Moodle for Efficient Teaching and Learning in Afghan Education Institutes

The concept of Course Management System (CMS) is either not known or very new in education institutes in Afghanistan. For example, the student teacher interaction in education institutes happens in its traditional manner, in other words the interaction is limited to class time; outside the class interaction either does not exist or is very limited.
Exam marks are announced publicly through the notice board of the college, course contents such as reading materials, power point slides and assignments are shared in printed version or via email and USB flash disk and students submit their assignments in printed version and or through a USB flash drive.Looking at the growing number of education institutes and colleges in the country, quality of teaching and learning, and services offered are becoming important components of competition in the market. A course management system in this case will not only help enhance delivery of education but also  add to the quality of services offered by an institute. For example, students will have direct access to course contents from anywhere, they can submit assignments or take a test online or have interaction with their classmates and the course instructor. In addition, an institute can financially benefit as a result of reduction in expenses spent for printing of materials and staffing hours.
In this article I focused on Moodle (acronym for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) an open source solution that has been tested and used by hundreds of schools, colleges, universities and private and public businesses worldwide. Moodle is designed to provide educators, administrators and learners with a single robust, secure and integrated system to create personalised learning environments. Institutes can benefit to a great extent from the features offered through Moodle; these features are described in brief in this article.

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