1. Supports Teaching and Learning:
Moodle delivers a powerful set of learner-centric tools and collaborative learning environments that empower both teaching and learning.
2. Easy to use
A simple interface, drag-and-drop features, and well-documented resources along with ongoing usability improvements make Moodle easy to learn and use.
3. No Licensing Fee
There is no fee attached to getting Moodle’s source code for customization, it is available for free as Open Source software, under the GNU General Public License. Institutes can easily customize Moodle based on their needs without bearing additional costs.
4. Solution For Online Courses:
Moodle can be configured to support both blended and 100% online courses in an institute, For example forums, wikis, chats and blogs are the most favored tools for collaboration between teacher and students.
Moodle is scalable for institutes and organizations with students or users ranging from few to millions in number. Moodle is being adopted different organizations such as Shell, London School of Economics, State University of New York, Microsoft and the Open University.
6. Security and Privacy:
Data security and user privacy have been given high priority by the Moodle developers in the development process to protect against unauthorized access, data loss, and misuse. of Moodle by its developers. Institutes can install Moodle on a private secure cloud or a local server for complete control.
Moodle is accessible through a web based platform from anywhere using a computer or a mobile device.
8. Support Community:
Moodle is supported by an international community of fully dedicated developers and certified Moodle partners. The large support community has helped greatly to release bug fixes and improvements in timely manner.
On the other hand students now have timely access to their course grades, assignments, quizzes, tests and course contents. Also, students can easily interact with other classmates via chat or forums and email directly their course instructor from anywhere.
In the initial phase Moodle was configured on a cloud server due to backup electricity power and network security problems. As the institute improved the physical network structure the server was migrated to a local system that’s now part of IT system.
Private and public education institutes have an excellent opportunity in hand to adopt Moodle in their academic system to improve quality of teaching and learning. Institutes taking on this opportunity early on will greatly benefit financially as well.
By adopting Moodle institutes can reduce the following expenses:
- Printing of course materials (This varies based on the number of students in a institutes)
- Teacher hours spent for preparing course contents including assignments and tests
- Teacher hours spent in keeping the records on person computers
- Staff hours in data entry and record keeping for each course and results announcements
Universities and schools around the world financially benefited from implementation of open source solutions such as Moodle, their saving ranged between 24% – 44%. Private universities in Afghanistan can mutually benefit from this opportunity by adopting the open source solution Moodle for course management.