Moodle 2.0 Course Conversion Beginner's Guide

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  • Move your existing course notes, worksheets, and resources into Moodle quickly
  • No need to start from scratch! This book shows you the quickest way to start using Moodle and e-learning, by bringing your existing lesson materials into Moodle
  • Demonstrates quick ways to improve your course, taking advantage of multimedia and collaboration
  • Requires no prior knowledge of Moodle, even experienced Moodlers will find this useful for converting ‘paper’ resources and face-to-face lessons into Moodle

Bonus Chapter

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 368 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : November 2011
ISBN : 1849514828
ISBN 13 : 9781849514828
Author(s) : Ian Wild
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Other, Beginner's Guides, Moodle, Open Source

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Going Electric
Chapter 2: Setting up your Courses
Chapter 3: Adding Documents and Handouts
Chapter 4: Sound and Vision—Including Multimedia Content
Chapter 5: Moodle Makeover
Chapter 6: Managing Student Work
Chapter 7: Communicating Online
Chapter 8: Enhancing your Teaching
Chapter 9: Putting it All Together
Pop Quiz Answers
  • Chapter 1: Going Electric
    • What can Moodle do for me
      • Advantages for the student
      • The advantage of open source
    • Who is this book for
    • What will we be doing together
      • Moodle course conversion: Part 1
      • Moodle course conversion: Part 2
    • The history of Moodle
      • Origins
      • A new learning pedagogy
      • Growth and support
    • Getting logged on
      • Logging on
    • Time for action – logging in to Moodle
      • Telling other users about yourself
    • Time for action – editing your profile
      • Changing your password
      • Logging off
    • Doing your job – Your role
      • Who decides who's teaching on a course
      • Capabilities
      • Contexts
      • Why am I mentioning all of this
    • Moodle look and feel
      • Moodle themes
      • A Moodle page
        • Breadcrumb trail
        • Blocks
        • Footer
        • Icons
    • Summary
    • Chapter 2: Setting up your Courses
      • From curriculum to courses: What counts as a Moodle course
        • What is a Moodle course
        • How Moodle organizes its courses
        • Breaking up is hard to do
        • If in doubt, hold a meeting
      • Let's get started: Setting up the course
      • Creating your course
        • Do you need to create your course yourself
        • What to do if your course has been created for you
        • Configuring your course
      • Time for action – configuring the Backyard Ballistics course
        • Choosing an effective description for the course summary
        • Using the editor
        • Getting help on Moodle settings
        • Getting back to the Course settings screen
      • Course structure and format
        • Which format should we use: Weekly or topic format
        • Breaking your course up into topics
        • Setting the format for your course
      • Time for action – setting up the course format
        • Defining each topic/week
      • Time for action – defining each week/topic
        • Introducing a course: Summary of General
        • More settings for topics/weeks
      • Assigning teaching staff
      • Time for action – assigning roles
      • Let in the rabble: Enrolling students on your course
        • Enrolling with a key
      • Time for action – specifying a course enrollment key
        • Other enrollment options
          • Teachers enroll students manually
          • Groups and group enrollment
          • Free-for-all: Letting anybody enroll
          • Enrolling a cohort
          • Automatic enrollment from your school's Management Information System (MIS)
        • Allowing guest access
      • Summary
      • Chapter 3: Adding Documents and Handouts
        • Uploading files
        • Time for action – uploading a file
          • How big is your file
          • Uploading lots of documents in one go
        • Time for action – packing files together
          • Dealing with oversize zip files
          • Zipping folders
          • Removing the ZIP file when you have unpacked it
        • Removing files
      • Time for action – removing files
      • Organizing your files
      • Time for action – creating a "Handouts" folder
      • Time for action – putting files where we want them
      • Dishing out the work
      • Time for action – giving students individual files
        • Accessing collections of files
      • Time for action – displaying a folder
        • Repositories
      • Documents and handouts: Which format
        • Microsoft Word
        • Images
      • Time for action – uploading an image and including it in a
      • summary
        • Uploading as-is
        • Preparing your PowerPoint for Moodle
      • Time for action – compressing images
        • Converting into documents
        • Converting into images
        • Converting into web pages
      • Becoming a cut and paste fiend with a Moodle "page"
      • Time for action – creating a web page
        • Cleanup messy code
      • Turning large documents into a wiki
      • Time for action – adding a hidden topic
      • Time for action – adding a wiki
      • Time for action – creating a wiki contents page
      • Time for action – adding a new wiki page
      • Summary
        • Chapter 4: Sound and Vision—Including Multimedia Content
          • Linking to other websites
            • Adding a link to the course main page
          • Time for action – creating links to websites on the course main page
            • Turning text into a web link
          • Time for action – putting links in a Moodle web page
            • Manually adding links to Moodle web pages
          • Time for action – making a link out of text
          • Importing videos
          • Time for action – including a video on your course front page
            • Making Moodle play your videos
          • Time for action – embedding a video into a Moodle Page
            • Choosing a video file format
            • Moodle video troubleshooting
          • Time for action – getting your videos to play in Moodle
            • Embedding a video from a video sharing website
              • Including videos from YouTube
          • Time for action – embedding the YouTube player into your course
            • Extracting a video from YouTube
            • Including videos from TeacherTube
        • Time for action – embedding a video from TeacherTube
        • Playing audio
          • Choosing an audio file format
          • Letting Moodle handle your sounds
        • Time for action – embedding an audio clip
          • Troubleshooting audio—what if Moodle doesn't embed a player
        • Embedding audio from an audio sharing website
        • More on embedding
          • Picture shows using
        • Time for action – adding a slide show
          • What happens if you don't enable multimedia plugins
        • Summary
          • Chapter 5: Moodle Makeover
            • Arranging your resources
              • Putting your resources in order
            • Time for action – arranging your resources
            • Time for action – inserting a label
            • Hypnotic HTML: Finessing your web pages and descriptions
              • Finding decorative images
                • Google image search
                • Flickr
                • General clip art libraries
                • Microsoft Office clip art library
            • Time for action – grabbing an image from a Word document
              • Copyright caution
            • HTML Editor tips and tricks: Smilies and other gimmicks
              • Smilies
              • Creating imaginary dialog
              • Arranging your HTML
          • Time for action – displaying things side by side
            • Getting animated: Add a talking character
            • HTML blocks: A bit on the side
          • Time for action – adding a welcome message
          • Backing up your course
          • Time for action – backing up your course
          • Summary
