Moodle Course Design Best Practices


Moodle Course Design Best Practices
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  • Explore Moodle’s course development features like themes, social media plugins and archiving content
  • Bring together instructional materials, social interaction, and student management functions in your courses
  • An easy-to-follow guide to help you create or update your Moodle course

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 126 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : April 2014
ISBN : 1783286814
ISBN 13 : 9781783286812
Author(s) : Susan Smith Nash, Michelle Moore
Topics and Technologies : All Books, CMS and eCommerce, Open Source


Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1: Preparing to Build an Exemplary Moodle Course
Chapter 2: Planning Your Course
Chapter 3: Organizing Your Course
Chapter 4: Best Practices in Content Delivery
Chapter 5: Designing Self-paced Independent Study Courses
Chapter 6: Developing Cohort-based Courses with Teacher-student Interaction
Chapter 7: Creating Student-centered Project-based Courses
Chapter 8: Moodle for Online Communities
Index
  • Chapter 1: Preparing to Build an Exemplary Moodle Course
    • The advantages of Moodle
    • Getting started with Moodle
      • Preparing your Moodle workspace
      • Creating user accounts
      • Creating a new course shell
      • Assigning course roles
    • Site settings for course designers
      • Activating filters
      • Enabling completion tracking
      • Enabling conditional activities
    • Summary
  • Chapter 2: Planning Your Course
    • Learning outcomes
      • Writing learning outcomes
      • Bloom's Taxonomy
    • Universal Design for Learning
      • Multiple means of representation
      • Multiple means of access and expression
      • Multiple means of engagement
    • Selecting resources and activities
    • Types of assessment
    • Summary
  • Chapter 3: Organizing Your Course
    • Looking at your course goals and the big picture
      • Course settings
      • General
      • Description
      • Course format
        • Structuring your instructional material using a format
        • The number of sections of the course
        • Hidden sections
        • Course layout
      • Appearance
      • Files and uploads
      • Completion tracking
      • Guest access
      • Groups
      • Role renaming
    • Customizing your course page
      • The Calendar block
      • Instructor/institution links
      • Student success links
    • Additional elements to customize the appearance of your course
      • Fonts
      • Images
      • Theme considerations
    • Summary
  • Chapter 4: Best Practices in Content Delivery
    • Managing types of content
      • Adding resources to our course
        • Adding course materials via Book
        • Adding files
        • Adding folders
        • Adding pages
      • Adding activities
        • Assignment module
        • Choice
        • Forum
        • Lesson
        • Quiz
        • Wiki
    • Using assessments to deliver content
    • Backing up and reusing activities
    • Summary
  • Chapter 5: Designing Self-paced Independent Study Courses
    • Self-paced independent study
    • Configuring your course – global settings
      • Theme selection
      • Activities
        • Quiz
        • Book
        • Badges
      • Calendar
    • Course-level configuration
      • Course settings
      • Course completion
      • Resources
      • Book
    • Resources
      • Resources – File
      • Resources – URL
        • Recording webcasts/presentations
        • Producing and sharing presentations
      • Activities and assessments
      • Choice
      • Quiz
      • Certificates
    • Achievement
    • Summary
  • Chapter 6: Developing Cohort-based Courses with Teacher-student Interaction
    • Characteristics of instructor-led cohort-based courses
      • Benefits and limitations of cohort-based courses in Moodle
    • Setting up your instructor-led course – global settings
      • Theme selection
      • Configuring the plugins
      • Course formats
      • Forum
    • Course-level configuration
      • Course settings
      • Resources
      • Folder
      • Student-created files
        • Word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation tools
      • Activities and assessments
      • Assignment
      • Grades
        • Course backups for cohort-based courses
    • Summary
  • Chapter 7: Creating Student-centered Project-based Courses
    • Characteristics of student-centered project-based courses
    • Setting up your project-based course – global settings
      • Course default settings
      • Theme selection
      • Configuring the workshop settings
      • Calendar
    • Course-level configuration
      • Course settings
      • Providing resources for the course
      • Links to applications for projects
        • Audio, video, and geographical information tools
      • Selecting activities
      • Activities and assessments
      • Workshop
      • Configuring wiki
      • Configuring grades
    • Summary
  • Chapter 8: Moodle for Online Communities
    • Moodle and online communities
      • Building a knowledge-based online community
        • Choosing the best theme for your knowledge-based Moodle online communities
        • Using the best settings for knowledge-based Moodle online communities
        • Selecting resources and activities for a knowledge-based Moodle online community
      • Building a task-based online community
        • Choosing the best theme for your task-based Moodle online communities
        • Using the best settings for task-based Moodle online communities
        • Selecting resources and activities for a task-based Moodle online community
      • Building an online community based on learning and achievement
        • Creating a certificate course
        • Creating badge-generating courses
        • Creating a MOOC
    • Summary

