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Moodle 1.9 Teaching Techniques

Susan Smith Nash, William Rice

Creative ways to build powerful and effective online courses
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849510066
Paperback216 pages

About This Book


  • Motivate students from all backgrounds, generations, and learning styles
  • When and how to apply the different learning solutions with workarounds, providing alternative solutions
  • Easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions with screenshots and examples for Moodle's powerful features
  • Especially suitable for university and professional teachers

Who This Book Is For

If you want to unleash your teaching talents and develop exciting, dynamic courses that really get students moving forward, then this book is for you. Experienced Moodlers who want to upgrade to Moodle 1.9 will find powerful insights into developing more successful and educational courses.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Developing an Effective Online Course
The Moodle advantage
What will we accomplish with this book
Some Moodle requisites
Standard modules
Instructional principles and activities
How does learning take place in an online course?
Chapter 2: Instructional Material
Selecting and organizing the material
Guiding and motivating students
Keeping discussions on track
Monitoring student participation in a forum
Chapter 3: Collaborative Activities
Interaction involves collaboration
Uses of chat
Tips for a successful chat
Chapter 4: Assessment
Keys to successful assessment
Assessment with quizzes and distributed practice
Use quizzes for frequent self-assessment
Making a quiz—a learning tool
Reinforce expertise with timed quizzes
Host a proctored, timed test from a secure location
Chapter 5: Lesson Solutions
Selecting and sequencing content for lessons
Getting started: A simple example
Moodling through a course
Controlling the flow through a lesson
Use a lesson to create a deck of flash cards
Use an ungraded lesson to step through instructions
Chapter 6: Wiki Solutions
Use a wiki to achieve learning objectives
Individual student wikis
Suggested wiki etiquette
Chapter 7: Glossary Solutions
Helping students learn: Schema building
Moodle's glossary functions
Adding memory aids to glossary entries
Student-created class directory
Student-created test questions
Chapter 8: The Choice Activity
Moodle's choice activity
A look at the choice activity
Student poll
Learning styles
Choosing teams
Students' consent
Students' performance
Preview the final
Chapter 9: Course Solutions
Building the course design document
Overcoming course anxiety
Important announcements
Moving blocks to the main course area
The syllabus
Chapter 10: Workshop Solution
Workshop overview and use
Workshop basics
Step-by-step example: Creating the workshop
Chapter 11: Portfolio/Gallery Solution
Project-based assessment
Encouraging creativity: A sample assignment
Our hometowns: A collective conversation
Tips for a successful experience

What You Will Learn


  • Build a learning outcome-focused approach that enables your students to perform well
  • Different techniques for creating a dynamic learning environment
  • Put all the ideas you've wanted to implement, but never could, into action to create unique courses with reusable elements
  • Motivate your students to collaborate and demonstrate what they are learning and to create projects together
  • Develop materials you can re-use in your future courses
  • Incorporate Web 2.0 features to encourage student sharing of resources
  • Create online workshops and galleries for your students to make presentations about what they have learned
  • Build e-portfolios for students to collect their work and demonstrate mastery of the units
  • Engage your students in team work that helps them connect course content with their experiences and prior learning
  • Feel confident in finding ways to accommodate your students' learning styles and preferences to guide them to a successful outcome for the course
  • Develop high-quality courses that will last and stay useful and relevant to create a personal inventory you can use and re-use

In Detail

Moodle is the world's most popular, free open-source Learning Management System (LMS). It is vast and has lots to offer. More and more colleges, universities, and training providers are using Moodle, which has helped revolutionize e-learning with its flexible, reusable platform and components. It works best when you feel confident that the tools you have at hand will allow you to create exactly what you need.

This book brings together step-by-step, easy-to-follow instructions and learning theory to give you new tools and new power with Moodle. It will show you how to connect with your online students, and how and where they develop an enthusiastic, open, and trusting relationship with their fellow students and with you, their instructor. With this book, you'll learn to get the best from Moodle.

This book helps you develop good, solid, dynamic courses that will last by making sure that your instructional design is robust, and that they are built around satisfying learning objectives and course outcomes. With this book, you'll have excellent support and step-by-step guidance for putting together courses that incorporate your choice of the many features that Moodle offers. You will also find the best way to create effective assessments, and how to create them for now and in the future. The book will also introduce you to many modules, which you can use to make your course unique and create an environment where your students will get maximum benefit. In addition, you will learn how you can save time and reuse your best ideas by taking advantage of Moodle's unique features.


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