            • Chapter 6: Managing Student Work
              • Converting projects and assignments
                • Structuring converted projects and assignments online
                  • Adding a new topic to a course
              • Time for action – adding a topic and hiding it
                • Which assignment type
                  • Converting a project to Moodle using an Offline assignment
              • Time for action – adding an Offline activity assignment
                • Converting a project to Moodle using an Advanced uploading of files assignment
            • Time for action – adding an Advanced uploading of files assignment
              • Introducing a student on your course
                • Enrolling a student
            • Time for action – enrolling a student on your course
              • How assignments look to a student
                • Taking the Student's point of view – Uploading a project file
            • Time for action – uploading a file to an assignment
              • Marking assignments
                • Marking Offline assignments
            • Time for action – marking an Offline assignment
              • Handling student submissions
            • Time for action – providing feedback on student submissions
              • Confirming that our feedback has been received
              • Marking student submissions
              • Specifying custom grades
            • Time for action – creating a custom grade scale
            • Time for action – grading using a custom scale
            • More uses for Moodle assignments
            • Grading students on core competencies
              • Configuring outcomes
            • Time for action – creating a custom grade item in the grader report
            • Time for action – grading core competencies in assignments
            • Summary
              • Chapter 7: Communicating Online
                • Communicating in Moodle
                • Forums
                  • Adding a forum to your course
                • Time for action – adding a forum
                  • Subscribing to forums
                • Time for action – subscribing users to a forum
                  • Moderating a forum
                    • Getting a discussion started
                • Time for action – starting a discussion
                  • Keeping discussions focused – Managing the discussion
                  • Coping with the rude and unruly
              • Time for action – rating forum posts
                • Ensuring discussions are easy to follow
              • Time for action – splitting a discussion
                • Types of forum
                • Forum tips and tricks
                  • The News forum is not really a forum
              • Online chat rooms
                • Adding a chat room to your course
              • Time for action – adding a Moodle chat
                • Being understood – Using emoticons
                • Viewing past chat sessions
                • Letting students know when you are available
              • Time for action – telling students when we're around
                • Adding a calendar to your course front page
              • Time for action – adding the calendar
                • Chat room tips and tricks
              • Moodle messaging
                • Sending a welcome message
              • Time for action – sending a message to your students
                • Are you getting the message
              • Time for action – adding and using the Messages block
                • Managing your contacts
              • Time for action – adding a contact
              • Summary
                • Chapter 8: Enhancing your Teaching
                  • Quiz
                    • Using Moodle's built-in question editors
                  • Time for action – adding a question to the question bank
                    • Importing questions
                    • Managing questions
                  • Time for action – categorizing questions
                    • Setting a test
                  • Time for action – adding a quiz to the course
                  • Lesson activity
                    • Structuring Moodle lessons
                    • Why include a lesson
                    • Supporting classroom-based teaching with lessons
                    • Including a lesson in your course
                      • Configuring a lesson
                  • Time for action – configuring a lesson
                    • Adding a content page – a web page with buttons at the bottom
                • Time for action – adding a content table
                  • Adding a question page
                • Time for action – inserting a question page
                  • Putting it all together – linking lesson pages
                • Time for action – configuring page jumps
                  • Monitoring student progress through a lesson
                  • Planning your Moodle lessons carefully
                • Workshop – Peer review and assessment
                • Time for action – adding a workshop
                • Wiki
                  • What are my wiki options
                  • What can you use a wiki for
                  • Adding a wiki
                • Time for action – adding a wiki
                  • Editing a wiki page
                    • Creating a new page
                    • Viewing a page's history
                • Glossary activity
                  • Adding a glossary
                • Time for action – including a glossary
                • Time for action – adding a glossary entry
                  • Glossary auto-linking
                • Glossary block
                • Choice
                • Time for action – adding a choice activity
                • A learning journey
                • Completion tracking
                • Time for action – enabling completion tracking on an activity
                  • Automatic activity completion
                  • More on course completion
                • Conditional activities
                • Time for action – configuring conditional activities
                • Ask the admin
                  • Allowing teachers access to questions outside of their courses
                  • Configuring glossary auto-linking
                  • Configuring completion tracking
                  • Configuring conditional activities
                • Summary
                  • Chapter 9: Putting it All Together
                    • Blended learning with Moodle
                      • Why blended learning
                      • Structuring your course – modifying the course settings
                    • Time for action – new course quick configuration
                      • Introducing your course
                      • Using multimedia sharing services
                      • Arranging activities
                    • Time for action – converting a crossword to Moodle
                    • Converting to fully online courses
                      • Managing groups of students
                        • Creating Groups
                    • Time for action – creating student groups
                      • Adding students to groups
                  • Time for action – manually adding students to a group
                  • Time for action – specifying a group enrollment key
                    • Collaborating in groups
                  • Time for action – group work in a forum
                    • Handing out group-specific work
                  • Time for action – create groupings
                    • Checking student progress
                      • Monitoring student participation
                    • Using the Moodle gradebook
                  • Time for action – configuring the gradebook
                  • Backup and Restore
                    • Backing up your course
                  • Time for action – back up your course
                    • Restoring a course
                  • Time for action – restore a course
                  • Summary
                    • Pop Quiz Answers
                      • Chapter 1, Going Electric
                      • Chapter 2, Setting up your Courses
                      • Chapter 3, Adding Documents and Handouts

