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Moodle 2.5 Multimedia

João Pedro Soares Fernandes

Adding multimedia to Moodle will make it work even harder for you as a teaching tool. Learn the easy way how images, video, audio, and maps can transform your courses. No special technical skills needed.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781783281473
Paperback270 pages

About This Book

  • Gives ideas to teachers and trainers on how to use multimedia effectively in Moodle
  • Plenty of screenshots and a step-by-step approach, with tips on how to use simple and free software tools and web applications to improve your course
  • Focus on both the creation of instructional materials and the design of students activities around multimedia where they have an active role in creating, discussing and assessing their work
  • Based on the development of a Moodle course about music, with connections to other subjects and a broad range of activities

Who This Book Is For

If you are a teacher or trainer who runs online courses and has a basic understanding of Moodle, this book will be ideal for you. It is not necessary to have an advanced technical background to create multimedia elements as the tasks will be simple, not time consuming, and will be practical for everyday use.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting Ready for Multimedia in Moodle
Multimedia in Moodle
About the course Music for everyday life
Configuring Moodle for multimedia
Three simple things using Moodle and multimedia
Chapter 2: Picture This
Finding free pictures online
Capturing and enhancing pictures using GIMP
Capturing screenshots
Creating comic strips using Stripgenerator
Creating slideshows
Chapter 3: Sound and Music
Finding free music and sounds online
Moodle it!
Creating and delivering
Converting text to speech using Voki
Podcasting using PodOmatic
Chapter 4: Video
Finding free videos online
Downloading online videos
Creating videos quickly and cheaply
Creating a screencast using Google Hangouts
Chapter 5: Understanding Web-based Applications and Other Multimedia Forms
Creating dynamic charts using Google Drive (Spreadsheets)
Creating a shared folder using Google Drive
Creating floor plans using Floorplanner
Creating mind maps using Mindomo
Creating interactive timelines using Tiki-Toki
Creating dynamic maps using Google Maps Engine
Creating a dynamic presentation using Prezi
Chapter 6: Multimedia and Assessments
Adding multimedia to multiple choice answers in Moodle quizzes and lessons
Creating exercises with Hot Potatoes
Creating interactive exercises with JClic
Assessing multimedia using rubrics
Chapter 7: Synchronous Communication and Interaction
Communicating in real time using text, audio, and video
Creating an online real-time classroom
Chapter 8: Common Multimedia Issues in Moodle
Copyright and licensing issues
Understanding safety issues
Selecting web-based applications
Moodle plugins of interest

What You Will Learn

  • Create and edit images, drawings, screenshots, audio, music, and video
  • Understand copyright and licensing of multimedia works, particularly public domain and creative commons licenses
  • Discover basic procedures to create videos with simple equipment to add as course resources and activities
  • Download and publish videos in online video sharing services
  • Convert between several video formats and integrate them in Moodle
  • Develop multimedia elements such as interactive floor planners, interactive presentations, online maps, diagrams, concept maps and timelines using web applications and blend them with Moodle
  • Learn how to interact with students in real-time using synchronous communication and screen sharing applications

In Detail

Multimedia is a very old human endeavor. It has taken mankind almost 30,000 years since painting on cave walls to get a combination of text, image, sound, and video all working in the same medium, that is, in motion pictures. Finally, after thousands of years of human history, we can all (not just an elite few) create multimedia easily using Moodle. Moodle was built around an idea of learning that happens when a group of people construct things for one another, collaboratively creating a small culture of shared artifacts with shared meanings.

A tutorial-based guide, with clear illustrations and examples of how to create, convert and add multimedia to Moodle using a range of free e-learning software tools and web applications. This book follows the design of resources and activities for the course “Music for everyday life”. The tasks presented are quick and easy to do for teachers and trainers with busy schedules.

Giving readers an insight into the creation and integration of multimedia in Moodle courses.

Starting with images you will learn to create photo collages, screenshots and comic strips. Then you will discover audio and how to extract audio from CDs to create a soundtrack for a movie and a podcast. Later, you will use video to produce a trailer for a movie, photo slideshows, online TVs and screencasts. Following that, you will develop an understanding of interactive elements and web communication, such as online maps, interactive timelines or web meetings. Finally, you will look at multimedia quizzes and assessment of multimedia assignments, ending with general issues on copyright, licensing and safety.

A focus of the book is to show readers that using multimedia is not just about improving instruction, but also improving the ways in which students can can now create multimedia easily, and share it without great effort.. To make this easier, many of the moodle tutorials in the book will be based on activities designed for students to create, discuss and assess each other’s multimedia works.


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