Learning management systems allow instructors to create an online class, add assignments and assessments, and communicate with students. The LMS allows students to access the course and course resources online, complete assignments, and communicate with the instructor. Learning management systems can be used to facilitate online courses, or to foster a blended learning experience.
- [Voiceover] Before we begin learning how to use Moodle, let's take a second to understand what it is. Moodle is a learning management system, or LMS. Learning management systems are online platforms where teachers and students can collaborate in order to improve student achievement. They allow teachers to create an online class, add assignments, add resources for students to use both inside and outside of the classroom, and LMS can help to grade these assignments and deliver quick, high-quality feedback. And they allow teachers to communicate with students in a number of ways.
Essentially, learning management systems allow teachers to organize and optimize their entire class process. For students, the learning management system allows them to access their class online. They can find their class syllabus and assignments, including due dates. They can find and use a wide variety of classroom resources, and they can even turn in assignments and view up-to-date grades. Also, students can use their learning management system to maximize communication and collaboration with their instructor as well as classmates. For both teachers and students, a learning management system can be used in and out of the classroom to help drive student achievement.
Many educators are using products such as Moodle to empower students to take ownership in their learning, and to allow the learning to continue beyond the walls of the classroom. This frees up time for educators to deliver more high-quality feedback, which helps students attain higher levels of mastery. In the digital age, learning management systems also provide an excellent opportunity for students to improve their digital literacy skills, while fostering important digital citizenship. Let's go ahead and dive into Moodle, and find out how it can be beneficial to your classroom.
- Exploring Moodle 3.1 new features
- Downloading and installing Moodle
- Navigating a Moodle course
- Customizing your profile
- Starting with a blank course shell
- Using blocks and sections
- Adding resources, including websites and books
- Creating assignments, quizzes, and surveys in Moodle
- Enrolling students
- Sending messages
- Setting up the gradebook