Join Mary Cooch for an in-depth discussion in this video Obtaining Moodle, part of Moodle 2.4 Essential Training.
So, how do we get Moodle? You may be lucky enough to have been given access to a Moodle sandbox course from the establishment you work at. But if you haven't or you'd just like to practice in private, then this video will show you some ways you can get hold of a Moodle course yourself. We'll look at how you can get a whole Moodle site on your computer. How you can create or work with ready-made courses online. And how you can get a hosted Moodle, either for free or at a price. Moodle is entirely free. It's open-source that means anyone is welcome to use it and contribute to improving it.
So there's nothing stopping you downloading Moodle onto your own laptop or computer to test out our activities. To do that we need to go to the main Moodle site which is moodle.org and then find the downloads link. And from there we click on Moodle Standard Packages. Now because we're going to download to a computer, we want to choose the link either for Windows or for Mac according to what we're using. And then we choose the version that we want and we simply follow the instructions. Now, if you don't feel up to downloading and installing Moodle on your own laptop, there are two Moodle sites run by Moodle HQ which you can practice on.
And I'm going to open a new tab to look at the first one here. This is the Moodle sandbox on demo.moodle.net. And here is a completely empty site, just with one empty course. And you can log in with the user name teacher, password sandbox. And you can try and practice anything you like with no fears because every hour on the hour the site is wiped clean and people can start again. However, it is a blank site so if you'd like to see a Moodle in action with ready-made activities and student and teacher data then go to this next one which I am opening up which is the Mount Orange School on school.demo.moodle.net.
This is a a real Moodle with real, albeit fake, student data and courses so that you can see Moodle in action. And here again you log in with a user name, teacher and the password Moodle, and you can work through these activities, you can see the students interacting with each other, and every hour on the hour again the slate is wiped clean. Finally, you can get Moodle online, either paid for or for free from hosting companies. Moodle itself has what it calls Moodle Partners, these are officially accredited Moodle hosting companies.
And it's a good idea to research hosting Moodle with them because you know then that the quality of service is accredited. However, you can Google to find other Moodle hosting companies. The quality will vary however, from very good to not so good, with a lot of advertisements, particularly if they're free. So in this video we've learned that even if you don't have a course to work on in your school and college, there are several options for getting Moodle, most of them free. If you're reasonably technical, you can download it onto your computer.
If you're happy for your materials to be deleted after an hour, you can try one of Moodle's two demonstration sites. Or if you want something more permanent, there are free and paid for hosting options.
- Choosing your course layout
- Using the calendar and managing events
- Uploading course materials
- Giving instructions to your students
- Enrolling students
- Creating a discussion forum
- Setting up assignments
- Grading assignments
- Adding quizzes
- Evaluating your courses
- Tracking course completion
- Backing up and restoring courses
Skill Level Appropriate for all
1. Getting Started
2. Managing Events
3. Presenting Your Course Materials
4. Getting Your Students on Board
5. Fostering Collaboration
8. Building Self-Marking Quizzes
9. Evaluating Your Course
Getting student feedback3m 41s
10. Tracking Progress
11. Course Management
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