Moodle 2.5 Multimedia

Moodle 2.5 Multimedia
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  • Gives ideas to teachers and trainers on how to use multimedia effectively in Moodle
  • Plenty of screenshots and a step-by-step approach, with tips on how to use simple and free software tools and web applications to improve your course
  • Focus on both the creation of instructional materials and the design of students activities around multimedia where they have an active role in creating, discussing and assessing their work
  • Based on the development of a Moodle course about music, with connections to other subjects and a broad range of activities

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 270 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : November 2013
ISBN : 1783281472
ISBN 13 : 9781783281473
Author(s) : João Pedro Soares Fernandes
Topics and Technologies : All Books, e-Learning, Moodle, Open Source

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting Ready for Multimedia in Moodle
Chapter 2: Picture This
Chapter 3: Sound and Music
Chapter 4: Video
Chapter 5: Understanding Web-based Applications and Other Multimedia Forms
Chapter 6: Multimedia and Assessments
Chapter 7: Synchronous Communication and Interaction
Chapter 8: Common Multimedia Issues in Moodle
  • Chapter 1: Getting Ready for Multimedia in Moodle
    • Multimedia in Moodle
    • About the course Music for everyday life
      • The course structure
      • The course content
      • Prerequisites
        • Knowledge
        • Hardware
        • Software
    • Configuring Moodle for multimedia
    • Three simple things using Moodle and multimedia
      • Task 1 – adding images to forums
        • Examples of uses of a forum with pictures
      • Task 2 – adding sound to forums
        • Examples of uses of a forum with sound attachments
      • Task 3 – adding videos to forums
        • Examples of uses of a forum with videos
    • Summary
    • Chapter 2: Picture This
      • Finding free pictures online
        • The basics of image formats
        • Flickr
          • Uploading photos to Flickr
        • Wikimedia Commons
        • Other picture sites
        • Moodle it!
          • Uploading images as attachments
          • Using Moodle's text editor
      • Capturing and enhancing pictures using GIMP
        • Tips for effective photo capturing
          • Composition
          • Lighting
          • Size
        • Enhancing pictures using GIMP
          • Cropping
          • Resizing
          • Saving (exporting)
          • Rotating
          • Flipping and rotating
          • Correcting white balance and color
          • Correcting brightness and contrast
        • Creating digital photo collages
          • Adding layers
          • Eliminating photo areas
          • Adding text
      • Capturing screenshots
        • Capturing screenshots using GIMP
        • Capturing screenshots using Jing
      • Creating comic strips using Stripgenerator
        • Adding elements
        • Publishing
      • Creating slideshows
        • Exporting PowerPoint slides as images to build Moodle lessons
        • Publishing presentations using SlideShare
        • Creating online photo slideshows using Animoto
      • Summary
      • Chapter 3: Sound and Music
        • Finding free music and sounds online
          • The basics of audio formats
          • Internet Archive – audio archive
          • Freesound
          • CCMixter
          • Other music and sound sites
        • Moodle it!
        • Creating and delivering
          • Finding and managing audio using Grooveshark
            • Uploading audio to Grooveshark
            • Creating playlists in Grooveshark
            • Moodle it!
          • Extracting audio from CDs using VLC
            • Ripping a CD track
          • Creating and editing audio using Audacity
            • Slicing a track
            • Capturing audio from a microphone (line-in)
            • Remixing audio
        • Converting text to speech using Voki
          • Giving voice to an avatar
        • Podcasting using PodOmatic
        • Summary
        • Chapter 4: Video
          • Finding free videos online
            • The basics of video formats
            • Instructables
            • TED Talks
            • Vimeo
            • TrueTube
            • Academic earth
          • Downloading online videos
          • Creating videos quickly and cheaply
            • Grabbing video selections from DVDs
            • Editing videos using Windows Movie Maker
              • Creating a project
              • Importing multimedia – starting with video
              • Splitting
              • Inserting animations and visual effects
              • Inserting a title at the beginning of a clip
              • Inserting an image at the end of the movie
              • Removing the original soundtrack and inserting a new one
              • Saving the edited movie
              • Moodle it!
              • Uploading videos to YouTube
            • Creating a photo slideshow using YouTube
              • Uploading photos
              • Adding background music
              • Adding transitions
            • Adding titles
              • Adding text to single photos
              • Adding effects to single photos
              • Publishing the photo slideshow
            • Creating an online TV using Google Hangouts and YouTube
            • Setting up a Google Hangout
              • Broadcasting videos from a webcam
              • Inviting guests
              • Broadcasting a guest webcam
              • Broadcasting YouTube videos
            • Moodle it!
          • Creating a screencast using Google Hangouts
            • Recording the screen with audio
            • Creating a stop motion movie with JellyCam
          • Summary
          • Chapter 5: Understanding Web-based Applications and Other Multimedia Forms
            • Creating dynamic charts using Google Drive (Spreadsheets)
              • Insert a chart
              • Publish
              • Share, comment, and collaborate
            • Creating a shared folder using Google Drive
            • Creating floor plans using Floorplanner
              • Creating a room
              • Adding a floor
              • Adding construction elements
              • Adding furniture elements
              • Saving and publishing
                • Export as image
                • Embed
            • Creating mind maps using Mindomo
              • Adding topics
              • Adding multimedia elements
              • Saving and publishing
            • Creating interactive timelines using Tiki-Toki
              • Adding a story
              • Adding multimedia
              • Sharing
            • Creating dynamic maps using Google Maps Engine
              • Creating a new map
              • Adding a marker
              • Adding a line
              • Sharing and collaborating
            • Creating a dynamic presentation using Prezi
              • Sharing and collaborating
            • Summary
            • Chapter 6: Multimedia and Assessments
              • Adding multimedia to multiple choice answers in Moodle quizzes and lessons
                • Adding multimedia to quizzes, lessons, and assignments
              • Creating exercises with Hot Potatoes
                • JCross – Crosswords
                • JMix – Jumble exercises
                • Publish
                • Moodle it!
              • Creating interactive exercises with JClic
                • Starting a new project
                • Creating a puzzle activity
                • Creating a finding pairs activity
                • Sequencing activities
                • Publish
                • Moodle it!
              • Assessing multimedia using rubrics
                • Criteria
              • Summary
              • Chapter 7: Synchronous Communication and Interaction
                • Communicating in real time using text, audio, and video
                  • Chat and group chat
                  • Voice and video chat
                • Creating an online real-time classroom
                  • Screenshare
                  • Remote Desktop
                  • The collaborative sketchpad
                  • Sharing files
                  • Recording
                • Moodle it!
              • Summary
                • Chapter 8: Common Multimedia Issues in Moodle
                  • Copyright and licensing issues
                    • Using copyrighted work fairly
                    • Using works in the public domain
                    • Licensing your work under a Creative Commons license
                    • Referencing sources
                    • Understanding plagiarism
                    • Seeking further advice
                  • Understanding safety issues
                    • Personal details
                    • Cyber bullying
                    • Seeking further advice
                  • Selecting web-based applications
                  • Moodle plugins of interest
                  • Summary

