Using Moodle for collaborative and group work tasks
Student and Course Management
How to implement Moodle at your RTO (Resources and Providers)
Other options for LMS (Commercial, Web 2)
LMS What is it?
a software application or Web-based technology used to plan, implement, and assess a specific learning process.
provides the trainer with a way to create and deliver content, monitor student participation, and assess student performance.
provides students with the ability to use interactive features such as threaded discussions, video conferencing, and discussion forums.
About Moodle Software Moodle is a software package for producing Internet-based courses and web sites. It is a global development project designed to support a social constructionist framework of education. Moodle is provided freely as Open Source software (under the GNU Public License). Basically this means Moodle is copyrighted, but that you have additional freedoms. 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, and apply this same license to any derivative work
Constructivism Constructionism asserts that learning is particularly effective when constructing something for others to experience. This can be anything from a spoken sentence or an internet posting, to more complex artifacts like a painting, a house or a software package. For example, you might read this page several times and still forget it by tomorrow - but if you were to try and explain these ideas to someone else in your own words, or produce a slideshow that explained these concepts, then it's very likely you'd have a better understanding that is more integrated into your own ideas. This is why people take notes during lectures (even if they never read the notes again).
familiar web-page look and feel, with newsy front page
adaptable – repository, course, group work, collaboration, self paced, facilitated
providing forums/support to learners
introducing teachers to online tools, training ground
relatively easy to learn and use (but takes time)
difficult to create course content
Incorporate course content made with rapid elearn tools (using SCORM)
LMS Experts already predicting the “Death of the LMS?”
To truly learn, students need to get out of their LMS shells. They need to engage the world around them – publishing content for people other than classmates to read, and participating in the global discussion that surrounds the topics covered in class.
Students need to think critically and blog their experiences for others to read.
Students need to work collaboratively with other students in their class.
Students need to socialize with other students that aren’t in the same classes they are in.
Students need to continue learning on a particular subject beyond the last class date.
Delivery Models of training delivery that compliment the use of a LMS Fully Online Knowledge Preparation for F2F Skills Workshop Blended – Mix of online & F2F Skill recognition/currency/RPL Skills update on demand Collaborative Learning with Peers
Tools Potential Tools to underpin a flexible delivery Learner Management Systems Virtual Classroom Web 2 Portal (Blog, Wiki, Facebook) Manuals, CD ROMS USB Existing resources ePortfolios
A Model Knowledge/Skills Industry Knowledge Staff Capacity Compliance eLearning Training Tools Collaboration Authentic Tasks Trainer/Learner Communication Model Self Paced eLearning Platform Structured
Communication and collaboration may take place using Chats and Forums for conversational activities and Choices to gain group feedback.
Adding Wikis to your courses is an excellent way to allow students to work together on a single piece.
Work can be submitted by students and marked by teachers using Assignments or Workshops . Automatic marking can be achieved by using Quizzes . You can integrate quizzes from third party software.
Content may be delivered and supported using Lesson module and SCORM activities. Key words can be added to Glossaries by yourself or, if you allow it, your students. You can add content from third party software
Surveys and Databases are also very powerful additions to any course.
Content can be generated quickly using purpose built “rapid elearning software” such as:
Moodle supports a range of different resource types that allow you to include almost any kind of digital content into your courses. You can create your own text and webpages quickly.
Of course the resource may already exist in electronic form (word, PDF, etc) so you may want to link to an uploaded file or external website or simply display the complete contents of a directory in your course files and let your users pick the file themselves.
Use Wikis to create content together, Forums and Comments to exchange ideas, Database to collectively gather resources, Glossary to create shared understanding of concepts ... and more!
Grades can be created in each activity in a course which are then added to the Gradebook . For example, grades in Assignment (all types), Quiz and Workshop activities are automatically added to Gradebook . In some activities you will have to turn grading on, such as ratings 'on' in Forum, Glossary and Database to send them to the Gradebook .
Students can do self and peer assessment type tasks by evaluating (and even rate) each other's Forum posts, Glossary entries, and Database entries.
Username : your surname (lower case)
Password : acpet
You will be asked to change your password – write it down!
Multimedia Plug ins Supported Media Formats * .mp3 - MPEG Audio Stream, Layer III * .swf - Macromedia Flash Format File (Adobe, Inc.) * .mov - QuickTime Video Clip (Apple Computer, Inc.) * .wmv - Windows Media File (Microsoft) * .mpg - MPEG Animation * .avi - Audio Video Interleave File * .flv - Flash Video File (Macromedia, Inc.) * .ram - RealMedia Metafile (RealNetworks, Inc.) * .rpm - RealMedia Player Plug-in (RealNetworks) * .rm - RealMedia Streaming Media (Real Networks, Inc.) * .mp4 (in Moodle 1.9.6 onwards) * .m4v (in Moodle 1.9.6 onwards) In Moodle 1.9.6 onwards, a YouTube link filter (disabled by default) is also available.
Define your delivery model
Plan your delivery – adapt!
Link activities to assessment
Determine your support
Embed knowledge sharing and industry knowledge
Consider peer review and collaboration
Use Multimedia in your content
Consider rapid elearning tools
Look at external hosting unless you have good inhouse IT support and capacity to support