Moodle 1.9 for Design and Technology

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  • Customize your courses
  • Create a course for each of the key areas of Design and Technology and add material to them
  • Support and assess the progress of the students who are enrolled in the course
  • Use Moodle's detailed and sophisticated gradebook to assess your students' learning progress in activities from assignments to offline activities
  • Create Moodle resources for kinesthetic learners by using media-rich content such as videos and audio sequences

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 288 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : June 2010
ISBN : 1849511004
ISBN 13 : 9781849511001
Author(s) : Paul Taylor
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Other, e-Learning, Moodle, Open Source

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Setting Up a Basic Moodle Site for Design Technology (DT)
Chapter 2: Organizing Information using Moodle Modules
Chapter 3: Encouraging Reflective Practices using Forums and Blogs
Chapter 4: Exploring Design Portfolios
Chapter 5: Testing Students' Knowledge using Moodle Modules
Chapter 6: Helping your Students Gather Data about their Potential Markets
Chapter 7: Adding Multimedia Resources to your Moodle Site
Chapter 8: Assessing Student Progress
Chapter 9: Tracking Progress with the Gradebook
  • Chapter 1: Setting Up a Basic Moodle Site for Design Technology (DT)
    • Setting up Moodle Virtual Learning Environment
      • Assigning access rights to roles
    • Creating a new course
      • Adding resource materials to your basic Moodle site
    • Adding static resources to your Moodle site
      • Naming the element
      • Summarizing the element
      • Linking to the resource (such as a file or website)
      • Presentation of the information
      • Grouping
    • Adding instructions with the web page resource
    • Adding interactivity to the basic Moodle site
      • Increasing user interactivity by adding assignments
      • Increasing user interactivity by adding forum discussions
      • Increasing user interactivity by adding quizzes
    • Assessing student progress
    • Managing student participation with Moodle generated reports
    • Setting up your Moodle environment
    • Summary
  • Chapter 2: Organizing Information using Moodle Modules
    • Preparing for market research
      • Worked examples in this chapter
    • Organization of research using the Database module
      • Enabling the Database module for your course
        • Naming your database
        • Setting the general options on your database
        • Controlling the availability of the database
        • Prompting students to complete their tasks
        • Allowing comments and ratings
        • Applying grades to the student entries
      • Creating the database
        • Designing the database fields
        • Adding a text field
        • Adding a picture field
        • Adding a menu field
        • Adding a number field
        • Using a menu field for the type of industry
        • Adding a latitude / longitude field
        • Adding a Textarea field
        • Adding a URL field
        • Adding database entries
      • Designing a good questionnaire to gather opinions on your designs
        • Discussing the nature of questions to use
        • A worked example
        • Enabling the questionnaire module
        • Displaying Respondents' Responses
        • Adding the questions to your questionnaire
      • Downloading the questionnaire module
        • Installing the questionnaire module
    • Summary
  • Chapter 3: Encouraging Reflective Practices using Forums and Blogs
    • Engaging in reflective practices using blogs
      • Enabling blogs for your course
        • Blog menu options
      • Worked example of reflective practice: Work Placement Blogs
        • Enabling and using blog syndication through RSS
    • Engaging in reflective practices using forums
      • Enabling and choosing a forum
      • Creating a forum for role-playing
        • User view preferences
    • Creating galleries to track student progress
      • Using Lightbox gallery: A third party gallery resource
    • Individual Learning Plan (ILP)
    • Summary
  • Chapter 4: Exploring Design Portfolios
    • Exploring the Exabis portfolio
      • Site-wide settings
        • Installing the Exabis block into a course
        • Creating views
        • Sharing their work and thoughts
        • Importing and exporting portfolios
        • Future developments in Exabis
    • Exploring the MyStuff portfolio
      • Configuring system-wide settings (Storage)
        • MyStuff configuration
        • MyStuff export settings
      • Using MyStuff in courses
        • Guiding students to use MyStuff
      • MyStuff development and limitations
      • Mahara
      • Views in MyPortfolio
        • Using live website feeds in views
        • E-Portfolio advantages
        • Using Groups in Mahara
        • Settings in Mahara
        • Setting up features of Mahara from the administrator login
        • Using Multiple institutions with Mahara
    • Summary
  • Chapter 5: Testing Students' Knowledge using Moodle Modules
    • Implementing a glossary
      • Checking the settings