                  João Pedro Soares Fernandes

                  João Pedro Soares Fernandes is a science teacher from Portugal, who has been working on Moodle since 2004. He has been involved in several Moodle initiatives at school, university, and government levels as a teacher, trainer, course and content developer, manager, consultant, designer, and researcher. João's main interests range from education to multimedia, the Web, participation, democracy, and human development. In a single year, he can be seen in several corners of the earth, either working, visiting schools, hiking, or taking photos in mostly non-touristic venues. He also loves music, old cheap cars, farming, cooking, and spending his time in nature.
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                  What you will learn from this book

                  • Create and edit images, drawings, screenshots, audio, music, and video
                  • Understand copyright and licensing of multimedia works, particularly public domain and creative commons licenses
                  • Discover basic procedures to create videos with simple equipment to add as course resources and activities
                  • Download and publish videos in online video sharing services
                  • Convert between several video formats and integrate them in Moodle
                  • Develop multimedia elements such as interactive floor planners, interactive presentations, online maps, diagrams, concept maps and timelines using web applications and blend them with Moodle
                  • Learn how to interact with students in real-time using synchronous communication and screen sharing applications

                  In Detail

                  Multimedia is a very old human endeavor. It has taken mankind almost 30,000 years since painting on cave walls to get a combination of text, image, sound, and video all working in the same medium, that is, in motion pictures. Finally, after thousands of years of human history, we can all (not just an elite few) create multimedia easily using Moodle. Moodle was built around an idea of learning that happens when a group of people construct things for one another, collaboratively creating a small culture of shared artifacts with shared meanings.

                  A tutorial-based guide, with clear illustrations and examples of how to create, convert and add multimedia to Moodle using a range of free e-learning software tools and web applications. This book follows the design of resources and activities for the course “Music for everyday life”. The tasks presented are quick and easy to do for teachers and trainers with busy schedules.

                  Giving readers an insight into the creation and integration of multimedia in Moodle courses.

                  Starting with images you will learn to create photo collages, screenshots and comic strips. Then you will discover audio and how to extract audio from CDs to create a soundtrack for a movie and a podcast. Later, you will use video to produce a trailer for a movie, photo slideshows, online TVs and screencasts. Following that, you will develop an understanding of interactive elements and web communication, such as online maps, interactive timelines or web meetings. Finally, you will look at multimedia quizzes and assessment of multimedia assignments, ending with general issues on copyright, licensing and safety.

                  A focus of the book is to show readers that using multimedia is not just about improving instruction, but also improving the ways in which students can can now create multimedia easily, and share it without great effort.. To make this easier, many of the moodle tutorials in the book will be based on activities designed for students to create, discuss and assess each other’s multimedia works.


                  A tutorial-based guide where readers can work through practical examples that clearly describe how to create multimedia applications using Moodle and integrate existing multimedia resources into Moodle courses.

                  Who this book is for

                  If you are a teacher or trainer who runs online courses and has a basic understanding of Moodle, this book will be ideal for you. It is not necessary to have an advanced technical background to create multimedia elements as the tasks will be simple, not time consuming, and will be practical for everyday use.

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