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Using Moodle

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Developed by an extremely active open source community, Moodle is a sophisticated course management system that's ideal for creating dynamic online learning communities and for supplementing face-to-face learning. Used in more than 115 countries and supporting over 60 languages, Moodle can scale from a single-teacher site to a 40,000- student university. Teachers who use Moodle have access to an array of powerful tools such as assignments, forums, journals, quizzes, surveys, chat rooms, and workshops. Using Moodle is a comprehensive, hands-on guide that explains how the system works, with plenty of examples and best practices for its many features and plug-in modules. Authored by a member of the Moodle community, this authoritative book also exposes little-known but powerful hacks for more technically savvy users. For anyone who is using-or thinking of using-this CMS, Using Moodle is required reading.

Table of Contents

  1. Using Moodle
    1. Preface
      1. What Is Moodle?
      2. Who Is This Book For?
      3. Prerequisites — What Do You Need Before You Start?
      4. Who Is This Guy?
      5. How to Use This Book
      6. Acknowledgments
    2. 1. Introduction
      1. What Is a Course Management System?
        1. Why Should You Use a CMS?
      2. What Makes Moodle Special?
        1. Free and Open Source
        2. Educational Philosophy
        3. Community
      3. Feature Comparison
    3. 2. Moodle Basics
      1. Getting Started
        1. The Moodle Interface
        2. Languages
        3. Moodle’s Help System
      2. Creating an Account
        1. Editing Your User Profile
      3. A First Look at a Course
        1. Course Formats
          1. Course settings
        2. Editing Mode
      4. Adding Content to a Course
      5. Summary
    4. 3. Creating and Managing Content
      1. Adding Content to Moodle
        1. Compose a Text Page
        2. Adding a Web Page
          1. Using the in-line HTML editor
        3. Window Options
      2. Create Link to File or Web Site
        1. Uploading Other Documents
        2. Adding a Directory
        3. Creating Links to Other Web Sites
        4. Parameters
      3. Managing and Updating Your Content
        1. File Area Tools
        2. Tracking Versions
      4. Effective Content Practices
        1. File Formats
        2. Reducing File Sizes
          1. Strategy 1: Save your PowerPoint presentations as RTF
          2. Strategy 2: Scan articles as text, not images
          3. Strategy 3: Reduce your image size and use compression
        3. Creative Content
          1. Uploading lecture notes
          2. External web sites
      5. Summary
    5. 4. Using Forums, Chats, and Dialogues
      1. Forums
        1. Forum Options
        2. Managing Forums
          1. Managing expectations
          2. Behavior issues
          3. Archiving forums
        3. Effective Forum Practices
          1. Encouraging participation
        4. Creative Forum Uses
          1. Interviews
          2. Debates
          3. Frequently asked questions
          4. Reading study groups
          5. Social forum
      2. Chats
        1. Creating Chats
        2. Using Chats
        3. Effective Chat Practices
        4. Creative Chat Practices
          1. Online office hours
          2. Group chats
      3. Dialogues
        1. Creating Dialogues
        2. Using Dialogues
        3. Effective Dialogue Practices
      4. Summary
    6. 5. Quizzes
      1. How to Create a Quiz
        1. Creating the Quiz Body
        2. Creating Questions for a Quiz
          1. Multiple-choice questions
          2. Short-answer questions
          3. Numerical questions
          4. Matching questions
          5. Random questions
          6. Random short-answer matching questions
          7. Calculated questions
        3. Importing Questions
        4. Adding Questions to a Quiz
      2. Managing Quizzes
      3. Effective Quiz Practices
        1. Quiz Strategies
        2. Creative Quiz Uses
          1. Chapter checks
          2. Test practice
          3. Data gathering
        3. Quiz Security and Cheating
    7. 6. Workshops
      1. How to Create a Workshop
        1. Adding a Workshop
        2. Creating Scoring Guides
        3. Uploading Example Assignments
      2. Managing Workshops
        1. Workshop Phases
          1. Student submissions
          2. Student assessments
          3. Administration
          4. Calculation of final grades
      3. Effective Workshop Practices
        1. Creative Workshop Practices
          1. Intermediate steps
          2. Presentations and performances
    8. 7. Assignments and Exercises
      1. Assignments
        1. How to Create an Assignment
        2. Managing Assignment Submissions
        3. Effective Assignment Practices
          1. Creative assignments
      2. Exercises
        1. How to Create an Exercise
        2. Managing Exercises
          1. Phase 1: Setup
          2. Phase 2: Allow student assessments and submissions
          3. Phase 3: Show overall grades and league table
        3. Effective Exercise Practices
      3. Summary
    9. 8. Journals
      1. Creating Journals
      2. Managing Journals
      3. Effective Journal Practices
        1. Journal Basics
        2. Creative Journal Practices
          1. One-minute responses
          2. Reflection on content
          3. Brainstorming, drafting, and pre-writing
      4. Summary
    10. 9. Glossaries
      1. Creating Glossaries
      2. Using the Glossaries
        1. Adding Entries
        2. Glossary Categories
        3. Autolinking
        4. Importing and Exporting Glossaries
        5. Commenting on Entries
        6. Printing a Glossary
      3. Effective Glossary Practices
        1. Glossary Basics
        2. Creative Glossary Strategies
          1. Collaborative glossaries
          2. Credit for word use
      4. Summary
    11. 10. Lessons
      1. Creating a Lesson
      2. Managing Lessons
      3. Effective Lesson Practices
        1. Branching Quizzes
        2. Flash Cards
        3. Creative Lesson Uses
          1. Simulations and case studies
    12. 11. Wikis
      1. Creating Wikis
      2. Managing Wikis
        1. Creating Wiki Pages
        2. Administering a Wiki
      3. Effective Wiki Practices
        1. Wiki Basics
        2. Creative Wiki Practices
          1. Group lecture notes
          2. Brainstorming
          3. Contribute to other wikis
    13. 12. Grades and Scales
      1. Using Grades
        1. Adding Manual Assignments
        2. Downloading Grades to a Spreadsheet
      2. Creating Scales
      3. Effective Grade and Scale Practices
        1. Grade Practices
        2. Scale Practices
    14. 13. Managing Your Class
      1. Managing Users
        1. Adding Students and Teachers
        2. Removing Students
        3. Managing Enrollment
      2. Student Groups
      3. Backups
      4. Restoring and Copying Courses
      5. Logs
    15. 14. Surveys and Choices
      1. Creating Surveys
      2. Administering Surveys
      3. Creating Choices
      4. Administering Choices
      5. Using Surveys and Choices
    16. 15. Putting It All Together
      1. What Is a Learning Environment?
      2. Course Design Patterns
        1. Introductory Survey Course
        2. Skills Development Course
        3. Theory/Discussion Course
        4. Capstone Course
    17. 16. Moodle Administration
      1. Configuration
        1. Site Variables
          1. Language/location variables
          2. Mail settings
          3. Graphics library
          4. Timing settings
          5. Security and login settings
          6. File and picture handling
          7. User management
        2. Site Settings
        3. Themes
        4. Module Settings
        5. Blocks
        6. Filters
      2. Backup
      3. Editor Settings
      4. Users
        1. Authentication
        2. Add and Edit User Accounts
        3. User Roles
          1. Enrollments
          2. Enroll students
          3. Assign Teachers, Creators, and Admins
      5. Courses
        1. Creating Course Categories
        2. Creating Courses
      6. Logs
    18. Index