards, 2021).

“Our core focus as a company is around innovation and service. This is hard coded in our DNA at Accipio and we know that this approach always delivers results, for our clients, their learners and our business,” says Benson Cooper.

“This achievement is a reflection of Accipio’s capacity to implement large scale Moodle based solutions and their customer focussed approach.  We congratulate them and welcome them to the premium certified partner family,” says Jose Marcos Lopez-Rios, Channel Manager at Moodle.

 

Stay up to date with Accipio on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

For more information about Accipio, visit their Partner Profile.

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Create multiple ways for learners to express what they know – UDL and Moodle https://moodle.com/news/udl4-learners-express-what-they-know/ https://moodle.com/news/udl4-learners-express-what-they-know/#respond Wed, 14 Jul 2021 17:40:52 +0000 https://moodle.com/?p=160781 Universal Design for Learning involves using a variety of teaching methods or pedagogical approaches that provide learners with a range of ways to access learning material, engage with it and exhibit the knowledge that they have acquired. This is the fourth and final blog in our series on Universal Design for Learning and concentrates on how the Moodle platform can be used to allow students to demonstrate their learning in multiple ways. That is, to provide them options to show what they have learned! Learners differ in the ways that they can navigate a learning environment and express their learning. For example,“individuals with significant movement impairments (e.g., cerebral palsy), those who struggle with strategic and organizational abilities (executive function disorders), or those who have language barriers will exhibit their knowledge better in one form over another (e.g., written text versus speech).” (1)    Provide alternatives in physical participation To reduce barriers to learning that would be introduced by the motor demands of a task, provide options in how learners physically participate in a task and demonstrate their knowledge.  Provide alternatives in the rate, timing, speed, and range of motor action required to interact with instructional materials and technologies. When creating...

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Universal Design for Learning involves using a variety of teaching methods or pedagogical approaches that provide learners with a range of ways to access learning material, engage with it and exhibit the knowledge that they have acquired. This is the fourth and final blog in our series on Universal Design for Learning and concentrates on how the Moodle platform can be used to allow students to demonstrate their learning in multiple ways. That is, to provide them options to show what they have learned!

Learners differ in the ways that they can navigate a learning environment and express their learning. For example,“individuals with significant movement impairments (e.g., cerebral palsy), those who struggle with strategic and organizational abilities (executive function disorders), or those who have language barriers will exhibit their knowledge better in one form over another (e.g., written text versus speech).” (1) 

 

Provide alternatives in physical participation

To reduce barriers to learning that would be introduced by the motor demands of a task, provide options in how learners physically participate in a task and demonstrate their knowledge. 

Provide alternatives in the rate, timing, speed, and range of motor action required to interact with instructional materials and technologies. When creating Activities and Resources in an auditory or visual form, use text equivalents in the form of captions or automated speech to text, provide written transcripts of video or auditory clips, and use visual icons to represent emphasis. A new feature in Moodle 3.11 allows learners to change the playback speed of audio and video files. 

Optimise access to tools and assistive technologies and provide alternative keyboard commands for mouse action. Moodle LMS is WCAG 2.1 AA compliant, which means that Moodle users can be reassured that Moodle is keyboard accessible and meets accessibility in four key areas. Whether you are an educator, learner, developer or system administrator, Moodle LMS’s authoring and evaluation tools are endorsed by WCAG as perceivable, operable, understandable and compatible. Plus, a new integration to Moodle 3.11, Brickfield’s Accessibility Starter Toolkit allows educators and administrators to assess the accessibility of content and identify existing accessibility issues.

 

Give learners alternative mediums of expression

It is important to provide alternative modalities for expression, both to ensure an equal way to assess learners and to allow learners ways to express knowledge, ideas and concepts that support their learning preferences.

Allow learners to compose in multiple media such as text, speech, illustration, video, music or interactive web tools. 

