An Introduction to Moodle Activities Note: KCS currently has Moodle version 1.8. Updating to the recent version of Moodle 2.0 will occur this summer. Moodle 2.0 has additional activities. This introduction addresses the activities that we currently can utilize with Moodle. What are Moodle Activities? Activities are different assignments students can do while they are logged on to Moodle. The difference is that anything a student completes is submitted electronically back to the teacher through Moodle. The teacher can then view the various activities and offer feedback to students. Since Moodle is online, both students and teachers can access the site 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The following are some of the basic features teachers in Kettering have been using with Moodle: Resource: Allows the teacher to post any type of Word, Powerpoint, Excel, weblink, videos, etc… for students to use as part of the module’s assignment. Teachers can also use this as a general assignment board for a specific module by outlining reading assignments, goals & objectives for students to complete. Assignment: Teachers can specify a task that requires students prepare digital content and submit it by uploading to a server. Assignments have been things like question/answer, essays, reports, & projects. Both teachers and students can upload images as part of the assignment. Forum: A forum is the way to have classroom discussions online! The teacher can pose the initial question for students to reply. All postings on the forum can be replied to by either students or the teacher. Choice: Teacher asks a question and provides a choice for multiple responses. This can be used as a form of formative assessment of as a poll to gauge student opinion. Quiz: Moodle gives teachers the ability to design or import quizzes and tests that consist of multiple choice, true-false, matching & constructed response. Teachers have the ability to scramble the questions and answer choices so multiple students do not answer questions in the same order. Quizzes can also allow multiple attempts for students, can be automatically graded (objective questions), and have user feedback for each question or at the end of a quiz. Chat: This is a feature that allows real-time synchronous discussion. This could be a useful feature for a teacher who schedules a time for a chat in case students had questions over material, assignments, etc…. Lesson: Use a lesson to present information bit by bit as if you were tutoring a student. Typically in a lesson, some information is provided to the student and followed with a question. Based on the student response, the student can be sent back to review the material, go forward to another topic, or branch to a related topic. Wiki: A wiki allows the teacher to create a place for collective development of a project for students. There are many different activities a wiki can be arranged for, but the key is that students will be able to add, delete or revise the content on the page. Glossary: A glossary allows a teacher to create definitions or examples of terms incorporated into the course students are taking. Entries can be searched or browsed. Hyperlinks to the glossary terms can also be made. Moodle Demonstration Site Want to practice using some Moodle activities but are afraid something terrible might happen? Never fear! Follow these instructions to access a Moodle demo site on the web. All files are erased after an hour, so you are free to experiment and practice with how a teacher would set up Moodle for their students. You will want to have various files (Word, PPT, Excel, United Streaming videos, etc…) to upload as part of your practice. Step 1: Go to http://demo.moodle.net/login/index.php Step 2: You can login as an administrator, teacher or student, but I suggest you login as a teacher to practice how to add activities. Login using the teacher username of “teacher” and “demo” as the password. Step 3: After clicking the link for “login”, you will see a list of various Moodle demonstration courses. Now you could try to practice your new Moodle skills in various languages like Arabic and Swedish. However, I suggest that you choose the “Moodle Features Demo” under the courses listed in English. Step 4: After clicking the link for “login”, you will see the Moodle demonstration page. At this point, you are in student view for this demo site. In order to begin adding resources and activities to this Moodle Demo, you will need to find a button on the upper right side that says… Step 5: After click the “Turn Editing On” button, you will see that the Moodle demonstration page now includes images that look like this: You are now in the teacher view. These buttons allow you to do various things such as edit items, delete items, hide items (from student view) or to move them. I recommend you play with what these items allow you to do. Step 6: You will also notice that boxes appear that allow you to “Add a resource” or “Add an Activity”. Simply click on the down arrow to choose what you would like to practice. Keep in mind, a resource can be a Word, Powerpoint, or Excel file, weblinks and videos. Don’t be afraid to try your hand at the various assignments. Step 7: After you have played with these features, go back to the upper right side and click “Turn editing off”. The site will now go back to the view students would see when first logging on, however, whatever you added will now be on the site (at least for the next hour). Step 8: Now that you are back in student view for this page, it might be helpful to go through some of the assignments and resources as students would see them. Seeing the site from a student view will help you as you think about ways to design your Moodle. Note: When you are ready to create your own site on Kettering’s Moodle Server, you will need to contact either Toby Boedeker at the Board Office or Kim Broomhall at Fairmont. These are the administrators who can set you up to create your site.
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