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Moodle 2.0 for Business Beginner's Guide

Book Description

Implement Moodle in your business to streamline your interview, training, and internal communication processes

  • The first book that shows how to use Moodle in a corporate environment
  • Practical examples allow you to set up Moodle in your business with ease
  • Well-known companies that have implemented Moodle for staff training share their experiences in the form of case studies
  • Use Moodle for recruitment, training, group activities, and much more

In Detail

Many people will recognize Moodle as a Virtual Learning Environment that can be used in schools to teach lessons and organize student information. Fewer people will realize that Moodle can be used in businesses to dispense training, share important documents, and encourage teamwork.

Moodle 2.0 for Business Beginner's Guide will show you how to set up Moodle in your corporation. By introducing a system within your company that will allow for a centralized, accessible repository of knowledge, staff training will become a lot more streamlined, and the retention of skills will improve, leading to huge productivity benefits.

An easy-to-access, user-friendly system is crucial to keep communication flowing in any successful business. By putting your H.R. documents, newsletters, discussions, and training documents all in one place, which is accessible from the office or from home, you are giving your employees all the information that they need to be productive and become integrated members of your company. This book will show you how to get your important business documents online, as well as the recruitment and training processes. You will learn how to move any existing processes to Moodle, as well as set up new ones that will have you wondering what you did before Moodle came along!

A beginner's guide that shows you how to share documents, create group activities, dispense online training, and much more, all by setting up Moodle in your business

