Starting Moodle<br />Why set up a Moodle course at all?<br />What makes a good course?<br />How should courses be structured?<br />What elements should be included in your first course?<br />How to evaluate the usefulness of your course.<br />May 31, 2011| slide 3<br />
Who’s here?<br />May 31, 2011| slide 4<br />Work Based Learning<br />Adult / Community Learning<br />FE College<br />Specialist College<br />6th Form College<br />
What are your drivers?<br />May 31, 2011| slide 5<br />Required part of a college course<br />Learners need support<br />Insufficient class time<br />Learners <br />like it<br />Improve results<br />Helps to guide learning<br />
Why use Moodle?<br />To give learners support outside the classroom<br />Access at any time, from anywhere <br />Resources are always available: an online reading is never 'out on loan' <br />Improved quality of the student learning experience through the integration of ICT with class teaching <br />A one-stop-shop for all course-related documents, communication and activities <br />Provides information on student activity and performance <br />May 31, 2011| slide 6<br />
What does it look like?<br />Sample course here:<br />http://demo.moodle.net/course/view.php?id=621<br />A variety of courses at this site: <br />http://demo.moodle.net<br />Practical skills also can be supported by a moodle course – see the carpentry course showcased on Excellence Gateway<br />http://www.excellencegateway.org.uk/page.aspx?o=271167&c=casestudies<br />May 31, 2011| slide 7<br />
What can you do?<br />See Moodle features demo <br />http://demo.moodle.net/course/view.php?id=5<br />May 31, 2011| slide 8<br />
What makes a good course?<br />....depends what you’re trying to do.<br />But a basic course should contain:<br />May 31, 2011| slide 9<br />
What makes a good course?<br />May 31, 2011| slide 10<br /><ul><li>A reading list
Clearly label all resources indicating what they relate to
Assignment details, including how to submit</li></li></ul><li>Design ideas<br />May 31, 2011| slide 11<br />Keep things clutter free, focussed and visually appealing<br /><ul><li>Hide anything not in use
Remember “accessibility”</li></li></ul><li>Design ideas<br />May 31, 2011| slide 12<br />Beyond that – it’s basic good teaching and learning practice<br /><ul><li>Guided learning – is it clear how to work through the material and what they need to achieve?
Encourage use – make the course a focal point for resources.
Make some resources only available through the course – and create assignments based on these resources.</li></li></ul><li>Evaluation<br />Is it being used?<br />Who is going there?<br />Ask your learners – what do they want to see on the course? What would help them?<br />May 31, 2011| slide 13<br />
Stages in development<br />May 31, 2011| slide 14<br />Online learning – a spectrum of use<br />1<br />2<br />3<br />A VLE is used to make a variety of documents <br />available as a reference point for the learner when he/she is outside the classroom.<br />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.<br />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<br />engagement and a sense of community. <br />
Getting more support<br />May 31, 2011| slide 15<br /><ul><li>RSC East Midlands Moodle and our VLE support services –
Moodle courses at http://moodle.rsc-em.ac.uk (no username or pwd needed to enter)
How to use Moodlehttp://moodle.rsc-em.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=103</li></li></ul><li>B. Williams RSCEM<br />May 31, 2011| slide 16<br />For more information and support<br />firstname.lastname@example.org<br />email@example.com<br />E-Fair – 23rd June<br />Next In Brief: 21st June<br />
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