„How to work with Moodle”

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The „How to work with Moodle” course is aimed at teachers with basic computer skills but without requirements for advance knowledge of the Moodle platform. The course goal is to form basic knowledge and skills, needed by teachers to create and manage their own courses within the platform, build learning content using the provided tools and communicate with the students.

PROGRAMME ( by topics and days)

DAY 1
What is Moodle - will teach you about Moodle and its potential as a web based learning management system. You will learn how it was developed and what its advantages are as an open-source software product. You will understand how it is organized, how users can identify themselves and what user roles are. You will become acquainted with basic tools used for content creation, evaluation and communication.

DAY 2
How to log in and navigate (course layout) - will teach you how to sign in to the platform with your username and password via the Log in link and Login block on the main page. You will also become familiar with the Moodle main page layout, courses and all important menus - how to access your courses, how to send messages, how to change the interface language, how to expand the desktop, etc. In addition you will learn how to navigate the platform using the Navigation bar. In the end you will get familiar with Moodle's main and most important blocks - the Navigation block and the Administration block.

How to edit your Moodle profile - will teach you how to edit your User profile. You will become familiar with different ways to create user profiles in Moodle. You will learn how to change your password and where you can enter additional information about yourself (your photo, the town you live, your workplace, contacts, website or Skype contact).

Creating a course in Moodle - available formats and useful settings - will teach you how to create your own Moodle course. You will become familiar with the rights you possess in the Course creator role. You will receive information about the main setting groups and their purpose, as well as different Course formats (Topics format, Weekly format, Social format and etc.), and you will learn where to find help information for each setting.

DAY 3
Adding course participants with different roles - will teach you about Moodle roles. You will become familiar with the rights you possess in the Teacher and Student role role. You will learn how to add participants with different roles to your course.

Changing course layout, managing Sections and Blocks - will teach you how to modify your course. You will become familiar with two main work modes - Editing mode and View mode. You will also learn where to add Resources and Activities and how to edit, hide, delete or dublicate them. You will learn how to organize the Course main page using Sections and Blocks.

How to create course structure using Section Summary (Topic Summary) and Label - will teach you how to create the course structure by organizing the learning content/topics in different sections and adding a title and summary to each section. In addition to that, you will learn about Resources and Activities in the platform, and you will be able to see the difference between them.

DAY 4
Using HTML-editor in your course - will teach you how to format learning content with the HTML text editor, which is easily accessible everywhere in the course. You will become familiar with its main functions and their purpose.

Adding video content from Youtube to your course - will teach you how to embed video materials into your course. You will become familiar with the advantages of embedded resources, as well as some of the functions of YouTube and how to use video materials from this site.

How to provide learning content with Webpage and Book - will teach you how to add learning materials to your course using the Page resource. Your students will see those learning materials as a webpage. You will also learn how to create a Book resource, which is suitable for publication of large learning content. Furthermore, you will become familiar with the main settings for those resources, their purpose and recommendations for their use.

DAY 5
How to create and organise learning content using File and Folder - will teach you how to create and organize learning content using the File and Folder resources. You will become familiar with different methods for adding files to the course and with visualization possibilities, depending on the file format (e.g. Word, PowerPoint, Excel, PDF). Furthermore, you will see how to create a folder in order to collect a number of subject related files.

How to provide additional online course materials using URL - will teach you how to enrich the learning content using the URL resource. You will learn how to provide your students with various internet resources (e.g. documents, images, assignments, games and demos) by adding them to the course as hyperlinks.

DAY 6
Using course Calendar to provide important information to your students - will teach you how to use the Calendar block to provide important information, connected to the learning process. You will learn how to add events for all users in the platform, only for students in your course, for a selected group or single users. You will also see the automatic deadline display for certain educational activities. In addition to that, you will become familiar with the potentialities of the Upcoming event block and its connection to the Calendar block.

How to communicate with your students via Messages - will teach you how to communicate with students using the Moodle Messages service. You will understand the difference between communication through Messages and a Forum. You will see how to send a message to a group of students, chosen from the list of participants in the Navigation block, or how to message a single student from their profile page. You will also learn how to organize your contact list.

DAY 7
How to communicate with your students via Forum - will teach you how to create a Forum in order to communicate with the students in your course. You will become familiar with the advantages of asynchronous communication. In addition to that, you will understand the difference between the automatically added News forum and other forum types. You will also learn how to use different settings when adding a forum.

Course organiser
Center for Educational Initiatives Association
Location
Velingrad, Bulgaria

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