Five Tips for Better Moodle Course Design

Once you’ve followed our curated guide to installing Moodle, you may find yourself wondering what to do next. Well, you’re in luck! This post will detail the top activities to take on once your installation is complete. From setting up lessons and creating assessments to sharing learning materials, this article will cover both the big and the small. So without further and in no particular order…

1. Make a Quiz

One of Moodle’s biggest strengths comes from bringing classes together, and what better way to do that than with a quiz. Quizzes can vary in size, from a 5 point quick-fire answer round to full blown assessments. Moodle has the capacity to offer both formative assessments with ample space for detailed feedback, as well as summative assessments to generate those all important grades. Through this variation, Moodle not only tests the ability of your students, but it can also help you teach them where they are going wrong each time. The best part? Feedback is stored on the server, meaning that the students can review it whenever and wherever they need a refresher of what exactly went wrong last time.

2. Plan Ahead

Moodle is great for proactive teaching too. Through a feature called Conditional Activities, you can give your students the ability to make their own way through your teaching materials. Say for example, there needs to be a short formative test at one point in your course, and you’re testing the students on lessons one, two and three. By setting a conditional activity, you can set the test to unlock only when lessons one, two and three have been completed. This allows your students to work through lessons one, two and three in an order that they choose. They can select a lesson based on their mood, and what they want to learn that day. They’re able to work through their courses at their own pace, without getting left behind or too far ahead of the curve.

3. Share Materials

Perhaps the most stellar feature of Moodle, comes by it’s design. As you know, Moodle is installed on a server, and that server has it’s own memory. Therefore, all of the Powerpoint presentations and worksheets you’ve painstakingly created can be stored online, for all of your students to access. Due to it’s online storage, Moodle also doubles up as a online backup system. Meaning that if your computer dies an unexpected death, all of your hours of work aren’t wasted, as all your work lives on in Moodle. You can never have too many backups, so be sure to add Moodle to your list.

4. Collect Assignments

The beauty of Moodle is that it’s accessible to your whole class, 24/7. Always-on access means that there can be no excuses for students to miss submission deadlines. Simply get them to upload their assignments to the Assignment area of Moodle and hey presto, you’ve collected their work without having to lift a finger. No more “I forgot to bring it” and as far as we are aware, it would have to be an incredibly hungry dog to eat a computer… With online collection, you can also give feedback to students through Moodle too. The Assignment view of Moodle gives space for detailed feedback for each submission, allowing you to tailor your feedback to each individual student in a quick, easy and accessible manner. Moodle also offers Activity Completion Checkboxes, which can help show you, and your students,how far they have progressed through an assignment and the distance left to go. Upon completion of these boxes, you can reward your student with digital badges, which are a great source of motivation and a healthy way to incentivise your students!

5. Get Moodle on the Go

In the digital age of today, all of your students are likely to have a smartphone or a tablet. Well, instead of getting frustrated at students snap-chatting each other mid-lesson, put their hardware to good use by making your Moodle site mobile accessible. Once mobile access is enabled, your students can download the Moodle Mobile app direct to their smartphone. This allows them to receive instant notifications of events – be it a course announcement, or a change of submission deadline; browse the content of your online courses anywhere with a data connection; view their grades and quickly contact other members of the course – particularly useful for when you’re setting group assignments.

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