Table of Contents

  1. Moodle 2.0 for Business
    1. Moodle 2.0 for Business
    2. Credits
    3. About the Authors
    4. About the Reviewers
    5. www.PacktPub.com
      1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers and more
        1. Why Subscribe?
        2. Free Access for Packt account holders
    6. Preface
      1. What this book covers
      2. Who this book is for
      3. Conventions
      4. Time for action - heading
        1. What just happened?
      5. Time for reflection
        1. Have a go hero - heading
      6. Reader feedback
      7. Customer support
        1. Errata
        2. Piracy
        3. Questions
    7. 1. Getting Started with Moodle
      1. Why Moodle?
      2. Why open source?
      3. Installing Moodle for experimentation
      4. Time for action - download and run the Moodle installer
        1. What just happened?
        2. Reflection
      5. Creating a course
      6. Time for action - creating your first course
        1. What just happened?
      7. Basic Moodle tools
      8. Time for action - adding a resource
        1. What just happened?
        2. Have a go hero - organizing resources
      9. Creating a forum
      10. Time for action - creating your first forum
        1. What just happened?
        2. Reflection
        3. Have a go hero - doing more with forums
      11. An eLearning framework for implementing Moodle
        1. Align
        2. Develop
        3. Implement
        4. Measure
        5. Evaluate
      12. Case Study—OpenText
        1. What was the business problem(s) for which Moodle was chosen as the solution?
        2. What was the solution and how did they arrive at the solution?
        3. Why did they choose Moodle?
        4. Was the project a success?
        5. What were the benefits gained?
        6. What lessons were learned?
        7. Do you have any advice for future businesses who plan to implement Moodle?
        8. Any other thoughts or comments?
      13. Summary
    8. 2. Moodle in Hiring and Interviewing
      1. Creating an assignment for submitting resumes/CVs
      2. Time for action - creating the assignment
        1. What just happened?
        2. Have a go hero - adding an application form to the assignment module
      3. Enabling user account creation
      4. Time for action - how to enable self registration
        1. What just happened?
      5. Assessing submitted resumes/CVs
      6. Time for action - screening the resumes/CVs
        1. What just happened?
        2. Have a go hero - evaluating cover letters
        3. Time for reflection
      7. Creating competency tests with the Moodle quiz module
        1. Using Moodle to create competency tests
      8. Time for action - enabling conditional activities
        1. What just happened?
      9. Time for action - creating a quiz
      10. Time for action - adding questions to the quiz
        1. What just happened?
      11. Time for action - creating a Question Bank
        1. What just happened?
        2. Have a go hero - creating other question types
      12. Time for action - grading competency test responses
        1. What just happened?
        2. Time for reflection
        3. Have a go hero - adding randomized questions to a quiz
      13. Creating a choice module to schedule interviews
      14. Time for action - creating a choice module
        1. What just happened?
        2. Time for reflection
      15. Creating resources and forums for the decision makers
      16. Time for action - creating resources and forums for the decision makers
        1. What just happened?
      17. Time for action - creating question and answer forums
        1. What just happened?
        2. Time for reflection
      18. Case Study—A&L Goodbody
        1. What was the business problem(s) for which Moodle was chosen as the solution?
        2. What was the solution and how did they arrive at the solution?
        3. Why did they choose Moodle?
        4. Was the project a success?
        5. What were the benefits gained?
        6. What lessons were learned?
      19. Summary
    9. 3. Rollout Products and Services with Moodle
      1. Some points to keep in mind
      2. Setting up a course for a new product
      3. Time for action - creating a Scheme of Work
        1. What just happened?
        2. Creating the course
      4. Time for action - creating the course
        1. What just happened?
        2. Creating the structure
      5. Time for action - editing topic summaries
        1. What just happened?
        2. Adding lesson objectives
      6. Time for action - adding labels to each topic
        1. What just happened?
        2. Reflection
        3. Have a go hero - adding more topics
      7. Creating a glossary of terminology
      8. Time for action - creating a glossary
        1. What just happened?
        2. Adding terms to the glossary
      9. Time for action - adding entries to the glossary
        1. What just happened?
        2. Creating flashcards
      10. Time for action - adding the random glossary entry block
        1. What just happened?
        2. Breaking up a glossary into categories
      11. Time for action - adding a category
        1. What just happened?
        2. Have a go hero - adding different glossaries
        3. Reflection
      12. Implementing role-playing
      13. Time for action - creating a chat
        1. What just happened?
        2. Recording the role-play
      14. Time for action - a look at chat logging
        1. What just happened?
        2. Have a go hero - different chat options
        3. Reflection
      15. Creating and assessing product knowledge sheets
      16. Time for action - creating the outline of the product knowledge sheet
        1. What just happened?
        2. Building a structure
      17. Time for action - creating the database
        1. What just happened?
        2. Adding fields
      18. Time for action - adding a field to the database
        1. What just happened?
        2. Adding entries
      19. Time for action - adding an entry to the database
        1. What just happened?
        2. Reflection
        3. Have a go hero - different database options
      20. Case Study—AA Ireland
        1. What was the business problem(s) for which Moodle was chosen as the solution?
        2. What was the solution and how did they arrive at the solution?
        3. Why did they choose Moodle?
        4. Was the project a success?
        5. What were the benefits gained?
        6. What lessons were learned?
