Category Archives: Moodle tips

Some tips on how Moodle can make your teaching life that little bit easier

A poster outlining some of the great changes in Moodle 2

The poster below can be accessed in powerpoint format by clicking on the image below. Please feel free to download and adapt this poster to suit your needs – remembering creative commons. I would also welcome any feedback on the poster through the comments section of this blog post.

Moodle 2 Databases

Databases

The database activity module allows the teacher and/or students to build, display and search a bank of record entries about any conceivable topic. The format and structure of these entries can be almost unlimited, including images, files, URLs, numbers and text amongst other things. Similar to the glossary option the database module is a great activity that can be utilised as a student assessment, allowing students to generate content for the rest of the class (and future classes) to learn from. Three main features distinguish databases from glossaries

Databases allow the teacher to provide specific fields for students to populate with information

You have a variety of template options

You can format the how the final product looks very easily.

The screencast below illustrates how to set up databases

For more information go to:  http://docs.moodle.org/22/en/Database_activity_module

Removing the “scroll of death” in Moodle with Diigo

The scroll of death is an infamous feature of courses on moodle; a consequence of too much content on the one page and the user having to continually “scroll” down page to find the information they are after. This tip will help teachers minimise the scroll of death, while at the same time keeping course page up to date with minimal effort from the teachers point of view.

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Moodle Discussion forums to collect new class material

Discussion forums are extremely powerful tool help bring learning outside the classroom. However they also can be used to bring learning back into the classroom from the teachers point of view. This short youtube clip illustrates the different type of discussion forums available into moodle and also how to set them up.

Later clips will show you how to use this as an assignment that gets the students to assessment the contribution of their classmates

One page Guide for teachers using Moodle

Compliments of @catspyjamasnz

 

An excellent resource mapping potential tasks that teachers may have to the various tools within Moodle

Moodle 2.0 – conditional activities

Conditional activities are a game changer in my opinion. It is an excellent new feature of Moodle 2 that will bring independent learning to a new level for Moodle users. For those not familiar with the concept, the introduction of conditional activities means a “teacher” can set it that their “student” will not be able to progress to topic B,before completing topic A to a specified standard e.g. achieve a certain grade in a quiz or read a document or powerpoint document.

They are incredibly easy to set up and numerous screencasts have already found their way onto YouTube. Here are a few  of the better screencasts on this topic

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