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Moodle is an online tool that allows educators to interact with students outside the classroom and manage a course from anywhere. In Moodle Essential Training for Teachers, Chris Mattia shows how this program works for teachers on three levels: disseminating information, creating a forum where ideas are exchanged, and assessing the progress of students. Chris shows how to build course materials with Moodle's HTML editor, post assignments, and save time by using Moodle's grade book to evaluate tests automatically and organize scores. Exercise files accompany the course.
A key component to any course that you teach is going to be your ability to assess the learning that your students have done. Moodle has a great activity for assessing learning. It's underneath the Add an activity dropdown menu and it's the Quiz activity. But before we go ahead and create our first quiz, we need to first set up our test pool of questions that we'll feed into our testing quizzes that we'll use to our course. So to begin, we are going to scroll down on the left-hand side of the Administrator block and select Questions.
Here, we'll begin by creating categories for our questions to fall into. We'll then begin creating question bank that will house a variety of different questions. We'll also show you how to import question from other learning management systems such as blackboard. Now one thing to note about online quizzes, you can of course simply convert your existing testing quizzes that you have been using in paper format directly into Moodle and have simple text based questions. We'll show you how to do this throughout this chapter. However, because you are going to be doing assessment online, a whole new world of possibility is open to you to incorporate a variety of different tools, techniques, and multimedia, that's both internal inside of our course and external.
We are going to go into several examples throughout this chapter that will inspire you to become much more creative in how you can present information to your students. Let's get started with building categories.
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