A Learning Management System (LMS) is a secure and private online space to post content and to facilitate online learning activities and communications for a course. Concordia currently supports Moodle as its LMS a to enhance a face-to-face class or as an integral part of blended or online classes.
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 of 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 Moodle , 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.
What can Moodle do? Part 1
This video provides a detailed run through of the many 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.
What more can Moodle do? Part 2
This video is a follow up to “What can Moodle do?” Discussed here is the H5P Moodle plug-in that will help you create interactive content. It also looks at Glossary, Database, Feedback, Scheduler and Activity Completion.
Moodle courses are automatically created several weeks before the beginning of a semester. Instructors and students are added to the sites by an automatic process. There are two ways to access Moodle: 1) MyConcordia portal or 2) moodle.concordia.ca
This series of steps is a rough workflow for starting to use Moodle for the first time.
Getting started with Moodle step by step
This video covers how to: Access your Moodle course; add files and links to web sites and videos; send announcements to students; show and hide elements of your course; switch to a student view to see what they see; "activate" your course so students have access.
Promoting student engagement in Moodle
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:
Online discussion forums, also known as discussion boards, are an environment in Moodle where students have the opportunity to engage with their classmates on course content in a series of messages that are visible to everyone in their class or group.
You can use the Moodle Feedback activity to conduct surveys for the purpose of collecting feedback and information from students. These surveys can be done anonymously or can be attributed depending on the purpose.
Assessments: Assignments & Quizzes
How to use & set up Assignments in Moodle
This video demonstrates and provides technical information on how to set up and grade assignments in Moodle.
***Please note that this video is based on Moodle 3.5 though nearly all of the instructions relate to the updated 3.9 version.
Online quizzes are an efficient way of testing student knowledge and understanding. Quizzes can include various types of questions including: multiple choice, true/false, short answer, essay, cloze (fill in the blanks), and more.
The choice depends on the type of assessment. Assignment is appropriate for written assessment such as essays, learning journals and final papers, while Quiz is better suited for closed-book tests, supports a variety of question types, and grades automatically.
Within Moodle there are three methods of communication:
1) Announcement Forum, which is an easy way for instructors to send a message to all students in a course
2) Private messaging system that allows direct communication with individual or groups of students without needing their email address.
3) Chat is a very basic text-based communication tool that can be used to hold office hours, Q & A Sessions or impromptu discussions with a student or group of students via Moodle. Note that once a chat is added to the course, it can be accessed by anyone in the class. It is not recommended for private conversations.
You may provide the following information to students in your courses as required.