Yes, Moodle is big and complex. But for Moodlers like John Allan who choose to see the world’s No.1 LMS as “half full” of wondrous details, it is bound to give them many “aha” moments, where they witness the potential of a feature in its full splendor. It happened to him recently with the Book Activity. Without looking for it, Allan found an elegant simplicity that had been hidden in front of his eyes.
It is tempting to think about engagement and interactivity as the main priority in learning design. But thinking over the long run, many practical considerations arise. What if students, once turned into practitioners, prefer a sound source of reference that does not put gimmicks or animations between them and the piece of info they are looking for?
The Moodle Book, plain and even “boring” as it might strike, should feel no shame in being thought of as the “vegetables” of the Moodle experience. It might be unpalatable to some, but packs information and knowledge in a practical and efficient way. It is easy to export, it is highly compatible with external systems, and its plain simplicity makes it simple to interact with, which explains why it is often the first Moodle activity with which newbie learners interact. PDFs might be the universal document format, but its long list of flaws cannot be denied. (Doing so can even be dangerous!)
The Moodle Book continues to increase its range of use and new features, such as taggable chapters, interactive media embedding, multiple format exporting and offline access from the Moodle apps and Moodle Desktop. Try it on your teaching today.
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