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Moodle Course Conversion

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Taking existing classes online quickly with the Moodle LMS

  • 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.

  • 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.

    This book provides the quickest way for teachers and trainers to get up and running with Moodle, by turning their familiar teaching materials into a Moodle e-learning course.

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    Table of Contents

    1. Moodle Course Conversion
    2. Credits
    3. About the Author
    4. About the Reviewers
    5. Preface
      1. What This Book Covers
      2. What You Need for This Book
      3. Who This Book Is For
      4. Conventions
      5. Time for Action Uploading a Document
        1. What Just Happened?
        2. Pop Quiz
        3. Have a Go Hero
      6. Reader Feedback
      7. Customer Support
        1. Errata
        2. Piracy
        3. Questions
    6. 1. Going Electric
      1. What Can Moodle Do for Me?
        1. Advantages for the Teacher
        2. Advantages for the Student
        3. The Advantage of Open Source
      2. Who Is This Book For?
      3. What Will We Be Doing Together?
        1. Moodle Course Conversion Part 1
        2. Moodle Course Conversion Part 2
      4. The History of Moodle
        1. Origins
        2. A New Learning Pedagogy
        3. Growth and Support
      5. Getting Logged On
        1. Loggin On
        2. What Just Happened?
        3. Telling Other Users about Yourself
        4. What Just Happened?
        5. Changing Your Password
        6. Logging Off
      6. Doing Your Job—Your Role
        1. Who Decides Who's Teaching on a Course?
        2. Capabilities
        3. Contexts
        4. Pop Quiz What's My Role?
        5. Why Am I Mentioning All of This?
      7. Moodle Look-and-Feel
        1. Moodle Themes
        2. A Moodle Page
          1. Breadcrumb Trail
          2. Blocks
          3. Footer
          4. Icons
      8. Summary
    7. 2. Set Up Your Courses
      1. From Curriculum to Courses: What Counts as a Moodle Course?
        1. What Is a Moodle Course?
        2. How Moodle Organizes Its Courses
        3. Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
        4. Have a Go Hero—Key Skills
        5. If in Doubt, Hold a Meeting
      2. Let's Get Started
      3. Create Your Course
        1. Do You Need to Create Your Course Yourself?
        2. What to Do if Your Course Has Been Created for You
      4. Time for Action Configuring the Backyard Ballistics Course
        1. What Just Happened?
        2. Choosing an Effective Description for the Course Summary
        3. Using the Editor
        4. Getting Help
          1. Further Documentation
        5. Getting Back to the Course Settings Screen
      5. Course Structure and Format
        1. Weekly or Topic Format?
        2. Breaking Your Course into Topics
        3. Setting the Format for Your Course
      6. Time for Action Set Up the Course Format
        1. Defining Each Topic/Week
      7. Time for Action Defining Each Week/Topic
        1. What Have We Achieved so Far?
        2. Topic Zero
        3. More Settings for Topics/Weeks
      8. Assigning Teaching Staff
      9. Time for Action Assigning Roles
        1. What Just Happened?
      10. Let in the Rabble—Enrolling Students on Your Course
        1. Has Your Administrator Done This for You?
        2. Enrolling with a Key
      11. Time for Action Specify a Course Enrolment Key
        1. What Just Happened?
        2. Other Enrolment Options
          1. Assign Students to the Course
          2. Groups and Group Enrolment
          3. Free-for-All—Letting Anybody Enrol
        3. Allowing Guest Access
      12. Summary
    8. 3. Add Documents and Handouts
      1. Uploading Files
      2. Time for Action Uploading a File
        1. What Just Happened?
        2. How Big Is Your File?
        3. Uploading Lots of Documents in One Go
      3. Time for Action Packing Files Together
        1. What Just Happened?
          1. Dealing with Oversize ZIP Files
