What is Moodle


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What is Moodle

  1. 1. What is Moodle Can it help me? Can it help my learners? Richard Goddard Learning Objectivity VLE Middleware
  2. 2. Moodle is.. • An e-learning platform • A software package designed to help educators and trainers create, deliver, support and enhance online and online/offline courses. • Such e-learning systems are sometimes also called Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs).
  3. 3. Moodle helps you and your learners… • Create an organisational intranet • Support and administer learners and courses • Communicate with learners and colleagues • Publish documentation (“handouts” etc) • Personalise learning • Revise and reinforce learning • Evaluate and assess teaching and learning • Encourage and enable active collaborative learning • Reflect and plan ..and more
  4. 4. What does it look like?
  5. 5. Moodle as an intranet… …or even an internet site
  6. 6. Moodle as an admin tool… • Support and administer courses and learners
  7. 7. Moodle for communication… • Instant messaging • Email (plus auto email) • SMS texts
  8. 8. Moodle for documentation… • Handbooks • Timetables • Handouts • Policies
  9. 9. Moodle for personalisation… • Individual learner pages
  10. 10. Moodle to revise and reinforce… •Online learning materials •Alternative strategies •Other learning styles
  11. 11. Moodle for assessment… • Assignments • Quizzes • Group tasks
  12. 12. Moodle for active learning… Moodle was designed to encourage and enable socially constructive learning: • People actively construct new knowledge as they interact with their environment. • Everything you read, see, hear, feel, and touch is tested against your prior knowledge • Knowledge is strengthened if you can use it successfully in your wider environment. • You are not just a memory bank passively absorbing information, nor can knowledge be "transmitted" to you just by reading something or listening to someone. • Learning is particularly effective when constructing something for others to experience • Social Constructivism extends the above ideas into a social group constructing things for one another, collaboratively creating a small culture of shared artifacts with shared meanings. (Ken Ronkowitz)
  13. 13. …and collaboration…
  14. 14. Moodle for reflection…
  15. 15. Moodle for more and more and more a nd mor e A random selection from the moodle.org list of available add-ons… Just over 500 listed as at July 2009
  16. 16. Before we go any further… • How much will it cost?! “Moodle is provided freely as Open Source software. Basically this means Moodle is copyrighted, but that you are allowed to copy, use and modify Moodle provided that you agree to: provide the source to others not modify or remove the original license and copyrights apply this same license to any derivative work”
  17. 17. So does that mean it’s free? • Well, yes and no! You don’t pay for the software, but in financial terms you’ll need to take into account the following: • Hosting costs • Training costs • Development costs • Support or staff costs • Administration costs • Materials costs
  18. 18. Plus… • You and your trainers will need to make time for: • Planning • Implementation • Online content design • Creating materials • Uploading • Monitoring • Maintaining
  19. 19. But you avoid… • Software and licence costs • Printing and postage costs • Administration overheads • Communication costs • Separate website • Delays • Trainer frustration • Missed deadlines • Confusion
  20. 20. Where can I get help? • Talk to Moodle users – there’s a list of hundreds of UK Moodle sites at http://moodle.org • In the UK, get advice from your JISC RSC • Find a Moodle hosting, training or support company • Or contact me: Richard (at) learningobjectivity.com
  21. 21. Thank you… …for viewing