Moodle Course Conversion: Beginner's Guide


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  • 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.
  • Move your existing course notes, worksheets, and resources into Moodle quickly then improve your course, taking advantage of multimedia and collaboration.
  • Moving marking online – no more backbreaking boxes of assignments to lug to and from school or college.
  • Requires no prior knowledge of Moodle; but even experienced Moodlers will find this useful for converting 'paper' resources and face-to-face lessons into Moodle.

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 316 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : December 2008
ISBN : 1847195245
ISBN 13 : 9781847195241
Author(s) : Ian Wild
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Other, Beginner's Guides, e-Learning, Moodle, Open Source


Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1: Going Electric
Chapter 2: Set Up Your Courses
Chapter 3: Add 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
Index
  • Chapter 1: Going Electric
    • What Can Moodle Do for Me?
      • Advantages for the Teacher
      • 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
      • Loggin On
        • Time for Action – Log in to Moodle
      • Telling Other Users about Yourself
        • Time for Action—Edit 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: Set 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
    • Create Your Course
      • Do You Need to Create Your Course Yourself?
      • What to Do if Your Course Has Been Created for You
        • Time for Action – Configuring the Backyard Ballistics Course
      • Choosing an Effective Description for the Course Summary
      • Using the Editor
      • Getting Help
        • Further Documentation
      • Getting Back to the Course Settings Screen
    • Course Structure and Format
      • Weekly or Topic Format?
      • Breaking Your Course into Topics
      • Setting the Format for Your Course
        • Time for Action – Set Up the Course Format
      • Defining Each Topic/Week
        • Time for Action – Defining Each Week/Topic
      • What Have We Achieved so Far?
      • Topic Zero
      • More Settings for Topics/Weeks
    • Assigning Teaching Staff
      • Time for Action – Assigning Roles
  • Let in the Rabble—Enrolling Students on Your Course
    • Has Your Administrator Done This for You?
    • Enrolling with a Key
      • Time for Action – Specify a Course Enrolment Key
    • Other Enrolment Options
      • Assign Students to the Course
      • Groups and Group Enrolment
      • Free-for-All—Letting Anybody Enrol
    • Allowing Guest Access
  • Summary
  • Chapter 3: Add 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
      • Remove the ZIP File When You Have Unpacked It
  • Organizing Your Files
    • Time for Action – Creating a "Handouts" Folder
    • Time for Action – Putting Files where We Want Them
  • Removing Files
    • Time for Action – Removing Files
  • Dishing Out the Work
    • Time for Action – Giving Students Individual Files
  • Don't Make This Mistake: Moving Files After You have put a Link to Them on Your Course Front Page
    • Access to Directories
      • Time for Action – Displaying a Directory
  • Documents and Handouts: Which Format?
    • Microsoft Word
    • Images
      • Time for Action – Uploading an Image and Including It in a Summary
    • PowerPoint
      • Uploading As-Is
      • Preparing Your PowerPoint for Moodle
      • Time for Action – Compressing Images
      • Converting into Documents
      • Converting into Images
      • Converting into Web Pages
    • Become a Cut and Paste Fiend
      • Time for Action – Creating a Web Page
  • Turn 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 – 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 – Make a Link Out of Text
    • Importing Videos
      • Time for Action – Include a Video on Your Course Front Page
    • Make Moodle Play Your Videos
      • Time for Action – Embed a Video into a Moodle Web Page
    • Choosing a Video File Format
    • Moodle Video Troubleshooting
    • Embed a Video from a Video Sharing Website
      • Include Videos from YouTube
      • Time for Action – Embed the YouTube Player into Your Course
      • Extract a Video from YouTube
      • Include Videos from TeacherTube
      • Time for Action – Embed a Video from TeacherTube
  • Playing Audio
    • Choosing an Audio File Format
    • Let Moodle Handle Your Sounds
      • Time for Action – Embed an Audio Clip
      • Troubleshooting Audio – What if Moodle Doesn't Embed a Player?
    • Embed Audio from an Audio Sharing Website
  • Do More with Embedding
    • Picture Shows Using Slide.com
      • Time for Action – Add a Slide Show
      • Ask the Admin
    • What Happens If You Don't Enable Multimedia Plugins?
  • Summary
  • Chapter 5: Moodle Makeover
    • Arrange Your Resources
      • Putting Your Resources in Order
        • Time for Action – Arrange Your Resources
        • Time for Action – Insert a Label
    • Hypnotic HTML—Finessing to Your Web Pages and Descriptions
      • Finding Decorative Images
        • Google Image Search
        • Flickr
        • General Clipart Libraries
        • Microsoft Office Clipart Library
        • Time for Action – Grab an Image from a Word Document
        • Copyright Caution
      • HTML Editor Tips and Tricks—Smilies and Other Gimmicks
        • Smilies
        • Create 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 – Add a Welcome Message
