By the end of this course, learners will be able to create an interesting, fun and fully interactive course using Moodle, and the course will guide learners through the process of setting up a Moodle website, adding and configuring a new course, adding content, adding multimedia elements and adding fun and engaging learning activities, that will inspire your students!
This course is slightly different to other online courses – the course content and lessons will be interspersed with the creation of a special exemplar course, where the skills learnt in the course will be used to build a ready made interactive Moodle course, which will be available for download too!
I have also added 7 learning activities, so that learners can practice what is being taught in the course, and these learning activities add up to create another exemplar course, which is also downloadable.
There will also be topical quizzes at the end of each section to ensure that learners understand the lessons and to reinforce learning.
The course is split into 8 sections, and begins with Getting to know Moodle, so what Moodle is, how to navigate around the VLE, and some of the common areas such as the dashboard, and profile settings.
Learners will be shown how to create their own Moodle site, via the Moodle cloud, as well as configuring a new course page and explanations of the various Moodle course formats, with their advantages and disadvantages.
Adding resources and activities to the Moodle page will also be covered, with activities such as lessons, choices and wikis. Resources such as books, pages, files and lessons will also be looked at.
The final two sections of the course are called Adding Multimedia - teaching learners how to add videos, audio clips and images to the course, and Putting it all Together - a section on making your Moodle course flow and shows learners how to restrict access to learning activities and use activity completion to produce meaningful student engagement reports.
Accompanying each video lesson, there will be a downloadable paper guide which learners can print to create their very own Moodle user manual!
I introduce each lesson with a description, and follow this up by showing learners how to actually do it for yourself. I actively encourage learners to watch the examples lessons, where examples are shown of all the topics covered within the section. I also encourage participants to use the Moodle Cloud course, that we create at the beginning, to practice the things I teach, and build up their confidence and their own set of Moodle courses.
So, If you are an Administrator, Manager, Course Creator, or just a Professional interested in creating online courses, why not sign up today and learn how to make an engaging, interactive course within Moodle 3.
Ben Audsley discusses the Getting to Know Moodle section, and what learners should expect to learn.
1 1/2 Minutes
I will define what a Virtual Learning Environment is, what it does and does not do, and different types of VLE. I will also inform learners of Moodle's history and extensive support community, along with the reasons for using Moodle to host online courses.
This lesson will teach participants how to create their own Moodle site by using the free Moodle Cloud platform. I will take learners, step-by-step, through the process of applying for a Moodle site all the way through to setting up a course. This course will then be used for the remainder of the course as a way for learners to practice what they are learning!
I will show learners how Moodle is organised and how to quickly and easily navigate the site. This will include how to view courses and categories, as well as the Dashboard.
In this lesson, learners profiles will be examined. Information will be provided on how to edit and update a Moodle profile. How and where profiles are used will also be examined.
3 1/2 minutes
In this first learning activity of the course, I shall set two learning activities for learners to complete, so that learners can practice configuring profiles and dashboard settings.
15 minutes in total
A lesson dedicated to examples of all the topics covered in the Getting to Know Moodle section. This will include examples of category and course configurations, dashboards and profiles.
A multi-choice question style quiz, intended to test learners understanding of the key topics covered in the Getting to Know Moodle section. This is a formative quiz and will not count towards passing the course.
A brief introduction to the section on Moodle courses. I shall explain what will be taught in this section. I will explain the learning outcomes and what students should expect to learn.
This lesson will teach learners how to create a new course in Moodle. Probably the most technical of all the lessons, it will teach learners the importance of configuring a course correctly, as well as a detailed look at the course settings page.
This bonus lesson will discuss the new features of Moodle version 3.2. I will show learners how to change the default theme, as well as discussing new messgaing, user walkthroughs and the new media player.
This lesson is important, as the Moodle interface has changed in the latest version and this video will show learners how to change the Moodle theme so that it matches the video lessons and paper guides used in this course.
