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Moodle 1.9 Teaching Techniques

Book Description

Creative ways to build powerful and effective online courses

  • Motivate students from all backgrounds, generations, and learning styles

  • When and how to apply the different learning solutions with workarounds, providing alternative solutions

  • Easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions with screenshots and examples for Moodle's powerful features

  • Especially suitable for university and professional teachers

  • In Detail

    Moodle is the world's most popular, free open-source Learning Management System (LMS). It is vast and has lots to offer. More and more colleges, universities, and training providers are using Moodle, which has helped revolutionize e-learning with its flexible, reusable platform and components. It works best when you feel confident that the tools you have at hand will allow you to create exactly what you need.

    This book brings together step-by-step, easy-to-follow instructions and learning theory to give you new tools and new power with Moodle. It will show you how to connect with your online students, and how and where they develop an enthusiastic, open, and trusting relationship with their fellow students and with you, their instructor. With this book, you'll learn to get the best from Moodle.

    This book helps you develop good, solid, dynamic courses that will last by making sure that your instructional design is robust, and that they are built around satisfying learning objectives and course outcomes. With this book, you'll have excellent support and step-by-step guidance for putting together courses that incorporate your choice of the many features that Moodle offers. You will also find the best way to create effective assessments, and how to create them for now and in the future. The book will also introduce you to many modules, which you can use to make your course unique and create an environment where your students will get maximum benefit. In addition, you will learn how you can save time and reuse your best ideas by taking advantage of Moodle's unique features.

