TLZ MOODLE: What it is and why you should care
In January 2020, Moodle will become the new official Learning Management System (LMS) at the Durban University of Technology. What does this mean?
What is Moodle?
Moodle is an acronym for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment. It is a free LMS and for any DUT subject, a lecturer and students can interact by sharing course content, links, media; and participate in assessments, discussions and blogs.
What does this mean for students?
If you are a registered student, then you will be automatically registered on Moodle. There are plans to train tutors who are going to assist students with Moodle. Furthermore, Mari Pete, an Educational Technologist and Moodle trainer says that Moodle is easy to use and students will not have trouble getting the hang of it.
“Their interfaces look a bit different, but the functionality and tools are more or less the same. Being a newcomer to Moodle, I have found it easy to figure out and the help is detailed and useful,” she said.
Blackboard vs Moodle
DUT has used Blackboard for over ten years. According to Professor Thengani Ngwenya, Director of the Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching (CELT), the main reason for the shift from Blackboard to Moodle was financial.
“As a university, we are paying for the licence to use Blackboard, whereas Moodle is an open-source LMS, so it is free,” he said.
Khanyisani Buthelezi, an Electronic Engineering student reports a wonderful experience using Moodle.
“The amazing thing with Moodle is that I can send a message to my classmates and tutors, I am also able to access a lot of information including tutorials, notes and tests. Having Moodle as a learning tool has made my life easier in terms of studying and testing,” he said.
When is the official transition to Moodle happening?
Prof Ngwenya says Moodle will be effective from next year, “We call Our LMS the Think Learn Zone (TLZ) – That name will be used for Moodle, which will be effective from the 1st of January 2020,” he said.
For more information on Moodle: