Moodle is an open source software package for creating and managing e-learning courses through the Internet. Most educational institutions today use some kind of e-learning platform and a great majority of them use Moodle for their online campus.
This course will guide you through the basic steps for the use of Moodle as a teacher, creating intuitive courses and integrating all types of activities, educational content and multimedia resources. Moodle can be used for online courses, but it is also used in blended learning situations in which the face-to-face work at school is complemented with a wide variety of digital materials.
In Moodle, you can create forums, surveys, lessons, digital books, assignments, glossaries, self-correcting quizzes, wikis, workshops and many other types of activities. You can also find other resources freely available on the Internet (videos, texts, images, blog articles, etc.) and integrate them into your Moodle courses.
This wide variety of resources contributes to providing a boost of extra motivation for your students. These digital, multimedia materials will give your subject(s) an extra dimension where the students will find themselves comfortable and eager to learn.
The course has a flexible approach in order to adapt the learning outcomes to the particular needs and ICT profile of the participants.
By completing this course, you will be able to:
1. Understand the importance of current e-learning and blended learning trends in education.
2. Understand and the main characteristics of Moodle as a software for the creation of online courses.
3. Set up and use your own Moodle course.
4. Navigate through a course and customize it with different blocks and sections.
5. Comply with copyright laws when using external materials for your courses.
6. Enrol your students in a Moodle course.
7. Monitor your students’ performance throughout the course.
8. Set up grading scales and configure the course grades policy.
9. Backup, restore and reset a Moodle course.
How can these skills be applied to your work?
– Create different types of learning activities and use them according to the desired learning outcomes.
– Provide feedback for students’ work and grade assignments.
– Create individual itineraries by restricting access to activities based upon conditions such as date, grades, performance, etc.
– Create your own resources in Moodle and incorporate other external resources from the Internet.