          2. Zipping Folders
          3. Remove the ZIP File When You Have Unpacked It
      4. Organizing Your Files
      5. Time for Action Creating a "Handouts" Folder
        1. What Just Happened?
      6. Time for Action Putting Files where We Want Them
        1. What Just Happened?
        2. Removing Files
      7. Time for Action Removing Files
        1. What Just Happened?
      8. Dishing Out the Work
      9. Time for Action Giving Students Individual Files
        1. What Just Happened?
      10. Don't Make This Mistake: Moving Files After You have put a Link to Them on Your Course Front Page
        1. Access to Directories
      11. Time for Action Displaying a Directory
        1. What Just Happened?
      12. Documents and Handouts: Which Format?
        1. Microsoft Word
        2. Images
      13. Time for Action Uploading an Image and Including It in a Summary
        1. What Just Happened?
        2. PowerPoint
          1. Uploading As-Is
          2. Preparing Your PowerPoint for Moodle
      14. Time for Action Compressing Images
        1. What Just Happened?
          1. Converting into Documents
          2. Converting into Images
          3. Converting into Web Pages
        2. Become a Cut and Paste Fiend
      15. Time for Action Creating a Web Page
        1. What Just Happened?
      16. Turn Large Documents into a Wiki
      17. Time for Action Adding a Hidden Topic
        1. What Just Happened?
      18. Time for Action Adding a Wiki
        1. What Just Happened?
      19. Time for Action Creating a Wiki Contents Page
        1. What Just Happened?
      20. Time for Action Adding a New Wiki Page
        1. What Just Happened?
      21. Summary
    9. 4. Sound and Vision—Including Multimedia Content
      1. Linking to Other Websites
        1. Adding a Link to the Course Main Page
      2. Time for Action Links to Websites on the Course Main Page
        1. What Just Happened?
        2. Turning Text into a Web Link
      3. Time for Action Putting Links in a Moodle Web Page
        1. What Just Happened?
        2. Manually Adding Links to Moodle Web Pages
      4. Time for Action Make a Link Out of Text
        1. What Just Happened?
        2. Have a Go Hero Doing More with Your Links
      5. Importing Videos
      6. Time for Action Include a Video on Your Course Front Page
        1. What Just Happened?
        2. Make Moodle Play Your Videos
      7. Time for Action Embed a Video into a Moodle Web Page
        1. What Just Happened?
        2. Choosing a Video File Format
        3. Moodle Video Troubleshooting
        4. Have a Go Hero Do More with Your Videos
        5. Embed a Video from a Video Sharing Website
          1. Include Videos from YouTube
      8. Time for Action Embed the YouTube Player into Your Course
        1. What Just Happened?
          1. Extract a Video from YouTube
          2. Include Videos from TeacherTube
      9. Time for Action Embed a Video from TeacherTube
        1. What Just Happened?
      10. Playing Audio
        1. Choosing an Audio File Format
        2. Let Moodle Handle Your Sounds
      11. Time for Action Embed an Audio Clip
        1. What Just Happened?
          1. Troubleshooting Audio What if Moodle Doesn't Embed a Player?
        2. Embed Audio from an Audio Sharing Website
        3. Have a Go Hero Start a Podcast
      12. Do More with Embedding
        1. Picture Shows Using Slide.com
      13. Time for Action Add a Slide Show
        1. What Just Happened?
          1. Ask the Admin
        2. What Happens If You Don't Enable Multimedia Plugins?
      14. Summary
    10. 5. Moodle Makeover
      1. Arrange Your Resources
        1. Putting Your Resources in Order
      2. Time for Action Arrange Your Resources
      3. Time for Action Insert a Label
      4. Hypnotic HTML—Finessing to Your Web Pages and Descriptions
        1. Finding Decorative Images
          1. Google Image Search
          2. Flickr
          3. General Clipart Libraries
          4. Microsoft Office Clipart Library
      5. Time for Action Grab an Image from a Word Document
          1. Copyright Caution
        1. HTML Editor Tips and Tricks—Smilies and Other Gimmicks
