However, using Moodle in isolation means you’re not getting the full benefit of a learning platform designed to be as flexible and as intuitive as you need it to be. Your Moodle will deliver most value when you integrate it with other systems and services – like your school website, your school e-portfolio system, or a student data system – like SIMS.
If you’re about to take the plunge into the world of Moodle – or, if you’re using Moodle but are yet to integrate it with other systems in your school, here are five reasons why Moodle integration gets the big thumbs up from us.
(Also, as a Moodle integration starting point, why not integrate your Moodle with your Word, Excel and Powerpoint docs? Read our post on Moodle integration with Office 365).
Using different systems in isolation means lots of credentials to memorise. Integrate your systems and you can have one sign on for your Moodle and everything else connected with it.
One username and one password for everything means less user frustration, less time spent logging in and more time doing the important stuff – learning.
It’s likely many students will be using Moodle for the first time when they start at your school. But that’s not to say they’ve never used some of the systems your Moodle is integrated with, like Microsoft Office or Mahara.
If your students are working with systems that they are already familiar with, it can increase the rate and ease of user adoption. The same goes for staff – for example, those that have used Edulink or WordPress in the past (both of which can be integrated with Moodle) but are new to your learning platform will hit the ground running a little easier if your Moodle is connected to a system they’re adept at using.
With this in mind, your Moodle will be delivering a much better user experience.
Having everything interconnected means you can do away with duplication of documents. No longer will there be the need to have one set of documents on one system, and another on your Moodle.
Depending on the integration and how it is set up, documents can automatically pull through from one system to the other. Plus, with Moodle viewable on desktop, tablet or mobile, those documents are accessible from anywhere at anytime…
…which means, of course, easier access to calendars, documents, messages and more.
Students can access diaries from Office 365 in their Moodle log in, teachers can access resources and update the school’s WordPress website directly from their Moodle log in, and Powerpoint, Excel and Word documents are much more easily accessible via Moodle from any device.
Finally, a big bonus for the teacher is that Moodle integration makes building courses even easier!
You can access documents and resources via integrated services, and build your courses wherever you are. On the train, in the staffroom, at home on the sofa – you can be building interactive courses via your Moodle log in, from your tablet or smartphone!
Plus, go for SIMS/MIS integration (more on that here) and you’ll have all the student data you need at your fingertips too – from attendance records to achievements records and parental contacts. All accessible via your single Moodle log in, whenever and wherever you need it.
In our next blog post about Moodle integration, we’ll take a look at five key services to integrate your Moodle with.
For now, if you’d like any help, advice or information about integrating your Moodle platform with other systems or services within your school, just speak to the Titus team here.
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