Why Moodle137

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Moodle is a software package for producing Internet-based courses and web sites.
Moodle is provided freely as Open Source software (under the GNU Public License).
It can be run on Windows and Mac operating systems and many flavors of Linux.
The word Moodle a verb that describes the process of lazily meandering through something, doing things as it occurs to you to do them, an enjoyable tinkering that often leads to insight and creativity.

Anyone who uses Moodle is a Moodler.

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Why Moodle137

  1. 1. Using a Virtual Learning Environment to Promote Learning & Communication Sheilla Norton St. Cloud State University Summer 2007 nosh0502@stcloudstate.edu
  2. 2.  Global vs. Classroom  Preparation for the working world of the future  Global Collaboration  Critical thinking skills  Social constructivism
  3. 3.  Definition:  “Social constructivism emphasizes the importance of culture and context in understanding what occurs in society and constructing knowledge based on this understanding” (Kim, 2001, ¶9).  Examples?
  4. 4.  How can it be fostered?  Create communication &collaboration in curriculum  Technology Tools  Web2.0 and Classroom2.0 ▪ Tools for social networking and collaboration
  5. 5. MOODLE’S CREATOR MARTIN DOUGIAMAS  Martin Dougiamas designed Moodle based on the social constructivist pedagogy.  Built-in social networking and collaboration tools  Most students will already know how to use these tools
  6. 6.  MOODLE - Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment  CMS – Course Management System or VLE – Virtual Learning Environment  Open source – Free!
  7. 7.  Open access to world-wide information with teacher control  Differentiate learning & accommodate multiple learning styles  Create communication & collaboration channels
  8. 8.  Social Networking Tools  Calendar & Personal Content  Resource Tools  Files created in Moodle, Office, PDF and web links  Activities Tools  Online and offline assignments  Individual and group  Graded and ungraded
  9. 9.  Classroom Website  Place for students and parents to get information  Calendar of Events  Discussion Forums  Questions for Teacher  Homework help ▪ Web links ▪ Forum for tutoring
  10. 10.  Blogs – individual writing projects  Reports  Reflections  Journals  Wikis – collaborative writing projects  Study guides  Glossary  Scripts  Collaborative presentations
  11. 11.  Chat Tools  Peer tutoring  Synchronous collaborating  Forums  Questions  Parent information area  Student information area  Peer to peer communication  Teacher to teacher collaboration  Question Button
  12. 12.  Podcasting & Wikis Activities  Collaborative script development  Performance  Slideshows or Video files Embedded  Remote teaching  Reviewing in-class materials  Material for absent students
  13. 13. • Use PowerPoint to construct a WebQuest. • Students can access from anywhere • Only need Acrobat Reader • Example: Energy WebQuest
  14. 14.  Online Testing Using Quiz Option  Practice computer testing  Offer practice exams  Immediate feedback option  Paperless testing  Eliminating student dishonesty
  15. 15.  Many types of questions:  Multiple choice  Calculated  True/False  Embedded answers (Cloze)  Matching  Description  Short Answer  Essay
  16. 16.  Promote Collaboration and Communication  Meet NETS and ISTE Standards  Consistent method for online content and communication  Easy to use and customizable  Readily available documentation and online community support.  Class templates for ease of development  Free!!!
  17. 17. About Moodle • Web Resources •Moodle.org •howtomoodle.com • Print Resources •Using Moodle by Jason Cole •Moodle E-Learning Course Development by William Rice
  18. 18. Kenny, J. (2006, March 10). Platform for change [Special section 4]. Times Educational Supplement, 4676, p.12. Retrieved August 8, 2007, from Lexis Nexis database. Kim, B. (2001). Social Constructivism. In M. Orey (Ed.), Emerging perspectives on learning, teaching, and technology. Retrieved August 10, 2007, from http://projects.coe.uga.edu/epltt/ Krechowiecka, I. (2005, October 4). Open source:Please sir, can we have some more?: Virtual learning environments are getting kids excited about education. The Guardian: London (UK), p.5. Maikish, A. (2006, May). MOODLE: A free, Easy, and constructivist online learning tool. MultiMedia & Internet@Schools, 13(3), 26- 28. Retrieved August 8, 2007, from Academic Search Premier database. Perkins, M. & Pfaffman, J. (2006). Using a course management system to improve classroom communication. The Science Teacher, 73(7), 33-37. Retrieved August 8, 2007, from Platinum Periodicals database. (Document ID: 1148188121)

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