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    1. 1. Phil Hardcastle<br />Ben Williams<br /><br /><br />In brief – Starting Moodle<br />May 31, 2011| slide 1<br />
    2. 2. Using Elluminate<br />
    3. 3. Starting Moodle<br />Why set up a Moodle course at all?<br />What makes a good course?<br />How should courses be structured?<br />What elements should be included in your first course?<br />How to evaluate the usefulness of your course.<br />May 31, 2011| slide 3<br />
    4. 4. Who’s here?<br />May 31, 2011| slide 4<br />Work Based Learning<br />Adult / Community Learning<br />FE College<br />Specialist College<br />6th Form College<br />
    5. 5. What are your drivers?<br />May 31, 2011| slide 5<br />Required part of a college course<br />Learners need support<br />Insufficient class time<br />Learners <br />like it<br />Improve results<br />Helps to guide learning<br />
    6. 6. Why use Moodle?<br />To give learners support outside the classroom<br />Access at any time, from anywhere <br />Resources are always available: an online reading is never 'out on loan' <br />Improved quality of the student learning experience through the integration of ICT with class teaching <br />A one-stop-shop for all course-related documents, communication and activities <br />Provides information on student activity and performance <br />May 31, 2011| slide 6<br />
    7. 7. What does it look like?<br />Sample course here:<br /><br />A variety of courses at this site: <br /><br />Practical skills also can be supported by a moodle course – see the carpentry course showcased on Excellence Gateway<br /><br />May 31, 2011| slide 7<br />
    8. 8. What can you do?<br />See Moodle features demo <br /><br />May 31, 2011| slide 8<br />
    9. 9. What makes a good course?<br />....depends what you’re trying to do.<br />But a basic course should contain:<br />May 31, 2011| slide 9<br />
    10. 10. What makes a good course?<br />May 31, 2011| slide 10<br /><ul><li>A reading list
    11. 11. A glossary of terms, if appropriate
    12. 12. A course timetable (a list or calendar)
    13. 13. Links to specific resources/websites for research
    14. 14. A link to library services and search
    15. 15. Clearly label all resources indicating what they relate to
    16. 16. Assignment details, including how to submit</li></li></ul><li>Design ideas<br />May 31, 2011| slide 11<br />Keep things clutter free, focussed and visually appealing<br /><ul><li>Hide anything not in use
    17. 17. Avoid resource overload
    18. 18. Change structure to avoid excessive scrolling up and down the page
    19. 19. Put the most recent stuff at the top of the page
    20. 20. Include relevant images
    21. 21. Check links regularly (dead links annoy)
    22. 22. Remember “accessibility”</li></li></ul><li>Design ideas<br />May 31, 2011| slide 12<br />Beyond that – it’s basic good teaching and learning practice<br /><ul><li>Guided learning – is it clear how to work through the material and what they need to achieve?
    23. 23. Encourage use – make the course a focal point for resources.
    24. 24. Refer to it regularly.
    25. 25. Make some resources only available through the course – and create assignments based on these resources.</li></li></ul><li>Evaluation<br />Is it being used?<br />Who is going there?<br />Ask your learners – what do they want to see on the course? What would help them?<br />May 31, 2011| slide 13<br />
    26. 26. Stages in development<br />May 31, 2011| slide 14<br />Online learning – a spectrum of use<br />1<br />2<br />3<br />A VLE is used to make a variety of documents <br />available as a reference point for the learner when he/she is outside the classroom.<br />Used to deliver learning activities and to encourage co-operation between students on projects. Assignments may be submitted and marked on-line and there will be assessment exercises.<br />A fully online course requires the tutor to work online in the same way as he/she would have done face to face. The tutor will have to use digital means to promote<br />engagement and a sense of community. <br />
    27. 27. Getting more support<br />May 31, 2011| slide 15<br /><ul><li>RSC East Midlands Moodle and our VLE support services –
    28. 28. MoodleUser Group,
    29. 29. MoodleUKmailing list,
    30. 30. VLE training
    31. 31. Moodle courses at (no username or pwd needed to enter)
    32. 32. How to use Moodle</li></li></ul><li>B. Williams RSCEM<br />May 31, 2011| slide 16<br />For more information and support<br /><br /><br />E-Fair – 23rd June<br />Next In Brief: 21st June<br />