Using an open source learning management system (LMS) such as Moodle is a viable option for businesses – large and small.
The eLearning market has seen remarkable growth in the last decade and this expansion is expected to accelerate at a scorching pace. Analysts at Ambient Insights have predicted a 4.4% increase in the global spending on self-paced eLearning over the next five years with an estimated revenue of $53 billion in 2018.
The demand for online courses is no longer restricted to developed nations. It has evolved into a global phenomenon with developing economies taking the lead in creating and utilizing virtual learning ecosystems.
Other businesses have long recognized the benefits of eLearning programs for employee training, client support and customer retention, but grapple with the same questions that stump your decision making team –
Which Learning Management System (LMS) should you choose?
With numerous LMS options available, why should your business adopt the Moodle system?
An open source system
Moodle is an open source eLearning software. Unlike large corporations that have the required capital to install an expensive enterprise LMS with costly licensing fees, a small or medium sized business cannot afford proprietary software. If you are unwilling to pay licensing fees or spend on an costly LMS, get Moodle for your organization. While you have to bear hosting and server charges, using a learning-cum-course management system such as Moodle limits your cash liability. You can utilize the funds to create basic or customized courseware for various training, compliance, marketing and support initiatives.
Scalable and Configurable
As your business evolves and develops, you need a learning application that is scalable and flexible to fit the organization structure and workflow. Moodle enables the creation of hundreds of courses and handling of user enrollments based on the server and hosting capacity. As Moodle is an open source software, you can make use of newer functionalities, plugins and modules created by developers. While you are most likely to start off with a couple of courses for your staff, clients or customers, this learning software system proves to be an adaptable and configurable product when you are ready to ramp up your services.
Compatible with external systems
A lot of LMS software tend to be closed systems. You can create training courses and feedback assignments through in-built tools provided in the software. Integration with other content systems and migration of data and files is limited or non-existent. Moodle, on the other hand, is a virtual learning system which supports external software. You can embed learning objects created with a specialist application into the lessons or courses. You can create graphics, movies or screenshots with other software and enhance the content with visual material. Collaboration tools such as Google Docs; content management tools such as Joomla, Drupal and Facebook; authentication processes including LDAP, Google app, and WordPress Ecommerce are some of the third-party applications supported by Moodle.
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Your business can’t reap the benefits of a Moodle based community platform or client support program, unless it’s topped by an efficient hosting system with adequate security. While Moodle is a secure application with appropriate admin settings, it is only as good as its server security. The LMS software is actively updated and comes with an in-built virus checker for external files. Moodle has a security team that handles updates and helps site and hosting administrators to update their systems.
A business with an established IT setup can run Moodle based courses and lessons through its internal servers. When you cater to a wide group of staff members or clients on a regional or global basis, hosting through a trusted Moodle partner is a better option. Businesses have the additional choice of choosing specialist hosting providers with knowledgeable staff and efficient support service.
More reasons to use Moodle for business
Moodle is an education and training centric software with an emphasis on blended and social learning. The system is optimized for search engine accessibility and you can exploit the marketability aspect of your client or customer oriented projects. Teamwork and interaction between learners are enhanced with the additions of wikis, forums and blogs. You can utilize the numerous language options available to offer training assignments to a more users and to ensure proper assimilation of the material. As this sophisticated application is customizable, make use of your Moodle site to represent your business brand.
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In our next post, we will be showcasing some modules and plugins which we created specifically for corporate and business house for smooth running of a training platform.
a) A competency tracker
b) Creation of department and adding users to it on a single click
c) Enrolment to mandatory courses such as compliance training at both department level and department wise
d) Various reports based on location, department, and reporting manager
e) Easy communication and messaging system directly connected to outlook