Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Working from home successfully

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Working from home successfully

To help minimise the spread of Coronavirus, more and more organisations are recommending employees to work from home instead of attending their usual place of work. Below are some useful tips for setting up a home office and successful collaboration with your colleagues using Moodle LMS.

Helpful tips to keep in mind when setting up your own home office

Dedicated space

You can have quite a few distractions while working from home (TV, Food, Kids etc.). Having a dedicated space can help you focus on your work and keep those distractions at bay. It doesn’t have to be a large space, just somewhere in the house where you can setup a desk and focus on your work. Ensure you have adequate lighting for the task to be performed and clear walkways free of trip hazards such as electrical cords.


It is important to maintain contact when working from home or in isolation. Using tools to help you collaborate with your team, will help you feel more engaged with your colleagues. Programs like Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Teams, GoToMeeting etc. will allow you to Chat and Web conference. Why not end the week with a weekly Friday afternoon video chat to kick off the weekend?

Health and Safety

Correct workstation setup is important for your Health and Safety. A home office could include a table or desk, a supportive chair, an external monitor, keyboard and mouse. Ensure you have sufficient clear space so you can move without strain or injury. Take regular breaks and stretch while you’re working. As a guide, try and change position every 30 minutes and take a short break every 90 mins.  


Moodle features that help you work from home

Not every organisation has access to big brand collaboration tools, but if you have Moodle, you have all the tools you might need. Moodle has some great features that can help your team work and collaborate better from a home/remote environment. Mentioned below are few of many tools available in Moodle:


The forum activity module enables participants to have asynchronous discussions over an extended period of time. There are several forum types to choose from, such as a standard forum where anyone can start a new discussion at any time; a forum where each student can post exactly one discussion; or a question and answer forum where students must first post before being able to view other students’ posts. find out more


The chat activity module enables participants to have text-based, real-time synchronous discussions. The chat may be a one-time activity or it may be repeated at the same time each day or each week. Chat sessions are saved and can be made available for everyone to view or restricted to users with the capability to view chat session logs. find out more

Web Conferencing

Host online meetings, webinars and chat using the following Web Conferencing Tools. Install one of the Community plugins and allow users to join a meeting directly from your course.

You can either use these in individual courses that have been assigned to various departments or global activities that can be accessed by the whole organisation.

Good luck and Stay Safe! 

Taking the confusion out of Articulate Storyline licensing

Taking the confusion out of Articulate Storyline licensing

Anyone who has looked into purchasing a Storyline license will know there are a few different options, each with their own set of restrictions, depending on the software you choose. As an elearning developer: freelancer or within an organisation, it can be confusing deciding which option to take. We have taken the guesswork out of it, researched each alternative and simplified it for you here.


Storyline 3 is the same as previous Storyline software applications 1 and 2. Each user that logs into Storyline needs to have their own account, set of credentials and therefore their own serial number. The serial number is unique to each user. Storyline 3 licences are non-transferrable and remain permanently associated to the user who originally orders the software. If a staff member leaves the organisation, the license can’t be shared or transferred to another person.

The following apply to the Storyline 3 licenses: 

  • Single Application Only 
  • Licences are not transferability
  • Only standard email support
  • No access to the Articulate 360 Content Library Integration
  • No Multi-user Editing within Your Team.
  • No Articulate Review for Stakeholder Reviews.
  • Additional charge for each licence upgrade when a new version is released.


Articulate 360 is Articulate’s subscription licence. Articulate 360 includes several authoring tools, a mobile responsive authoring app, screencasting apps, a library of course assets, an online tool for review and collaboration, and training webinars by industry experts. This includes the following applications: Articulate 360, RISE, REVIEW, PEEK, REPLAY and LIve. It also gives you access to the content library. For more information on the differences between Storyline 3 and Articulate 360, see here. Articulate 360 is sold as a single user yearly subscription. Similarly to Storyline 3, Articulate 360 subscriptions are non transferable. If your organisation has a lot of movement or changing of roles, it might be worth looking at the teams subscription.

