Moodle 3.x Teaching Techniques - Third Edition
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Moodle, the world's most popular, free open-source Learning Management System (LMS) has released several new features and enhancements in its latest 3.0 release. More and more colleges, universities, and training providers are using Moodle, which has helped revolutionize e-learning with its flexible, reusable platform and components.
This book brings together step-by-step, easy-to-follow instructions to leverage the full power of Moodle 3 to build highly interactive and engaging courses that run on a wide range of platforms including mobile and cloud.
Beginning with developing an effective online course, you will write learning outcomes that align with Bloom's taxonomy and list the kinds of instructional materials that will work given one's goal. You will gradually move on to setting up different types of forums for discussions and incorporating multi-media from cloud-base sources. You will then focus on developing effective timed tests, self-scoring quizzes while organizing the content, building different lessons, and incorporating assessments. Lastly, you will dive into more advanced topics such as creating interactive templates for a full course by focussing on creating each element and create workshops and portfolios which encourage engagement and collaboration
Susan Smith Nash has been designing and developing online courses and programs for more than 15 years for education, training, and personal development.
In addition to Moodle 3.x Teaching Techniques, she is the author of a number of Moodle books and training videos, including Moodle Course Design Best Practices and Moodle for Training and Professional Development. She has also authored Video-Assisted Mobile Learning for Writing Courses.
About the Author
Susan Smith Nash Susan Smith Nash has been designing and developing online courses and programs for more than 15 years for education, training, and personal development. In addition to Moodle 3.x Teaching Techniques, she is the author of a number of Moodle books and training videos, including Moodle Course Design Best Practices and Moodle for Training and Professional Development. She has also authored Video-Assisted Mobile Learning for Writing Courses.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
Beginner to Mid-level Moodle User - Worth its value.
By D. D. Tharp
Overall a good book to help Instructors, Faculty and new Instructional Technologist with limited to mid-level Moodle Knowledge.
Pictures are represent what you expect to see in Moodle from a faculty member's perspective to allow you to build your course and get it up online ready to go.
Chapter 1 - Developing an effective Online Course
-- Provides some reasoning on why and how regarding Moodle and teaching. It could provide Instructional Designers a reference to provide faculty who are questioning the process and over all course design.
The book covers a wide variety of areas to assist the course development process and more importantly how you will then use the course to teach effectively to students. It doesn't get to far into the weeds so if you need that level of fidelity then this isn't the best book for you (Experienced Moodle users moving from 2.x to 3.x version). Additionally, if you're experienced the beginning of each chapter on a bit of instructional design/pedagogy might put you off. I personally like the reminders as an Faculty Developer and Educational Technologist. Sometimes you just need to review the how and why to get better.
I like how the author has gotten into Workshops and Portfolios, two the least used modules I've seen implemented by faculty at 3 decent sized institutions. She provides explanations on why and how to use these sections to get most every one started and follow ups with examples on how to use them to further the learner's engagement
It's a good starter book for Moodle course design and implementation. Don't count on reading cover to cover in a day or so. But each chapter allows the reader the ability to jump to an area you need assistance with.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
This is an excellent resource for anyone in k12
By Jeff Kissinger
Susan does a superb job at kickstarting anyone into using Moodle effectively for teaching an learning. Rather than presenting inert, abstract information, Susan situates all Moodle functionality into a teaching/learning framework. Her writing is exceptional and goes into enough depth to fully grasp key concepts and to apply into your own student population and practice. This is an excellent resource for anyone in k12, higher ed, workplace training, and non-profits to begin using Moodle for teaching and learning fairly quickly. There are a lot of videos and resources available for free online, however the way she contextualizes Moodle tools and functionality within specific teaching examples is incredibly helpful. I have been using Moodle since version 1.2, and I have found this book to be a great resource. Great work Susan!
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