          1. Smilies
          2. Create Imaginary Dialog
          3. Arranging Your HTML
      6. Time for Action—Displaying Things Side by Side
        1. Getting Animated—Add a Talking Character
        2. HTML Blocks—A Bit on the Side
      7. Time for Action Add a Welcome Message
        1. Have a Go Hero Do More with HTML Blocks
      8. Back Up Your Course
      9. Time for Action Back Up Your Course
      10. Summary
    11. 6. Managing Student Work
      1. Converting Projects and Assignments
        1. How to Structure Converted Projects and Assignments Online
          1. Adding a New Topic to a Course
      2. Time for Action Add a Topic to a Course and Hide It
        1. What Just Happened?
        2. Which Assignment Type?
          1. Converting a Project to Moodle Example 1 Using an Offline Assignment
      3. Time for Action Add an Offline Activity Assignment
        1. What Just Happened?
          1. Converting a Project to Moodle Example 2 Using an Advanced Uploading of Files Assignment
      4. Time for Action Add an Advanced Uploading of Files Assignment
        1. What Just Happened?
        2. Introduce a Student on Your Course
        3. How Assignments Look to a Student
          1. Taking the Student's Point of View—Uploading a Project File
      5. Time for Action Uploading a File to an Assignment
        1. What Just Happened?
        2. Marking Assignments
          1. Marking Offline Assignments
      6. Time for Action Mark an Offline Assignment
        1. What Just Happened?
          1. Handling Student Submissions
      7. Time for Action Providing Feedback on Student Submissions
        1. What Just Happened?
          1. Confirming That Our Feedback Has Been Received
          2. Marking Student Submissions
          3. Reverting to Draft
        2. Specifying Custom Grades
      8. Time for Action Create a Custom Grade Scale
        1. What Just Happened?
      9. Time for Action Grading Using a Custom Scale
        1. What Just Happened?
      10. More Uses for Moodle Assignments
      11. Grading Students on Core Competencies
        1. Configuring Outcomes
      12. Time for Action Create a Custom Grade Item in the Grader Report
        1. What Just Happened?
      13. Time for Action Grading Core Competencies in Assignments
        1. What Just Happened?
          1. Ask the Admin
      14. Summary
    12. 7. Communicating Online
      1. Communicating in Moodle
      2. Forums
        1. Add a Forum to Your Course
      3. Time for Action Add a Forum to Your Course
        1. Subscribing to Forums
      4. Time for Action Subscribing Users to a Forum
        1. Moderating a Forum
          1. Getting a Discussion Started
      5. Time for Action Start a Discussion
          1. Keeping Discussions Focused—Managing the Discussion
          2. Coping with the Rude and Unruly
      6. Time for Action Rate Forum Posts
          1. Ensure Discussions Are Easy to Follow
      7. Time for Action Split a Discussion
        1. What Kind of Forum?
        2. Forum Tips and Tricks
        3. Have a Go Hero Create a School Leavers Book
          1. The News Forum is not a Forum...
      8. Online Chat Rooms
        1. Adding a Chat Room to Your Course
      9. Time for Action Add a Moodle Chat
        1. Being Understood Using Emoticons
        2. Viewing Past Chat Sessions
        3. Have a Go Hero Doing More with Chats and Forums
        4. Letting Students Know When You Are Available
      10. Time for Action Telling Students When We're Around
          1. Adding a Calendar to Your Course Front Page
      11. Time for Action Add a Calendar to the Course Front Page
        1. Have a Go Hero Calendar Events
        2. Chat Room Tips and Tricks
      12. Moodle Messaging
        1. Send a Welcome Message
      13. Time for Action Send Your Students a Message
        1. Are You Getting the Message?
      14. Time for Action Adding and Using the Messages Block
        1. Managing Your Contacts
      15. Time for Action Add a Contact
      16. Summary
    13. 8. Enhancing Your Teaching
      1. Quiz
        1. Using Moodle's Built-In Question Editors