Articulate 360 includes access to:

  • Storyline 360 – Industry standard for creating interactive elearning SCORM content
  • Studio 360 – Transform PowerPoint presentations into Courses.
  • Rise 360 – Build fully responsive courses in minutes, right within your web browser.
  • Content Library 360 – An ever-expanding source of course assets, with over 3 million images/videos + characters & slide templates.
  • Review 360 – Simplify project reviews with your stakeholders with instant upload & sharing, comments, and notifications.
  • Replay 360 – Record and edit personalised screencastsn.
  • Peek 360 – Record screencasts and instantly upload to Review for sharing.
  • Articulate 360 Training – Gives you the training you need from eLearning experts.


Articulate 360 Teams

These subscriptions are great if you’re working in a team, or even solo but want the extra security of licence transferability and priority support. If a user leaves your organisation or you have members changing roles, it’s no problem to transfer the license. In each year period, you can transfer seats up to two times the number of seats in your account. For example, if your team has 5 seats, you can make 10 transfers per year.

Whoever makes the purchase of the account is the owner and admin for the team. However, it is not set in stone. If you need to, you can remove yourself and assign others to be the admin of the team. The team subscription is a small fee above the Articulate 360 subscription.

If you have further questions, contact us.

Moodle User Tours

Moodle User Tours

Moodle User Tours are a step by step guide to distinct areas in Moodle’s interface. These tours are helpful when guiding learners new to Moodle around the site. They can demonstrate how a new feature works to a targeted group of students; for example, a Moodle Tour could show students around the navigation menu and answer common questions they may have.

Moodle User Tours could introduce learners to the site, highlight key features and generally show students how to interact with their Moodle site. This is done through popup boxes filled with text.

To filter who sees the tour, there is a “tour filter” setting. This enables administrators to choose who will see the tour. For example, for a demonstration to first time users, create a filter that is labeled students.

If you need to translate your tour, Moodle tours have the ability to cater to multiple languages as well.
Moodle has created a repository for users to upload tours they have created so others can share, view and learn from them. This is a great feature because you may be able to find the tour you are looking for online.

Some of the User Tours we have created for our clients include, “SIte tours”, “How to’s” and “Course Overviews”. Get started creating your own User Tour today!

Analyze your learners performance with Moodle Reporting and Analytics

Analyze your learners performance with Moodle Reporting and Analytics

Understanding how your learners are performing is one of the most important feature of an LMS. As an administrator or an educator, it’s important to rely on this assessment information to further develop the learning, to track retention level and to inform where learners need to go.


Course Reports and Activity Completion

Moodle has always allowed Teachers and Administrators to look at Course Reports and Activity Completion to follow learner’s completion on a course. We can see what our users have been doing throughout their course and when they completed each portion.

Out of the box Moodle provides a variety of reports, such as:

Course reports:

  • Competency breakdown report
  • Logs
  • Activity report
  • Participation report
  • Statistics
  • Event monitoring

Activity reports:

  • Course activity reports
  • Individual activity reports
  • Complete Report


Moodle Analytics

With the introduction of Inspire Analytics into Moodle core educators can now support their learners by analyzing their performance. This helps educators go beyond simple descriptive analytics to provide predictions of learner success, and ultimately diagnosis and prescriptions to learners and teachers.

Built in modules include:

  • Students at risk of dropping out
  • No teaching activity

Moodle can also be easily extended with new custom models, based on reusable targets, indicators, and other components.

Virtual Slate Advanced Reporting

Moodle Administrators have used plugins and third party tools to extend Moodle’s reporting capabilities. Although these tools are great, educators and administrators can lack the skills to take advantage of these tools. To get the most out of Moodle reporting without having to install a third party tools or plugins Lingel Learning has included Advanced Reporting Dashboards directly into Virtual Slate, our custom framework that extends Moodle LMS.