With Moodle’s Assignment activity, both educators and learners can upload files in multiple formats such as audio, video and images. This means that educators can personalise assignments to suit particular learning preferences and learners can utilise media that supports their preferred form of expression.

Moodle also allows educators to use interactive web tools as a means of fostering learners’ communication and expression. Create learner Groups, encourage collaboration through peer assessment with Workshops and allow students to create collaborative project plans and documents through Wiki.

While providing learners choice in their form of expressions is important, learners must also seek to develop fluency across media (e.g. visual, audio, reading, etc). Curricula should offer alternatives in the degrees of freedom available so that learners develop their competencies. In Moodle, this can be achieved by utilising the range of assessment types available and introducing rewards or recognition such as Badges to encourage students who complete subcomponents of tasks in alternative media. Equally, Activity completion allows a teacher to set completion criteria in a specific activity’s settings and Moodle’s Restrict Access feature enables teachers to restrict the availability of any activity or even a course section based on a student meeting certain criteria. This could be completing an activity in a media they are comfortable with and then progressing to completing an activity in an alternative media that they select from a group.

 

Support planning and goal setting

At the highest level of the human capacity to act skillfully are the “executive functions” which, in the context of learning, allow students to overcome short-term or impulsive reactions, set effective strategies, establish goals, monitor their progress, and modify their behaviour as required.

Moodle LMS incorporates a number of features that can be used to support learners’ ability to effectively plan, set goals, obtain feedback on progress and identify where to concentrate their efforts.

Moodle Blogs allow learners to record personal information and express learning goals, plus the Forum activity allows students to communicate with each other and their teacher about their learning materials and goals as part of a ‘thread’. Educators can encourage students to break down goals by utilising Activity completion which allows them to set completion criteria in a specific activity’s settings.  

Both educators and learners can track progress through Grades, Competencies, Activity Completion and Badges. Assignment has many feedback options from detailed rubrics to frequently used comments to personalise feedback including text, audio and video format. Quiz can generate feedback for each correct and incorrect question ranging from a general overview to specific hints. One-to-one Forums and private Messaging between learner and educator can also be used to facilitate personalised feedback.

Want to learn more? Moodle has also created a variety of ways for educators to learn how to create meaningfully designed online learning environments, ranging from courses on Moodle Teaching Basics to Moodle Teaching Next Level and the Moodle Educator Certification (MEC) Program. MEC is based on the widely-used and accepted European Framework for the Digital Competence for Educators (DigCompEdu).

 

Sources: 

(1) https://udlguidelines.cast.org/action-expression

https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/for-educators/universal-design-for-learning/understanding-universal-design-for-learning

https://www.cast.org/impact/universal-design-for-learning-udl

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Enhance Moodle course display with this new plugin https://moodle.com/news/restriction-by-section-plugin/ https://moodle.com/news/restriction-by-section-plugin/#respond Wed, 14 Jul 2021 03:00:10 +0000 https://moodle.com/?p=160458 The post Enhance Moodle course display with this new plugin appeared first on Moodle.

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When creating a course on Moodle LMS, there are many ways to organise and display your content. For example, you can lay out learning materials, resources and activities in different sections: organised by topic, by week, by day, or by any criteria you decide.

In many cases, you will want to ensure that learners have done all tasks in one course section before moving on to the next one. Until now, to do this, you had to use Moodle LMS’s Restrict access feature on each of your activities and prevent learners from starting them unless all the previous tasks had been completed. The good news is: there’s now a new way to restrict access to a course section based on the completion of a previous section, in just one single step!

 

New Moodle Plugin: restriction by other section completion

The Moodle community contributes to and supports the evolution of Moodle LMS in an ongoing cycle of improvement. In this case, it’s German Moodler Stefan Scholz who has developed this new plugin that will make teachers’ and administrators’ jobs much easier by creating the new completion criteria “Section completion”.


What do I need?

Your Moodle site administrator simply needs to download and install the Restriction by other section completion plugin from the Moodle plugins directory, and course teachers can take it from there.


