Here’s an easy to digest list of good tools for Moodle that you might consider using. Many are not standard activities/modules but each is available below as a list from the Moodle.org/plugins repository. The whitepaper, “12 Moodle Tools to Interact with your Students Online” is published and available from WizIQ. From the whitepaper,
Learning requires collaboration, and in the dispersed environments in which we operate, both online learning and classroom interaction are critical. In this paper, we will discuss how teachers can interact with students online using the Moodle course management system. The various Moodle tools are discussed, informing teachers of how to facilitate effective interaction inside Moodle.
This is their list of activities (with links to the docs or to download if applicable):
- Chats and Forums
- Graded Quizzes
- Lightbox galleries (for Storyboarding)
- Add Gadgets and RSS feeds using HTML
- Use the Project Format
- Collaborate in Realtime
- Go virtual (but not just with WizIQ, there are also plugins for BigBlueButton, Amvonet, Adobe Connect, and more)
If you’re looking for ways to engage students online and interested in some plugins and modules you haven’t heard of, the short WizIQ white paper is an easy (and interesting) read. For what it’s worth I didn’t even know the Journal Activity existed for Moodle 2.x!
Grab the free white paper here: http://www.wiziq.com/whitepaper/6-moodle-tool-guide-for-teachers-how-to-interact-with-students-online