Using Moodle: Teaching with the Popular Open Source Course Management System

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", Nov 15, 2007 - Computers - 284 pages
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Using Moodle is a complete, hands-on guide for instructors learning how to use Moodle, the popular course management system (CMS) that enables remote web-based learning and supplements traditional classroom learning. Updated for the latest version, this new edition explains exactly how Moodle works by offering plenty of examples, screenshots and best practices for its many features and plug-in modules.

Moodle gives teachers and trainers a powerful set of web-based tools for a flexible array of activities, including assignments, forums, journals, quizzes, surveys, chat rooms, and workshops. This book is not just a how-to manual. Every chapter includes suggestions and case studies for using Moodle effectively. By itself, Moodle won't make your course better. Only by applying effective educational practices can you truly leverage its power. With this book, you will:

  • Get a complete overview CMS in general and Moodle in particular. Review Moodle's basic interface and learn to start a course.


  • Learn to add Moodle tools to your course, and how different tools allow you to give quizzes and assignments, write journals, create pathed lessons, collaboratively develop documents, and record student grades.


  • Discover some of the creative ways teachers have used Moodle. There are plenty of ideas for effectively using each tool.


  • Effectively manage your Moodle course, such as adding and removing users, and creating user groups. Learn to use Moodle's built-in survey functions for assessing your class.


  • Find out how to administer an entire Moodle site. A system administrator usually handles these functions, but if you're on your own, there's a lot of power behind the curtain.
Using Moodle is both a guide and a reference manual for this incredibly powerful and flexible CMS. Authored by the Moodle community, this authoritative book also exposes little known but powerful hacks for more technically savvy users, and includes coverage of blogs, RSS, databases, and more. For anyone who is using, or thinking of using, this CMS, Using Moodle is required reading.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
1
Chapter 2 Moodle Basics
7
Chapter 3 Creating and Managing Content
29
Chapter 4 Managing Your Class
49
Chapter 5 Forums Chats and Messaging
69
Chapter 6 Quizzes
95
Chapter 7 Assignments
123
Chapter 8 Glossaries
131
Chapter 10 Wikis
157
Chapter 11 Blogs
167
Chapter 12 Databases
175
Chapter 13 Grades and Scales
193
Chapter 14 Surveys and Choices
203
Chapter 15 Putting It All Together
211
Chapter 16 Moodle Administration
221
Index
255

Chapter 9 Lessons
143

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