Moodle provides teachers with tools to organize course resources and continue student discussion outside of class time. If you haven't yet been to an introductory Moodle training, know that we are always happy to provide an individual or small-group training session! In many cases, this may be more useful to you than a large-group training.
You can get started with Moodle with just a few core skills. Some users happily use Moodle for years this way. Moodle is extremely powerful, yet there is little that you must use. Here are the basics.
1. Choose a course format that best suits your course web site needs (in Administration -> Settings -> Format).
Topic format: web site organized around topics
Social format: web site organized around online discussion
To create a simpler page layout, delete unneeded blocks from the left and right-hand columns.
2. Moodle provides the tools where you need them.
Each learning object comes with a set of buttons.
Hide/show (whether students can see this activity)
Groups (student groups complete this activity separately)
To add a resource or activity, use the drop-down menus.
The buttons provide help where and when you need it.
3. The most popular resources and activities are:
Link to a file
Web page (you can write new content or paste web text in here)
Forum (great for extending class discussions outside of class time)
Assignment (automatically appears in the student's calendar)
Wiki (for collaborative writing, notetaking, and review sheets)
Photo gallery (for teacher and/or student image files)
That's what we cover in our introductory Moodle training session! The bulk of the time is spent developing course web sites and trying out these tools. Let us know how we can support your course web site development. Ask Richard to create a new Moodle site for your course or classroom!