Moodle Course Conversion: Beginner's Guide

Taking existing classes online quickly with the Moodle LMS

Moodle Course Conversion: Beginner's Guide

Beginner's Guide
Ian Wild

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ISBN 139781847195241
Paperback316 pages

About This Book

  • 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.
  • Move your existing course notes, worksheets, and resources into Moodle quickly then improve your course, taking advantage of multimedia and collaboration.
  • Moving marking online – no more backbreaking boxes of assignments to lug to and from school or college.
  • Requires no prior knowledge of Moodle; but even experienced Moodlers will find this useful for converting 'paper' resources and face-to-face lessons into Moodle.

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 courses, 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
Doing Your Job—Your Role
Moodle Look-and-Feel
Summary
Chapter 2: Set Up Your Courses
From Curriculum to Courses: What Counts as a Moodle Course?
Let's Get Started
Create Your Course
Time for Action Configuring the Backyard Ballistics Course
Course Structure and Format
Time for Action Set 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 Specify a Course Enrolment Key
Summary
Chapter 3: Add Documents and Handouts
Uploading Files
Time for Action Uploading a File
Time for Action Packing Files Together
Organizing Your Files
Time for Action Creating a "Handouts" Folder
Time for Action Putting Files where We Want Them
Time for Action Removing Files
Dishing Out the Work
Time for Action Giving Students Individual Files
Don't Make This Mistake: Moving Files After You have put a Link to Them on Your Course Front Page
Time for Action Displaying a Directory
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
Turn 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
Summary
Chapter 4: Sound and Vision—Including Multimedia Content
Linking to Other Websites
Time for Action Links to Websites on the Course Main Page
Time for Action Putting Links in a Moodle Web Page
Time for Action Make a Link Out of Text
Importing Videos
Time for Action Include a Video on Your Course Front Page
Time for Action Embed a Video into a Moodle Web Page
Time for Action Embed the YouTube Player into Your Course
Time for Action Embed a Video from TeacherTube
Playing Audio
Time for Action Embed an Audio Clip
Do More with Embedding
Time for Action Add a Slide Show
Summary
Chapter 5: Moodle Makeover
Arrange Your Resources
Time for Action Arrange Your Resources
Time for Action Insert a Label
Hypnotic HTML—Finessing to Your Web Pages and Descriptions
Time for Action Grab an Image from a Word Document
Time for Action—Displaying Things Side by Side
Time for Action Add a Welcome Message
Back Up Your Course
Time for Action Back Up Your Course
Summary
Chapter 6: Managing Student Work
Converting Projects and Assignments
Time for Action Add a Topic to a Course and Hide It
Time for Action Add an Offline Activity Assignment
Time for Action Add an Advanced Uploading of Files Assignment
Time for Action Uploading a File to an Assignment
Time for Action Mark an Offline Assignment
Time for Action Providing Feedback on Student Submissions
Time for Action Create 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 Create a Custom Grade Item in the Grader Report
Time for Action Grading Core Competencies in Assignments
Summary
Chapter 7: Communicating Online
Communicating in Moodle
Forums
Time for Action Add a Forum to Your Course
Time for Action Subscribing Users to a Forum
Time for Action Start a Discussion
Time for Action Rate Forum Posts
Time for Action Split a Discussion
Online Chat Rooms
Time for Action Add a Moodle Chat
Time for Action Telling Students When We're Around
Time for Action Add a Calendar to the Course Front Page
Moodle Messaging
Time for Action Send Your Students a Message
Time for Action Adding and Using the Messages Block
Time for Action Add a Contact
Summary
Chapter 8: Enhancing Your Teaching
Quiz
Time for Action Add a Question to the Question Bank
Time for Action Import a Hot Potatoes Quiz
Time for Action Categorizing Questions
Time for Action Add a Quiz to the Course
Time for Action Disable the Submit Button
Lesson Activity
Time for Action Configuring a Lesson
Time for Action Add a Branch Table
Time for Action Inserting a Question Page
Time for Action Configuring Page Jumps
Wiki
Time for Action Adding a Wiki
Time for Action Using a Wiki Template
Glossary Activity
Time for Action Include a Glossary
Time for Action Adding a Glossary Entry
Choice
Time for Action Add a Choice Activity
Ask the Admin
Summary
Chapter 9: Putting It All together
Blended Learning with Moodle
Time for Action New Course Quick Configuration
Time for Action Convert 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 Specify a Group Enrolment Key
Time for Action Group Work in a Forum
Time for Action Create Groupings
Time for Action Configuring the Grade Book
Backup and Restore
Time for Action Back Up Your Course
Time for Action Restore a Course
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Incorporating 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
  • Moving marking online! You will see how students can submit their assignments right into Moodle, for you to mark or assess on the computer – no more backbreaking boxes of assignments to lug to and from school
  • Using 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
  • Moving 'discussion activities' into Moodle so that classes can work together even if they don’t have much classroom time
  • Finally, making your course into 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 time to recreating all their lessons from scratch.

