Getting Started with Moodle
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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 http://human.edublogs.org 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 Moodle.org
Monthly Hosting: globalclassroom.us, Ninehub
Student Experience Demonstration: Blended Class Moodle to supplement face-to-face As a means to enrich face2face, assess learning, and
Demonstration: Online Class
Instructor Orientation Login and access course from MyCourses page Design Decision: Course Format by Topics or Weekly dates
Course Settings – name, choose format, # of topics, summary, availability
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: 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 File directory & organization Embed Media - Video, audio, widgets, presentations (ie Slideshare)
Embed a video, an image, an audio
Building your Course - Blocks
Add supplementary links, tools & resources
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. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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
Appears on course page in the Latest News block
Choice Uses 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.
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 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. 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
use as resource to collect questions for in-class discussion
Forum Uses Have one for whole class and/or ones for particular units Have them consult the forums and the responses before sending you an email . Student moderation of a topic/issue for chatting non-class issues Post your own first to model
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.
Wiki Uses 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
Wiki Demo Web 2.0 Participant's Blog URLs
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 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. 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 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
Complex; no time for demo or practice
Managing your Course: Administration
Who's doing what and when.
Extending Moodle 3 rd party modules add more features Moodle.org – Downloads – Modules Haven't used most of these yet Alternative Course Format http://premier.demo.moodlerooms.com/course/view.php?id=37 Google Integration – single sign on Take Choices in SL; submit SL 3D to Moodle assignment
Filter: Insert Question into Resource or Activity.
Extending Moodle Build maps with Google or Openstreetmap Student or Instructor created
Automatically populate student locations
Extending Moodle 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 Create games from your quiz questions and glossary entries
Hangman, Crossword, Cryptex, Millionaire, Sudoku, Hidden Picture, Snakes/Ladders
Extending Moodle 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 - http://gong.ust.hk/nanogong/moodle.html Audio Recording in Moodle HTML editor
Audio Activity - Assignment type
tie your standards to Moodle activities