With the continuous launch of OER platforms and partnerships we’ve witnessed recently, the fact that Moodle’s own repository for Open Educational Resources has been around for years can go unnoticed by many instructors looking to enhance their classes. The Moodle Hub, available at moodle.net, offers educational and instructional content created by Moodlers, from standard courses to interactive tools and games.
The several categories available give us many opportunities to help. If Courses are the basic structure of instructional content, Activities are the atoms. In the Moodle Hub, there are special sections for some of the most iconic items, such as Glossaries, Databases, Books, and Quizzes. A recent post at the moodle.com blog makes a plea for helping increase the number of high-quality open resources.
Content types available in the Moodle Hub
There are seven types of content you can bring to the Moodle Hub, some of which can be activated by teachers, but others require an admin role. Think of them as ways to compare notes with what other educators are doing in Moodle. If you make any enhancements to the materials, upload them and share them on the Moodle Hub forums.
The Moodle Database is a powerful activity that can serve as a record of events of observations and can even turn into the basis for citizen science projects in your classroom.
This flexible tool can add a lot of support to a Moodle section. Make the most of it by enabling the “auto-linking” filter. This way, definitions will pop-up when a user clicks on a term wherever it appears in the Moodle course.
Developing standardized questions that promote analysis and critical thinking, but that also have unequivocal and self-sufficient answers, is an inherently difficult task that is prone to biases. As a result, standardized quizzes are a controversial practice that would benefit from more collaboration and feedback.
You can show the general parts of a Moodle Site, but also specific sections and activities. If you are a plugin developer, consider adding a user tour for it to showcase its functions and features.
The ability to put into practice general frameworks from other organizations is one of the most promising features Moodle currently offers to bring transparency into the discussions of quality in education offering. Providing comparable Competency-Based Education (CBE) is an attribute we wish was available in more LMS.
The “Boost” theme made it easy to quickly customize Moodle’s default layout without the need to install new themes. You can add and change the layout as often as you want without the fear of slowing the site down, as is bound to happen when installing many themes.
This is definitely the section of the Moodle Hub needing the most extra love from the community. At the time of writing, only two items were available: “Formatting Tables in Tiny MCE Edit Window” and “Video Primers in an Online Repository for e-Teaching & Learning.”
Other content available includes SCORM packages and LTI Sites.
Tips and tricks
Allowing users to download your courses means they will be free to add your content into their own Moodle sites (including MoodleCloud). And if you use content from the Moodle Hub, be kind and appropriately credit the authors.
But you don’t have to upload your content. Many resources consist of links to the educational provider’s website, which could be a way to promote their portfolio. Be aware, however, that by submitting it to the Moodle Hub your content is assumed to be open-licensed under the Creative Commons guidelines.
Don’t mistake free for low-quality. Follow Moodle Hub’s guidelines for content to be accepted. In short, you must provide a cohesive experience that is useful and, of course, your original and legal property.
If you run a MoodleCloud course, publishing a course is dead easy. Read how at moodle.com. Of course, being able to directly publish to the Hub from MoodleCloud should be a no-brainer.
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