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Ben Young

Ben is the Director of Application Support for Moodle and Totara LMS

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Tips for Selecting the Right Learning Management System

Posted by Ben Young on Jul 13, 2017 10:00:00 AM

There are hundreds of learning management systems in the market today. With so many choices, how do you select the right LMS for you? Most buyers balance price, reputation, and features. But there’s more to an LMS than that, and you could still purchase a platform you’re not entirely satisfied with.

There are high-level considerations beyond price and features that should impact your choice of an LMS. We can help you understand all these facets to make an informed purchase decision. Here are the top tips for selecting the right learning management system for your organization.  

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Topics: LMS, Totara, Moodle, eLearning tips

3 Must-Have Capabilities That Transform Your Moodle Reports

Posted by Ben Young on Jul 4, 2017 10:15:00 AM

LMS reports aren’t always easy to run or easy to read. While Moodle and other learning management systems provide basic reporting capabilities, the functionality has its limits and most organizations are left wanting something more.

Zoola™ Analytics is a cloud-based reporting solution that allows you to transform your Moodle LMS data into meaningful learning and training insights in minutes. Zoola empowers your Moodle LMS to make reporting easy to use and easy to understand.

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Topics: learning analytics, Moodle, Moodle Reporting

7 Cost Considerations When Buying an LMS

Posted by Ben Young on Jun 30, 2017 4:22:52 PM

If you’re purchasing a learning management system (LMS), you’ve probably established a budget. But knowing how much you can spend on a new LMS is only half of the equation. You also need to make sure you’re paying for the right features. 

There are over 300 LMS applications available, and each one has its own configuration of offerings. Let’s look at the considerations you should keep in mind when purchasing an LMS so that you only pay for the things you need.


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Topics: LMS ROI, LMS, eLearning, LMS Costs

LMS Hosting with a Digital Media Library

Posted by Ben Young on Dec 1, 2016 3:59:54 PM

The idea behind online learning and eLearning, is to utilize technology to engage learners with course material in a dynamic and interactive way. Modern online courses often incorporate elements such as rich video production, audio narration, flash animation, interactive learning games, and more.

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Topics: Moodle hosting

The 20 Must-Have Moodle Plugins

Posted by Ben Young on Aug 23, 2016 11:53:50 AM

One of the greatest thing about Moodle LMS's open-source framework, other than the cost savings, is the ability to customize your online courses to your exact specifications. Hundreds of custom third-party Moodle plugins are offered for free by Moodle LMS contributors, which once installed, can change the look, feel and functionality of your Moodle to suit your organizations personal learning requirements. 

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Topics: Moodle plugins

What's the Difference Between Moodle and Totara LMS?

Posted by Ben Young on Aug 9, 2016 8:00:00 AM

If at any point you have researched cloud hosted learning management systems, there’s a good chance you’ve come across both Moodle LMS, and Totara LMS. Moodle LMS is the world’s most popular learning management system, with over 85 million users across the globe. Totara LMS was built off of Moodle’s foundation, with extended elearning features designed for enterprise clients. While Totara has recently parted ways with Moodle, they still share many similarities. With such a common platform, how do you know which one is right for you? We’re here to help you, with a categorized full feature comparisons of the two. The categories are Course Creation, User Management, Mobile, Ecommerce, Standard Reporting, and Standard Integrations.

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Topics: Totara, Moodle

Top 5 Moodle Plugins to Enhance Productivity

Posted by Ben Young on Jul 18, 2016 7:00:00 AM

As an official Moodle partner, our Moodle LMS experts regularly review Moodle plugins and advise our clients on which plugins to select based on their learning and training requirements. We’re able to test and recertify all new standard Moodle plugins to make sure we can troubleshoot any potential errors. Here is our tried and true list of Moodle plugins to enhance productivity.

Want the full list of our recommended Moodle plugins? Check out our Guide to Choosing the Right Plugins for Moodle & Totara LMS!

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Topics: Moodle plugins, learning analytics

Top 5 Moodle Plugins for Engaged Learners

Posted by Ben Young on Jun 8, 2016 7:30:00 AM

There are hundreds of custom third-party Moodle plugins available through Moodle, and Moodle plugin contributors. Similar to WordPress Plugins, Moodle Plugins can change the look, feel, and functionality of your LMS to fit your requirements. Moodle’s category of available plugins is extensive, and still growing. To make things easier we’ve decided to share with you some must-have Moodle Plugins to help foster engaged learners.

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Topics: Moodle plugins

Moodle Plugins to Track Time Spent Learning in Your LMS

Posted by Ben Young on May 25, 2016 7:00:00 AM

If administrators and teachers had insight into how much time learners are actively spending in their online courses, and had the ability to both restrict access to activities based on this time, and generate reports with this data, they would be able to better ensure and monitor learner success and knowledge retention.  To provide this requirement, Lambda Solutions has built a set of Moodle plugins that allow administrators to track the time learners actively spend in courses and course activities! 

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Topics: Plugins, Moodle plugins, Totara

The 8 Best Moodle Plugins for Course Presentation & User Experience

Posted by Ben Young on Mar 22, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Moodle Plugins are the most efficient way to get the most out of your learning management system. Think of your LMS like a smartphone - it does everything you need it to do, but sometimes you need a little more! If you want entertainment, you have a plethora of game apps to choose from. If you want to tap into social media, there's the Facebook app. If you want to work on you physical or mental health, there's a long list of apps that you can download that will assist you. Apps take our smartphones from a piece of technology, to a virtual hub for your everyday life. Moodle plugins are like applications - adding them to your LMS will tranform your online learning experience, allowing you to get the most out of your LMS. 

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Topics: Moodle plugins

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