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Moodle for Mobile Learning

Book Description

Mobile devices are ideal for "go-anywhere" interactive learning, and using Moodle you can give your students the opportunity to receive your courses on their phone or tablet in a format that’s tailor-made for mobile learning.

  • Adopts practical ideas for demonstrating how to implement mobile learning with Moodle

  • Empowers you to apply mobile learning in your profession

  • Discover how other organizations have achieved mobile learning success

  • Filled with practical and hands-on tutorials for learning practitioners

  • In Detail

    Mobile devices have become ubiquitous and offer many new possibilities for learning. Moodle, when combined with a mobile device, opens up a new world of possibilities to teachers, instructors, and training professionals to develop their courses. The learning experience can be hugely improved by playing to the strengths of mobile devices, and Moodle for Mobile Learning helps you do just that.

    "Moodle for Mobile Learning" is a practical, hands-on guide that provides you with ideas and step-by-step exercises that will help you leverage the features of mobile devices in your Moodle course designs. It also aims at providing you with hands-on knowledge in creating mlearning courses so that you can create your own effective mobile learning interactions.

    Looking at the underlying theory of mobile learning, "Moodle for Mobile Learning" aims to enable you to apply this to course design using Moodle. Organized into key sectors including schools, further and higher education, and workplace learning, this book will take you through a number of clear, practical recipes that will help you to take advantage of mobile technology in your Moodle course design.

    You will learn how to develop your mobile learning strategy and whether to use a mobile friendly Moodle theme or a Moodle mobile app to deliver your strategy. We look at using Moodle for mobile learning in schools, further and higher education, distance learning, workplace learning, and training event delivery, with ideas for each of these environments organized into sections for content delivery, knowledge capture and submission, and communication. We look at delivering podcasts, engaging with social media, setting up photo, video, and audio assignments, setting up eBook and app libraries, uploading audio assignment feedback, submitting reflective logs, using chat and messaging tools, using web conferencing, and much more.

    Mobile devices already form the backbone of your learners’ daily lives. If you want to use Moodle to bring those devices into the learning process, then this is the book for you.

    Table of Contents

    1. Moodle for Mobile Learning
      1. Table of Contents
      2. Moodle for Mobile Learning
      3. Credits
      4. About the Author
      5. Acknowledgments
      6. About the Reviewers
        1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers and more
          1. Why Subscribe?
          2. Free Access for Packt account holders
      8. Preface
        1. What this book covers
        2. What you need for this book
        3. Who this book is for
        4. Conventions
        5. Reader feedback
        6. Customer support
          1. Errata
          2. Piracy
          3. Questions
      9. 1. Developing Your Mobile Learning Strategy
        1. What is mobile learning?
        2. The capabilities of mobile devices
        3. Warning – it's not about delivering courses
        4. Your mobile learning strategy
          1. Who are your learners?
          2. How do your learners use their devices?
        5. Mobile usage in your organization
          1. Mobile usage in school
          2. Mobile usage in further and higher education
          3. Mobile usage in apprenticeships
          4. Mobile usage in the workplace
          5. Mobile usage in distance learning
        6. Case studies
          1. University of Sussex
          2. Open University
        7. Summary
      10. 2. Setting Up Moodle for Mobile Learning
        1. Introducing the Bootstrap and Clean themes
        2. Introducing Moodle's Mobile apps
        3. Setting up the Clean theme
        4. Exploring the Clean theme
        5. Setting up the Bootstrap theme
        6. Setting up the Moodle Mobile app
        7. Exploring the Moodle Mobile app
        8. Third-party Moodle apps
        9. Add help and support guides by using the Book module
        10. Add a link to help and support from the header bar
        11. Summary
      11. 3. Delivering Static Content to Mobiles
        1. Setting up file downloads
          1. Learner view of file downloads
        2. Setting up an eBook or App library
          1. Learner view of a library
        3. Using QR codes in courses
        4. Building a multidevice SCORM resource
        5. Adding a multidevice SCORM resource into Moodle
        6. Case study – using a multidevice SCORM resource for information security awareness training
        7. Using cohorts to deliver performance-support resources
        8. Using a glossary for staff induction
        9. Using a Glossary for best practice resource collection
        10. Using levels to engage new starters
        11. Summary
      12. 4. Delivering Multimedia Content to Mobiles
        1. Setting up a podcast
        2. Learner view of podcasts
        3. Audio add-on
          1. Providing audio instructions
          2. Providing an audio feedback file
        4. Delivering Lecturecasts to mobiles
        5. Creating a video lesson
        6. Summary
      13. 5. Submitting Audio, Video, and Image Assignments
        1. Creating an assignment brief for offline viewing
        2. Setting up an assignment for file submission
          1. Submitting a file assignment
        3. Setting up a Database assignment
          1. Learner submission of a Database assignment
        4. Summary
      14. 6. Using Mobiles for Capturing Reflective Logs and Journals
        1. Setting up a reflective log using assignment
        2. Submitting a reflective log using assignment
        3. Grading a reflective log using assignment
        4. Setting up a reflective log using individual forums
        5. Submitting a reflective log using individual forums
        6. Reviewing a reflective log using individual forums
        7. Setting up Moodle for course blogs
        8. Submitting a course blog post
        9. Adding a Blogs link to the site header
        10. Enabling portfolio export
        11. Exporting your work to a portfolio
        12. Summary
      15. 7. Performing Assessments Using Mobiles
        1. Creating a quiz for formative assessment
          1. Setting up the quiz
          2. Building a question bank
          3. Building your quiz
          4. Accessing your quiz
          5. Performing a skills gap analysis
        2. Creating a quiz for summative assessment
          1. Setting up the quiz
          2. Accessing your quiz
        3. Checking grades
        4. Summary
      16. 8. Communicating with Mobile Users
        1. Setting up a group discussion
          1. Learner view of group discussion
        2. Communicating through social networks
          1. Adding a Google+ contact badge
          2. Twitter hashtag feeds
            1. Setting up a Twitter hashtag feed
              1. Learner view of a Twitter hashtag feed
              2. Other Twitter widgets
        3. Managing the backchannel
          1. Using Twitter backchannels
          2. Using Moodle chat backchannels
        4. Using Moodle messaging
          1. Sending a message via the Moodle Mobile app
          2. Adding a messaging link to the site header
          3. Sending SMS notifications
        5. Setting up a real-time chat session
          1. Participating in a chat session
        6. Setting up a virtual classroom plugin
          1. Setting up a virtual classroom session
        7. Joining a web conference
        8. Summary
      17. A. Appendix
      18. Index