        • Default settings
        • Preventing duplicate entries
        • Allowing comments
        • Entry level default settings
      • Creating a glossary
        • Enabling the glossary
        • Editing the glossary
        • Adding entries (categories)
        • Adding entries
    • Mapping their minds
      • Making a map
  • Quizzing their understanding
    • Developing a quiz for Food Technology
      • Site-wide settings
      • Preparing the work surface
      • Choosing ingredients
      • Mixing ingredients
  • Summary
  • Chapter 6: Helping your Students Gather Data about their Potential Markets
    • Encouraging students to perform SWOT analysis
      • Gathering data using the Questionnaire module
        • Setting up a Questionnaire
        • Setting the Response Options
        • Enabling the Questionnaire for groups of students
        • Configuring the Advanced settings
        • Adding questions
        • Analyzing the results
    • Collecting user feedback with the Feedback module
      • Adding the Feedback module
      • Changing the settings of the Feedback module
        • Feedback options
      • Adding the feedback questions
      • Analyzing the results
      • Widening the response
    • Using the DimDim interactive tool
      • System settings
      • Setting up the DimDim module on your Moodle site
        • Customizing the meeting settings
      • Having a meeting
      • Meeting facilities
      • Setting the meeting preferences
      • Sharing ideas using the whiteboard
      • Sharing your desktop
      • Reminding users about a meeting
    • Summary
  • Chapter 7: Adding Multimedia Resources to your Moodle Site
    • Using the Lesson module to construct media-rich content
      • Setting up a lesson in your course
        • Lesson planning overview
      • Enabling a lesson in your course
        • Changing the general settings for the lesson
        • Setting grading options for the lesson
        • Setting the flow control of your lesson
        • Setting the lesson format for your lesson
        • Setting the access control for your lesson
        • Setting the dependency features of your lesson
        • Using a sample file in your course for instructions
        • Linking your lesson to other course activities
      • Creating the lesson structure
        • Adding questions and branches to your lesson
        • Students' view of the lesson
        • Marking the essay and giving students feedback
        • Checking the reports for the lesson
    • Distributing interactive materials using the SCORM standard
      • Adding free resources to your site
        • Choosing material
      • International repositories: Adding Ariadne-based resources to your site
        • Adding Ariadne materials to your course
        • Adjusting the window size and options
        • Choosing material for groups or groupings on the course
        • Choosing the repository
        • Viewing the GLOBE repository material
      • Alternative repositories
        • Adding proprietary SCORM sources to your site
        • Choosing the correct settings
        • Grading students' attempts at the SCORM material
    • Creating your own learning materials using myUdutu
      • Creating an account
      • Creating content
        • Course outline
        • Configuring options
        • Editing your Health and Safety Scenario
        • Changing the layout of your course
        • Adding data to the slide
        • Adding content from your personal library
      • Testing the knowledge learned in the exercise
        • Adding multiple choice questions to a test slide
      • Publishing your myUdutu material
      • Using the myUdutu module in Moodle
    • Other options for multimedia creation
    • Summary
  • Chapter 8: Assessing Student Progress
    • Using the assignments module to gauge student progress
      • Setting up the assignment module
      • Creating assignments
        • Creating offline activity assignments
        • Creating and uploading a single file assignment
        • Creating an online text assignment
        • Creating an Advanced uploading of files assignment
        • Creating a summary for assignments
    • Creating a progress bar summary
      • Adding the block
    • Staff support
      • Installing the Ajax Marking block
    • Summary
  • Chapter 9: Tracking Progress with the Gradebook
    • Configuring the gradebook for your site
      • Setting the site options
        • Configuring general settings for the gradebook
    • Assessing and using the gradebook
      • Categories and items
        • Suggested areas of study
      • Adding items for grading
        • Creating custom calculations for categories
      • Tracking and monitoring competencies
        • Enabling outcomes at the site level
        • Enabling outcomes for Resistant Materials
        • Using course-based outcomes to track competence
      • Implementing letter grades for Resistant Materials
        • Grading with custom letters
      • Importing and exporting Moodle grades
      • Modifying display options
    • Viewing your student grades
    • Summary

Paul Taylor

A lifelong educator, Paul Taylor has always been involved in aspects of education and training in both companies and educational establishments.

