Moodle – Online Teaching

Moodle – College’s official learning management system

You can download a FREE Moodle users book in PDF form from the Moodle.org site at: http://download.moodle.org/download.php/docs/en/using_moodle_2e.zip

Here is a list of Moodle demo/tutorials that can help you get started using Moodle. You can also sign up for our on-campus, small group Moodle workshops on the Faculty Flex website at http://flex.sbcc.edu using your Campus Pipeline ID and password.

GETTING TO YOUR COURSE – There is a Moodle course shell created for every section that is taught. So how do you get to your course shells? Select the link below to locate your course shells…

MOODLE PROFILE AND COURSE ACCESS – Teachers can edit their own profiles in Moodle including email address, picture, as well as set preferences such as tracking which messages they’ve read in course forums. They can also manually hide the links to their Moodle shells from students.

LAYOUT AND NAVIGATION – Like other learning management systems, the visual layout of Moodle course content can be manipulated to some degree. Review the videos below for more info.

HUMAN PRESENCE COURSE TEMPLATE/FORMAT- The human presence course template is a template that you can use to design course shell. It features a different layout from the weekly or topical formats but more importantly is designed to accommodate human presence tools like video, audio, wimba voice tools, etc., into the course. The link below is a link to a series of videos on getting started with the human presence course template.

ROLES IN MOODLE - Your role in Moodle determines what you can do such as editing or posting content or adding other teachers or staff as participants in your courses.

WHERE ARE YOUR STUDENTS? – Students are dynamically added to your Moodle course shells up to the final add date for your courses. You can, however, add them to your course manually at just about any time provided they’re in the Banner student information system. You can also remove them manually if you want to delete them from your course. If you delete them, any work they’ve submitted into Moodle up to the time of the deletion will be saved.

STUDENT TRACKING - Once the semester has started, how do you know which resources students have viewed other than asking them? You can monitor most of the resources that individual students have viewed or the activities they’ve completed as well as see the last time they logged into your course section.

ADDING RESOURCES – Moodle is composed of two types of course content: activities and resources. An activity is an event where students have to submit work such as posting to a forum, submitting an assignent, or taking an online quiz. A resource, however, is content that students can read, view, or listen to, etc., such as a class syllabus or course handout in the form of a web page/site or file. You can upload any type of file into Moodle except for an EXE file type for security reasons. You are also limited to files that are 100 megabytes or smaller in size.

EMAIL - Moodle has a NEW internal email tool that teachers can employ in each section in order to separate one class section’s email from another.

DISCUSSIONS IN FORUMS - Forums and discussions and bulletin boards are synonymous terms. Moodle, however, has four different types of forums available. There is the News Forum, which is one way (teacher to student) used for announcements, a standard forum type used for multiple topics and threads, a single simple forum type used for teacher-led discussion, and a question and answer forum type which restricts students from viewing other students’ posts until they’ve initially post something. Forum activities can be individual or group (except for a single simple forum) and they can be rated (graded) as well.

GROUPS AND GROUPINGS – Moodle activities can be individual or group based membership. You can access to restrict course resources or activities further based on grouping membership such as restricting a makeup quiz to select students.

CALENDAR - Like other learning management systems, Moodle has an interactive calendar which teachers can use to post course events. Students can also use the calendar privately to post their calendar info.

ASSIGNMENTS IN MOODLE – Moodle offers four different types of assignments including online text, multiple file submission, single file submission, and off line assignment. There some advantages to these types of assignments in that they reduce the amount of paper use, create an organizational structure for storing files for teachers, etc. Assignments can be graded online as well.

WIKIs – Moodle has a wiki tool that teachers can use for whole class or small group collaboration.  Like other wiki tools, students and teachers can add images, text, hyperlinks, and embed videos stored elsewhere on the Internet.  Note, the College had the standard Moodle wiki tool modified to provide teachers with the capability to see individual student contributions.

QUIZZES AND EXAMS – Like other learning management systems, Moodle has a quiz/exam tool for creating and administering online exams. Exams can be restricted based on group membership, a proctor password or even by a computer lab location on campus. Note, among other features, you can create quizzes that randomly select questions from the course’s quiz question bank categories.

FEEDBACK (SURVEY) ACTIVITIES – Though Moodle has a survey tool, the feedback tool is an easier tool for creating customized feedback activities in the form of surveys. The data recorded in the surveys can be exported in a variety of forms that most spreadsheet software applications can read.

GRADEBOOK – Moodle has a simple gradebook with built-in aggregation schemes so that teachers don’t have to create formulas to calculate categorical subtotals or course grade averages. Select the Gradebook Basics link below to begin…

WIMBA VOICE TOOLS – Teachers can create a variety of voice-only resources and activities in Moodle. The Wimba materials that are created are stored on a web server at the Wimba.com company. They cannot be copied like other content from one section or semester to the next easily. However, they are useful if you are interested in using human presence tools in instruction.

ELLUMINATE-LIVE – Elluminate LIVE is a virtual classroom activity that you can incorporate into your classes. It is the same software used in the CCC Confer conferencing system. You can sign up for Moderator training at the Elluminate LIVE site for free.

COPY CONTENT FROM ONE SEMESTER TO NEXT – Most course content and activities can be copied from one section to the next and one semester to the next using the Template Assignment feature in Moodle. This feature is only enabled near the end of each term for blank sections in upcoming terms. Once the term begins, this feature is no longer enabled.

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