In the world of Internet browsers, Internet Explorer (IE) is the black sheep of the family. Despite Microsoft’s attempts to modernize the browser, it still suffers from several flaws in how it displays webpages, which causes many irregularities in Moodle. So, the best use of IE may be to download another browser.
Michael Vaughn, Instructional Technologist for Teaching and Learning Technologies (TLT), said about 75 percent of the browser-related issues faculty, staff, and students experience in Moodle can be avoided or resolved if users switch Internet browsers.
“People don’t always think to switch browsers because they assume that if they can do something in one browser, they can do it in all browsers, and that’s just not true,” he said.
For example, unlike Firefox or Google Chrome, Internet Explorer doesn’t allow faculty, staff, or students to utilize Moodle’s drag-and-drop function to upload files. The browser sometimes displays course content improperly, and it may not display YouTube videos at all. Internet Explorer can also prevent faculty and staff from changing the point values of questions on quizzes, and faculty can’t use the QuickGrading feature on Assignments if they’re in IE.
MORE: Read about Moodle’s drag-and-drop function here.
By using other Internet browsers such as Firefox or Google Chrome, you can have a much smoother experience in Moodle. To avoid major technical frustrations, try to avoid using Internet Explorer at all costs.