Virtual Learning Environments should meet the specific needs of the individual school and come without a high initial purchase and monthly maintenance costs.
Parents should know everything they need to know about the school, and should not phone the school office asking about things they’ve already been told.
Such are the ideal situations to which many schools aspire. But reaching these positions is not always so easy – although it is certainly possible.
Take the licence-free VLE, Moodle. It is a superb system that many schools are already using. But the system is not instantly intuitive and so it is possible to use Moodle without realising that there is a lot more that could be achieved by the system.
So, the solution is to make sure Moodle is set up to reflect the way things operate in your school, right from the way in which the Moodle interface looks in terms of incorporating your school’s existing online appearance, through to ensuring courses are easy to set up and use.
Appropriate training and consultancy can often pave the way for opening up new ways of using Moodle as well as looking at how it may be possible to integrate with your Student Information Management Systems with a view to making sure that parents can access important information about their children (reports, attendance, performance, etc).
But still, many parents avoid school websites when seeking information (calling the school office instead) either because they can’t find what they want quickly enough or because the website can’t be read on a mobile device. The result is that your administrators get interrupted by calls that they needn’t get.
Sometimes, therefore, it is a good idea to re-work a site and have separate pathways within the site for different groups of people… one for existing parents which caters for their requirements for information, one for potential parents – throughout with the thought that today more people access websites from mobile devices than computers.
If you would like to talk about how your school can respond to organising the information it carries on the website please do get in touch. You can find out more about us on http://www.inco-education.co.uk/article-what-makes-a-brilliant-school-website.php
If you prefer, email us the details of your website and your phone number (and let us know a convenient time to call) and we will come back to you with our thoughts on what changes we might suggest to your website.
And of course if you want to talk about using Moodle, do call or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, if you would like to talk through what we could do for you please call us on 01902 784 800.