        7. What advice does AA Ireland have for businesses that plan to implement Moodle?
      21. Reflection
      22. Summary
    10. 4. Moodle for Managing Compliance Training
      1. Using the lesson module as a training tool
        1. Creating a lesson module
      2. Time for action - creating a lesson module
        1. What just happened?
      3. Time for action - creating a content page
        1. What just happened?
      4. Time for action - creating a question page
        1. What just happened?
      5. Time for action - creating page jumps
        1. What just happened?
      6. Time for action - testing your lesson
        1. What just happened?
        2. Have a go hero - creating flash cards
        3. Reflection
      7. Creating groups and groupings to manage employees going through training
        1. Creating groups
      8. Time for action - creating groups in your course
        1. What just happened?
      9. Time for action - enabling groupings in your course
        1. What just happened?
      10. Time for action - enabling group mode
        1. What just happened?
      11. Time for action - creating groupings
        1. What just happened?
      12. Time for action - filtering activity access via groupings
        1. What just happened?
      13. Time for action - adding users to groups
        1. What just happened?
        2. Have a go hero - adding an enrolment key
        3. Reflection
      14. Using completion tracking
      15. Time for action - enabling completion tracking
        1. What just happened?
      16. Time for action - configuring completion tracking in your course
        1. What just happened?
      17. Time for action - configuring completion tracking at the activity level
        1. What just happened?
        2. Have a go hero - blank questions
        3. Reflection
      18. Course completion reports
      19. Time for action - adding the completion status block to your course
        1. What just happened?
        2. Reflection
      20. Case Study—Aer Lingus
      21. What was the business problem(s) for which Moodle was chosen as the solution?
      22. What was the solution and how did they arrive at the solution?
      23. Why did they choose Moodle?
      24. Was the project a success?
      25. What were the benefits gained?
      26. Summary
    11. 5. CPD and Competency Tracking with Moodle
      1. Some points to keep in mind
      2. Enabling Outcomes in Moodle
      3. Time for action - enabling Outcomes
        1. What just happened?
        2. Adding a scale
      4. Time for action - creating a scale
        1. What just happened?
        2. Adding an Outcome
      5. Time for action - editing topic summaries
        1. What just happened?
        2. Adding Outcomes in bulk
        3. Reflection
        4. Have a go hero - creating more Outcomes
        5. Using Outcomes in a course
      6. Time for action - adding an Outcome to a course
        1. What just happened?
        2. Have a go hero - adding more Outcomes to the course
      7. Adding an Outcome to an activity
      8. Time for action - adding an Outcome to an online assignment
        1. What just happened?
      9. Grading an Outcome in an assignment
      10. Time for action - grading the assignment
        1. What just happened?
        2. Have a go hero - add more Outcomes in the course
        3. Reflection
        4. Reporting on Outcomes in a course
      11. Time for action - viewing reports
        1. What just happened?
        2. Have a go hero - customizing the grader report
      12. Case study—National Health Institute, Italy
        1. What was the business problem(s) for which Moodle was chosen as the solution?
        2. What was the solution and how did they arrive at the solution?
        3. Why did they choose Moodle?
        4. Was the project a success?
        5. What were the benefits gained?
        6. What lessons were learned
        7. What advice does National Health Institute, Italy, have for businesses that plan to implement Moodle?
        8. Some thoughts
      13. Case study—Gulf Agency Company
        1. What was the business problem(s) for which Moodle was chosen as the solution?
        2. What was the solution and how did they arrive at the solution?
        3. Why did they choose Moodle?
        4. Was the project a success?
        5. What were the benefits gained?
        6. What lessons were learned?
        7. Reflection
      14. Summary
    12. 6. Communities of Practice in Moodle
      1. Creating a wiki for your community
      2. Time for action - adding a wiki to the community site
        1. What just happened?
        2. Administering your wiki
      3. Time for action: Revert a wiki page
        1. What just happened?
        2. Managing pages
        3. Time for reflection
      4. Creating a collaborative glossary
      5. Time for action - creating a glossary
        1. What just happened?
      6. Time for action - creating the basic database shell
        1. What just happened
      7. Time for action - Creating the database fields
        1. What just happened?
      8. Time for action - edit the display template for a database
        1. What just happened?
        2. Have a go hero
        3. Time for reflection
      9. Creating community moderators
      10. Time for action - creating the moderator role
        1. What just happened?
      11. Time for action - Assigning the role to a user in a forum
        1. What just happened?
        2. Have a go hero
      12. Editing privileges for an existing role
      13. Time for action - editing the privileges in a forum
        1. What just happened?
      14. Time for action - checking the users permissions
        1. What just happened
        2. Time for reflection
      15. Using RSS feeds to improve communication
        1. Creating RSS feeds from a forum
      16. Time for action - Enabling RSS
        1. What just happened
      17. Time for action - Enabling RSS in a forum
        1. What just happened?
        2. Displaying an RSS feed in a course
      18. Time for action - creating an RSS feed block
        1. What just happened?
      19. Case Study—Adapt
        1. What was the business problem(s) for which Moodle was chosen as the solution?
        2. What was the solution and how did they arrive at the solution?
        3. Why did they choose Moodle?
        4. Was the project a success?
        5. What were the benefits gained?
        6. What were the lessons learned?
        7. Do you have any advice for future businesses that plan to implement Moodle?