4 1/2 minutes
I will show learners how to create a new category, as well as demonstrating how to manage them. Sorting, Moving and Deleting will also be addressed. Ill touch on the reasons why organising Moodle courses matters!
I will teach learners how to add new users to Moodle.
This lesson will cover basic enrolment options for courses in Moodle. I will discuss the different roles available in Moodle 3, and what each key roles are permitted to do.
I will closely examine the topic course format. This will include explaining the advantages and disadvantages of using this format, show learners how to add and delete topics, as well as editing topic headings.
I will teach learners about the weekly topic in this lesson. We will discuss course start dates as well as showing users how to edit weekly topics.
2 1/2 minutes
This lesson will focus on the social topic format, indicating areas of best practice and the reasons behind choosing this format.
This lesson will explain the Single Activity Format, and how it can be used within Moodle.
In this lesson, I shall set some learning activities so that students can practice creating new courses and applying course formats.
20 minutes in total
In this video I will show learners why certain course formats are used in certain situations, and provide an example of each format.
5 1/2 minutes
A multi-choice question style quiz, intended to test learners understanding of the key topics covered in the Moodle courses section. This is a formative quiz and will not count towards passing the course.
In this lesson I shall introduce what is going to be taught in this section - Moodle blocks.
An introduction to Moodle blocks, which will include showing learners how to add new blocks to the page. I will explain why blocks are used and some best practice advice on the use of blocks within a Moodle course.
This lesson will focus on the navigation block, showing learners how to use the block and the navigation implications.This lesson will also cover the course hierarchy, home button and the my profile link.
2 1/2 minutes
I will teach learners how to use the admin block, and where key features are located, including Course admin, switch role to, my profile settings and site administration.
2 1/2 minutes
The html block is one of the most versatile blocks in Moodle. This lesson will show learners what it can be used for, including adding text, images and videos.
2 1/2 minutes
This lesson will give an overview of how to add a twitter feed, via the HTML block in Moodle.
This lesson will highlight useful blocks and show learners how to add them to the Moodle course page. This will include the RSS block, the calendar block and the online users block.
In this learning activity I shall ask learners to add various blocks to a Moodle course.
20 minutes in total
This video will show learners examples of where blocks are used, how they are used and which blocks are suitable for different learning situations.
5 1/2 minutes
A multi-choice question style quiz, intended to test learners understanding of the key topics covered in the blocks section. This is a formative quiz and will not count towards passing the course.
This lesson will show users how to apply what they have learnt so far, by beginning work on an exemplar course. This course will be added to throughout the rest of the course, resulting in a complete exemplar course that learners can download and use.
Specifically, this introduction will show users how to create a new course, how to configure the course format, as well as adding blocks to the course.
8 1/2 minutes
I will give a brief outline of the section ahead, which includes how to edit the Moodle page and what all the Moodle icons mean. I will also introduce the concept of labels and topics and how they can be used to transform a Moodle course.
This lesson will focus on Moodle editing icons, and their uses. Learners will be shown how to turn editing on, how to delete, move, indent, hide and edit activities and resources.
2 1/2 minutes
I will explain the use of topics and how topic titles and descriptions can be edited. I will also show learners how to highlight, move, delete and hide topics.
3 1/2 minutes
I will explain the use of the activity chooser and how to find out more information about activities and resources.
This lesson will focus on the Atto text editor. I will explain what it does and show users how to alter text fonts, colours and sizes. I will give a brief overview of all the functions and these functions will be examined in closer detail throughout the rest of the course.
I will also show learners examples of indenting content, as well as hiding content, how to drag and drop files and some different effects learners can create using the atto text editor.
A multi-choice question style quiz, intended to test learners understanding of the key topics covered in the editing Moodle courses section. This is a formative quiz and will not count towards passing the course.
This introduction to the section will introduce learners to Moodle resources, and discuss when it's appropriate to include pages, books and files and folders on to the Moodle course. This introduction will also discuss the use of Moodle as a file store vs a collection of interactive resources.
