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In brief starting moodle

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Advice on starting out putting together a moodle course

Advice on starting out putting together a moodle course

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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