Checklist for Implementing Moodle LMS


Are you planning to implement a Moodle Learning Management System (LMS) within your organisation and are not sure about how to do it, here is a basic checklist especially for your organisation which will help you to ensure the successful implementation.

  1. Need Gap Analysis: Do the need gap analysis of your learning and development requirements based on functions, roles and organisations L&D future road map. This will allow you to understand which all modules or plug-ins of Moodle LMS are required and suits your need. As Moodle LMS is widely used by enterprises, schools, universities and offers a great flexibility to accommodate every segments requirement, it becomes critically important to understand what is that you expect your Moodle LMS to support you with? This will determine the next course of implementation. Hence doing an need gap analysis is the first important step
  2. Management Buy In: Once you are done with your initial study it is important to seek the management buy in on Moodle. Since there are more than 800+ LMS available in the market, Moodle always looks one of the lucrative choice as it is open source and appears to be free of cost. However, many a time management may have a different view on the open source software and may really need a convincing argument to buy the idea.
  3. Align IT Infrastructure: Once you have a management buy-in; ensure that your IT department is also aligned with your choice. Many a times IT may have some reservations on open source software and the word-wide organisation policies may not be that friendly to support this initiative. As there may be some investment requirement to host Moodle LMS and all the hardware, software needs to be procured, IT involvement becomes a must. Moodle is primarily developed in Linux using Apache, MySQL and PHP, and regularly tested with Windows XP and above. You can refer to Moodle LMS installation guide from here. This will give you a sense whether how much IT support will be required in-house/external to support the Moodle implementation.
  4. Installation and Framework Design: Once the required infrastructure is ready, you can decide on installation and Framework design. This has to align all the functional requirements and if need be you may have to customise few of those as per requirement specification document. If you ahve inhouse capability to customise great. Else you can seek help from some professional implementation partners like Knowzies.
  5. GUI and Theme Design: Given a fact that Moodle does not offer greatest of the GUI, one must be prepared to look for a better options to address this requirement. This requirement can be very well addressed by using some ready to use word-press templates and GUI can be customised as per requirement. One can have an excellent GUI matching to the branding guidelines of organisation.
  6. Go Live Preparation: Once the Moodle LMS is in place, you can define various roles like Admin, User, Student, Learner, Teacher, Instructor, Guest User, Lecturer , Manager , etc and upload all your users as per their respective roles and functions. Define the privileges to be assigned to every role. Upload all the eLearning courses, create quizzes, upload all reference documents, upload videos and create a Learning path or curriculum structure. Once it is done your Moodle LMS is ready to go.

I am sure these are some basic steps to get your Moodle LMS implemented. We have helped many of our clients with Moodle LMS implementation and have been successfully supporting them with maintenance support. In case if you wish to know more in detail about our offerings you can reach out to us at We look forward for your comments in case if I missed on any important point.

Hands-on, dynamic and energetic executive, Amol has a multi-year experience in diverse technology industries and functions, in both Sales and Marketing and Operations. Engineer by graduate and an MBA professional, he started his career in 2004 as a Regional Sales Manager for one of the largest US MNC based out of India continues to live his passion for sales till date. Currently an eLearning and LMS consultant and & Board Member of Knowzies Technology Solutions, his responsibility is to manage the company's growth in the Americas, India and APAC, and encourage its Global expansion through his network of 1000+ qualified Elearning and SaaS experts. Amol is a serial blogger and a have delivered many webinar’s in his past engagements. He likes to write largely about latest eLearning technology trends, mobile learning, and learning technologies. His passion for eLearning makes him the perfect blend for designing solutions for large enterprises especially where the cost is the constraint. Prior to his current venture, Amol had a blast leading the International Business Operations for various leading LMS and eLearning organisations globally. Amol successfully managed a talented pool of professionals and partner companies (Channel network implementation) enabling the acquisition of many leading enterprises. A solid credo in business ethics and knowledge sharing are its key business drivers. He is what the Urban Dictionary would call a straight shooter, enjoys playing cards on the table and doesn't deal with fuss. Big in creating new connections and value to its network (because the network is quite everything), he is hungry for innovation and falls in love for true out-of-the-box thinkers. Cricket and food are superior passions. Loves the family and is blessed with two happening daughters and a caring wife. Over weekends you will find him in kitchen experimenting with new dishes. In case of any queries, you can reach to him on

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