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 you will learn 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 videos.

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.

Authors

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
Doing Your Job—Your Role
Moodle Look-and-Feel
Summary
Chapter 2: Set Up Your Courses
From Curriculum to Courses: What Counts as a Moodle Course?
Let's Get Started
Create Your Course
Time for Action Configuring the Backyard Ballistics Course
Course Structure and Format
Time for Action Set 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 Specify a Course Enrolment Key
Summary
Chapter 3: Add Documents and Handouts
Uploading Files
Time for Action Uploading a File
Time for Action Packing Files Together
Organizing Your Files
Time for Action Creating a "Handouts" Folder
Time for Action Putting Files where We Want Them
Time for Action Removing Files
Dishing Out the Work
Time for Action Giving Students Individual Files
Don't Make This Mistake: Moving Files After You have put a Link to Them on Your Course Front Page
Time for Action Displaying a Directory
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
Turn 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
Summary
Chapter 4: Sound and Vision—Including Multimedia Content
Linking to Other Websites
Time for Action Links to Websites on the Course Main Page
Time for Action Putting Links in a Moodle Web Page
Time for Action Make a Link Out of Text
Importing Videos
Time for Action Include a Video on Your Course Front Page
Time for Action Embed a Video into a Moodle Web Page
Time for Action Embed the YouTube Player into Your Course
Time for Action Embed a Video from TeacherTube
Playing Audio
Time for Action Embed an Audio Clip
Do More with Embedding
Time for Action Add a Slide Show
Summary
Chapter 5: Moodle Makeover
Arrange Your Resources
Time for Action Arrange Your Resources
Time for Action Insert a Label
Hypnotic HTML—Finessing to Your Web Pages and Descriptions
Time for Action Grab an Image from a Word Document
Time for Action—Displaying Things Side by Side
Time for Action Add a Welcome Message
Back Up Your Course
Time for Action Back Up Your Course
Summary
Chapter 6: Managing Student Work
Converting Projects and Assignments
Time for Action Add a Topic to a Course and Hide It
Time for Action Add an Offline Activity Assignment
Time for Action Add an Advanced Uploading of Files Assignment
Time for Action Uploading a File to an Assignment
Time for Action Mark an Offline Assignment
Time for Action Providing Feedback on Student Submissions
Time for Action Create 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 Create a Custom Grade Item in the Grader Report
Time for Action Grading Core Competencies in Assignments
Summary
Chapter 7: Communicating Online
Communicating in Moodle
Forums
Time for Action Add a Forum to Your Course
Time for Action Subscribing Users to a Forum
Time for Action Start a Discussion
Time for Action Rate Forum Posts
Time for Action Split a Discussion
Online Chat Rooms
Time for Action Add a Moodle Chat
Time for Action Telling Students When We're Around
Time for Action Add a Calendar to the Course Front Page
Moodle Messaging
Time for Action Send Your Students a Message
Time for Action Adding and Using the Messages Block
Time for Action Add a Contact
Summary
Chapter 8: Enhancing Your Teaching
Quiz
Time for Action Add a Question to the Question Bank
Time for Action Import a Hot Potatoes Quiz
Time for Action Categorizing Questions
Time for Action Add a Quiz to the Course
Time for Action Disable the Submit Button
Lesson Activity
Time for Action Configuring a Lesson
Time for Action Add a Branch Table
Time for Action Inserting a Question Page
Time for Action Configuring Page Jumps
Wiki
Time for Action Adding a Wiki
Time for Action Using a Wiki Template
Glossary Activity
Time for Action Include a Glossary
Time for Action Adding a Glossary Entry
Choice
Time for Action Add a Choice Activity
Ask the Admin
Summary
Chapter 9: Putting It All together
Blended Learning with Moodle
Time for Action New Course Quick Configuration
Time for Action Convert 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 Specify a Group Enrolment Key
Time for Action Group Work in a Forum
Time for Action Create Groupings
Time for Action Configuring the Grade Book
Backup and Restore
Time for Action Back Up Your Course
Time for Action Restore a Course
Summary

Book Details

ISBN 139781847195241
Paperback316 pages
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