Susan Smith Nash

Susan Smith Nash, who has been involved in the design, development, and administration of e-Learning programs and courses since earning her Ph.D. in the late 1990s, has developed and administered online courses on many platforms, using many different learning management systems. She is responsible for developing degree and certificate programs delivered in online and hybrid formats and has worked on implementing e-Learning in universities, corporations, and associations.

The author of the award-winning e-Learning blog E-Learning Queen and several books on e-Learning, Susan Smith Nash has focused on developing courses that optimize user experience and enhance performance, outcomes, and course persistence/completion.

Her portfolio of publications includes peer-reviewed articles and books, including the following:

• The video Moodle for Training and Professional Development, Packt Publishing, 2013

• The book E-Learning Success: From Courses to Careers, Texture Press, 2012

• The book E-Learner Survival Guide, Texture Press, 2011

• The book Moodle 1.9 Teaching Techniques, Packt Publishing, 2010


Michelle Moore

Michelle Moore, a former middle school math teacher, has been an advocate for Moodle since discovering it more than ten years ago during the writing of a review of learning management systems while completing her master's degree in Instructional Design and Technology. Enamored with Moodle's capabilities and its foundation in social constructionism, it wasn't long before Michelle's passion led her to a full-time position in training and providing support for educators and trainers in schools, universities, and businesses across North America. Since then, Michelle has helped thousands of Moodlers leverage Moodle's features to design quality online, blended, and mobile learning experiences.

Michelle is an energetic, award-winning speaker who presents regularly at MoodleMoots and educational technology conferences worldwide on the use of Moodle, with a strong emphasis on pedagogy and best practices. Michelle is pursuing a doctorate in Learning Technologies at the University of North Texas where she is actively researching online education and constructivist teaching methods. Follow Michelle on Twitter at @michelledmoore or visit her blog at http://moodleandmoore.com.

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What you will learn from this book

  • Set up a template for a series of courses
  • Design the appearance of your course
  • Manage the resources and activities of your course
  • Organize your course content effectively
  • Set up instructional materials for your course
  • Select and set up assessments
  • Include effective instructional strategies in your course
  • Archive your course content for reuse

In Detail

Moodle Course Design Best Practices is a practical guide that will teach you how to use the tools available in Moodle to develop unique courses for many kinds of organizations.

You will be able to utilize the themes that have been contributed by developers. You can incorporate many different types of course materials and interactive assessments. You will also learn how to modify the structure and presentation of resources, activities, and assessments to create courses for individual use, cohorts, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The use of the various multimedia features to enhance your Moodle courses is also explained in this book.

Approach

This book is an easy-to-follow guide with a hands-on approach that will help you learn the best practices for designing attractive and highly interactive courses with the help of Moodle.

Who this book is for

This book can be used by training managers, teachers, instructors, Moodle administrators, instructional technologists, instructional designers, and e- learning entrepreneurs.

If you are looking for a very easy and convenient way to organize learning activities along with group projects and activities, then this book is for you. Some prior experience with Moodle would be helpful, and it would also be helpful if you understand the basics of using HTML and how to work with different multimedia file formats and social media.

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