Moodle is a popular open-source free learning management system (LMS) for schools and universities. It provides a platform for e-learning activities such as blended education or distance learning projects.
Installation packages can be downloaded for free from their official website. The basic LMS installation allows various customization thanks to the hundreds of community-sourced plugins. The system has been translated into over 100 languages contributed by people in various countries. The name Moodle has its meaning. It is an acronym for the modular object-oriented dynamic learning environment.
Similar LMS systems are Blackboard, Brightspace and Canvas.
Moodle for English language learning
There are a lot of interactive learning modules on Moodle that teachers may use when preparing for their language course.
Features like Chats and Forums can be used for communication and conversation in English.
Marking of students’ work can be done with the help of Assignments and Workshops.
English proficiency tests can be covered with Quizzes albeit only to a limited extent. Teachers can create simple English grammar and vocabulary tests using their own content questions and methodology.
For more reliable and detailed results provided by the independent authority, educators can use the Moodle integration with English proficiency tests CEFR from Tracktest. Our English online assessment solution for schools is available out-of-box. It also includes an analysis of the English weaknesses of students, certificates about completion, and progress charts for students and classes. Core tests evaluate English grammar, reading, and listening and take about 40 minutes.
Have you ever considered assessing also speaking skills of your students? Testing spoken English is quite cumbersome in Moodle. With Tracktest, teachers can utilize the module for English Speaking & Writing Test online. It records the answers of students online via the Tracktest website. No installation is needed, students need only computers with Internet and microphone input. In 10 minutes, you can have tested all students instead of taking individual interviews with each student separately. All answers are saved and archived.
Tracktest integration with Moodle
Integration with Moodle and other LTI-compatible LMS systems is simple. Add Tracktest as the external tool in your LTI-compatible system and the school accounts are automatically connected. Students do not need to create new accounts, they have been logged into the TrackTest automatically with their Moodle account. Subsequently, Tracktest English test results are shared with the Moodle system in the grade book.
You as the administrator or teacher only need to know the Tracktest API keys (public and secret) for your school account which you can request after your school registration at Tracktest.
Add Trackest as the external tool in your Moodle or other LTI-compatible system and the student accounts and their results are automatically connected.