Moodle 3.3 integration with Office 365 and Google G-suite

Source: Moodle 3.3 integration with Office 365 and Google G-suite

Moodle is one of the world’s most widely used learning management system, enabling organisations from all sectors to create rich online learning experiences. Requests from organisations to integrate Moodle with Microsoft Office 365 have been popular for a long time, and now with last month’s release of version 3.3, Moodle offers this integration as standard.

The new integration possibility is not only with Office 365, but Google’s G-Suite too. This is a great step forward for organisations wishing to integrate their cloud-based business applications with Moodle. The integration is currently made-up of two parts:

  • Authenticating users (giving access to the system), and
  • Allowing access to OneDrive or Google Drive files within Moodle

Using the new OAuth2 authentication, administrators can enable their users to log-in to Moodle using their Google, Microsoft or Facebook account. This new feature will benefit organisations wishing to keep a consistent sign-in experience for their users, reduce the overheads of managing user accounts and allow for user details from their respective provider to be brought through to Moodle.
Another point to make is that integrating with Office or Google isn’t restricted to organisations that want their users to create their own accounts, as Moodle also allows them to enable the authentication (but only for existing users). The advantage here is you can still have the control over who has accounts created on your site, but your users get the benefit of using their Office or Google credentials to sign-in.

Once set-up, the user just selects their chosen sign-in method from the login page, inputs their details with Microsoft, Google or Facebook and then either logs in or has their account created after an email confirmation.

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The further part of this integration is with the repositories for OneDrive and Google Drive. Once these have been enabled, your users can access all their Microsoft or Google files from the file-picker screen in Moodle, choosing to upload a copy of the file or as a link– allowing them to make changes to the document outside of Moodle, without needing to re-upload.

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This seamless integration between Moodle and your organisation’s online productivity suite enables you to easily share your content with your learners and manage updates and changes centrally, rather than for each instance of the resource.

It’s not only you that will benefit, as your learners will have access to their files through the repositories as well, meaning they can submit assignments and generally upload files from their office application.