      20. Summary
    13. 7. Web Conferencing with Moodle
      1. Some points to keep in mind
      2. Background on web conferencing
        1. Products
        2. Integration
        3. Features
      3. Technology and web conferencing
      4. Time for reflection
      5. Using Adobe Connect Pro with Moodle
      6. Time for action - find and install the module
        1. What just happened?
        2. Installing the module
      7. Time for action - unzipping and uploading
        1. What just happened?
        2. Creating an Adobe Connect activity in Moodle
      8. Time for action - creating an activity
        1. What just happened?
        2. Joining the Adobe Connect Room
      9. Time for reflection
        1. Have a go hero - creating more rooms
      10. Using BigBlueButton with Moodle
      11. Time for action - find and install the Module
        1. What just happened?
        2. Installing the Module
      12. Time for action - Unzipping and uploading
        1. What just happened?
        2. Creating a BigBlueButton activity in Moodle
      13. Time for action - creating a BigBlueButton activity
        1. What just happened?
        2. Joining the BigBlueButton virtual classroom
      14. Time for reflection
        1. Have a go hero - creating more rooms
      15. Case study—Remote-Learner
        1. What was the business problem(s) for which Moodle and Web Conferencing was chosen as the solution?
        2. What was the solution and how did they arrive at the solution?
        3. Why did they choose Moodle with these web conferencing platforms?
        4. Was the project a success?
        5. What were the benefits gained?
        6. What lessons were learned?
        7. What advice does Remote-Learner have for businesses that plan to implement Web Conferencing with Moodle?
        8. Some thoughts
      16. Reflection
      17. Summary
    14. 8. Integrating Moodle with Other Systems
      1. Managing content in repositories
        1. Using Alfresco to manage content
      2. Time for action - installing Alfresco on your test site
        1. What just happened
      3. Time for action - add a repository plugin to Moodle
        1. What just happened
        2. Have a go hero
      4. Time for action - adding content to Alfresco
        1. What just happened
        2. Have a go hero
      5. Time for action - adding content from Alfresco to Moodle
        1. What just happened
      6. Time for action - creating a content conversion space
        1. What just happened?
      7. Time for action - adding a content rule to a space
        1. What just happened?
      8. Time for action - testing your new rule
        1. What just happened
        2. Have a go hero
        3. Using Google Docs as a repository for Moodle
      9. Time for action - configuring the Google Docs plugin
        1. What just happened
      10. Time for action - adding a Google Doc to your Moodle course
        1. What just happened
        2. Have a go hero
      11. Time for reflection
      12. Exporting content to e-portfolios
      13. Time for action - installing Mahara
        1. What just happened?
      14. Time for action - configuring the networking and SSO
        1. What just happened
        2. Have a go hero
      15. Time for action - enabling Mahara portfolio plugin
        1. What just happened
      16. Time for action - enabling Mahara to listen to Moodle
        1. What just happened
      17. Time for action - creating a Mahara portfolio
        1. What just happened
        2. Using Google Docs as a repository
      18. Time for action - setting up the Google Docs portfolio plugin
        1. What just happened
      19. Time for action - exporting from a forum to Google Docs
        1. What just happened
        2. Have a go hero
        3. Time for reflection
      20. Case study
        1. Why did you choose Moodle?
        2. Was the project a success?
        3. What benefits did TASB and its audience realize from the adoption of Moodle?
        4. What lessons did you learn if you had to do it again?
        5. Do you have any advice for future businesses who plan to implement Moodle?
      21. Summary
    15. 9. Integrating Moodle into Enterprise
      1. Authentication plugins available in Moodle
        1. Internal authentication methods
        2. External authentication methods
      2. Time for action - enabling the LDAP plugin
        1. What just happened
      3. Time for action - enabling the external database plugin
        1. What just happened?
      4. Time for reflection
      5. Enrollment plugins available in Moodle 2.0
        1. Enrollment plugins
      6. Time for action - automating enrollment with flat file
        1. What just happened
        2. Creating an enrollment flat file
      7. Time for action - creating an enrollment flat file
        1. What just happened
      8. Time for action - editing flat file enrollment plugin settings
        1. What just happened
      9. Time for action - automating enrollment with external database plugin
        1. What just happened?
      10. Time for reflection
      11. Customizing the look of your Moodle site
        1. Applying one of the available existing themes
      12. Time for action - applying standard themes
        1. What just happened
      13. Time for action - customizing themes with theme customization forms
        1. What just happened
      14. Time for action - changing the site header
        1. What just happened
      15. Time for action - editing language strings
        1. What just happened
        2. Have a go hero - adding a custom footer to your Moodle site
      16. Case study—Raiffeisen International Fund Advisory
        1. What was the business problem(s) for which Moodle was chosen as the solution?
        2. What was the solution and how did they arrive at the solution?
        3. Why did they choose Moodle?
        4. Was the project a success?
        5. What were the benefits gained?
        6. What were the lessons learned?
        7. Do you have any advice for future businesses which plan to implement Moodle?
        8. Do you have any other thoughts or comments on Moodle?
      17. Summary
    16. A. Case study credits
      1. Chapter 1: OpenText
      2. Chapter 2: A&L Goodbody
      3. Chapter 3: AA Ireland
      4. Chapter 4: Aer Lingus
      5. Chapter 5: ISS
      6. Chapter 5: GAC
      7. Chapter 6: ADAPT
      8. Chapter 7: Remote-Learner
      9. Chapter 8: Texas Association of School Boards
      10. Chapter 9: RIFA