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    • Getting Started with Moodle
    • About Me
      • Humboldt State University
        • LMS ITC, coordinated Blackboard-Moodle conversion, training & support
      • Moodlerooms
        • Documentation, online course development
      • Graduate Student
        • CSU East Bay M.S. Ed Online Teaching & Learning ‘10
    • ...About You?
      • Icebreaker Exercise:
      • Edit Profile to be your real name
      • 2. Take the Using Moodle polls in the “Moodle Training Resources” course
    • What is Moodle?
      • Modular-Object-Oriented-Dynamic-Learning Environment
        • Flexible, open-source Learning Management System
      • 100% online or supplement to a traditional classroom.
        • Miss a class? Keep in the loop
        • Enrich synchronous course
      • Resources and learning activities built upon the principles of collaboration and detailed feedback.
        • Moodle's Philosophy: Social Constructivism
    • Creator: Martin Dougiamas, Perth, Western Australia 24.6 million registered users 2.3 million courses 1.9 million teachers 208 countries Available in 78 languages Largest site – 200,000 users Slide by Tomaz Lasic world facts (September 2008)‏
    • How to Moodle
      • Sign up with a hosting provider
        • Moodle Partner - Moodlerooms
          • Moodle Experts – host, customize/develop, support
          • 10% profits back to
        • Monthly Hosting:, Ninehub
      • Self-Host
        • System administrator
        • Support team
    • Tools
    • Student Experience
      • Demonstration: Blended Class
        • Moodle to supplement face-to-face
          • As a resource
          • As a means to enrich face2face, assess learning, and
      • Demonstration: Online Class
    • Instructor Orientation
      • Login and access course from MyCourses page
      • Turning Editing On
      • Design Decision: Course Format by Topics or Weekly dates
        • Course Settings – name, choose format, # of topics, summary, availability
      • Name your Topics
      • Topic Controls
    • Building Your Course -Resources
      • Add a Resource is used to present content in your course.
      • By the end of this unit, you will be able to:
      • Add a file
      • Create a Moodle Book
      • Create a web page
      • Add a link to a website
      • Insert a label to give more information
      • Embed video, images and external links
    • Building Your Course -Resources
      • Demo: 3 Main Ways to Display Content.
      • Syllabus as: a link to a file, a book, a web page, a link to a website
      • Activities:
      • Create a link to a file
      • File directory & organization
      • Create a Book
      • Compose a web page
      • Link to a website
      • Insert a Label
      • Embed Media - Video, audio, widgets, presentations (ie Slideshare)‏
      • Embed a video, an image, an audio
      • Content Control Icons
    • Building your Course - Blocks
      • Add supplementary links, tools & resources
      • Calendar
      • Online Users
    • Building your Course - Activities
      • Building your Course : Activities
      • Activities used to engage learners with resources you've added, to show their learning, to assess learning and give feedback. 
      • most can be graded
      • some allow students to rate the works of others and provide feedback
      • Major Course Design Decision - which activities would best fit with your learning objective in your student's application/analyzing/evaluation of learning?
    • Activities Graphic by Pieter van der Hijden (‏
    • Building your Course - Activities
      • By the end of this session, you will be able to:
      • Post an announcement in the News forum
      • Create a Choice to poll students or as a signup
      • Create a Chat for synchronous discussion
      • Create a Forum for discussion
      • Create a Wiki for collaboration
      • Create a Glossary for vocabulary building & research
      • Create Assignments for students to submit to
      • Create a Quiz to assess students or provide practice
    • Uses, Demo, Practice, Discussion
      • First, the activity will be introduced with ideas for use
      • Then, the activity will be demonstrated
      • Next, you'll practice setting up the activity
      • Lastly, we can share ideas about using this activity in your courses
    • News Forum
      • The News Forum: Posting an Announcement
        • Emailed to students
        • Appears on course page in the Latest News block
    • Choice Uses
      • Poll student opinion
      • Stimulate thinking about a topic
        • As an advanced organizer to introduce a unit, ask a prequestion, ideally connecting a concept to student's prior experience.
