If your learners are struggling to find their way through your Moodle LMS, then this article is for you.
We’re pretty sure you want your students to discover your course content easily.
Imagine being stuck on your Moodle LMS or any online learning platform for that matter, not knowing what to do next or where to go – stressful, isn’t it?
Moreover, with COVID-19, learners are trying to transition to e-learning. Some of them will be venturing into it for the first time and you don’t want to make it harder for them.
Why Navigation is So Important?
To be fair, online learning is largely voluntary in nature, and students tend to drop out easily if their expectations are not met. Working towards improving your Moodle LMS navigation might as well be the starting point for you!
A recent independent survey reported that “50% of total students dropping out from an online learning medium do so because of complicated user experience and navigation”
So, think about it..
If you’ve been seeing consistent drop-outs among your students, the reason might be- the confusing Moodle navigation.
In this article, we have come up with 3 simple steps to help you simplify your Moodle navigation.
What’s the problem with Moodle’s Navigation?
If you take a look at your Moodle site upon login, these are the menu items that are displayed to students:
For students, this is an overload of information since they have to choose between performing certain tasks or exploring these menu items.
Confusion leads to the loss of time.
Now, let’s think from the perspective of a student what is the most important information that they would need?
“Dashboard & Courses”
Courses will help students quickly access the content they need whereas the Dashboard will help them navigate back after exploring the course.
But How to Customize Moodle Navigation
Before Moodle version 3.2 was released, it was always a task to customize the navigation bar. To get the desired results you had to add some custom HTML & CSS.
Since most of us aren’t comfortable with coding, thinking about changing Moodle’s navigation was an activity better avoided.
However, once Moodle’s default theme Boost was released with Moodle version 3.2, we were presented with more customization capabilities along with some ready to use Moodle plugins which help us do the same. And that’s what we’ll explore next.
Custom Navigation Plugins
We did some research to sift out for ready to use plugins in the Moodle directory that will help in customizing the Moodle navigation.
Our favorites were,
To save time we tested these plugins with popular Moodle themes and zeroed-in on one plugin which works the best for most situations to customize the Moodle navigation: Boost Navigation Fumbling.
The Boost Navigation plugin fared well when it came to,
Compatibility with latest Moodle versions,
Compatibility with popular themes for Moodle,
Ease of use
It also offered robust documentation that allows you to set up the complete custom navigation in less than 15 mins.
And to add to it we tested with the plugin with few of the best themes in Moodle like Boost, Edwiser RemUI & Fordson themes.
Using Boost Navigation
To Create Custom Menu for All Moodle users
1.1 – Follow this path Site Administration > Appearance > Boost Navigation Fumbling > Root Nodes
1.2 – Under “ Remove root nodes from Boost’s nav drawer “ you can check all those menu items that need to be removed from Moodle’s default navigation
1.3 – To add new menu items follow this path Site Administration > Appearance > Boost Navigation Fumbling > Custom Root Nodes
1.4 – Add custom menu items specific to Administrators or All Users in this format