Open source software has a myriad of benefits, and to explain these benefits entirely, we focus on a particular piece of software – Moodle.
Distributed under the GNU General Public License, Moodle is completely open for development. This means it is fully flexible, customisable, and you’re not left with a ‘one size fits all’ solution that is unsuitable for your needs.
Change means improvement in the virtual learning environment world. New plug-ins are always being developed in order to optimise the learning experience and to suit specific user needs. With Moodle, you have access to a huge variety of free tools, plus constant upgrades mean bug fixes for the system as a whole.
Moodle is used in HE, FE, government, and business. These types of organisations all differ in size, however Moodle is able to accommodate them all.
If you ever have an issue with your platform, the Moodle community can act as a lifeline. It is a global network aimed at solving issues and helping those who are stuck with technical bugs or are seeking advice and direction.
The platform allows you to completely customise courses. For example, if some students are visual learners, you’re able to incorporate elements like video and graphics into their online learning resources.
You can create forums and non-work related spaces within your Moodle platform, meaning long-distance learners have somewhere to discuss educational and non-educational matters with their peers. Students are thus more likely to engage in study materials and feel more comfortable sharing ideas with people they have been able to get to know virtually.
It’s a cheaper option
The cost of running a Moodle platform is considerably cheaper than buying a platform which runs on its own private software. This is because you’re not paying for the Moodle software, you’re paying for the running and management of the system.