Using Moodle to facilitate learning activities
Last updated: July 27, 2020, 11:53 p.m.
This page has been updated to reflect the Moodle 3.9 upgrade
***The content on this page will be continually updated.
Moodle offers a variety of functionality for instructors to display content such as documents and media. However, it has much more to offer than being a repository for content. Instructors can also use the space to facilitate a number of course activities including, assignment submission and grading, discussion forums, peer editing, and collaborative spaces, such as wikis. However, the most popular uses of Moodle are:
- sharing content
- collecting and grading assignments
- administering and grading quizzes
- using discussion forums
Moodle can enhance any course whether it's online, blended or face-to-face by offering:
- Anytime, anywhere access to course content and activities
- More accessible format for those with learning disabilities and language barriers
- Facilitation on course communications
- Facilitation of group activities
- Facilitation and management of assessment activities (including assignments and quizzes)
- Effective means of getting feedback on student learning
Regardless of how little or much you use an LMS, it is clear that it can be a very powerful tool to help students achieve learning objectives, facilitate course work and communications, and improve accessibility. Refer to this complete list of Moodle activities to get an overview of what Moodle can do for you.
This video is a recording of a webinar that does a detailed run through of many of the features in Moodle including: basic set up, adding Blocks, sending announcements, using discussion forums, using and grading assignments, embedding content from external sources, chat and interactive features.
The purpose of the video is show instructors what is possible in Moodle. Though the purpose is not to provide technical step-by-step instructions, some technical information is included.
***Please note that this video is based on Moodle 3.5 though much of the explanations relate to the updated 3.9 version. Updated video coming soon.
Getting started: Steps for setting up your course
The following series of steps is a rough workflow for starting to use an LMS for the first time.
Find your course
Moodle course sites are automatically created for every course and course section each semester. Instructors and students are added to the sites by an automatic process.
Get training and consult resources
IITS offers training for Concordia faculty and staff on Moodle. For a complete list of scheduled training sessions and to register go to the Availability and Registration page of the IITS Web site.
IITS also provides documentation for using Moodle. Consult the Moodle LMS page for links to more resources. Another excellent resource is Moodle Docs, where you can find descriptions and step-by-step instructions.
Configure course settings
There are a number of settings that should be configured so that your course looks the way you want and does what you want it to do. You can access these from the Edit settings link in the Actions menu (designated with a gear icon) in the top right-hand corner of your course homepage.
Set up weekly or topic sections
Once you have configured the format of your course, you can customize each of the weekly or topic sections. You can optionally change the title to add the theme for the week, add or remove sections and add descriptions for each section.
Add course activities and resources
For each weekly or topic section, add your activities: quizzes, assignments, branched lessons, wikis, discussion forums, etc. and any electronic resources (i.e. lecture slides & notes, readings, links to videos and other resources, etc.). It's best to organize them with clear labels so that all activities are easy to find.
It is possible to customize which blocks appear and the order in which they appear on your course homepage. The HTML block allows the most flexibility in that you can add any content you want (text, images, links, etc.) and embed widgets from other sites (i.e. Twitter, news sites, etc.). Other blocks include: Activities, Calendar, Comments, and more.
- Moodle @ York University Training & Documentation Page - ***Excellent step-by-step instructions for many Moodle features.
- Concordia Moodle Help for Instructors (Moodle login required)
- Using Moodle to facilitate learning
- Setting up your Moodle Course
- Using Assignments in Moodle
- Using Discussion Forums
- Using Moodle Quizzes
- Managing communications
- Moodle Activities and Resources
- Administering online open-book exams in Moodle: Quiz or Assignment?
- Using Moodle to collect feedback
- What's new in Moodle 3.9?