Moodle course best practice

What is the best Moodle course? The e-learning industry has been asking this question for more than 10 years. And there is no absolute answer, as different businesses have different goals, needs and resources.

There are, however, some Moodle golden rules—simple ways to quickly improve your courses. Here is what the experienced team at eWorks came up with:

Part 1 – Engaging your learner

Rule #1 – Brand your Moodle

We all understand the importance of branding, of consistently representing the look and feel of your organisation to your clients and potential customers. So why would your Moodle course be any different?

The theme doesn’t need to be fancy or an award-winning design, and there are many good themes that are available by default in your Moodle. The eWorks team recommends the Clean theme. As the name suggests,this one comes with a clear font type, text size, block element, buttons, etc. Moreover, it is a responsive theme that allows your Moodle to be viewed across multiple devices such as mobiles and tablets. Adding your logo and using a few of your primary brand colours in the theme setting will quickly make your Moodle look professional.

GoTafe's branded Moodle

Source: GoTafe TrainingVC

Rule #2: Introduce your Moodle

Such a simple thing to do, but many Moodles are missing this crucial summary. Without it, you risk losing your students before they even know what your course is about. Adding a short introduction to the front page of your Moodle will help your learners understand the objective of your LMS, what they will learn and what you expect from them. Giving your learners a goal is the key to motivating them, and will result in higher course completion rates.

Rule #3: Track learner progress

Most learning happens via activities in Moodle, in the form of resource documents (PDFs, Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, etc.), SCORMs, assessments, quizzes, surveys and more. The learner’s completion of these activities can be tracked by enabling this function in activity completion settings. This tool benefits both the trainer and the learner because:

  • Trainers can run an activity completion report to review a learner’s progress across all activities.
  • Learners can track their own progress within a course.
The learner completion tool, showing two users who haven't yet completed a set of activities

Source: General Surgeons Australia

The use of the certificate activity function is also a good idea. Not only does it provide proof of completion for learners, which is another way to motivate them, it also notifies the trainer via email when a learner has completed a course.

And finally, don’t forget to find out what your learners think! Using the feedback module, you can create a survey for your learners. This will help to improve the quality of your course content as well as the usability, accessibility, design and structure of your courses.

If you are an administrator, you may need to create two separate surveys: one for learners and one for trainers.


Making your Moodle course the best it can be is quick, easy and rewarding. In this article, the eWorks team has offered some simple ways to improve learner engagement, based upon years of experience working with online training providers. If you have any queries about how to implement these tips, or the functionality of Moodle courses in general, please contact us.

Look out, next month, for the second part of this Making Moodle Magic series. It will give you insight into making your Moodle courses easier to use.