How to set up Restriction by other section completion

When restricting access to a section, you now have a new option: “Section completion”.

Moodle's Add restriction interface has a new 'Section completion' option with description 'require students to complete (or not complete) the specified section'.

Select this and then simply choose the section you want to be completed in order to display the current section. 

Let’s look at an example of this plugin in action:

The teacher in this course wants the first section, “Course welcome”, to be completed before the following section, “Background information” is displayed to learners. 

A Moodle course page with two sections. First section is called Course welcome, second section is called Background information.

To achieve that, the teacher goes to the “Background information” section and adds a new restriction to access it: students must have completed the first section, ‘Course welcome’ to see this new one.

Restriction configuration screen. Teacher has selected that Student must match the following criteria: Section completion - Course Welcome


How learners see it

Let’s follow student Matvei as he scrolls down the page now this new plugin has been enabled. He has a much more streamlined experience, and can clearly see that he must complete all activities in the first section in order to move on to the next ‘Background information’ section:

On the Moodle course page, the section 'Background information' now is only displaying its title. Under it, there's a 'Restricted' label and the text Not available unless: Course welcome completed

 

And of course, behind the scenes, his teacher is also pleased because he saved time and effort setting up his course! A win-win for everyone!

 

Want to know more?

Stop press! Stefan is already planning new features for the next version of the plugin, including a “previous section with completion” option that will make it easier to add restriction settings even if you move sections around your course page. You can leave your feedback and join the discussion on the Plugin’s page.

 

 

 

Moodle plugins are add-ons that you can install to your Moodle platform to add a specific feature, functionality or even appearance to your Moodle site. Only Moodle administrators can add plugins to a Moodle site – so if you are a teacher and would like to try one, talk to your Admin

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Celebrating adaptability – World Youth Skills Day 2021 https://moodle.com/news/celebrating-adaptability-world-youth-skills-day-2021/ https://moodle.com/news/celebrating-adaptability-world-youth-skills-day-2021/#respond Fri, 09 Jul 2021 01:00:10 +0000 https://moodle.com/?p=159162 The post Celebrating adaptability – World Youth Skills Day 2021 appeared first on Moodle.

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Young people across the globe have shown incredible resilience and adaptability in the face of a global pandemic that has not only threatened the health of their society, but curtailed their lifestyle and, in some instances, their capacity to equip themselves with skills for employment.

It is estimated that by 2025, 40% of current workers’ skills are expected to change in response to new labour market demands and rapid digital innovation cycles. Preparing youth for the workforce of the future is not only about facilitating high quality school and higher education learning environments, it requires attention to technical and vocational learning. World Youth Skills Day was declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 2014 to focus attention on technical and vocational skill development in youth, and specifically their ability to access affordable, quality technical and vocational education and training.

This year, World Youth Skills Day 2021 pays tribute to the resilience and creativity of youth through the crisis and correspondingly to the technical and vocational providers that have adapted their learning delivery models in the pandemic. A survey collected by UNESCO, the International Labour Organization and the World Bank identified that online learning has become the most common way of imparting skills in the sector but that vocational education and training institutions faced unique challenges due to their focus on practical skills and therefore the need to adapt curriculum, assessment and certification processes for online delivery.

International Labour Organization estimates show that globally, youth employment fell 8.7% in 2020, compared with 3.7%for adults. It is anticipated that the consequences of this disruption could have a flow on impact for years and that the vocational education and training sector will play a critical role in re-engaging and equipping youth for changing skill-demands by companies, organisations and communities.

At Moodle, we want to celebrate the resilience of our youth and those learning institutions in the vocational and training sector who have responded to the COVID-19 emergency by embracing online learning to support learning continuity and skill development.

Learn more about World Youth Skills Day and join UNESCO’s social media campaign on reimagining youth skills post pandemic.

 

Find out about Moodle LMS, the world’s most customisable and trusted open source learning management system.

