Building an Engaging, Interactive Course in Moodle 2.2 - 3.1
What you'll learn
- Understand what a Virtual Learning Environment such as Moodle is, and what it does
- Setup a Moodle course page in a variety of different formats
- Add various activities and resources to the Moodle course page
- Add Images, Videos and Multimedia to a Moodle course page
- Add external social media tools to the Moodle course page
- Apply completion and release criteria to learning activities
- Enable students to feedback to the course leaders
- How to add value to your course by adding interactive elements such as wikis and lessons
- No Special Requirements - You can create your own Moodle's server in the cloud (and will be taught how to do this) - if you do not have access to your own Moodle installation.
- You should be able to use a PC at a beginner level
- You should be able to use the Internet and Web Browsers at a beginner level
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 fina 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.
This course has been developed in Moodle 3.1, however applies to versions 2.2 - 3.1. See Simple Moodle 3.2+ for a more up to date version of this course.
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 2.2 - 3.1
Who this course is for:
- Administrators, Managers, Course Creators seeking create engaging, interactive Moodle courses
- Professionals interested in creating online courses for Staff Training and Professional Development
- Anyone interested in creating online courses to train or educate
- Anyone interested in Learning Technology and how it can be used to enhance student learning
I have worked in eLearning for over 12 years, and in IT and computing for over 22 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 identify and assess 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 website.
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.