                      Ian Wild

                      A physicist by profession, Ian’s career has always focused primarily on communication and learning. Fifteen years spent in private industry designing communication systems software eventually saw Ian concentrate on the development of accessibility and learning aids for blind, partially sighted, dyslexic and dyscalculic computer users - whilst also working part-time as a math and science tutor. Teaching only part-time meant not spending as much time with his students as he would have wanted. This and his background in learning and communication technology
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                      In the summary of Chapter 7, the second sentence of the third bullet point says "We saw that there were four different kinds of forum...". This should read "We saw that there were five different kinds of forum...".

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                      What you will learn from this book

                      • Incorporate your existing handouts, worksheets, and other resources into Moodle courses
                      • Quick methods to make your Moodle courses engaging, attractive, and fun
                      • Fast ways to add multimedia to your course, or incorporate existing sounds and videos
                      • Using Moodle as a repository for departmental guidelines and documentation
                      • Move marking online! See how students can submit their assignments straight into Moodle, for you to mark assess on the computer – no more backbreaking boxes of assignments to lug to and from school
                      • Use forums and messaging to keep in contact with students when it’s convenient, rather than having them call into your office during your breaks or preparation time.
                      • See how you can make your course a completely online experience – dispensing with face time all together


                      In Detail

                      Schools, colleges and universities all over the world are installing Moodle, but many educators aren’t making much use of it. With so many features, it can be a hassle to learn – and with teachers under so much pressure day-to-day, they cannot devote much time to recreating all their lessons from scratch.

                      This book provides the quickest way for teachers and trainers to get up and running with Moodle, by turning their familiar teaching materials into a Moodle e-learning course.

                      This book shows how to bring your existing notes, worksheets, resources and lesson plans into Moodle quickly and easily. Instead of exploring every feature of Moodle, the book focuses on getting you started immediately – you will be turning your existing materials into Moodle courses right from the start.

                      The book begins by showing how to turn your teaching schedule into a Moodle course, with the correct number of topics and weeks. You will then see how to convert your resources – documents, slideshows, and worksheets, into Moodle. You will learn how to format them in a way that means students will be able to read them, and along the way plenty of shortcuts to speed up the process.

                      By the end of Chapter 3, you will already have a Moodle course that contains your learning resources in a presentable way. But the book doesn’t end there– you will also see how to use Moodle to accept and assess coursework submissions, discuss work with students, and deliver quizzes, tests, and video.

                      Throughout the book, the focus is on getting results fast – moving teaching material online so that lessons become more effective for students, and less work for you.


                      With clear instructions and plenty of screenshots, this book provides all the support and guidance you will need as you begin to convert your teaching to Moodle. Step-by-step tutorials use real-world examples to show you how to convert to Moodle in the most efficient and effective ways possible. Moodle Course Conversion carefully illustrates how Moodle can be used to teach content and ideas and clearly demonstrates the advantages of doing so.

                      Who this book is for

                      This book is for teachers, tutors, and lecturers who already have a large body of teaching material and want to use Moodle to enhance their course, rather than developing brand new ones. You won’t need experience with Moodle, but will need teacher-access to a ready-installed Moodle site.

                      Teachers with some experience of Moodle, who want to focus on incorporating existing course materials will also find this book very useful

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