Sunday, July 17, 2011

Moodle makeover workshop

This workshop looks as moving from static, resource heavy course to a dynamic. activity-online space.

Style (appearance) & content. Workshop focusing on the later. Content is more than meaning putting 'stuff' up online, like word docs etc.

Fewer eyes and more hands - fewer static resources and more activities

Hands together - more interaction between learners!

Ears and mouths - activities that can be listened to and spoken activities as well (recording?) or being given a voice (like forums)

Static resources are not in of themselves BAD - e.g. Word and PPT.

Word - pdf, webpage, book (Moodle), (makes flash versions)
PPT - pdf, swf, lesson module, iSpring (not free), Slideshare, Googledocs

Displaying multimedia - embed or not embed, anyvideoconverter (to convert formats), inline players (Moodle 2)

Collaborative - glossary or database, there is an exchange for this (where?)

Nice link on using modules here

Use of Google docs instead of Wikis???? Note can't track contributions in Google Docs whereas can do with a Wiki.

In Moodle 1.9 - real time collaborative editor

Assignment type - able to upload assignments - multiple ways. Database as assignment.

Peer assessment - workshop (Moodle 2 looks awesome but not very easy to do in 1.9). Forums (quick n dirty way of doing it). Peer assessment made simple (custom module)

This was one of those 'you had to be there' workshops where we took a poorly laid out course and re-tooled it. The key is that there are a lot of more engaging ways to present material with Lesson, Quiz, Database etc beyond just dumping up resources and asking a few questions.

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