The official Moodle blog has joined the ranks of reviewers of plugins, activities, and Moodle-centered technologies with a series of overviews.
Check out the following advice, as it might make your Moodle life simpler.
The standard for decision-making in Moodle, a Choice can be set up for a more democratic decision-making process. Use it to let students decide on specific issues or to more systematically involve them in the direction your course takes. Popular uses include group creation, team matching, or opinion polling. Time limits and responses on behalf of students (if they do not answer) by teachers are some of its options.
The amount of data that Moodle logs about students is as surprising as the fact that there are several available reports hidden underneath the menu options. The Logs are the most exhaustive sets of reports, which can be overwhelming. “Course activity” and “Participation” are reports strongly worth considering. Some reports, such as visual statistics, must be enabled by admins. Others, like completion tracking or competency-based education, require a specific course design.
Course Layout (Course Format)
Moodle offers plenty of flexibility when it comes to the shape and structure of a course. While Topics are the default layout, it is worth giving it a little thought before creating a new course.
- Weekly format: Perfect for subsequent topics requiring mastery of one before moving on to the next, as well as making sure the whole class moves forward together.
- Topic format: Better suited for a buffet-type of learning intervention where students can choose the order of sections and even the number they complete. Restrictions can still be added for sections and activities. A large number of sections all at once can be disorienting and risk students experiencing “death by scrolling.”
- Single activity: Use this layout to demo an activity, teach one self-contained lesson, or collect data from interactive activity using Moodle’s broad integration capabilities and the aforementioned rich data collection mechanisms.
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