      2. Time for Action Add a Question to the Question Bank
        1. What Just Happened?
        2. Importing Questions
          1. What is "Hot Potatoes"?
      3. Time for Action Import a Hot Potatoes Quiz
        1. What Just Happened?
        2. Have a Go Hero Include Hot Potatoes Questions Using the Hot Potatoes Activity
        3. Managing Questions
      4. Time for Action Categorizing Questions
        1. What Just Happened?
        2. Setting a Test
      5. Time for Action Add a Quiz to the Course
        1. What Just Happened?
        2. Removing the Submit Button
      6. Time for Action Disable the Submit Button
        1. What Just Happened?
      7. Lesson Activity
        1. How Moodle Lessons Are Structured
        2. Why Include a Lesson?
        3. Supporting Classroom-Based Teaching with Lessons
        4. Including a Lesson in Your Course
          1. Configuring a Lesson
      8. Time for Action Configuring a Lesson
        1. What Just Happened?
          1. Adding a Branch Table a Web Page with Buttons at the Bottom
      9. Time for Action Add a Branch Table
        1. What Just Happened?
          1. Adding a Question Page
      10. Time for Action Inserting a Question Page
        1. What Just Happened?
          1. Putting It All Together Linking Lesson Pages
      11. Time for Action Configuring Page Jumps
        1. What Just Happened?
        2. Monitoring Student Progress through a Lesson
        3. Plan Your Moodle Lessons Carefully
      12. Wiki
        1. What Are My Wiki Options?
        2. What Can You Use a Wiki For?
        3. Adding a Wiki
      13. Time for Action Adding a Wiki
        1. What Just Happened?
        2. Editing a Wiki Page
          1. Creating a New Page
          2. Viewing a Page's History
        3. Uploading a Page Template
      14. Time for Action Using a Wiki Template
        1. What Just Happened?
        2. Have a Go Hero There's More to a Wiki than Just Teaching
      15. Glossary Activity
        1. Adding a Glossary
      16. Time for Action Include a Glossary
        1. What Just Happened?
      17. Time for Action Adding a Glossary Entry
        1. What Just Happened?
          1. Glossary Auto-Linking
        2. Glossary Block
      18. Choice
      19. Time for Action Add a Choice Activity
        1. What Just Happened?
      20. Ask the Admin
        1. Configuring Hot Potatoes Support
        2. Allowing Teachers Access to Questions Outside of Their Courses
        3. Configure Glossary Auto-Linking
      21. Summary
    14. 09. Putting It All together
      1. Blended Learning with Moodle
        1. Why Blended Learning?
        2. Structuring Your Course—Modifying the Course Settings
      2. Time for Action New Course Quick Configuration
        1. What Just Happened?
        2. Introducing Your Course
        3. Pop Quiz Using Labels
        4. Using Multimedia Sharing Services
        5. Arranging Activities
      3. Time for Action Convert a Crossword to Moodle
        1. What Just Happened?
      4. Converting to Fully Online Courses
        1. Managing Groups of Students
          1. Creating Groups
      5. Time for Action Creating Student Groups
        1. What Just Happened?
          1. Adding Students to Groups
      6. Time for Action Manually Adding Students to a Group
        1. What Just Happened?
      7. Time for Action Specify a Group Enrolment Key
        1. What Just Happened?
          1. Collaborating in Groups
      8. Time for Action Group Work in a Forum
        1. What Just Happened?
          1. Handing Out Group-Specific Work
      9. Time for Action Create Groupings
        1. What Just Happened?
            1. Ask the Admin
        2. Checking Student Progress
          1. Monitoring Student Participation
        3. Using the Moodle Grade Book
      10. Time for Action Configuring the Grade Book
        1. What Just Happened?
        2. Have a Go Hero Including Custom Outcomes
      11. Backup and Restore
        1. Backing Up Your Course
      12. Time for Action Back Up Your Course
        1. What Just Happened?
        2. Restoring a Course
      13. Time for Action Restore a Course
        1. What Just Happened?
      14. Summary