How many times have you found yourself staring completely bored at an online course, whether it’s a school assignment, or a training session for your job? This should not be the case, as learning should be engaging, easy, stimulating and satisfying.
“Play is the highest form of research” – Albert Einstein
When selecting and implementing the right Learning Management System (LMS) for your organization it’s important to place yourself in the shoes of everyone who will be using the software. This article is going to describe what ServeHub’s LMS and Moodle have in common, and how they differ.
If you’ve done any analysis of LMS tools, you have likely come across Moodle, and this is because it has been implemented by many organizations and schools. The reason for this is primarily because it is open source software that allows changes by anyone and the platform and community of users is evolving. By virtue of being an open source platform there is a lot of flexibility in the way the tool can be manipulated and delivered. This can be a double edged sword…
The most common complaint from users is that they find it difficult to use. For admins and instructors posting and managing courses, it can be difficult to modify the tool to suit their needs and hard to navigate. Additionally, it’s a struggle to understand how data is stored and manipulated.
Another thing that can be complicated is editing, as I have seen many teachers struggle to assign courses or create deadlines. The code behind moodle is so vast that it can be complicated to turn an assignment on or off.
ServeHub has taken this idea of user friendly design to the next level. It employs intuitive controls and an easy to use course setup, integrated with course tracking and streamlined discussion throughout the course. The layout of ServeHub encourages users to be involved in their courses, and the color scheme is not dull and lifeless.
Because ServeHub is delivered in the cloud and purpose-built for nonprofits, NGOs and churches, the entire experience is designed to meet the needs of these specific groups. This intuitive design is the result of hundreds of hours of feedback from clients. Which leads me to the next topic…..Design.
Chances are, you have used moodle at one point in your life. You understand what I mean when I say the layout and color scheme is not ideal for lengthy periods of interaction in course content, and it eventually starts to become a drag to log into. ServeHub takes care of this with bright colors, satisfying windows, and an easy to use grid layout for content creators and users alike.
The management design incorporates a very robust data system that allows the creators to interact, monitor and help those within the course. This feature is absent from moodle, meaning that it’s incumbent upon the student to reach out to the instructor if they are having trouble. ServeHub believes that it is very helpful for the relationship between teacher and students, or employer and employee, is one that can be accessible by both sides. It takes intention from both parties to create an informed learner.
ServeHub has a design team in place to continue updating their software based on customer feedback and interactions with partners. It has been created with such a process that it is also the first stage of a multi-faceted software, with plans of becoming a comprehensive workforce enablement platform, with onboarding, training, people management and analytics.
With the potential for growth, there are endless opportunities to reach out and help the team create the most successful nonprofit LMS, so go give it a free try and give it some feedback. If you enjoy coding, check out Moodle and maybe add something to their open source code database.
Great design is something that we have been known to take for granted. However, companies like Apple have brought good design and technology to the forefront of consumers minds and your learners have come to expect elegant design in the software they use. Moodle is a platform that has been left behind, but is still somewhat usable, so why settle on something old when a beautiful software is easily accessible?
Purpose Built for Nonprofits, NGOs and Religious Organizations
When it comes to an LMS, the types of organizations they partner with tend to drive how they organize their systems. Moodle is an incredibly extensive software that can be loosely applied in many contexts, but falls short when comes to going deep in any particular industry like nonprofits or churches. This is similar to the way that Walmart sells everything you could ever imagine, but lacks in quality and expertise in one area.
On the other side, ServeHub has dedicated themselves to working with the nonprofit, church and NGO sectors, meaning they are only interacting with those that need to train/certify volunteers or teach classes for staffers. This creates a very personal relationship with our partners.
This is displayed best when we look at something like services offered by ServeHub. They have created a system that takes the emphasis off of the on-boarding process and allows clients to focus on creating training sources for volunteers and staff.
The nonprofit world is a highly competitive environment that is grappling for a limited amount of volunteers. Both of these softwares allow you to manage training courses and empower and retain your volunteers. There are most definitely pros to both. Volunteers are the life of nonprofits. And it is in the aim of ServeHub to recognize the potential that volunteers bring to your business. They are not just forms of labor, but can have helpful suggestions for you as well.
The purpose of this article is to get you out there and experimenting with different forms of LMS. These are two very different tools, so sign up and see which one is best for your organization. Leave some feedback about the other Learning Management Systems you have tried.
Written by Samuel Duarte, Senior at Appalachian State University