User Experience in Moodlerooms
What is the Moodlerooms experience?
The Moodlerooms service experience is oriented towards fulfilling and satisfying actual teaching and learning needs at all levels, markets and industries. Moodlerooms uses Moodle LMS as basic platform and adds improvements at the level of functionalities, integrations, extensions, course format, types of reports, subjects to strengthen the capacities of the platform, including:
User experience with Snap:
User experience and instructional design always go hand in hand. Snap is the clean and intuitive graphic theme developed by Moodlerooms. Snap is easy to navigate and brings important improvements to the browser, such as block organization, visualization adapted to all mobile devices (responsive), customized image and others.
Snap is the open-code theme of Moodle created by Moodlerooms with the support of the Moodle community. Professors and instructional designers can use this theme to create courses that motivate and attract students. Snap is built on Bootstrap 3, which facilitates site navigation and guarantees the adaptable features (responsive) of the courses on any mobile device.
1. Makes Moodle a tool that’s easier to use
The typical experience for a professor or student when they use Moodle is very different from the experience of other application on the web. There are two areas that needed to be addressed for experiences on a mobile device.
Browsing in web applications and web sites with a positive user experience is simple and consistent. Snap applies this idea to Moodle so that browsing to and within a course is easier.
Snap does this in a few ways:
- A consistent browsing section and menu to see the courses in which the user is registered
- Elimination of the browsing block and the blocks of the page of the course
- Addition of the administration block in the heading bar
- Differentiation of contents of attached files
Other web applications differentiate the content on the page so that readers recognize which files they must download and which files they must read outside the browser.
This is something that was also implemented by Snap. A student can recognize which file he/she must download and locate it on a program to read it. This is especially useful for users on a mobile device since in case of not having the application that they need installed in their device, they may download it from the application store.
2. Allows the user to focus on content
The second goal of Snap with respect to the user experience is making the user to focus on the course content. This means eliminating all the distractions not helping students to learn and giving students content that can be timely used.
3. The user focuses on one section at a time
All courses shall have the same content visualization with a section that is shown at the same time, considering accessibility issues. In this manner, readers focus on the content and not on the number of available links.
4. Provides information to the user when they need it
Information must be informational. It is expected that this information helps the user understand something that he/she requires to take measures or help him/her see the activities that he/she already completed.
Snap displays information of the progress in a course and what are the activities or subject that students must study while they are connected to the platform.
A new approach to the user interface
The Snap interface not only facilitates browsing and use of Moodle, but it offers institutions more flexibility to create a more exclusive aspect. Based on the receptive theme engine of Moodle 2.6 Bootstrap 3, Snap offers a consistent user experience on any device (smart phones, tablets, and computers) and operational system.
Renewed User Profile
The new user profile of Snap groups all the important user information (courses, messages, alerts, etc.) in one single place. Now users can organize and get a better view of the work of the course with less clicks and problems than before.
Content is the priority
Essentially, Snap improves the experience of the professor and student in Moodle attracting the user to the content of the page. It is possible to eliminate the typical “mess” caused by the blocks and modules less used in courses to create a clearer and more content-oriented experience.
A clearer look for the popular features/Functions
Snap has caused an impact on all the aspects of the experience of Moodle, including individual features and functions, as report generation and grades, even the most popular specific features of Moodlerooms, such as the Grader (on the image) and the Designer of customized learning are the simpler and more concentrated.
Save time with the search
Are you tired of depending on the browsing routes and the button of Back of your browser? The new search feature of Snap enables users to go to specific courses, subject matters, activities or resources every time they wish to complete their request and handle the most important issues.
A teaching and learning experience more attractive for all
Snap gives a new life to Moodle and makes it an attractive tool to use and browse, both for the outer and inner appearance. Even the most routine browsing, such as selection of weeks/subject matters of courses (on the image), now has a much more aesthetic look.
Students have three information columns to help them make decisions about time use. The first column is about deadlines of the activities in all courses of the next seven days. This helps students identify on which courses they must focus. The second column contains any recent comment/feedback from the presentations, homework or exams they had made. This information helps determine if they need to focus their time on improving something they have already presented. And, finally, they are given messages or comments sent to them. This contributes to identify if there are conversations that they must be having before starting their work.
Professors have a three-column menu. The first contains the deadlines of all their courses during the next seven days. This helps the teacher determine on what courses they need to focus and in which courses they could register students. The second column shows teachers all those activities sent to them and not graded. This allows determining if they need time to grade or work in other tasks. Finally, in the third column they receive the same messages and notifications as students.
Make Moodle easier to use for all
Snap guarantees a User Experience conceived for all users. Snap promotes participation of all kinds of people. It is inclusive since it is thought for handicapped people. Snap is thinking about a way for everyone to have access to the platform.
Additionally, Snap is characterized for being a modern, intuitive and easily-adoptable theme.
Why choose Snap?
Snap vs. Express/More/Clean
Moodlerooms has been developing themes different to the default themes of Moodle. It is well known that Moodle offers different themes that allow visualizing courses and blocks differently. For instance, this is the case of Clean and More themes. However, with the purpose of creating better user experiences in the platform, Moodlerooms has developed its own themes.
This is the case of Express, a theme that allows designing templates, determining the menus and icons, aspects that timely improved the look of sites. This theme was a big step in the user experience since it improved significantly site browsing.
Nonetheless, development of the Snap theme was really the one that marked the difference in the experiences with Moodle. Snap is oriented towards presenting an interface that allows a more intuitive browsing in the blocks, in visualization of courses and presentation of the content. Likewise, Snap is conceived based on how web users think, which has made its adoption easier.
One of the most important points to be highlighted and that also marks the difference with respect to the other Moodle themes is that due to its design and its code building, Snap is a responsive theme. All learning and teaching experiences can be adapted to any mobile device.
Additionally, Snap has different accessibility attributes. This is a hard work exclusively thought for Moodlerooms.