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Moodle 2.0 Course Conversion Beginner's Guide

Beginner's Guide
Ian Wild

Teachers, don’t be intimidated by e-learning! This book shows you how to take your existing course materials and transfer them quickly, effectively and – above all – easily into an e-learning course using Moodle. Absolute beginners welcome.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849514828
Paperback368 pages

About This Book

  • Move your existing course notes, worksheets, and resources into Moodle quickly
  • No need to start from scratch! This book shows you the quickest way to start using Moodle and e-learning, by bringing your existing lesson materials into Moodle
  • Demonstrates quick ways to improve your course, taking advantage of multimedia and collaboration
  • Requires no prior knowledge of Moodle, even experienced Moodlers will find this useful for converting ‘paper’ resources and face-to-face lessons into Moodle

Bonus Chapter

Who This Book Is For

This book is for teachers, tutors, and lecturers who already have a large body of teaching material and want to use Moodle to enhance their course, rather than developing brand new ones. You won’t need experience with Moodle, but will need teacher-access to a ready-installed Moodle site.

Teachers with some experience of Moodle, who want to focus on incorporating existing course materials will also find this book very useful

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Going Electric
What can Moodle do for me
Who is this book for
What will we be doing together
The history of Moodle
Getting logged on
Time for action – logging in to Moodle
Time for action – editing your profile
Doing your job – Your role
Moodle look and feel
Chapter 2: Setting up your Courses
From curriculum to courses: What counts as a Moodle course
Let's get started: Setting up the course
Creating your course
Time for action – configuring the Backyard Ballistics course
Course structure and format
Time for action – setting up the course format
Time for action – defining each week/topic
Assigning teaching staff
Time for action – assigning roles
Let in the rabble: Enrolling students on your course
Time for action – specifying a course enrollment key
Chapter 3: Adding Documents and Handouts
Uploading files
Time for action – uploading a file
Time for action – packing files together
Time for action – removing files
Organizing your files
Time for action – creating a "Handouts" folder
Time for action – putting files where we want them
Dishing out the work
Time for action – giving students individual files
Time for action – displaying a folder
Documents and handouts: Which format
Time for action – uploading an image and including it in a summary
Time for action – compressing images
Time for action – creating a web page
Turning large documents into a wiki
Time for action – adding a hidden topic
Time for action – adding a wiki
Time for action – creating a wiki contents page
Time for action – adding a new wiki page
Chapter 4: Sound and Vision—Including Multimedia Content
Linking to other websites
Time for action – creating links to websites on the course main page
Time for action – putting links in a Moodle web page
Time for action – making a link out of text
Importing videos
Time for action – including a video on your course front page
Time for action – embedding a video into a Moodle Page
Time for action – getting your videos to play in Moodle
Time for action – embedding the YouTube player into your course
Time for action – embedding a video from TeacherTube
Playing audio
Time for action – embedding an audio clip
More on embedding
Time for action – adding a slide show
Chapter 5: Moodle Makeover
Arranging your resources
Time for action – arranging your resources
Time for action – inserting a label
Hypnotic HTML: Finessing your web pages and descriptions
Time for action – grabbing an image from a Word document
Time for action – displaying things side by side
Time for action – adding a welcome message
Backing up your course
Time for action – backing up your course
Chapter 6: Managing Student Work
Converting projects and assignments
Time for action – adding a topic and hiding it
Time for action – adding an Offline activity assignment
Time for action – adding an Advanced uploading of files assignment
Time for action – enrolling a student on your course
Time for action – uploading a file to an assignment
Time for action – marking an Offline assignment
Time for action – providing feedback on student submissions
Time for action – creating a custom grade scale
Time for action – grading using a custom scale
More uses for Moodle assignments
Grading students on core competencies
Time for action – creating a custom grade item in the grader report
Time for action – grading core competencies in assignments
Chapter 7: Communicating Online
Communicating in Moodle
Time for action – adding a forum
Time for action – subscribing users to a forum
Time for action – starting a discussion
Time for action – rating forum posts
Time for action – splitting a discussion
Online chat rooms
Time for action – adding a Moodle chat
Time for action – telling students when we're around
Time for action – adding the calendar
Moodle messaging
Time for action – sending a message to your students
Time for action – adding and using the Messages block
Time for action – adding a contact
Chapter 8: Enhancing your Teaching
Time for action – adding a question to the question bank
Time for action – categorizing questions
Time for action – adding a quiz to the course
Lesson activity
Time for action – configuring a lesson
Time for action – adding a content table
Time for action – inserting a question page
Time for action – configuring page jumps
Workshop – Peer review and assessment
Time for action – adding a workshop
Time for action – adding a wiki
Glossary activity
Time for action – including a glossary
Time for action – adding a glossary entry
Time for action – adding a choice activity
A learning journey
Completion tracking
Time for action – enabling completion tracking on an activity
Conditional activities
Time for action – configuring conditional activities
Ask the admin
Chapter 9: Putting it All Together
Blended learning with Moodle
Time for action – new course quick configuration
Time for action – converting a crossword to Moodle
Converting to fully online courses
Time for action – creating student groups
Time for action – manually adding students to a group
Time for action – specifying a group enrollment key
Time for action – group work in a forum
Time for action – create groupings
Time for action – configuring the gradebook
Backup and Restore
Time for action – back up your course
Time for action – restore a course
Chapter 10: Pop Quiz Answers
Chapter 1, Going Electric
Chapter 2, Setting up your Courses
Chapter 3, Adding Documents and Handouts

What You Will Learn

  • Incorporate your existing handouts, worksheets, and other resources into Moodle courses
  • 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
  • Using Moodle as a repository for departmental guidelines and documentation
  • Move marking online! See how students can submit their assignments straight into Moodle, for you to mark assess on the computer – no more backbreaking boxes of assignments to lug to and from school
  • Use forums and messaging to keep in contact with students when it’s convenient, rather than having them call into your office during your breaks or preparation time.
  • See how you can make your course a completely online experience – dispensing with face time all together


In Detail

Schools, colleges and universities all over the world are installing Moodle, but many educators aren’t making much use of it. With so many features, it can be a hassle to learn – and with teachers under so much pressure day-to-day, they cannot devote much time to recreating all their lessons from scratch.

This book provides the quickest way for teachers and trainers to get up and running with Moodle, by turning their familiar teaching materials into a Moodle e-learning course.

This book shows how to bring your existing notes, worksheets, resources and lesson plans into Moodle quickly and easily. Instead of exploring every feature of Moodle, the book focuses on getting you started immediately – you will be turning your existing materials into Moodle courses right from the start.

The book begins by showing how to turn your teaching schedule into a Moodle course, with the correct number of topics and weeks. You will then see how to convert your resources – documents, slideshows, and worksheets, into Moodle. You will learn how to format them in a way that means students will be able to read them, and along the way plenty of shortcuts to speed up the process.

By the end of Chapter 3, you will already have a Moodle course that contains your learning resources in a presentable way. 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 video.

Throughout the book, the focus is on getting results fast – moving teaching material online so that lessons become more effective for students, and less work for you.


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