Virtual Slate Advanced Reporting
Virtual Slate Advanced Reporting Dashboards

  • Overview Dashboard: quickly get a complete picture of your Moodle LMS from a single dashboard. Use the Date Filters to further analyse your Moodle data and drill down into detailed reports. Access interactive charts and filterable data tables from a single screen.
  • User Dashboard: learn how your users engage with your Moodle LMS. Better monitor your learners through filterable reports which keep track of user engagement, activity and enrolment. Understand who are your most active and inactive users and then drill down into the data to get a detailed understanding of them.
  • Course Dashboard: understand how your learners interact with courses in your Moodle LMS and analyse your course data based on enrolment, completion, activity and inactivity. Get to know your top courses based on enrollment and completion. Improve your learner engagement by understanding the courses that they like and don’t like.
  • Advanced Reporting: get access to course, grade, scorm, resources and certificate reports. You will also get instant access to any new report we develop and upload into Virtual Slate.

Click here to find out more about Virtual Slate LMS.

It’s official, we are now a Certified Moodle partner!

It’s official, we are now a Certified Moodle partner!

Lingel Learning is pleased to announce we are officially a Certified Moodle partner!

Moodle, the maker of the world’s most popular learning management system, welcomes Lingel Learning to its network of Moodle Partners – Certified Service Providers in Canada.

Working across a diverse range of industries, including corporate, government education and not-for-profit, at Lingel Learning we offer a broad range of Moodle services including hosting, development, support, integration, training and course development.

As a Canadian Moodle Partner, we will continue to improve and create innovative solutions that help our clients get the most out of Moodle’s learning platform.

Speaking about the recent partnership, Gavin Lindeman, our Chief Learning Architect, said: “We are excited to be working closely with Moodle HQ and be at the forefront of Moodle development. We relish the opportunity to work closely with Moodle HQ, putting forward ideas and helping contribute to Moodle core.”

Moodle Founder and CEO, Martin Dougiamas, added to this sentiment, saying “Welcome aboard the Moodle Partner program, Lingel Learning! We’re very happy that our Canadian Moodle users will now have more service options that help support the Moodle product.”

Our strategy is to constantly improve and innovate solutions that help our clients get the most out of Moodle. We offer a diverse range of Moodle services from hosting, development, support, integration, multi-tenancy and training, to course development. We are a dynamic e-learning development company, with a development process that focuses on deliverables which can be adapted to fit with a client’s needs. This is combined with creative design to deliver materials that will result in clearer understanding and retention rates.

Our track record of delivering exceptional results for our clients is one of the many reasons Lingel Learning have been accepted into Moodle’s Partner network. Some of our notable clients are Gallagher Bassett, The Royal College of Surgeons, Intralot, Pallium, Ausenco and Westland Insurance.

We are thrilled to become a Moodle Partner and help improve the quality of eLearning in Canadian and furthermore, global organizations.

How to get the most out of your Moodle Course Design

How to get the most out of your Moodle Course Design

Moodle courses are generally dumping grounds for course creators where they dump documents and files for the users to read. When it comes to content creation for courses in Moodle, it’s not just about sharing content instead it’s about creating a flow or a linear path which allows a learner to learn according to a predefined sequence. Good course design takes time, a course should focus on what the learners should be able to do once they complete the course. Therefore, planning your course is essential for creating a productive learning experience for your students.

Course creators don’t take full advantage of the tools available in Moodle and in the community to develop truly interactive courses. The availability of so many applications and design options makes it difficult to choose and take advantage of these. The tools available in Moodle can help you create interactive course content for your Moodle courses. There isn’t a right or wrong way to use Moodle tools. Though each tool has a primary function yet it can be used in other ways to achieve a variety of learning experiences.