    Table of Contents

    1. Moodle 1.9 Teaching Techniques
      1. Table of Contents
      2. Moodle 1.9 Teaching Techniques
      3. Credits
      4. About the Authors
      5. About the Reviewer
      6. Preface
        1. What makes this book different than a typical software tutorial
        2. How Moodle can help me in ubiquitous learning
        3. What this book covers
        4. What you need for this book
        5. Who is this book for
        6. Conventions
        7. Reader feedback
        8. Customer support
          1. Errata
          2. Piracy
          3. Questions
      7. 1. Developing an Effective Online Course
        1. The Moodle advantage
        2. What will we accomplish with this book
        3. Some Moodle requisites
        4. Standard modules
        5. Instructional principles and activities
        6. How does learning take place in an online course?
          1. How people learn
          2. Categories, classifications, schemata
          3. Social learning
          4. Emulatory learning
          5. Communities of practice
          6. Social practice
          7. Experiential learning
          8. Conditions of learning
          9. Behaviorism
          10. Course-building components in Moodle
        7. Resources
          1. Book
          2. Link to a file or website
          3. Activities
          4. Assignment
          5. Choice
          6. Database
          7. Forum
          8. Glossary
          9. Quizzes
          10. Journal
          11. Lessons
          12. Wiki
          13. Course Timetable
          14. Instructional principles and activities mapped to Moodle features
        8. Summary
      8. 2. Instructional Material
        1. Selecting and organizing the material
          1. Using forums to present your material
          2. Creating a separate group for each student
            1. Enrolling students
            2. Creating a group for each student
        2. Guiding and motivating students
          1. Creating the learning environment
          2. Asking permission and setting a policy
          3. Type of forum
            1. Single simple discussion forum
            2. Standard forum
        3. Keeping discussions on track
          1. Use a custom scale to rate relevance
          2. Split discussions
            1. Will splitting change the meaning
            2. Will splitting move replies you want to keep in place
        4. Monitoring student participation in a forum
          1. Who has posted to a forum
            1. What postings has a student made
        5. Summary
      9. 3. Collaborative Activities
        1. Interaction involves collaboration
        2. Uses of chat
          1. Test preparation and online study groups
            1. Creating study groups
            2. Groups carried over to other activities
            3. Key settings for study groups in chat
            4. Assigning review topics
            5. Kinds of questions
          2. Reviewing papers and other assignments
            1. Creating a one-on-one chat
              1. Workaround 1: Using groups
              2. Workaround 2: Hiding the chat
          3. Guest speakers
          4. Including chats from previous classes
            1. Copying a transcript
          5. Foreign language practice
            1. Preparation for foreign language chat
            2. Compiling and reviewing chat transcripts
            3. Copying chat transcripts
            4. Assigning a chat transcript as an editing exercise
        3. Tips for a successful chat
          1. Basic chat etiquette
          2. Prepare for a definite starting and ending time
          3. Limit the number of participants
          4. Prepare a greeting for latecomers
          5. Focus
          6. Insert HTML
        4. Summary
      10. 4. Assessment
        1. Keys to successful assessment
          1. Taking the fear out of assessment
        2. Assessment with quizzes and distributed practice
          1. Advantages and limitations of distributed practice
          2. Opening and closing quizzes at predetermined times
          3. Indicating that a quiz is closed
        3. Use quizzes for frequent self-assessment
          1. Exclude self-assessment quizzes from the Gradebook
        4. Making a quiz—a learning tool
          1. Questions must be specific
          2. Adding feedback to quiz questions
            1. Feedback for a multiple choice question
            2. Feedback for a numeric question
        5. Reinforce expertise with timed quizzes
        6. Host a proctored, timed test from a secure location
          1. Different kinds of network addresses
            1. Full IP addresses
            2. Partial IP addresses and private networks
          2. How to determine a computer's IP address
            1. On Microsoft Windows
            2. On a Macintosh
              1. OS X 10.3 or 10.4
              2. OS X 10.2
              3. OS X 10.1 and earlier
              4. Mac OS 9
            3. On a Linux computer
        7. Summary
      11. 5. Lesson Solutions
        1. Selecting and sequencing content for lessons
          1. Create conditions for learning
          2. Employ scaffolding
          3. Use chunking to help build concepts
          4. Get students involved early
          5. Keep it lively
          6. Keep focused
          7. Use media strategically
          8. Diagnostic and developmental/remedial content
          9. Reward practice
          10. Build confidence for final graded performance
        2. Getting started: A simple example
        3. Moodling through a course
          1. Need for sequential activities
          2. Activity locking versus sequential lessons
          3. Lesson settings
            1. General settings
            2. Grade options
            3. Flow control
            4. Lesson formatting
            5. Access control
            6. Other lesson settings
        4. Controlling the flow through a lesson
        5. Use a lesson to create a deck of flash cards
          1. Keep it moving
          2. Lesson settings that help create a flash card experience
        6. Use an ungraded lesson to step through instructions
          1. A workaround
        7. Summary
      12. 6. Wiki Solutions
        1. Use a wiki to achieve learning objectives
          1. Why a wiki
            1. Wiki versus forum
            2. Wiki versus journal
            3. Wiki versus blog
            4. An assignment
            5. Let's agree to disagree
        2. Individual student wikis
          1. Creating individual wikis
          2. Active reading strategies with individual student wikis
            1. Creating a text file for the wiki's starting page
            2. Creating multiple starting pages
            3. Multiple text files create multiple starting pages
              1. Creating links to other starting pages
            4. Upload text files to wiki
            5. Creating an individual student wiki in your course
            6. Creating text files in wiki
            7. Test the wiki as a student
            8. Leveraging guided notes created by students
        3. Suggested wiki etiquette
        4. Summary
      13. 7. Glossary Solutions
        1. Helping students learn: Schema building
        2. Moodle's glossary functions
          1. Automatic linking to a glossary
          2. Course versus site glossary
          3. Main versus secondary glossary
          4. Managing students' contributions to a glossary
          5. Ratings and comments
        3. Adding memory aids to glossary entries
        4. Student-created class directory
        5. Student-created test questions
        6. Summary
      14. 8. The Choice Activity
        1. Moodle's choice activity
        2. A look at the choice activity
          1. Students' point of view
          2. Teachers' point of view
            1. Number of choices
              1. Limit
            2. Time limit
            3. Publish results
            4. Privacy
            5. Allow students to change their minds
        3. Student poll
        4. Learning styles
        5. Self-regulation
        6. Choosing teams
        7. Students' consent
        8. Students' performance
        9. Preview the final
        10. Summary
      15. 9. Course Solutions
        1. Building the course design document
        2. Overcoming course anxiety
        3. Important announcements
        4. Moving blocks to the main course area
          1. The goal
          2. Comparing the two links
          3. A caveat
          4. The method
          5. Using this workaround with other blocks
              1. Section Links
              2. Activities
        5. The syllabus
          1. Printer-friendly for letter and A4 sizes
          2. Online calendar with event reminders
        6. Summary
      16. 10. Workshop Solution
        1. Workshop overview and use
        2. Workshop basics
          1. Listing your learning objectives
          2. Planning your strategy
          3. Grading peer assessment
        3. Step-by-step example: Creating the workshop
          1. What work do you want the student to submit
          2. Assessing student peer assessment
            1. Student grade: Peer assessment and student work
            2. What are the criteria for assessing the work
            3. What submissions will the student assess
            4. If classmates assess each others' work, will they do it anonymously
              1. Classmate agreement on grades
          3. What is the schedule for submitting the work and assessments
        4. Summary
      17. 11. Portfolio/Gallery Solution
        1. Project-based assessment
          1. Best uses of project-based assessment
          2. Learning objectives and projects
          3. Collaboration and cooperation
          4. Examples of portfolios and galleries
            1. Student presentations
            2. Student image galleries
            3. Student creative writing projects
            4. Student research projects
        2. Encouraging creativity: A sample assignment
          1. The creative writing e-portfolio: My Hometown
            1. Instructions to students
            2. Procedures for collaboration
        3. Our hometowns: A collective conversation
          1. Supportive environments and intellectual risk taking
        4. Tips for a successful experience
        5. Summary
      18. Index