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Moodle 2.0 for Business Beginner's Guide

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Learn
  • Use lesson modules to create training for sales and end users
  • Set up forums to create product and service user communities
  • Upload a feedback form for internal collaboration and decision making
  • Make employee inductions interactive and track their training with SCORM modules
  • Create a company intranet to promote peer-to-peer based collaboration
  • Make it easier for your employees to work from home with web conferencing
  • Extend Moodle with open source tools such as Mahara, Jasper Reports, and Alfresco
  • Theme your site with a color scheme, company logo, and language packs
  • Move your existing documents and processes to Moodle and integrate your back-office data with the enrollment and authentication plugins
About

Many people will recognize Moodle as a Virtual Learning Environment that can be used in schools to teach lessons and organize student information. Fewer people will realize that Moodle can be used in businesses to dispense training, share important documents, and encourage teamwork.

Moodle 2.0 for Business Beginner's Guide will show you how to set up Moodle in your corporation. By introducing a system within your company that will allow for a centralized, accessible repository of knowledge, staff training will become a lot more streamlined, and the retention of skills will improve, leading to huge productivity benefits.

An easy-to-access, user-friendly system is crucial to keep communication flowing in any successful business. By putting your H.R. documents, newsletters, discussions, and training documents all in one place, which is accessible from the office or from home, you are giving your employees all the information that they need to be productive and become integrated members of your company. This book will show you how to get your important business documents online, as well as the recruitment and training processes. You will learn how to move any existing processes to Moodle, as well as set up new ones that will have you wondering what you did before Moodle came along!

Features
  • The first book that shows how to use Moodle in a corporate environment
  • Practical examples allow you to set up Moodle in your business with ease
  • Well-known companies that have implemented Moodle for staff training share their experiences in the form of case studies
  • Use Moodle for recruitment, training, group activities, and much more
Page Count 324
Course Length 9 hours 43 minutes
ISBN 9781849514200
Date Of Publication 2 May 2011
Why Moodle?
Why open source?
Installing Moodle for experimentation
Time for action – download and run the Moodle installer
Creating a course
Time for action – creating your first course
Basic Moodle tools
Time for action – adding a resource
Creating a forum
Time for action – creating your first forum
An eLearning framework for implementing Moodle
Case Study—OpenText
Summary
Creating an assignment for submitting resumes/CVs
Time for action – creating the assignment
Enabling user account creation
Time for action – how to enable self registration
Assessing submitted resumes/CVs
Time for action – screening the resumes/CVs
Creating competency tests with the Moodle quiz module
Time for action – enabling conditional activities
Time for action – creating a quiz
Time for action – adding questions to the quiz
Time for action – creating a Question Bank
Time for action – grading competency test responses
Creating a choice module to schedule interviews
Time for action – creating a choice module
Creating resources and forums for the decision makers
Time for action – creating resources and forums for the decision makers
Time for action – creating question and answer forums
Case Study—A&L Goodbody
Summary
Some points to keep in mind
Setting up a course for a new product
Time for action – creating a Scheme of Work
Time for action – creating the course
Time for action – editing topic summaries
Time for action – adding labels to each topic
Creating a glossary of terminology
Time for action – creating a glossary
Time for action – adding entries to the glossary
Time for action – adding the random glossary entry block
Time for action – adding a category
Implementing role-playing
Time for action – creating a chat
Time for action – a look at chat logging
Creating and assessing product knowledge sheets
Time for action – creating the outline of the product knowledge sheet
Time for action – creating the database
Time for action – adding a field to the database
Time for action – adding an entry to the database
Case Study—AA Ireland
Reflection
Summary
Using the lesson module as a training tool
Time for action – creating a lesson module
Time for action – creating a content page
Time for action – creating a question page
Time for action – creating page jumps
Time for action – testing your lesson
Creating groups and groupings to manage employees going through training
Time for action – creating groups in your course
Time for action – enabling groupings in your course
Time for action – enabling group mode
Time for action – creating groupings
Time for action – filtering activity access via groupings
Time for action – adding users to groups
Using completion tracking
Time for action – enabling completion tracking
Time for action – configuring completion tracking in your course
Time for action – configuring completion tracking at the activity level
Course completion reports
Time for action – adding the completion status block to your course
Case Study – Aer Lingus
What was the business problem(s) for which Moodle was chosen as the solution?
What was the solution and how did they arrive at the solution?
Why did they choose Moodle?
Was the project a success?
What were the benefits gained?
Summary
Some points to keep in mind
Enabling Outcomes in Moodle
Time for action – enabling Outcomes
Time for action – creating a scale
Time for action – editing topic summaries
Time for action – adding an Outcome to a course
Adding an Outcome to an activity
Time for action – adding an Outcome to an online assignment
Grading an Outcome in an assignment
Time for action – grading the assignment
Time for action – viewing reports
Case study – National Health Institute, Italy
Case study – Gulf Agency Company
Summary
Some points to keep in mind
Background on web conferencing
Technology and web conferencing
Time for reflection
Using Adobe Connect Pro with Moodle
Time for action – find and install the module
Time for action – unzipping and uploading
Time for action – creating an activity
Time for reflection
Using BigBlueButton with Moodle
Time for action – find and install the Module
Time for action – Unzipping and uploading
Time for action – creating a BigBlueButton activity
Time for reflection
Case study—Remote-Learner
Reflection
Summary
Authentication plugins available in Moodle
Time for action – enabling the LDAP plugin
Time for action – enabling the external database plugin
Time for reflection
Enrollment plugins available in Moodle 2.0
Time for action – automating enrollment with flat file
Time for action – creating an enrollment flat file
Time for action – editing flat file enrollment plugin settings
Time for action – automating enrollment with external database plugin
Time for reflection
Customizing the look of your Moodle site
Time for action – applying standard themes
Time for action – customizing themes with theme customization forms
Time for action – changing the site header
Time for action – editing language strings
Case study – Raiffeisen International Fund Advisory
Summary