After working in the world of animation hardware for a small company in California in the 1990s and getting a company credit on Toy Story, Paul returned to the UK and to Education. The idea was to combine real-world computing experience with educational principles. This led to 9 years of teaching secondary school ICT and Business Studies; running a web design company with A Level students for their vocational qualification.

A return to teaching coincided with an introduction to Linux and open source and Paul was an early adopter of Moodle in late 2003. This led to dialog with various Moodle users and Partners and an eventual leading role with the UK's oldest Moodle partner, Pteppic, in 2007.

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  • Help your students to set up and organize their own database for Materials research or a specific database for food technology using the standard database module in Moodle
  • Display the progress of your students' work and development with several Moodle components such as forums, blogs, galleries, wikis, and some third-party sources
  • Allow students to store, organize, and share their work with each other by using Moodle Portfolios such as Exabis, MyStuff, and Mahara
  • Design and create glossaries and add entries specifically for design and technology
  • Allow students to map out their ideas using a basic interface to link and label items on the screen using an add-on called Mindmap
  • Assess your students' progress by designing quizzes that are conveniently linked to the students' gradebook
  • Design questionnaires and analyze their results and add feedback module and customize them to retain anonymity
  • Give your students an opportunity to use Moodle to present their designs and ideas to a huge audience and gain invaluable feedback by using an interactive tool—DimDim
  • Create a library of resources for students to interact with using applications such as myUdutu and add-ons such as Noodle
  • Create a detailed framework with Moodle tools that allow you to chart students progress and offer them constructive feedback through reflective practice and achievable targets
  • Create an electronic portfolio for Product design students that they can use to gather and organize their electronic materials

In Detail

Educators use the Moodle web application to create effective online learning sites. Creating such learning environments that suit Design and Technology subjects requires understanding and implementation of both basic and advanced Moodle features.

This book takes a detailed look at Moodle features with examples of how to fully support the Design and Technology curricula using Moodle. It will guide you to incorporate specific modules and blocks to enhance learning as well as allow detailed tracking of performance by using formative and summative assessment tools with ease.

We start with setting up a very basic Moodle course for Design and Technology, and then set up some basic resources and some interactive material. You will customize your own courses and create a course for each of the key areas of the DT subjects and add material to them. We will create some basic reporting and assessment tools and enhance the look of the course. We will use Moodle's detailed and sophisticated gradebook to assess your student s ' learning progress in activities from an assignment to an offline activity. Then we will support students in designing a product or trying a new recipe in food technology in market research to find out exactly what the public wants in relation to their product, by designing a questionnaire. We will allow product design or resistant material students use the HTML features of the questionnaire module to incorporate images into the questions to make it clearer to respondents what it is they are trying to make and sell.

We will allow students in construction to gather and organize their research material in a great deal of detail and also allow them to better understand their target market and the materials used in their construction through detailed questioning. We will allow food technology students to discuss and receive constructive feedback on food products that contribute to health issues that will enable them to make informed decisions and therefore better quality products. Then we explore several components within Moodle's core functionality and some third-party sources to display the progress of the student's work and development. We then have an overview of the different design portfolios available. Finally we look at additional ways to enhance the teaching and learning of D & T with Moodle using third-party modules and add-ons.

A hands-on tutorial for Design and Technology teachers showing them how to use Moodle to compose their lessons and engage their students


This book has real-world samples of how to solve problems related to Design and Technology and offers tips on how to enhance the use of Moodle to get the most out of the subject. Worked examples will act as a base from which to build complex and exciting courses for students in all age ranges and abilities.

Who this book is for

If you are a Design & Technology teacher, teaching assistant, head of department, SMT, or IT technician in school and would like to use Moodle to design, create, or administer a VLE for Design and Technology, this book is for you. You need to know the basics of Moodle for teaching and learning and should have some experience with Design and Technology.

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