5 uses of #Moodle Board to engage students

  1. Introductions / Icebreakers

The most basic of them all – Ask your students to introduce themselves, provide a few lines of text, post a picture or a weblink to their portfolio page Something simple to get students engaged

  1. Muddy points / Exit tickets

There are a variety of names for this approach but regardless of what you call it, asking students to post a note at the end of the class can be very helpful. Whether you are asking them if they had any “muddy points” (aspects of the class that they do not fully understand) or whether just asking for general feedback. Engaging the students in this way can help improve the learning experience for the student as well as to help the lecturer reflect on their teaching.

Using the “restrict access” feature of moodle a teacher can set up numerous boards at once but release them when required.

  1. Crowdsourcing content

Post a link to a journal article and include a few lines of an introduction or post a youtube video or link to a website. Either way co-creating  content relative to your module with your students is a very effective way to engage your students

  1. Zoom whiteboard

The Zoom whiteboard is a great tool when using breakout rooms. Students can use the whiteboards to share thoughts and reflections as a group. However sharing the whiteboard content with the rest of the class once the breakout rooms are over is not that easy.  Now a teacher using Moodle Board can create a board for each breakout group. These boards can then be shared with the entire class or be kept private for each group using the standard Moodle features

  1. SWOC analysis

Strengths, weakness, opportunity and challenge analysis is a technique used to identify the external and internal factors that play a part in whether a business venture or project can reach its objectives. Whether students are doing a project individually or as a group a Moodle Boards can be used to create a SWOC analysis. Like the example above using the groups and grouping feature of Moodle allows the teacher to create a separate board for each group in one quick step by simply creating one Board activity and then choosing “separate groups” in the settings. 

For more details on Moodle”board” please visit How to Add a post-it Board to your Moodle course

About Mark Glynn

Head of Teaching Enhancement Unit, Dublin City University

Posted on January 4, 2021, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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