In this world of tech we live in, learning management systems are extremely popular with educators, offering many benefits to make learning more efficient and effective for students of all ages. There are numerous learning management systems to choose from, but what makes Moodle stand out is that it can meet the needs of all students through its flexibility.
Just what is Moodle and how does it work?
Moodle is a learning management system (LMS) that provides an open-source online environment for learning. A leading VLE (virtual learning environment), Moodle is not only used in schools, but in businesses and other organizations as well for training purposes. It allows both academic institutions and businesses the ability to create unique course content specifically designed for the material being taught.
Educators work with their Moodle partner to develop interfaces and navigation responsive to the needs of their students. For adult students, this can mean an interface that’s smart and savvy to use, while younger students may do better with an interface that’s simple and user friendly.
When it comes to using Moodle, schools and organizations can host the software in-house or can use cloud services. Either way, using professional IT services for implementation, support, and training can help avoid improper use of tech so your Moodle software runs smoothly.
With such ease of use and so many benefits, increasingly more educators and trainers are using Moodle to create teaching strategies that take into consideration the learning style of their students.
Let’s take a closer look at the three main learning styles and how Moodle can be used to make the most of learning strategies for each.
Unique Learning Styles
Do you learn better after watching a video or do you retain more information after listening to a lecture? Or perhaps you learn by diving right in and building something. We all have our own primary learning style that helps us learn best.
Visual learners prefer to learn by seeing pictures or by reading – they remember and understand things they see. They learn well through visual presentations and often close their eyes to visualize information they’re trying to remember. The visual learner doesn’t do well with spoken instructions or directions and will need to quickly write this information down in order to remember. The best teaching strategy for visual learners is a lot of visual variety to keep them interested.
The auditory learner needs to hear and listen in order to learn. They can easily remember verbal instructions and often recite or read out loud to themselves in order to retain information. They tend to be more independent when it comes to learning than the other styles, often preferring to study on their own rather than in a group. Teaching strategies for the auditory learner should include demonstrations and oral presentations. For the younger student, learning should include multimedia using music and speech.
Kinesthetic and Tactile
Kinesthetic and tactile learners learn by doing and touching. They learn and understand through physical movement and hands-on interaction such as drawing, building, and active participation. The kinesthetic/tactile learner can remember how to do something after doing it just once. Many younger students are kinesthetic/tactile learners – as adults, while they never lose their primary learning style of doing and touching, they often become visual learners to adapt to classroom teaching. EdTech resources for these learners should include games and simulations.
Moodle For Learning
EdTech is now a vital part of education and training, with estimates that by 2020 educational technology will have a global value of $252 billion. While it may seem challenging for educators and trainers to personalize EdTech material, it’s important for teachers to use learning methods unique to each learning style. Moodle allows for this versatility, letting teachers and educators provide educational material and learning tools for each of the learning types.
For the K to 12 student, for whom technology is such a fundamental part of life, being able to use Moodle means that when EdTech is brought into the classroom they’re more engaged, focused, and eager to learn.
There are a variety of ways that Moodle accommodates the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic/tactile learner:
The visual learner benefits from Moodle perhaps more so than any other learning style. Multimedia can be used throughout Moodle courses, including graphics, slideshows, and video. For the visual learner, multimedia is essential to help them learn and retain information.
Students who are auditory learners will benefit from Moodle courses, as they can work through the material at their own pace, stopping to go back through the course until they feel ready to move on. To reach the auditory learner, some elements of each course should include an audio lesson.
Learn by Doing
For the kinesthetic and tactile learner, teachers can use educational games – known as gamification in Moodle – to keep students interested and involved. The kinesthetic/tactile learner will also benefit from the hands-on activity of using the keyboard, which allows them to actively input information into Moodle.
All learning styles benefit from the collaborative learning Moodle provides. With Moodle, students are able to use LMS features that include messaging and discussion forums. Teamwork is an effective learning tool that can involve all students, including those who are often reluctant to participate in the classroom setting.
Another way that Moodle is ideal for teachers is it allows for the development of training materials for blended learning. Students of all ages benefit from both classroom learning and EdTech. With classroom learning, teacher and student have direct interaction, with everyone moving along at the same pace. With Moodle, all learning types can move through course content at their own pace.
Keeping Learners Motivated
When educators can provide content for their students that interacts with each learning style in a variety of different ways, the result is students are able to stay both interested and engaged in the learning process.
Moodle can do this – provide motivating and stimulating course material that’s customized and configured to the unique individual learning styles of all students.