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Top 5 Moodle Plugins to Boost Your Online Training Productivity

Posted by James Nicolson on Mar 20, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Top Moodle Plugins Boost Your Online Training ProductivityProductivity is important for online learning because it directly impacts your return on investment, or ROI. Higher productivity means you’re getting a greater outcome from the income you’re spending on learning programs. That boosts your ROI.

It’s imperative that you fully understand the ROI of your training programs because ultimately your goal is to increase revenue and cut costs. If your training courses aren’t achieving their outcomes, they’re negatively impacting your business.

An IBM study showed that every dollar invested in online training results in $30 in productivity—this is mainly due to the fact that employees are able to resume their work faster and apply their skills immediately. And companies that use eLearning technology achieve an 18% boost in employee engagement.

There are some great plugins for Moodle LMS that are specifically designed to help boost productivity and increase the ROI of your online learning program. Here are our picks for the top five must-have Moodle plugins—plus a bonus plugin!

Top 5 Moodle Plugins for Productivity

1. Grade Me

The Grade Me plugin lets instructors see every assignment and manual quiz question that has been submitted and needs grading. It eliminates time looking to see if learners have submitted work and notifies instructors when a student wants feedback. The award-winning block is designed to work in online courses that use groups. Instructors can only see the assignments that are submitted by learners that are members of the same group as the instructors.

Grade Me Moodle plugin shown here as a drop-down menu showing who competed the course. It also provides Collapse / Expand All views.

2. Attendance

Attendance lets you easily take attendance and track it over time. The plugin is primarily used in blended learning environments where learners are required to attend classes, workshops, and tutorials. Attendance includes a reporting function within the plugin that lets you filter and create exportable reports based on a set criteria. You can also add comments next to each learner’s status, and a grading option can adjust learners’ grades based on their attendance.

Attendance Moodle plugin shown here shows a record of one student, displaying information such as attendance status, points awarded and total number of sessions attended.

 

3. Completion Progress

Completion Progress is a time-management tool for learners. It visually shows learner progress in any module activity and resource. Instructors can see the progress of all learners and easily identify at-risk individuals so they can intervene quickly.

Completion Progress Moodle plugin shows progress in the format of a horizontal bar.
This screenshot shows a list of students, with detailed information such as date from attending the last course, completion progress bar and progress in %.

 

4. Reengagement

Tired of nagging learners to turn in their assignments? Reengagement sends automated email reminders for learners to complete their course activities. Emails are sent in scheduled periods of time after starting an event, typically enrolling in a module or completing an earlier activity.

If the learner has already completed the target activity, no email is sent.

You can also use the plugin to selectively release timed content for an online course.

 

5. Atto Toggle Preview, Styles, HTML+ and Fullscreen

Atto is the WYSIWYG text editor that comes pre installed within Moodle. These plugins extend the text editor with some handy functions.

  • Toggle Preview is an editor plugin that shows a preview of the filtered editor content. When you press the button, content is passed through the filters that you’ve enabled, and the results are displayed over the editor content window.
  • Styles allows administrators to provide custom CSS classes, which can be applied by users to block and inline text in Atto
  • HTML+ provides a version of the HTML plugin with both syntax highlighting and code beautification. It also provides indentation support.
  • Full Screen adds a button to the toolbar to expand the Atto editing window to fullscreen. All other parts of the page remain hidden.
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BONUS PLUGIN: Course Time Tracker

Course Time Tracker is part of a Lambda Solutions Time Spent Learning Plugin Set. The Course Time Tracker block gives your learners a visualization of how much time they have spent on a course, with options to display required minimum time and maximum time.

 Course Time Tracker Moodle plugin shown here displays the time spent in a course, overall minimum required time (as a criteria), time required in course to unlock (criteria), and overall maximum allowed time.

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Topics: ROI, Moodle plugins, learning analytics, online learning tips, productivity

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