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Moodle 1.9 Top Extensions Cookbook

Michael de Raadt

Over 60 simple and incredibly effective recipes for harnessing the power of the best Moodle modules to create effective online learning sites
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849512169
Paperback324 pages

About This Book

  • Packed with recipes to help you get the most out of Moodle modules
  • Improve education outcomes by situating learning in a real-world context using Moodle
  • Organize your content and customize your courses
  • Reviews of the best Moodle modules—out of the available 600 modules
  • Installation and configuration guides
  • Written in a conversational and easy-to-follow manner

Who This Book Is For

If you are involved in teaching using Moodle, be it at relatively small institutions running their own Moodle instance, or at large institutions where Moodle is used and administered, or you are an administrator of a Moodle instance who is looking for modules that will be useful to teachers and students at their institution, this book is meant for you.

Get students organised and help them manage their time

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting Modular with Moodle
Getting modules you can trust
Adding modules to Moodle
Changing site-wide settings
Getting modules to speak your language
If it's not quite what you want...
Getting rid of modules
Allowing modules to access outside information
Chapter 2: Adding Content
Adding video pages
Adding a Flash Video
Creating video blocks
Adding videos anywhere
Sharing image galleries
Working with books
Showing programming examples in Moodle
Getting geographical with the maps
Creating formulae easily
Chapter 3: Connecting to the Outside World
Setting up the Translate Block
Allowing Moodle to access Google translator
In-course Web searching with Moogle
Allowing simple Web searches
Adding Wikipedia search to Moodle
Adding links to Wikipedia
Searching for Tweets
Chapter 4: Getting Around In Moodle
An easy table of contents
A menu block with the works
A customizable menu block
An organized My Courses block
Finding a course by name
Getting between Related Courses
Improving accessibility
Chapter 5: Effective Use of Space
Squeezing main page content into a block
Organizing tree-based content
Collapsing sections
Creating dynamic tabs
Simplifying single section display with tabs
Using monthly sections for longer courses
Combining online users and people
Chapter 6: Assessing Students
Using peer assessment
Recording audio for assignments
Replacing paper submissions
Allowing students to contribute to assessment
Getting more out of quizzes
Giving immediate formative feedback
Recognizing high performers
Chapter 7: Organizing Students
Allowing students to form groups
Identifying people
Time managing students
Surveying students
Chapter 8: Encouraging Student Interaction
Sharing mindmaps
Encouraging social bookmarking
Getting students to shout
Promoting chatter
Finding active forums
Encouraging blogging
Chapter 9: Informing Students
Geolocating students
Gauging course quality
Notifying announcements
Counting down
Keeping time
Chapter 10: Handy Tools for Teachers
Cloning activities and resources
Searching for users
Measuring dedication
Getting user statistics
Chapter 11: Just for Fun
Celebrating birthdays
Adding emotions
Theme swapping
Awarding certificates
Rewarding with gold stars
Playing games
Creating a game in a block

What You Will Learn

  • 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
  • Embed Twitter, Wikipedia, and Google in a Moodle course page
  • Assist users to navigate around a Moodle site
  • Manage the space in a course page and offer easier navigation to users
  • Explore alternate assessment methods with assignment alternatives, better quizzes and embedded formative assessment
  • Equip teachers with tools for tracking student involvement
  • Exercise to challenge yourself based on the knowledge culminated


In Detail

Moodle is growing at a seemingly unstoppable rate. One of the key reasons for its popularity lies in its potential to extend with modules, thus making the site easier to administer, add new features, and completely change the way it looks. This book finds you the best Moodle modules, teaches you how to install them, and helps you to master their configuration.

There are hundreds of Moodle modules available. Find out which you can trust and how to put them to work. This practical book gives you hands-on experience on using and managing Moodle modules, thus making your learning website feature-rich. It covers many features and techniques in order to allow you to organize your ideas to improve teaching using Moodle as a virtual learning platform

This book begins with simple activities such as adding and installing modules. Then, it moves to a very interesting topic about the integration of multimedia into Moodle, covering major multimedia elements such as images, audio, and video.

Social networking applications like Twitter and Facebook are embedded in the Moodle course in order to invent stories, create group works, and create social team interactions with the virtual classroom. 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.

The book ends with a chapter full of simple challenges such as adding educational games. This book is written to help you find modules that will be useful to you and your students, and to show examples of how these modules can be setup and used in teaching.


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