1. Choose an appropriate Course Format

Once you have planned your course, choose an appropriate Moodle Course Format and start building your course.There are several formats available in Moodle that help you select a layout for your course, some of them are as follows:

Weekly Format: It is the most used course format in K-12 schools probably because it is most similar to the physical classroom experience. In this, your course has a block or a section for each week, relevant readings, assignments etc. can be placed together in each week’s block. Experienced teachers who have given several courses in moodle choose weekly format over other formats. It is a good option for schools as it ensures that students consume the information at the same schedule and pace. This is how the weekly format looks in Moodle:

Moodle Weekly Topics Format

Topics Format: It’s similar to the weeks format; however, instead of weeks it allows you to organise your content around topics, with a block or section for each topic or section. It’s a good option if you have various topics in your course. Also, the topics format gives the students more freedom if all the topics are not mandatory. This is what topics format looks like in Moodle:

Moodle Topics Course Format

It’s a good choice when the teacher wants to add just one particular item such as a SCORM package or a quiz.

When single activity format is selected, the teacher can choose an activity they wish to use from the drop down menu. Here we selected the activity as Forum:

Single Activity Moodle Format

The image below is how a single activity format looks in moodle when Forum is selected as the type of activity:

Moodle Single Activity Forum

Social Format: If the course content is more free form then Social Format would be a good choice. It creates a big message board for discussions. This is how social format looks in moodle:

Moodle Social Course Format

Accordion (available in Virtual Slate): This format shows your course content in a vertically stacked list of topics which can be expanded by clicking the topic and the content associated with that topic is revealed. There can be zero expanded topics, exactly one, or more than one depending on the content of course. See below for the accordion format:

Moodle Accordion Course Format

Tabs Format (available in Virtual Slate): As the name suggests in this format, the topics are shown as tabs on the the top. You can click on the tabs to reveal the content related to the respective topic.

Moodle Tabs Course Format


2. Choose an appropriate Course Activity

Choose activities that can engage your learners with your courses: Activity is a general name for a group of features in a Moodle Course. An activity is usually something that a student does that interacts with other students or the teacher. There are 14 different types of activities in standard moodle that can be used creatively to engage the learner. Some of the examples of activities that can make your course interactive are as follows:

Lesson: It is one of the most powerful activities in moodle that can be used for interactive learning. The lesson module presents content in a series of HTML pages to the student who is asked to make some sort of choice. Depending on the choice they make, they are sent to a specific page in the lesson. In its simplest form, a lesson can be a series of HTML pages where a student can select a continue button at the bottom of a page and it will send them to the next page in the Lesson.

Forums: Forums are easy to setup and they promote discussions which is a great way to engage the learners. They can promote communication and collaboration and all learners have a voice. You can start with a simple discussion like “Introduction” to help students develop confidence and experience in using forums.

Assignments: It allows teachers to provide feedback to students on their work. Students can submit their work in digital form, for example, word files, pdf files, spreadsheets, images, audio and video clips. Alternatively, teachers can ask students to type directly into Moodle using an online text assignment.

Quizzes: Moodle also has other interactive elements such as quizzes which allow presenting content or review content through multiple choice questions or matching questions. There are also other formats available in Moodle 3.0+ such as Select missing words, drag and drop into text, drag and drop into image, and drag and drop markers. These help you present the content in different ways which makes it engaging for the students.

Moodle Drop and Drag Quiz Question

Moodle Drop and Drag Quiz Question


3. Add video to make your course more interactive

Adding videos to your course content: Video is a powerful tool that can be used in Moodle. For example, using videos students can easily catch up on a lecture they missed. A video along with written content can help establish a better understanding of the concept. Although it is preferable to upload your videos to moodle, storing them on your own server to retain control but when server space or upload limits are restricted, it is convenient to upload videos to an online site like youtube or vimeo. You can easily embed videos from these sites into moodle.

You can add questions after videos to reinforce learning and add interactivity: You can also insert the questions with videos using H5P Interactive video content type.H5P allows to create HTML5 based interactive video content that allows you to add multiple choice and fill in the blank questions, pop-up text and other types of interactions to your videos. You can make these changes onto your existing videos. A multiple choice question in H5P interactive video looks as follows:

Moodle H5P interactive video

Making a course interactive doesn’t only include selecting the right format and adding the right activities. Just adding a quiz or discussion forum doesn’t make it a good course. Activities should support the learning and reinforce the lessons that the student has just covered.