    • Back Up Your Course
      • Time for Action – Back Up Your Course
  • Summary
  • Chapter 6: Managing Student Work
    • Converting Projects and Assignments
      • How to Structure Converted Projects and Assignments Online
        • Adding a New Topic to a Course
        • Time for Action – Add a Topic to a Course and Hide It
      • Which Assignment Type?
        • Converting a Project to Moodle Example 1 – Using an Offline Assignment
        • Time for Action – Add an Offline Activity Assignment
        • Converting a Project to Moodle Example 2 – Using an Advanced Uploading of Files Assignment
        • Time for Action – Add an Advanced Uploading of Files Assignment
      • Introduce 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 – Mark an Offline Assignment
        • Handling Student Submissions
        • Time for Action – Providing Feedback on Student Submissions
        • Confirming That Our Feedback Has Been Received
        • Marking Student Submissions
        • Reverting to Draft
      • Specifying Custom Grades
        • Time for Action – Create 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 – Create a Custom Grade Item in the Grader Report
        • Time for Action – Grading Core Competencies in Assignments
        • Ask the Admin
    • Summary
  • Chapter 7: Communicating Online
    • Communicating in Moodle
    • Forums
      • Add a Forum to Your Course
        • Time for Action – Add a Forum to Your Course
      • Subscribing to Forums
        • Time for Action – Subscribing Users to a Forum
      • Moderating a Forum
        • Getting a Discussion Started
        • Time for Action – Start a Discussion
        • Keeping Discussions Focused—Managing the Discussion
        • Coping with the Rude and Unruly
        • Time for Action – Rate Forum Posts
        • Ensure Discussions Are Easy to Follow
        • Time for Action – Split a Discussion
      • What Kind of Forum?
      • Forum Tips and Tricks
        • The News Forum is not a Forum...
    • Online Chat Rooms
      • Adding a Chat Room to Your Course
        • Time for Action – Add 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 – Add a Calendar to the Course Front Page
      • Chat Room Tips and Tricks
    • Moodle Messaging
      • Send a Welcome Message
        • Time for Action – Send Your Students a Message
      • Are You Getting the Message?
        • Time for Action – Adding and Using the Messages Block
      • Managing Your Contacts
        • Time for Action – Add a Contact
    • Summary
  • Chapter 8: Enhancing Your Teaching
    • Quiz
      • Using Moodle's Built-In Question Editors
        • Time for Action – Add a Question to the Question Bank
      • Importing Questions
        • What is "Hot Potatoes"?
        • Time for Action – Import a Hot Potatoes Quiz
      • Managing Questions
        • Time for Action – Categorizing Questions
      • Setting a Test
        • Time for Action – Add a Quiz to the Course
      • Removing the Submit Button
        • Time for Action – Disable the Submit Button
    • Lesson Activity
      • How Moodle Lessons Are Structured
      • 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 Branch Table – a Web Page with Buttons at the Bottom
        • Time for Action – Add a Branch 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
      • Plan Your Moodle Lessons Carefully
    • 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
      • Uploading a Page Template
        • Time for Action – Using a Wiki Template
    • Glossary Activity
      • Adding a Glossary
        • Time for Action – Include a Glossary
        • Time for Action – Adding a Glossary Entry
        • Glossary Auto-Linking
      • Glossary Block
    • Choice
      • Time for Action – Add a Choice Activity
  • Ask the Admin
    • Configuring Hot Potatoes Support
    • Allowing Teachers Access to Questions Outside of Their Courses
    • Configure Glossary Auto-Linking
  • 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 – Convert 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 – Specify a Group Enrolment 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 Grade Book
        • Time for Action – Configuring the Grade Book
    • Backup and Restore
      • Backing Up Your Course
        • Time for Action – Back Up Your Course
      • Restoring a Course
        • Time for Action – Restore a Course
    • Summary

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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What you will learn from this book

  • Incorporating 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
  • Moving marking online! You will see how students can submit their assignments right into Moodle, for you to mark or assess on the computer – no more backbreaking boxes of assignments to lug to and from school
  • Using 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
  • Moving 'discussion activities' into Moodle so that classes can work together even if they don’t have much classroom time
  • Finally, making your course into 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 time to recreating all their lessons from scratch.

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 you will learn 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 videos.

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.

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.

Approach

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 courses, 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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