Moodle E-Learning Course Development - Third Edition

A complete guide to create and develop engaging e-learning courses with Moodle

Moodle E-Learning Course Development - Third Edition

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William Rice

A complete guide to create and develop engaging e-learning courses with Moodle
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Book Details

ISBN 139781782163343
Paperback404 pages

About This Book

  • Get to grips with the new features of Moodle 2.8
  • Successfully configure site settings, set up the front page, create user accounts, and create courses.
  • Follow an example course that will help you to explore the decisions, design considerations, and thought that goes into developing a successful course.

Who This Book Is For

This book is for anyone who wants to get the best out of Moodle. Experienced Moodle users will find powerful insights into developing successful educational courses.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: A Guided Tour of Moodle
A plan to create your learning site
Step-by-step instructions to use Moodle
The Moodle experience
The Moodle architecture
Summary
Chapter 2: Installing Moodle
Installation step 1 – the web server
Installation step 2 – subdomain or subdirectory?
Installation step 3 – getting and unpacking Moodle
Installation step 4 – the Moodle data directory
Installation step 5 – creating the Moodle database and user
Installation step 6 – the installer script
Installation step 7 – create the administrative user
Installation step 8 – front page settings
Installation step 9 – success
Summary
Chapter 3: Configuring Your Site
Preparing to experiment
Exploring the site administration menu
Summary
Chapter 4: Creating Categories and Courses
Using course categories and the user experience
Creating courses
Enrolling teachers and students
Handling course requests
Summary
Chapter 5: Resources, Activities, and Conditional Access
Settings that are common to all resources and activities
Adding a resource or activity
Entering the name and description
Showing and hiding a resource or an activity
Setting the availability of a resource or an activity
Rearrange/move items on the course home page
Summary
Chapter 6: Adding Resources
Adding different kinds of resources
Adding URLs
Adding pages
Adding files for your students to download
Adding Media – Video and audio
Organize your course
Summary
Chapter 7: Adding Assignments, Lessons, Feedback, and Choices
Definitions
Understanding assignments
Lesson
Feedback
Choices
Summary
Chapter 8: Evaluating Students with Quizzes
Question banks
Summary
Chapter 9: Getting Social with Chats and Forums
The chat module
Creating and running forums
Summary
Chapter 10: Collaborating with Wikis and Glossaries
Glossary
Wiki
Summary
Chapter 11: Running a Workshop
Workshop strategies
The four phases
Summary
Chapter 12: Groups and Cohorts
Groups versus cohorts
Cohorts
Managing students with groups
Summary
Chapter 13: Extending Your Course by Adding Blocks
Configuring where a block appears
Standard blocks
Summary
Chapter 14: Features for Teachers
Logs and reports
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Understand what Moodle can do, how it compares to other e-learning packages, and how it can support your teaching strategies
  • Build an interactive e-learning course
  • Install the Moodle software on your own computer or a server, and navigate your way around it
  • Gain experience in creating different kinds of courses, from team-building group exercises, to individual courses that a student can work on at home
  • Manage students so that you can ensure that the right students are going to the right classes
  • Understand, use, and customize roles
  • Monitor how learners interact with your site using site statistics
  • Add multimedia content to your site

In Detail

Moodle is the leading open source e-learning management system. Using Moodle, teachers and professors can easily construct richly-textured web-based courses. A course can consist of a number of lessons, with each lesson including reading materials; activities such as quizzes, tests, surveys, and projects; and social elements that encourage interaction and group work between students.

Packed with clear step-by-step instructions, plenty of screenshots, and thorough explanations, this book guides you through the many features and options that you have to choose from when using Moodle 2.8. Throughout this book, you will follow an example course that will help you to explore the sort of decisions, design considerations, and thought processes that goes into developing a successful course.

This book will show you how to use every feature of Moodle to meet your course goals. Moodle is relatively easy to install and use, but the real challenge is to develop a learning process that leverages its power and maps effectively onto the content-established learning situation. This book guides you through meeting that challenge.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: A Guided Tour of Moodle
A plan to create your learning site
Step-by-step instructions to use Moodle
The Moodle experience
The Moodle architecture
Summary
Chapter 2: Installing Moodle
Installation step 1 – the web server
Installation step 2 – subdomain or subdirectory?
Installation step 3 – getting and unpacking Moodle
Installation step 4 – the Moodle data directory
Installation step 5 – creating the Moodle database and user
Installation step 6 – the installer script
Installation step 7 – create the administrative user
Installation step 8 – front page settings
Installation step 9 – success
Summary
Chapter 3: Configuring Your Site
Preparing to experiment
Exploring the site administration menu
Summary
Chapter 4: Creating Categories and Courses
Using course categories and the user experience
Creating courses
Enrolling teachers and students
Handling course requests
Summary
Chapter 5: Resources, Activities, and Conditional Access
Settings that are common to all resources and activities
Adding a resource or activity
Entering the name and description
Showing and hiding a resource or an activity
Setting the availability of a resource or an activity
Rearrange/move items on the course home page
Summary
Chapter 6: Adding Resources
Adding different kinds of resources
Adding URLs
Adding pages
Adding files for your students to download
Adding Media – Video and audio
Organize your course
Summary
Chapter 7: Adding Assignments, Lessons, Feedback, and Choices
Definitions
Understanding assignments
Lesson
Feedback
Choices
Summary
Chapter 8: Evaluating Students with Quizzes
Question banks
Summary
Chapter 9: Getting Social with Chats and Forums
The chat module
Creating and running forums
Summary
Chapter 10: Collaborating with Wikis and Glossaries
Glossary
Wiki
Summary
Chapter 11: Running a Workshop
Workshop strategies
The four phases
Summary
Chapter 12: Groups and Cohorts
Groups versus cohorts
Cohorts
Managing students with groups
Summary
Chapter 13: Extending Your Course by Adding Blocks
Configuring where a block appears
Standard blocks
Summary
Chapter 14: Features for Teachers
Logs and reports
Summary

Book Details

ISBN 139781782163343
Paperback404 pages
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