This lesson will focus on how to add a page of information to a Moodle course. I will show learners how to edit pages once they have been created, and elude to when to use pages and when not to!
2 1/2 minutes
This lesson will show learners how to add a URL to the main course page, and explain when URLs and links should be used.
2 1/2 minutes
I will discuss the features of a book, before showing learners how to add one to a course page. I will show learners how to add chapters and sub-chapters, and how to edit books once they have been created.
This lesson will focus on files and folders, and how to add them to the course page. This will include showing learners how to organise folders and how to use compression to make it easier to copy folders of content to the course page.
In this learning activity, I shall ask learners to create several books, pages, files and folders to a moodle course page, in order to allow practising of creating these great resources.
20 minutes in total
Examples of best practice will be shown to learners. How and why pages are suitable to some learning situations will also be explained. The use of files and folders will also be examined.
A multi-choice question style quiz, intended to test learners understanding of the key topics covered in the adding resources section. This is a formative quiz and will not count towards passing the course.
This lesson continues work on the exemplar course, showing users how to add a page, book, file and folder to the course page. These resources will be configured with test content to show learners how each resource can be used to display content.
The exemplar lesson continues later in course.
I will talk through the meaning of a Moodle activity, along with the types of activity that the section will cover.
I will show learners how to add a Moodle lesson to the course page, along with all the configuration options fully explained!
I will explain how content and quizzes within lessons are setup and how to add basic learning pathways.
Forums are a great method of communicating with your students! I will show learners how to create a forum, along with settings for different types of subscription.
A choice activity is very simple – the teacher asks a question and specifies a choice of multiple responses. Use it as quick poll to stimulate thinking about a topic or to allow the class to vote on a direction for the course . This lesson will show learners how to add choices to your Moodle course.
This lesson will introduce learners to the chat window, and I will show how to configure the chat window in a Moodle course.
I will show learners how to add a wiki to the course page, to encourage students to work collaboratively online, and how to make content engaging and interesting!
In this learning activity, I shall ask learners to create a lesson, a choice, a chat and a wiki in order to allow practicing of creating these great resources.
20 minutes in Total
I will show learners some real world examples of lessons, forums, choices and chats, and discuss when each solution should be implemented.
A multi-choice question style quiz, intended to test learners understanding of the key topics covered in the adding activities section. This is a formative quiz and will not count towards passing the course.
This lesson continues work on the exemplar course, showing users how to add multimedia elements such as audio and video to the course. A forum will be setup and configured, as well as adding choices, chats and a great example lesson.
The exemplar course will be finished and made available for download.
I have worked in eLearning for over 8 years, and in IT and computing for over 15 years.
I began my career at the Workers Education Association, the largest provider of Adult education in the UK, as a support analyst before moving up to a Senior Support Analyst, involved in building networks and providing helpdesk support. I then moved on to work as a Learning Technologies officer for Coventry University London Campus, and then a Virtual Learning Environment Manager during my 4 years at the Royal Veterinary College.
Presently, I am the Electronic Resources Manager at the Institute of Dentistry at Queen Mary University in London, England.
I have managed multiple eLearning projects throughout my wide and varied career, including a college wide migration from Blackboard to Moodle, creating new undergraduate online courses, managing Virtual Learning Environments, Creating e-learning content, Moodle training, learning design including MOOCs and SPOCs and pedagogical design of online courses.
I frequently identifies and assesses relevant learning technologies to extend and support teaching and learning, and plan and manage the integration of such technologies into the curriculum and into teaching practice.
I have regularly, throughout my career, designed and implemented a range of training, including student inductions, large scale teacher training, online training and individual training.
I am always interested in any Moodle or eLearning consultancy work - if you require this sort of service, please let me know, or visit my blog.
In my spare time, I enjoy watching Football - I am a Chelsea fan, entering online competitions, playing with my cat Daisy (she makes a guest appearance in my courses!) and going out to the pub with my friends.