      • Assess prior knowledge
      • Sign up
        • For a topic or presentation date
    • Choice Demo Favorite Food Poll Signup for a tool/technique
    • Collaboration in Moodle
    • Chat
      • Synchronous communication
        • Can schedule a session to happen once or reocccur at specific dates/times
      • Use for office hours
      • Space for group work collaboration
      • Last-minute test study - Set up a chat room for the night before an exam so students have a place to go and ask questions.
        • Optional: Have a T.A. moderate
    • Chat Demo An open chat with scheduled office hours
    • Forum Uses
      • Tool for collaboration and peer review
        • Enforce groups so that students can collaborate on projects
        • Require the posting of a project as a discussion topic, require feedback to fellow learners.
      • Problem based learning
        • Assign groups to solve a problem, identify and correct a misconception, etc.
        • Q & A Forum Type: Students must post answer before see others
      • Weekly reading discussion
        • apply concepts from the reading
        • discuss a case study
        • use as resource to collect questions for in-class discussion
    • Forum Uses
      • Tool for class-wide FAQ
        • Have one for whole class and/or ones for particular units
        • Have them consult the forums and the responses before sending you an email .
      • Interview a guest expert
      • Student moderation of a topic/issue
      • Social Forum
        • for chatting non-class issues
        • Icebreakers
          • Post your own first to model
      • Management tips:
        • View all forum posts by a student in profile
    • Forum Demo
      • Importance of Reading Standard Discussion
      • Importance of Reading Simple Discussion
      • View all posts made by a user in profile
    • Wiki
      • A wiki is a page (or pages) that several people can edit together.
      • Each of the changes are saved in versions of the page, and the old versions can be retrieved to be re-examined.
      • Types:
        • Class collaboration
        • Individual/Teacher collaboration
        • Group collaboration
    • Wiki Uses
      • Lecture Notes
      • Brainstorming
      • Group Projects
        • Record research, create outlines
        • Produce a guide, article, brochure, etc.
          • Consider asking to have best of submitted to Wikipedia or another web wiki
        • Collaborate on assignments that are submitted to forum posts or uploaded to assignments
      • Portfolio - Student-teacher, student collects artifacts in Wiki
      • Journal
    • Wiki Demo
      • Web 2.0 Participant's Blog URLs
      • Edit & Add another page
      • Tabs & Menus
      • Research Wiki – Groups on
    • Glossary
      • Instructor and/or student created
      • Entries organized by category
      • Entries can be commented on
      • Entries can be revised based on comments
      • Entries can be moderated by Instructor for approval into Glossary
    • Glossary Uses
      • Vocabulary building - Repository for key concept definition
      • Research Activity –
        • Assign each student (or team) to contribute a definition (and categorize appropriately if applicable).
        • Multiple definitions can be rated, with the highest-rated definitions submitted the final class glossary.
      • Mini-projects - small research projects to create resources for each other.
        • Have students research a topic (like organs in the body) then create an encyclopaedia-style glossary entry with pictures and resources.
        • Create glossary entries for biographies of historical people or those in the field .
    • Glossary Uses
      • Embed information on key concepts with autolinking
        • Anytime someone mentions a glossary term in a lesson, forum, or wiki, the word is linked back to the definition in the glossary.
        • Credit for word use: Assign points to using glossary terms in students' forum posts.
      • Random Glossary Block
        • Tip or Vocab Word of the Day/Week/Upon Refresh
        • Draws randomly or sequentially
    • Glossary Demo Literary Terms Glossary Add a new entry
    • Assessment in Moodle
    • Assignments
      • Advanced uploading of files – submit to Moodle
        • PPTs, spreadsheets, Worksheet Word Docs
        • Review/mark file & reupload to student; Drafts
      • Upload a single file – submit to Moodle
      • Online Text – compose & submit in Moodle
        • I n-line commenting
        • Ideal for short written assignments; journals
      • Offline activity – submit in class/non-graded Moodle
        • To give credit and/or feedback for real-world activities like participation, presentations, etc
        • To grade a non-graded Moodle activity ie Wiki, Choice.