 

Sources:
https://blogs.worldbank.org/jobs/what-weve-been-reading-how-improve-technical-and-vocational-education-and-training-youth
https://www.un.org/en/observances/world-youth-skills-day
https://unevoc.unesco.org/wysd/

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Automate LMS processes so you can focus on your workplace learning goals. https://moodle.com/news/automate-lms-processes-so-you-can-focus-on-your-workplace-learning-goals/ https://moodle.com/news/automate-lms-processes-so-you-can-focus-on-your-workplace-learning-goals/#respond Thu, 08 Jul 2021 02:00:58 +0000 https://moodle.com/?p=159190 The post Automate LMS processes so you can focus on your workplace learning goals. appeared first on Moodle.

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Creating meaningful online learning experiences for your employees that help your company achieve organisational goals requires you to focus on important activities such as identifying skills gaps and learning needs, promoting your learning programs or sourcing the best learning content. 

However, if you undertake onboarding new employees in your LMS, enrolling staff in courses, sending reminders or awarding certifications manually, a big chunk of your time is spent on admin work. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way.

 

Save time, money and hassle with automations

Automating your processes means making your goals and software come together to streamline your workflows, and it has three main advantages:

  • It saves you time by reducing manual work… and that translates to cost savings.
  • It allows you to avoid repetitive tasks so you and your team can focus on other activities.
  • Simple errors are eradicated, including avoiding common mishaps such as typos or duplicate entries.

When it comes to workplace learning, there are many processes that you can automate: from course enrolments, certification allocations or security management for different groups, to sharing reports with team leads or sending reminders to employees with pending assessments.

In fact, you can automate and streamline almost any workflow, for example:

Allocating employees to the right training

A global company has a corporate, multi-tenant Learning Management System, divided into separate eLearning sites (“tenants”) by region so that their employees can get trained on the region’s specific procedures and legislation. 

When a new employee joins the company, a new user account is created for them in the LMS. Their new account includes a custom profile field, “Region”. Based on this field, the new employee is allocated to the right tenant and the courses relevant to their region so that they can start their training right away. 

With tens of new employees joining each month, HR and L&D don’t have to worry about the new team members getting access to the right training and resources.

 

Dynamic rules: automating workflows with Moodle Workplace

Automations within your LMS can range from simple tasks such as allocating a new employee to the right tenant, to more complex processes involving many steps. Even though designing automations can require a bit of strategic thinking, Moodle Workplace enables you to easily create them in a few clicks with Dynamic Rules.

Dynamic rules allow you to define and execute centralised and automated rules using an ‘if-this-then-that’ conditional approach to trigger actions when certain conditions are met.

Just like in any ‘if-this-then-that’ logic, Dynamic Rules have two fundamental elements: the Conditions and the Actions. Conditions in Moodle Workplace are applied to users, and are the criteria that have to be met to trigger the Actions. Conditions can be multiple, meaning you can combine more than one to generate an action or actions. 

Let’s see an example of a Dynamic Rule, which we’ll call ‘Course finished’:

Condition: (a) “User has completed a course” AND (b) “the course has been completed before a certain Date” AND (c) “User works in a certain department”

Actions: Enrol the user in the following course, Issue a certificate and Award the user a competency.


In the previous example, all underlined elements are parameters that you can define when creating your conditions and actions. 

So, how could an organisation apply Moodle Workplace Dynamic Rules to their corporate training?

 

Automating employee onboarding

A medium-sized company has a generic onboarding course for all its employees. Only after they have taken this course, can they move on to take a second course specific to their department, e.g. Sales. HR could automate onboarding for employees in the Sales department with the following Moodle Workplace Dynamic Rules:

Rule 1: Allocation to onboarding

    • Conditions
      • Users who are not allocated to ‘General Onboarding Course’
    • Actions
      • Allocate users to ‘General Onboarding Course’

This shows the Moodle Workplace Dynamic Rules interface displaying the conditions described for Rule 1

 

Rule 2: Induction for Sales Department

    • Conditions
      • Users who have completed ‘General Onboarding Course’
      • AND Users who are allocated to the Sales Department
    • Action
      • Enrol users to the ‘Induction for Sales Department Course’
      • Send users a notification welcoming them to the course

this shows the Moodle Workplace Dynamic Rules interface, setting up the Actions describe on Rule 2 above

This way, HR makes sure that all new employees will have completed the General Onboarding Course before they are enrolled in the following, more specific training. 

