Join Chris Mattia for an in-depth discussion in this video Introducing Moodle, part of Moodle 1.9 Essential Training for Students.
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You may be wondering what is Moodle. Moodle is an open source, learning management system that has been specifically built for creating and distributing online course materials for education. If you are watching this video training series then your teacher or professor is probably using Moodle for your class. Before we get started, there are a few things that I need to warn you about. First off is that every institution implements Moodle in a slightly different manner, so what you see at your school's Moodle site is not going to match exactly what I'm showing you on screen. The layout of the site will be slightly different. The colors, fonts and images are all probably going to be more similar to your institution's colors and school theme than what you are seeing.
Also, no two teachers create their courses in exactly the same manner, so there's going to be a lot of variation in what you find inside of your courses between your various teachers. But for all of these differences, there are a lot more commonalities that every Moodle installation and every course share. In this training series, we are going to step you through all the major components of a course, so you will be familiar with all the tools available inside of Moodle, so you can be successful in your class.
Now, let's talk about what a Moodle course is. First off, an online course can be an entirely self-contained class that exists online and nowhere else. But the most common use for Moodle is to create an online component to a traditional classroom based class. It's a tool for providing you, the student, with a rich environment of information, resources, and activities that enhance what you are already learning inside of your classroom. Moodle is a tool that your teacher can leverage to move a portion of the content and information that they would normally have to take up valuable class time to get over into an online environment.
Thus freeing up more in-class time for you to interact with and engage with your teacher to really drive your understanding of the subject matter you are learning. How your teacher is choosing to use Moodle for your course is really going to depend on the course materials, learning objectives, and particular style of teaching that your instructor has. This video training series should be a good reference guide for you to learn how to use all of these various tools inside of Moodle.
- Managing personal calendars
- Contributing to an online glossary
- Accessing grades and instructor feedback
- Using Moodle's built-in discussion boards
- Contributing content to a wiki inside Moodle
- Customizing a student profile
- Integrating the Moodle calendar with iCal and Outlook
- Maintaining a personal blog