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Advice on starting out with Moodle, designing courses

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  • 1. Phil Hardcastle
    Ben Williams
    phil.hardcastle@rsc-em.ac.uk
    ben.williams@rsc-em.ac.uk
    In brief – Starting Moodle
    May 31, 2011| slide 1
  • 2. Using Elluminate
  • 3. Starting Moodle
    Why set up a Moodle course at all?
    What makes a good course?
    How should courses be structured?
    What elements should be included in your first course?
    How to evaluate the usefulness of your course.
    May 31, 2011| slide 3
  • 4. Who’s here?
    May 31, 2011| slide 4
    Work Based Learning
    Adult / Community Learning
    FE College
    Specialist College
    6th Form College
  • 5. What are your drivers?
    May 31, 2011| slide 5
    Required part of a college course
    Learners need support
    Insufficient class time
    Learners
    like it
    Improve results
    Helps to guide learning
  • 6. Why use Moodle?
    To give learners support outside the classroom
    Access at any time, from anywhere
    Resources are always available: an online reading is never 'out on loan'
    Improved quality of the student learning experience through the integration of ICT with class teaching
    A one-stop-shop for all course-related documents, communication and activities
    Provides information on student activity and performance
    May 31, 2011| slide 6
  • 7. What does it look like?
    Sample course here:
    http://demo.moodle.net/course/view.php?id=621
    A variety of courses at this site:
    http://demo.moodle.net
    Practical skills also can be supported by a moodle course – see the carpentry course showcased on Excellence Gateway
    http://www.excellencegateway.org.uk/page.aspx?o=271167&c=casestudies
    May 31, 2011| slide 7
  • 8. What can you do?
    See Moodle features demo
    http://demo.moodle.net/course/view.php?id=5
    May 31, 2011| slide 8
  • 9. What makes a good course?
    ....depends what you’re trying to do.
    But a basic course should contain:
    May 31, 2011| slide 9
  • 10. What makes a good course?
    May 31, 2011| slide 10
    • A reading list
    • 11. A glossary of terms, if appropriate
    • 12. A course timetable (a list or calendar)
    • 13. Links to specific resources/websites for research
    • 14. A link to library services and search
    • 15. Clearly label all resources indicating what they relate to
    • 16. Assignment details, including how to submit
  • Design ideas
    May 31, 2011| slide 11
    Keep things clutter free, focussed and visually appealing
    • Hide anything not in use
    • 17. Avoid resource overload
    • 18. Change structure to avoid excessive scrolling up and down the page
    • 19. Put the most recent stuff at the top of the page
    • 20. Include relevant images
    • 21. Check links regularly (dead links annoy)
    • 22. Remember “accessibility”
  • Design ideas
    May 31, 2011| slide 12
    Beyond that – it’s basic good teaching and learning practice
    • Guided learning – is it clear how to work through the material and what they need to achieve?
    • 23. Encourage use – make the course a focal point for resources.
    • 24. Refer to it regularly.
    • 25. Make some resources only available through the course – and create assignments based on these resources.
  • Evaluation
    Is it being used?
    Who is going there?
    Ask your learners – what do they want to see on the course? What would help them?
    May 31, 2011| slide 13
  • 26. Stages in development
    May 31, 2011| slide 14
    Online learning – a spectrum of use
    1
    2
    3
    A VLE is used to make a variety of documents
    available as a reference point for the learner when he/she is outside the classroom.
    Used to deliver learning activities and to encourage co-operation between students on projects. Assignments may be submitted and marked on-line and there will be assessment exercises.
    A fully online course requires the tutor to work online in the same way as he/she would have done face to face. The tutor will have to use digital means to promote
    engagement and a sense of community.
  • 27. Getting more support
    May 31, 2011| slide 15
    • RSC East Midlands Moodle and our VLE support services –
    • 28. MoodleUser Group,
    • 29. MoodleUKmailing list,
    • 30. VLE training
    • 31. Moodle courses at http://moodle.rsc-em.ac.uk (no username or pwd needed to enter)
    • 32. How to use Moodlehttp://moodle.rsc-em.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=103
  • B. Williams RSCEM
    May 31, 2011| slide 16
    For more information and support
    phil.hardcastle@rsc-em.ac.uk
    ben.williams@rsc-em.ac.uk
    E-Fair – 23rd June
    Next In Brief: 21st June