Like any other feature in Workplace, all the Dynamic Rules that you create can be used as templates with the Migration feature. You can learn more about Dynamic rules in our Moodle Workplace documentation.

Case Study

How NHS trained 60,000 staff with Moodle Workplace, automating course assignment and certifications

Moodle Workplace is a customisable LMS with compliance management, training and reporting tools. Learn more about how Moodle Workplace can help you transform workplace learning.

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The Road to Moodle 4.0 – Toward a seamless learning environment https://moodle.com/news/moodle-4-0-toward-seamless-learning-environment/ https://moodle.com/news/moodle-4-0-toward-seamless-learning-environment/#comments Wed, 30 Jun 2021 09:00:17 +0000 https://moodle.com/?p=157817 Moodle 4.0, the user experience centrepiece that will transform Moodle LMS, will incorporate new integrations, features and tools specifically designed to create a smooth and seamless learning environment for learners, educators, administrators and managers. As the global online or e-learning market continues to rapidly grow, the mainstream adoption of learning management platforms has highlighted the importance of creating learning systems that are not only rich and configurable but also interactive, engaging and intuitive.    Foster engagement with integrated virtual classrooms The global pandemic has highlighted the importance of fostering learner engagement through integrated virtual classrooms. We are proud to announce that BigBlueButton, the open source web conferencing solution providing real-time sharing of audio, video, slides, whiteboard, chat and screen, will be incorporated into Moodle 4.0 as a standard feature. Currently available as a Moodle plugin, BigBlueButton, allows educators or managers to use breakout rooms, polls, multi-user whiteboard, and shared notes to engage learners.   Like Moodle, BigBlueButton is open source. This means any school can set up their own BigBlueButton server (or pool of BigBlueButton servers) to host their virtual classrooms. Blindside Networks, the company that started the BigBlueButton project and developer of the plugin, will offer a built-in free tier...

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Moodle 4.0, the user experience centrepiece that will transform Moodle LMS, will incorporate new integrations, features and tools specifically designed to create a smooth and seamless learning environment for learners, educators, administrators and managers.

As the global online or e-learning market continues to rapidly grow, the mainstream adoption of learning management platforms has highlighted the importance of creating learning systems that are not only rich and configurable but also interactive, engaging and intuitive. 

 

Foster engagement with integrated virtual classrooms

The global pandemic has highlighted the importance of fostering learner engagement through integrated virtual classrooms. We are proud to announce that BigBlueButton, the open source web conferencing solution providing real-time sharing of audio, video, slides, whiteboard, chat and screen, will be incorporated into Moodle 4.0 as a standard feature. Currently available as a Moodle plugin, BigBlueButton, allows educators or managers to use breakout rooms, polls, multi-user whiteboard, and shared notes to engage learners.  

Like Moodle, BigBlueButton is open source. This means any school can set up their own BigBlueButton server (or pool of BigBlueButton servers) to host their virtual classrooms. Blindside Networks, the company that started the BigBlueButton project and developer of the plugin, will offer a built-in free tier hosting of BigBlueButton to enable any school running Moodle 4.0 to try out BigBlueButton right away. The free tier hosting will include 60 minutes and 25 users per session, moderator webcam and seven day non-downloadable recordings.

