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Best practices in Moodle course design

Michelle Moore, Remote Learner @ Moodlemoot 2011

Michelle provided some invaluable tips on setting up your Moodle module.
Strongly agree with points 3 and 10!

 Top 10 tips!

  1. Don’t use more than 3 font styles. It increases cognitive load for your learners. Students spend to much time processing info.
  2. Maintain consistency.
  3. Don’t use course page for your content, use it as a launchpad..
  4. Make sure you can see one complete topic on the screen and no more.
  5. Don’t be the one doing all the work, create a question creator role, let students create the quiz questions. Let the students collaborate and participate.
  6. Remember the value of logs, a link from a label cannot be shown in reports. Use labels to guide students!
  7. Don’t force constant scrolling
  8. You can wrap resources around images in sections, they don’t have to be huge and take over the page. Consider the different screen sizes students will be looking at.
  9. Build content in books and lessons.
  10. Try out new tools, vary it.

Moodle Training for 500 Academics

Janina Dewitz, Barking and Dagenham College @Moodlemoot 2011

by ULCC Events @ Moodlemoot 2011

by ULCC Events @ Moodlemoot 2011

Initially providing;

  • 1 size fits all training
  • Demand driven group training
  • Ad hoc 121
Negative impact;
  • constant cycle of retraining.
  • doing work for the lecturer

So…they redesigned their training scheme

Basics

  • Screencasts, help sheets, FAQs
  • Sent staff video tutorials instead of showing them

Essentials for teachers and admin – BADC Module Essentials Lite

  • Moodle based course short course, 3 x 90mins of independent study
  • Suitable as distance course
  • Support forum, chat room – building up the staff to mentor others (Moodle champions)
  • Layouts, themes, navigation
  • Creative commons, copyright
  • Play area for practice
  • Posted links, videos in forums to get people in discussions.
  • Demoed the value of the tools.
  • Insisted on no questions outside of session. Put them in the forum, those who have already access given 24 hrs to answer question before they answer.

Intensives

  • Attendees pick one aspect they have enjoyed and book on 1hr, 1 task, high impact training session to build confidence

At BADC every course must contain these some means of communication, variety of module materials, means of assessment.

Southampton have created a medal block with means staff can earn medals depending on how they have executed the criteria. This created competition and motivated and engaged staff and led to more interaction with students.

Suggestions from the audience;

For creating guidance notes;

Screensteps –  Screen capture software – Can export to PDF and blog and can get people to comment costs £20

OR

Problem steps –  its free and you can put in diff formats for reporting problems to techies but also does screen casts.

Contact Janina Dewitz – @elearningtechie

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