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Moodle 1.9 for Design and Technology

Paul Taylor

Support and Enhance Food Technology, Product Design, Resistant Materials, Construction, and the Built Environment using Moodle VLE
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849511001
Paperback288 pages

About This Book


  • 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

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.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Setting Up a Basic Moodle Site for Design Technology (DT)
Setting up Moodle Virtual Learning Environment
Creating a new course
Adding static resources to your Moodle site
Adding instructions with the web page resource
Adding interactivity to the basic Moodle site
Assessing student progress
Managing student participation with Moodle generated reports
Setting up your Moodle environment
Chapter 2: Organizing Information using Moodle Modules
Preparing for market research
Organization of research using the Database module
Chapter 3: Encouraging Reflective Practices using Forums and Blogs
Engaging in reflective practices using blogs
Engaging in reflective practices using forums
Creating galleries to track student progress
Individual Learning Plan (ILP)
Chapter 4: Exploring Design Portfolios
Exploring the Exabis portfolio
Exploring the MyStuff portfolio
Chapter 5: Testing Students' Knowledge using Moodle Modules
Implementing a glossary
Mapping their minds
Quizzing their understanding
Chapter 6: Helping your Students Gather Data about their Potential Markets
Encouraging students to perform SWOT analysis
Collecting user feedback with the Feedback module
Using the DimDim interactive tool
Chapter 7: Adding Multimedia Resources to your Moodle Site
Using the Lesson module to construct media-rich content
Distributing interactive materials using the SCORM standard
Creating your own learning materials using myUdutu
Other options for multimedia creation
Chapter 8: Assessing Student Progress
Using the assignments module to gauge student progress
Creating a progress bar summary
Staff support
Chapter 9: Tracking Progress with the Gradebook
Configuring the gradebook for your site
Assessing and using the gradebook
Viewing your student grades

What You Will Learn


  • 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.


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