Image: bigbluebutton.org

 

Evaluate the impact of learning

There is an increasing global trend to use data to measure student progress and analyse the impact of learning programs. We are excited to reveal that Custom Reports, a feature of Moodle Workplace, is being incorporated into Moodle 4.0 so that educators and managers can generate system level and custom reports to generate additional insights. Over time, all reporting in Moodle LMS will be consolidated in the report builder to provide a single and consistent interface for reports. This will allow reports to be filtered by particular elements of the data, exported to a range of formats, scheduled to be sent automatically or on a timely basis and restricted to specific audiences based on their roles. 

 

Remove seams within and between systems

To facilitate easy integration of external tools into Moodle, and to make sure learners experience this in a seamless and secure way, Moodle embraces LTI – learning tools interoperability – and is a certified LTI Advantage Complete platform. LTI removes seams (or gaps) within and between systems. It allows Moodle LMS to be securely connected with external learning tools and users to access external content from a Moodle LMS site. By using LTI tools, the need for learners to navigate to different websites to access their learning materials is removed, therefore creating a smooth, consistent and enhanced learning experience. Moodle 4.0 will take interoperability one step further by moving from LTI 1.1 to 1.3 Advantage standard. This enhances Moodle’s capacity to act as an LTI provider and securely host content for other LTI platforms to consume. We have adopted the new standard because we want to remove as many technical barriers as possible to creating integrated digital ecosystems while ensuring privacy and security of data.

Moodle’s commitment to delivering a learning management system that protects the privacy and security of learners’ data is underpinned by our security by design practice and as signatories to the Standards First Pledge

For more information on the Moodle 4.0, please join the Moodle UX community, sign up to our usability testing and review our Moodle 4.0 documentation. Moodle 4.0 is scheduled for release late 2021.

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#MOOTFR21 – Libérez le eSupermoodleur qui est en vous ! https://moodle.com/news/mootfr21-liberez-le-esupermoodleur-qui-est-en-vous/ https://moodle.com/news/mootfr21-liberez-le-esupermoodleur-qui-est-en-vous/#respond Mon, 28 Jun 2021 14:09:34 +0000 https://moodle.com/?p=157227 Contributed by Lionel Fandeur Le MoodleMoot Francophone est une conférence dédiée aux Enseignants 1er et 2nd degré, Enseignants du supérieur, Chercheurs, Ingénieurs / Conseillers pédagogiques, Administrateurs Moodle / Mahara, Développeurs Moodle / Mahara, Formateurs, Étudiants. Il se déroulera du 5 au 9 juillet 2021. Resumé Le MoodleMoot FR est le rassemblement annuel de la communauté francophone des utilisateurs et développeurs de Moodle, la plateforme e-Learning Open Source la plus utilisée dans le monde. En France, Moodle est massivement utilisé par les universités, les grandes écoles et les établissements du secondaire. Le premier eMOODLEMOOT FR Pour sa 16ème édition, l’association MoodleMoot FR a retenu l’université de Tours comme organisateur l’événement en total distanciel avec le support technique BBB de l’université d’Avignon. Après l’édition 2015, Le MoodleMoot revient en Région Centre en mode dématérialisé mais toujours dans l’esprit d’envoyer du lourd.   Enregistrez-vous pour l’événement dans la page web de MoodleMoot Francophone 2021.

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Contributed by Lionel Fandeur

Le MoodleMoot Francophone est une conférence dédiée aux Enseignants 1er et 2nd degré, Enseignants du supérieur, Chercheurs, Ingénieurs / Conseillers pédagogiques, Administrateurs Moodle / Mahara, Développeurs Moodle / Mahara, Formateurs, Étudiants. Il se déroulera du 5 au 9 juillet 2021.


Resumé

Le MoodleMoot FR est le rassemblement annuel de la communauté francophone des utilisateurs et développeurs de Moodle, la plateforme e-Learning Open Source la plus utilisée dans le monde. En France, Moodle est massivement utilisé par les universités, les grandes écoles et les établissements du secondaire.

