The Covid-19 influenced many institutions like the education system. Ghana ‘s government has forced all the schools to transfer their online education. This occurred unexpectedly, hitting many organizations that do not have an extensive IT infrastructure to support online learning.
Mr. Eric Appiah, an IT consultant and a Harvard Trained Entrepreneur, revealed Moodle a free , open source learning management framework that could help educational institutions control their online learning processes.
Moodle is a free, online Learning Management system enabling educators to create their own private website filled with dynamic courses that extend learning, any time, anywhere.
He said many educational institutions such as GIMPA, Blue Crest, Winneba College of Education etc. also use the program.
Many organizations that are not yet taking their education online will profit from the open source program. The online platform contains multiple feature suited for the online learning and few of them are:
- The Moodle interface is built to be intuitive and usable, and is easy to use on both mobile and desktop devices.
- Display current, past and future courses, along with tasks due.
- Work and learn together in forums, wikis, glossaries, database activities, and much more.
- Moodle’s calendar tool helps you keep track of your academic or company calendar, course deadlines, group meetings, and other personal events.
- Drag and drop files from cloud storage services including MS OneDrive, Dropbox and Google Drive.
- Format text and conveniently add media and images with an editor that works across all web browsers and devices.
- Educators and learners can track progress and completion with an array of options for tracking individual activities or resources and at course level.
He added that many developers around the world contribute and maintain the platform thus making it secure, reliable and often updated. Hence, he urged educational institutions to seize the opportunity.