    • Assignment Demo Upload a file as student Online Text as student Grading an Online Text Grading a file
    • Quiz
      • Formal tool to assess learning
      • Practice or Self Assessment
        • Zero-points for practice with concepts (use an older quiz that aren't giving again)‏
        • Adaptive (allow them to retake question immediately within same attempt)‏
        • Strengthens understanding
      • Question types: Multiple choice, Embedded (Cloze), Matching, True/False, Short Answer Essay, Numerical, Calculated,
        • Can import in a number of formats
    • Quiz Features
      • Item analysis - identify defective test items & knowledge gaps.
      • Rapid, Explanatory feedback based on selection
        • Overall feedback based on final grade range
      • Randomly generate quizzes from pools of questions
      • Allow students to re-take quizzes multiple times
        • Optional: enforce a time delay between attempts
      • Pools can be reused in multiple quizzes, shared between classes
    • Quiz Demo Moodle Quiz Vocabulary Quiz Results
    • Lesson
      • Present content like an article or a graphic, followed by questions on what they just saw
        • Supports engagement & mental models
        • Can be used as a flashcard exercise
          • Student is shown pages (cards) in random order. Usually these are question pages.
          • Setup 1: "After a correct answer" set to "Show an unseen page" never shows the same page twice (even if the student did not answer the question associated with the Card/Page correctly).
          • Setup 2: The other option is "Show an unanswered page" which shows the student pages that may have appeared before but only if they answered the associated question wrongly.
    • Lesson
      • Create simulations and case studies to respond to student input - a Choose your own Adventure book.
        • Branching: Each page in the lesson can be followed by a question, and the resulting page depends on the answer the student gives.
        • Create a flowcart for organization to avoid confusion!
        • Supports application, analyzing, scaffolding to learner's ability
    • Lesson Demo
      • Complex; no time for demo or practice
      • Walkthrough settings
    • Managing your Course: Administration
      • Assign Roles
      • Groups
      • Backup
      • Reports
        • Who's doing what and when.
    • Extending Moodle 3 rd party modules add more features – Downloads – Modules Haven't used most of these yet
      • Flexpage
        • Alternative Course Format
      • Google Integration – single sign on
      • Sloodle –
        • Take Choices in SL; submit SL 3D to Moodle assignment
      • Filter: Insert Question into Resource or Activity.
    • Extending Moodle
      • Mindmap
        • Create mindmaps
        • Student-editable or not
        • Private, group, public
        • Export XML, PDF, image
      • Map
        • Build maps with Google or Openstreetmap
        • Student or Instructor created
        • Automatically populate student locations
    • Extending Moodle
      • Flashcard
        • An indexing exercise for a map of coupled things (any pair of related text, images, or sounds) to be learned and retained.
        • Can create from matching questions
      • Game
        • Create games from your quiz questions and glossary entries
        • Hangman, Crossword, Cryptex, Millionaire, Sudoku, Hidden Picture, Snakes/Ladders
    • Extending Moodle
      • Skype
        • Video calling, file sending, chat
        • As module (schedule & open session from Moodle)‏
        • As block (see what users are on Skype right now)‏
      • DimDim Web Meeting, Wimba & Webex (coming soon)‏
        • Create, Schedule & add to calendar; open session from Moodle
      • NanoGong -
        • Audio Recording in Moodle HTML editor
        • Audio Activity - Assignment type
    • ...And More
      • Database
      • Surveys
      • Outcomes
        • tie your standards to Moodle activities
      • Rubrics
      • Gradebook
      • Attendance