Authors

Gavin Henrick

Gavin Henrick has worked with Moodle in business, learning, and development since 2007. Initially, he worked with Moodle partners in Ireland and Canada, USA, UK, where he gained valuable experience, and in 2011, he started his own consulting firm—Learning Technology Services.

Through the new company, Gavin currently works on supporting organizations with e-learning projects, including Moodle rollouts, hosting and support tenders, Moodle upgrade strategies and processes, and training and best practice workshops.

He is a regular speaker at a number of Moodlemoots and conferences and has organized the UK and Ireland Moodlemoot since 2012.

Gavin recently published the book Moodle Add-ons with Michael de Raadt, then the development manager at Moodle HQ. The book provides advice to evaluate add-ons and also helps you identify some great add-ons that will enrich specific aspects of your platform.

He also co-authored the book Moodle 2.0 for Business Beginner's Guide with Jason Cole and Jeanne Cole. The book included the key areas that businesses would address in Moodle deployments and included case studies of different implementations.

Gavin has published a number of white papers on Moodle 2 Repositories and Moodle 2 Themes.

Jeanne Cole

Jeanne Cole is a Senior Project Manager for Remote-Learner US. She is an experienced Moodle course developer and project manager who has migrated hundreds of courses from other learning management systems to Moodle, as well as created courses from client materials. She also has experience managing projects applying multiple open source products to meet a wide variety of client needs. Prior to her Moodle career, Jeanne worked as a project engineer / manager for contractors in the US and UK.

Jason Cole

Jason Cole, Ph.D is the Chief Operating Officer for Remote-Learner, US, an official Moodle partner providing hosting, support and instructional design services. Jason oversees Remote-Learner’s daily operations, providing technical services to over 1,100 clients, from small non-profit organizations to Fortune 500 companies. Jason started using Moodle at San Francisco State University in 2003 when he led the transition from Blackboard to Moodle. Later, he led the implementation of Moodle at the Open University in the UK, currently one of the top three largest Moodle deployments in the world. Over the ensuing 2 years he successfully architected a system that currently supports over 225,000 student users with multiple enrollments. Jason is the co-author of Using Moodle (c2006 & 2007) published by O'Reilly Community Press, and has been the organizer of several successful Moodle Conferences in the US and UK.