Le premier eMOODLEMOOT FR

Pour sa 16ème édition, l’association MoodleMoot FR a retenu l’université de Tours comme organisateur l’événement en total distanciel avec le support technique BBB de l’université d’Avignon. Après l’édition 2015, Le MoodleMoot revient en Région Centre en mode dématérialisé mais toujours dans l’esprit d’envoyer du lourd.

 

Enregistrez-vous pour l’événement dans la page web de MoodleMoot Francophone 2021.

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What’s new in Moodle Workplace 3.11 https://moodle.com/news/whats-new-in-moodle-workplace-3-11/ https://moodle.com/news/whats-new-in-moodle-workplace-3-11/#respond Mon, 14 Jun 2021 07:00:52 +0000 https://moodle.com/?p=153419 The post What’s new in Moodle Workplace 3.11 appeared first on Moodle.

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Released on June 8, 2021, Moodle Workplace 3.11 is based on the latest release of Moodle LMS and includes all-exclusive features to better support workplace learning.


Share your reports with the right people

Moodle Workplace’s Report Builder allows you to generate customised reports in a drag-and-drop interface with instant preview and filtering; and to share these reports with different audiences. 

With our latest release, you can refine who can access each Report even further: you’re able to add people to audiences based not only on Departments and Positions, but also based on cohorts and system roles, as well as add them manually. 

Moodle Workplace's Audience builder. This allows you to define who has access to your Reports, based on Job assignments and System roles.

Customise who has access to your Reports in Moodle Workplace

Once you’ve built a custom report in Moodle Workplace, you can schedule it to be shared periodically. Moodle Workplace 3.11 makes this even easier by allowing you to pick an existing audience as recipients for a report when you’re scheduling it.

These improvements to Report Builder are also part of the refactoring that’s happening behind the scenes to prepare Report Builder to be integrated into Moodle 4.0, the next major Moodle LMS release.


Customise your dashboard and tabs with two new blocks

In Moodle Workplace 3.11, the Learning Overview tab (where users see all their courses) and the My Teams tab (where managers see their teams) can now be added as standard blocks to the user dashboard, so your team members can personalise their learning experience even more.


Authenticate with SAML2 via plugin

The SAML2 auth_plugin, developed and maintained by Moodle Partner Catalyst, is one of the most popular SSO plugins in Moodle LMS. Working in close collaboration with Catalyst, Moodle Workplace 3.11 release will work seamlessly with the upcoming version of this plugin, to be released soon. In the next Moodle Workplace release, the SAML2 plugin will support multi-tenancy so that you can personalise authentication methods for each of your tenants.


Provide clear, easy-to-spot requirements for activities

The Student Activity Completion feature enhancements released in Moodle LMS 3.11 have been incorporated into Moodle Workplace 3.11 and enable learners and staff to get a much clearer overview of their upcoming activities and work by displaying the completion criteria, opening dates and closing dates for all activities on a course. 

Plus, in Moodle Workplace, there’s also a new, exclusive completion criterion for Appointment activities, where learners need to make a booking for a session or webinar to have the activity marked as done.

A course page on Moodle Workplace displays an Appointment type activity called Health and Safety in the workplace webinar. The deadline (day and hour) of the assignment is shown on the right, and the Completion criteria (Book an appointment) is displayed under the activity name.

Learners get a much clearer overview of their upcoming deadlines and what they have to do to complete each activity. In this case, the learner has to Book an appointment for a webinar.


Assess the accessibility of your content

Just like Moodle LMS 3.11, Moodle Workplace 3.11 integrates Brickfield Education Lab’s Accessibility Starter Toolkit, which helps identify common accessibility concerns in course content. All detected issues can be displayed as a heatmap, or identified on a report with direct links for you to easily navigate to each issue and fix it.

If you want more details and technical specs about our latest Moodle Workplace release, please see our Moodle Workplace 3.11 new features.

Transform workplace learning with the world’s most customisable and trusted learning management system: book a Moodle Workplace demo today

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