Intro Moodle


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Moodle Introduction presented in the Panevezys College under the Erasmus Program by José Manuel Suárez Jávega a member of Decroly staff

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Intro Moodle

  1. 1. Moodle <ul><li>Moodle characteristics </li></ul><ul><li>Using moodle </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle Pros </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle Cons </li></ul>
  2. 2. Moodle characteristics <ul><li>moodle= modular object-oriented dynamic learning environment </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle is based on the ideas of pedagogical constructivism. “Knowledge is built in the student’s mind instead of being transmitted without changes from a book or a teacher” </li></ul><ul><li>The teacher “just” creates an environment focused on the student so the student can built his own knowledge. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Moodle characteristics <ul><li>Moodle is a web application. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Runs under unix, GNU/linux, opensolaris, freebsd, windows, mac OS X, netWare and others. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Data is stored in a SQL database. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>From 1.7 onwards it supports almost any database using total database abstration layer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Up to 1.6 version only mysql and postgreSQL were supported </li></ul></ul><ul><li>It requires PHP </li></ul><ul><li>So you need: webserver+PHP+database </li></ul>
  4. 4. Moodle characteristics <ul><li>It’s free. (GNU license) </li></ul><ul><li>It’s easy to install (ok, not so easy) </li></ul><ul><li>Community technical support=No technical support? </li></ul><ul><li>Customizable (open source, but you need to be a very good programmer) </li></ul><ul><li>Compatible with other formats: scorm, ims </li></ul>
  5. 5. Using moodle <ul><li>Course administration: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The teacher has total control about the options of a course, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lessons: how many, when, how to do them. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Students: how many  , when they connected, in which lessons is each student, passed/failed test </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Activities: forums, chats, tests…..several statistics about them </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Activities </li></ul>
  6. 6. Using moodle <ul><li>Activities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication: forums, chats, internal messaging, calendar, surveys </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Formative: lessons, tasks, external links, databases, forums… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluation: questionnaires, tests… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integratable contents: ANYTHING THAT CAN BE PUT ON A WEB SITE </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Using moodle <ul><li>What is moodle useful for? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Complete curricular subjects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online formation (very debatable, not for moodle itself but for online formation) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meeting point </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interactive information web page (wikipedia, although wikipedia is constructed with mediawiki not moodle) </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Moodle advantages <ul><li>Student participation: topics, Glossaries. </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>has total control over course (when and what) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Monitorizing students progress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feedback to students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create courses with other teachers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Students: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Motivating (debatable) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Timetable (24/7) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inmediate feedback (predetermined feedback is very difficult to see in advance all possibilities) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy Teamwork: no need of physical or time coincidence </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Moodle disadvantages <ul><li>Some activities can be very mechanical and with very few options. </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle is online 24/7, teacher is not. (if the course is big enough could be several teachers to achieve the 24/7 teacher online as in online games. </li></ul><ul><li>Looks like PHP doesn´t mange very well a lot of users at the same time (slow) </li></ul><ul><li>Support: there is no place to call a “technician” to came to fix the problems, being an open source platform there is not free support. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Online formation <ul><li>Is online formation feasible? </li></ul><ul><li><link> </li></ul>