Tuesday, January 22, 2013

What is Moodle?

Moodle is a Virtual Learning Environment (Online Software), which makes it easy for teachers to provide online support for students.  Moodle provides a central space on the web where students and staff can access a set of tools and resources anytime anywhere.  Moodle is:

An easy way to communicate with students and staff wherever they are:

The news form automatically emails messages to all students and staff on the course.  Forums can also be used to answer commonly asked questions – and prevent repeats, to provide a space for informal peer-to-peer student discussion or even online tutorials.  Moodle also allows teachers a design to utilize the “flipped classroom” model.

A quick way to share documents:

Moodle provides a place where teachers can easily create web pages with information about their curriculum and provide links to word documents, slides, and other resources that your students will need to access.

Easy access to relevant and useful online resources:

Teachers can use your Moodle to provide links directly to the resources that will be most useful for their students whether they are using e-library resources, skills courses, articles, journals, websites or blogs.

Online assignment handling:

Moodle can be used for student submission of assignments and projects saving time and paper.

Other advantages –

Save time and money – making resources available online can save time and money as it eliminates photocopying costs.

Control access to different areas – can make a links available so students spend less time searching and more time learning.

Use less paper – keep a central copy online so everyone can find the latest version of a course handbook, etc.

Designed to encourage collaborative learning – there are many tools that students can use for collaboration with each other e.g. forums, wiki and chat.

Other features and tools:

Course calendar – teachers use this to show important events/dates

Video and audio – many teachers find it easy to record lectures as podcasts or even arrange for videos of lectures or special events– posting these online and making it available to student’s anytime/anywhere.

 Some information obtained from: http://goo.gl/mWAiZ

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