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Moodle® For Dummies®

Book Description

The fun and friendly guide to the world's most popular online learning management system

Modular Object Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment, also known as Moodle, is an online learning management system that creates opportunities for rich interaction between educators and their audience. However, the market has been lacking a simple, easy-to-understand guide that covers all the essentials of Moodle?until now. Using straightforward language and an entertaining tone to decipher the intricate world of Moodle, this book provides you with the resources you need to take advantage of all the eLearning and eTraining possibilities that Moodle offers.

  • Offers a hands-on approach to learning Moodle, the revolutionary online learning management system
  • Uses simple language peppered with good humor to break down the complexities of Moodle into easily digested pieces of information
  • Caters to the specific needs of teachers and business trainers by providing the resources they need

Moodle For Dummies provides you with the tools you need to acquire a solid understanding of Moodle and start implementing it in your courses.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. About the Author
  5. Dedication
  6. Authors' Acknowledgments
  7. Publisher's Acknowledgments
  8. Contents at a Glance
  9. Table of Contents
  10. Introduction
    1. About Moodle For Dummies
    2. Foolish Assumptions
    3. Conventions Used in This Book
    4. What You Don't Have to Read
    5. How This Book Is Organized
    6. The Moodle For Dummies Cheat Sheet
    7. Icons Used in This Book
    8. Where to Go from Here
  11. Part I: Getting Started with Moodle
    1. Chapter 1: Discovering Moodle and What You Can Do
      1. Meeting Moodle
      2. Understanding Moodle Basics
      3. Clarifying Moodle and CMS, LMS, VLE, and LCMS
      4. Keeping Moodle Versions Straight
      5. Determining Where to Host Moodle
    2. Chapter 2: Designing Great Moodle Courses
      1. The Philosophy and Evolution of Moodle
      2. Discovering How Moodle Can Support Instructional Design Strategies
      3. Understanding Our Learners and Generational Differences
      4. Course-Building Checklist
      5. Busting Moodle Myths
    3. Chapter 3: Building Your Course Front Page
      1. Understanding Front Page Basics
      2. Editing Fundamentals
      3. Viewing and Updating Participants' Profiles
      4. Course Blocks
      5. Resources and Activities
      6. Understanding and Implementing Moodle Conventions
    4. Chapter 4: Creating Your Course
      1. Exploring the Front Page Settings and Enrollment Options
      2. Adding Learners to Your Course
      3. Implementing Moodle Roles and Course Permissions
      4. Managing Activities and Projects with Groups
      5. Letting Everyone Know about Your Course
      6. Charging for Your Course
  12. Part II: Creating and Managing Course Content
    1. Chapter 5: Adding Content to Your Course: Resources
      1. Adding Resources to Your Course
      2. Using the Moodle Web Editor
    2. Chapter 6: Adding Audio and Video to Your Cour se by Using Free Software
      1. Using Moodle Multimedia Plugins
      2. Creating and Uploading Instructional Videos
      3. Incorporating Sound files into Your Moodle Course
      4. Incorporating Podcasts into Your Moodle Course
      5. Adding Real-Time Instructions (Video Conferencing) to Your Moodle Course
    3. Chapter 7: Grading Learners' Progress and Knowledge
      1. Exploring the Grader Report Pages in Moodle
      2. Creating Moodle Scales
      3. Adding Choice to Your Course
      4. Using Moodle Surveys
  13. Part III: Adding Activities to Your Moodle Course
    1. Chapter 8: Adding Communication Modules
      1. Adding Forums to Your Course
      2. Managing and Administering Forums
      3. Adding a Chat to Your Course
      4. Using Moodle Messaging
      5. Adding Notes about Your Learners
      6. Adding Moodle Blogs to Your Course
    2. Chapter 9: Adding Collaborative Modules
      1. Adding Wikis to Your Course
      2. Managing and Administering Wikis
      3. Adding a Glossary to Your Course
      4. Managing and Administering Glossaries
      5. Adding Lessons to Your Course
      6. Managing and Administering Lessons
    3. Chapter 10: Creating Assignments
      1. Effective Ways to Use Assignments
      2. Creating Assignments
      3. Administering Assignment Submissions
    4. Chapter 11: Quizzing and Testing in Moodle
      1. Looking at the Testing Features
      2. Creating a Quiz Body
      3. Creating Quiz Questions
      4. Setting Up Various Types of Questions
      5. Viewing, Editing, and Adding Questions to Quizzes
      6. Managing Quizzes and Data
    5. Chapter 12: Using Databases to Share Resources and Adding the Latest News via RSS
      1. Harnessing the Power of Databases
      2. Adding a Database to Your Course
      3. Viewing Your Database — What You and Your Learners Will See
      4. Managing Your Database
      5. Adding RSS to Your Course
  14. Part IV: Moodle Management
    1. Chapter 13: Administering Moodle Courses
      1. Notifications
      2. Users
      3. Courses
      4. Grades
      5. Location
      6. Language
      7. Modules
      8. Security
      9. Appearance
      10. Front Page
      11. Server
      12. Networking
      13. Reports
      14. Miscellaneous
      15. Finding Support
    2. Chapter 14: Managing Course Data, Reports, Logs, and Statistics
      1. Managing Your Course Data and Staying Up-to-Date
      2. Organizing Your Data
      3. Backing Up Your Course and Data
      4. Saving Time by Reusing Your Course
      5. Resetting Your Course to Clear All User Data
      6. Viewing Logs, Reports, and Statistics
  15. Part V: The Parts of Tens
    1. Chapter 15: Ten Questions to Ask before Building and Launching Your Course
      1. Is the Moodle Site Ready for Use?
      2. How Do Students Register for My Course?
      3. Who Do I Contact If I Have Problems with the Site?
      4. What Type of Course Am I Offering?
      5. What Are My Learning Goals and Objectives?
      6. Did I Brainstorm and Organize My Course Structure?
      7. How Will I Communicate with My Learners?
      8. How Will I Assess My Learners?
      9. Am I Comfortable Using Moodle?
      10. Is My Course Ready to Go Live?
    2. Chapter 16: Ten Creative Ways to Keep Your Learners Involved in Your Course
      1. Communicate with Your Learners
      2. Use Forums for Discussions and Other Class-Related Activities
      3. Give Feedback
      4. Assign Responsibility to Learners
      5. Set Up Project Learner Groups
      6. Invite Guests to Participate in the Course
      7. Reward Your Learners For Contributions
      8. Create Practice Tests
      9. Dig In to the Delightful Database
      10. Create a Competition
  16. Index
  17. Notes
  18. Moodle Activity: Lessons
  19. Course-Building Checklist
  20. Good Practice Guide and Etiquette Tips: Moodle Chat, Forum, and Blog