I originally developed this tutorial series for a colleague of mine who wanted to use Moodle with her high school students but was unsure of where to start. I spent some time on the web looking for resources that might help her with the software, but I was unable to find any that were comprehensive or affordable. I decided that I would write and record a couple tutorials for her that would cover the basics of the program. After I finished one tutorial I would think to myself, "I just have to include one more tutorial covering another facet of the software." Needless to say, about 50 tutorials later I felt I had something that would really lay the foundation that she needed.
WHAT IS MOODLE?
Just in case you are wondering what Moodle is exactly... Moodle is this free, open-source, learning management system wherein educators can create online learning environments for their students. It is what high schools and colleges use to offer online classes. Educators use the program to distribute notes and resources, implement quizzes, set up forums and chats, and build an online community around their subject matter.
I love that Moodle allows my students to acces my subject matter and participate in my classes from anywhere in the world... even when they are sick or on vacation! I love that Moodle does the majority of the grading for me... which means I can hang out with my wife more! I love that Moodle allows me to integrate media into my curriculum with ease; this keeps my students engaged. And I love that Moodle helps prepare my students for the acadmic environments they will undoubtedly encounter after graduation.
WHY FOUNDATIONS IN MOODLE?
Course Creation walks you step-by-step through the activity and resource functions of the Moodle learning management software. This course includes 48 video lectures that detail each step in the process. This course is meant for those who already have access to a Moodle Installation whether personal or through a school or district.
It is meant for those who are in the early stages of using the software.
So many educators want to incorporate technology into their instruction but don't exactly know where to start.
If you are looking for a place to start...
...this course is for you!</p>
My name is Jeff Johnson and I teach sophomore English at Northwest Christian School. I received my BA in Secondary Education from Arizona State University in 2007. Though I have enjoyed teaching these past five years, I have been anxiously waiting to formally return to a university. I enjoy class discussions where worldviews, philosophies, and perspectives coalesce into dynamic thought.
Upon graduation, my wife Jess and I moved to Seattle, Washington and I had the privilege of staring my career at Seattle Christian School. I was young, 22 at the time, and teaching senior English. Though some of my students were only 3 years my junior, I fondly remember those years as some of my favorite years in the profession. In 2009, my wife and I moved back to Phoenix and I have been teaching at NCS ever since. I have been a part of a very supportive faculty that have not only allowed me to hone my craft but realize some of my dreams and passions within the institution itself. At this point I do not plan on leaving the profession, but hope to stay relevant as teaching is undoubtedly changing.
When I am not teaching I spend my time gardening, playing guitar, writing punk rock music and slam poetry, designing lesson plans (to sell on teachers pay teachers), and dating my beautiful and intelligent wife. Hamlet is my favorite play and last summer I was so lucky as to see it performed at the Globe Theatre (although, my wife and I had to sneak in as it was sold-out months in advance). Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is a close second when it comes to favorite literature. My wife and I do not have kids, but we have dogs if that counts for anything.
My name is Steve McCarthy, and while I am primarily a filmmaker & web designer in Tempe, Arizona, in reality I wear a lot of hats. From stage productions to touring with a rock band, I've done a lot. But two things matter to you: I know Moodle, and I know teaching.
I did a crash course on Moodle the hard way - learning as you go. Trial by fire. But what I ended up with was a fully functioning online school, and one very happy client. I came away from that experience impressed by what the platform had to offer, and knew that others could benefit from using it. Moodle offers an incredible (and cheap) way for teachers to bridge the digital divide and engage students in new and exciting ways. I love teachers, and I'm stoked for any technological innovations that frees them up to do what they love and automate the rest.
Teaching isn't new for me - I've been doing it for just about a decade, in a variety of non-classroom settings. As both a volunteer and full-time employee of non-profits, an integral part of my job was instruction and mentorship. I'm excited to engage with the Udemy crowd and share my love.
When I'm not preaching the Moodle gospel, you can probably find me curled up with a good book and a strong cup of coffee, idly strumming my guitar, or hiking up and down South Mountain.