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What is Moodle LMS?


Catalyst, award winning Moodle partners provide help to understand the basics of Moodle.

Education has moved beyond traditional classrooms and textbooks. Now more than ever, both students and tertiary educators need to adopt technology to deliver knowledge effectively. Moodle is a great example of how this can be achieved. It is a Learning Management System (LMS) that provides a flexible and practical way for tertiary educators, trainers, and learners to interact with content and resources and drive student success. In this blog, we’re covering the basics of Moodle including its key features, benefits, and its impact on modern education.

What is Moodle?

Moodle is a feature-rich and flexible learning management system that enables a versatile learning platform.

Moodle, short for "Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment," is an open-source learning platform designed to create, deliver, and manage online courses. Created by Martin Dougiamas in 2002, Moodle has evolved over the years into an LMS used by millions of educators worldwide.

At its core, Moodle provides a secure and customisable online environment where instructors can upload course materials, create quizzes, assignments, and facilitate discussions. Students, in turn, can access these resources, submit assignments, participate in discussions, and track their progress, all through a user-friendly interface.

Moodle has made education more accessible, allowing learners from around the world to access quality resources and instruction regardless of their location. For example, as the pandemic forced Ireland into lockdown, Catalyst and Dublin City University partnered to create an e-assessment solution for 11,820 exams to be delivered via Moodle VLE for over 7,000 unique students/exams.

Key Features of Moodle

Moodle comes with a range of features you can access. You can opt for a self-hosted or managed hosting environment with a trusted managed service provider like Catalyst.

Here’s what makes Moodle a fantastic LMS choice:

  1. It’s highly adaptable: Moodle is fully-customisable with themes, plugins, and configurations for personalised courses.
  2. Content management: Instructors can easily upload and organise learning materials in one central location.
  3. Assessment tools: Offers quizzes, assignments, and surveys for efficient grading and instant feedback.
  4. Collaborative learning: Moodle supports peer-to-peer discussions through forums, wikis, and chat rooms.
  5. Progress tracking: Allows both students and instructors to monitor performance through a user-friendly dashboard.
  6. Integration capabilities: Integrates with various external systems and tools to enhance functionality. For example, you can integrate it with Mahara and enhance your learner portfolio and reflection objectives.
  7. Multilingual Support: Accessible to global students with multiple language options.
  8. Open source: Because it’s based on open-source software, you’re not locked into vendor or licensing fees and contracts. You can also opt to self-host, or partner with an expert Moodle host like Catalyst.
  9. Scalable and secure: Scales from small classrooms to large institutions and priorities data security.
  10. Community-focused: Moodle has been designed with students and educators at its core. The intuitive interface requires minimal training for smooth online learning. Additionally, it offers strong community support for troubleshooting and customisation.
  11. Data-driven: Moodle comes with analytics tools to support educators gathering insights into student performance and engagement. And, due to Moodle’s open-source nature, if you have bespoke data collection needs you can create new functionality to capture these too.

Moodle has made a significant impact on modern education by providing a platform that adapts to learners and educators. At Catalyst we’re proud to have been part of Moodle’s journey since its earliest days.

Catalyst is a Moodle partner you can trust

  • In 2023, Catalyst IT won Moodle Global Partner of the Year, and LMS Contributor of the year at the MoodleMoot in Barcelona.
  • Back in 2021, we were honoured as the Global Certified Service Provider of the Year at the Moodle Certified Service Partner Awards.
  • Our significant contributions to Moodle earned us global recognition in 2019.
  • Since 2016, Catalyst has consistently ranked as the fourth-largest contributor to the Moodle project, with the distinction of being the largest in Australasia, second only to Moodle HQ.
  • Since 2003, we've been steadily building our international reputation as specialists in Moodle technical expertise and high-volume, high-availability Moodle hosting and support services.

Moodle managed by Catalyst is:

  • Secure and protected with our proven expertise.
  • Supported 24x7 by 100+ staff in six offices across the world.
  • Fully scalable to your business needs.
  • Provided with AI and engagement analytics as
  • A perfectly integrated learning environment as standard. Plus it can be enriched even further with solutions like Mahara portfolio which we are also the core maintainers of.

Catalyst is your reliable partner for Moodle support, catering to tertiary education providers worldwide. Here's how we can assist you:

Moodle Learning Management System managed by Catalyst IT comes with an industry-leading service wrapper to support organisations achieve student learning goals.

  1. Installation and optimisation: We expertly install and fine-tune your Moodle site for peak performance, ensuring a stable and scalable learning management system.
  2. Integration: Seamlessly integrate your Moodle site with student or HR systems and establish single sign-on with platforms like Mahara.
  3. Business requirements analysis: Our seasoned business analysts collaborate with you to capture your Moodle goals, offering top-notch analysis and documentation services.
  4. Custom development: If you wish to incorporate new features into Moodle, our trusted Catalyst team, deeply rooted in the Moodle community, can write custom code or assist in feature development.
  5. Managed hosting: We provide fully managed hosting services, ensuring safety and stability for Moodle sites of all sizes with 24/7 monitoring, proactive security, and scheduled backups.
  6. Theming and design: Collaborate with our creative team to create a unique site design that aligns with your organisation's brand. We can also make your Moodle mobile-friendly.
  7. Ongoing support: Tailored support packages are available for addressing technical and administrative issues. Our online work request system simplifies issue reporting, and we can adapt packages to your budget and needs
  8. Training services: Leverage our experienced trainers for customised programs that can help your staff maximise Moodle's potential for students.

If you need support, or want to get started with Moodle, contact our award-winning team here.