February 2009 Archives

An Overview of Moodle

One of the great things about Moodle is that there is an amazing amount of free resources out there for instructors. One of the things I'm going to be doing over the next few months is pointing out some of these resources that I think might benefit our faculty.

First, if you're still not sure what Moodle is, check out this two-minute video overview.

If you're a self-starter, or just want to continue learning about Moodle on your own, Moodle.org has an amazing amount of material free for your use. Here's a great place to start for instructors:

http://docs.moodle.org/en/Getting_started_for_teachers

And one last link just for fun, a page that shows Moodle's rapid growth over the last few years, now up to nearly 50,000 registered sites in 204 counties with nearly 30 million users overall:

http://moodle.org/stats/

Upcoming One-Hour Workshops

All workshops are free for Western Oregon University faculty and staff. Although drop-ins are always welcome, space permitting, you may reserve your space in the class by emailing the instructor. Individual instruction is also offered on many other topics. A list of upcoming workshops is also available at http://www.wou.edu/provost/ctl/workshops.php.


Wednesday, February 18: Save Some Trees - Put Your Syllabus, Resume, or Other Documents Online in Two Minutes
You don't have to have a Web page to save some trees. It's as as simple as clicking "Save As . . ." to put your syllabus, resume, or other documents online. Without using Dreamweaver, HMTL, or any program other than those you already use, learn fast and effective ways to make use of your "P" drive. Location: HL108. Instructor: Scott Carter (carters@wou.edu). Time: 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.


Monday, February 23: Moodle Level I - Putting Content Online and Using Forums
By now, most of you have probably heard about our new learning management system, Moodle. You don't need to have a fully online class to take advantage of this great tool. Perhaps you want to share documents in a safe, password-protected environment. Or maybe you want to add an online discussion component to your face-to-face class. In this workshop, you'll get a chance to create your own course shell, learn how to quickly put documents online, and get a chance to practice with Moodle's discussion forums. Location: HL108. Instructor: Scott Carter (carters@wou.edu). Time: 8:30 a.m.. to 9:30 a.m.


Tuesday, February 24: Moodle Level II - Quizzes, Assignments, and the Online Gradebook

Beyond storing documents online and using the discussion forums, the most popular tools in Moodle are quizzes, assignments, and the online gradebook. Take an hour and practice with these great tools. Learn different ways to create quizzes -- timed or untimed, graded or ungraded, multiple choice, short answer, or something else altogether. Create a "digital dropbox" for your assignments that allows students to upload files. Make use of the online gradebook, which can sync up with both the quiz and the assignment tools while also allowing you to enter categories of your own (such as class participation). Location: HL108. Instructor: Scott Carter (carters@wou.edu). Time: 8:30 a.m.. to 9:30 a.m.

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