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Introduce Moodle

  1. 1. All About the Online Creative Writing Course<br />Helpful things you need to know about this course.<br />
  2. 2. Introduce Moodle<br />We are going to be using a Learning Management System called Moodle to do our collaborative creative writing.<br />What is Moodle?<br />It is a private online space (a bit like Facebook and Bebobut more private) where people can exchange information. <br />Moodle is particularly good for teaching and learning because it is designed to be really simple.<br />When you are given an username and password go to and use your username and password to get into the course. <br />You can then update your profile. You can put up your own photo or some other appropriate graphic which says something about you.<br />
  3. 3. Course Expectations<br />We will be working in a “virtual classroom”.<br />Like any classroom we have to have some rules or as I prefer to call them expectations. It is very important that we observe these rules and not be hurtful of other people by bad behaviour in forums/discussions etc.<br />You will have heard of a “footprint”. <br />Well, whatever we do or say online leaves a “digital footprint”. <br />We all need to be aware of this and be respectful of others.<br />I will monitor the forums and discussion areas and will take down anything that is not appropriate. <br />That does not mean you your writing can’t be funny and amusing.<br />I want you to enjoy what you are doing.<br />I guess the best rule might be if you are not comfortable sharing the content with your teacher or parents then don’t use it.<br />On the next page are this virtual classroom rules.<br />
  4. 4. Our Class Rules<br />Be respectful of people and their opinions.<br />Avoid swear words in your writing<br />When you critique work be positive<br />Be respectful when you change someone’s writing<br />Keep to the subject <br />Contribute, don’t just visit and leave the site.<br />
  5. 5. Course Requirements (what you have to do)<br />This course will be fun but at the same time I do want to think that you are learning something. In this case you will be learning about how to write creatively online with other students.<br />To do over 8 weeks of the course.<br />Contribute at least 3 reflections in an online Learning Journal<br />Write a chapter a week to the online story (a chapter will be between 80-100 words)<br />Use a writing rubric to help you improve your writing<br />Use the forum at least twice a week<br />Use a wiki when you are instructed to.<br />
  6. 6. Meanings of some Terms<br />You may be wondering what some of the words I have used mean.<br />I have used words like Moodle, forum and wiki.<br />You may be wondering what they mean but then again I’m sure some of you will know.<br />Moodle<br />I’ve already mentioned Moodle. This name is short for- wait for it- Modular Object Orientated Dynamic Learning Environment. Well, I think it is fairly obvious why it has been shortened to Moodle.<br />Forum<br />A forum is just a place where you can share ideas and thoughts about a topic. <br />There are forum rules and it is very important you keep to the subject. I will direct you in the forum by asking questions or asking for suggestions about the topic.<br />Wiki.<br />You have probably heard of, and even visited Wikipedia, an online encyclopaedia which people all around the world contribute articles. These articles can be changed by other readers. A wiki, therefore, is a sharing space which allows people to contribute ideas.<br />
  7. 7. The Writing Plan<br />The idea for this course is for you to share writingsix(or more!) chapters of an online story. <br />You will be given the first chapter and then you will write a Chapter 2 to follow that one. <br />Then you will be given a partner and you have to re-read Chapter 1, your partner’s Chapter 2 then you write a Chapter 3 and so on. <br />You will be given a new partner for each new chapter. You will need to re-read from Chapter 1 each time so that you keep to the storyline and it makes sense.<br />We will discuss and share on the forum some expectations about the content of the chapters – what is allowed and what is not- after all there will be an audience later on who will want to read your efforts.<br />The next slide has a diagram of what the actual programme will look like. It took some working out.<br />
  8. 8. The writing plan table<br />Chapter 1 written by teacher after discussion with the group<br />Concluding chapter written by teacher and group after discussion <br />Of course where I have got Student A there will be a student name. Imagine Student A is Bob. Well Bob will write his/her Chapter 2 after reading Chapter 1 then later on Bob will write a Chapter 3 after reading Chapter 1, and Student B’s Chapter 2 and so on. Notice how Bob’s name goes diagonally down the chart. This means he/she will get a chance to write every chapter and so will everyone else.<br />
  9. 9. The Tricky Bit!<br />Up to this point I have done a lot of planning and thinking. My head hurts (just a little!)<br />What I have been trying to work out is the best way to set up the writing bit so that you all have access to each others chapters.<br />I am still working on it but watch this space!<br />
  10. 10. The Timetable<br />