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Welcome to the Moodle Revolution!
Using Moodle in a language course can have a dramatic impact on the experience of both the students and the teacher. It can improve the level of instruction the students receive and free the teacher for more connected and learning centered activities involving contact with the students. However, as easy as it is for the students to use the learning platform, Moodle can often seem difficult from the teachers perspective, especially upon first glance. Nevertheless, this should not prevent anyone from trying to use Moodle in their classes. For this purpose, the FSZ offers two types of trainings to help teachers get started and have the best Moodle experience possible. We have both a general introduction for beginners and a series of short topical trainings called Moodle Skills Workshops.
- General Moodle Introduction and Training anzeigen
- User and Profile Settings
- Controlling the User Interface
- Adding Files and Links
- Adding Pictures and Video
- Basic Course Management and Organization
- Forums Basics
- Completion Tracking Basics
- Assignments - Submissions and Feedback
- General Moodle Introduction and Training Schedule anzeigen
- Moodle Skills Workshops anzeigen
- Overview of Moodle Skills Workshop Topics anzeigen
- Student Projects: Wikis and Workshops
- Guided Lessons: Lessons and Taskchains
- Using Social Media: Podcasts and Blogs
- Advanced Pimping: Embedding and Using Outside Resources, Widgets
- Update on Updates: Covers any Updates to Moodle (i.e 2.3 --> 2.4 or 2.5, etc..)
- Moodle Skills Workshop Schedule anzeigen
- Moodle Bar - The Idea anzeigen
- Moodle Bar - The Schedule anzeigen
The good news is that once you have made the decision to check out Moodle, you are already well on your way to becoming an expert. To help you a little more, the FSZ offers a Moodle workshop each semester for beginners or less experienced Moodle users. This training aims to both demo and provide teachers with the tools one needs to start, expand or master his/her Moodle experience along with that of the students. Fortunately, in addition to its complexity, Moodle is also known for its ease of use, which means most of the time all you have to do is try and the path or answer will reveal itself. With a hands on approach, this training aims to remove the fear and hopes to provide its participants with a foundation for feeling comfortable using Moodle. It hopes to lessen the feeing of being overwhelmed and not only provide you with the tools you need but the confidence you need to use them. No matter your level, if you are not 100% familiar with all the basics, this introductory workshop will be of value to you.
The following general training workshops have been scheduled for this semester. Although the trainings are aimed at particular groups (e.g. Englsih or Punktum), anyone can attend any of the trainings as long as there is room. If you are curious or would like to attend a training with a different group, please feel free to just come or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with an questions.
Wednesday, October 2; 14:00 - 17:00
Tuesday, October 8; 14:00 - 17:00
Introducing Moodle Skills Workshops! For FSZ and Punktum teachers who have attended a general training or already have some experience with Moodle, the FSZ offers continued training to help you improve using the platform. During the semester we will hold a series of new trainings for Moodle called Moode Skills. The trainings consist of a series of five short 1 ½ - 2 hour topical trainings on selected Friday afternoons (14:30 - 16:30) on various elements of Moodle. We have found that one of the greatest challenges to providing good Moodle trainings is the fact that everyone is at different levels and/or familiar with different aspects of Moodle. We have designed the trainings in an attempt to address this unavoidable heterogeneity.
Structure: Each training is topical and focuses on one particular aspect of Moodle, which allows participants to choose which trainings suit there needs best. Furthermore, instead of overwhelming learners with an all at once approach, this provides participants with time to focus on a more concentrated view into Moodle's valuable complexity. The time between trainings provides room for the newly learned skills to settle in and be experimented with both alone and in the classroom. There will be 5 trainings per semester on various themes and skills. The same workshops will not necessarily be given every semester, however, a number will be repeated based on need and popularity. Over the next semesters, 8 - 10 different themes and topics will be covered.
Trainings: During the trainings, we use Moodle to provide a guided approach from both the students' and teachers' perspective, which is followed by facilitated and supported practice and exploration. Tutors and trainers are present to provide 1-on-1 assistance and attention when needed. Participants can bring their own laptops, but are encouraged to use a computer in the lab.
Certification: Certificates are issued upon completion of each individual training. Moreover, those individuals who complete one general Moodle training (exemption for prior experience can be made) plus five Moodle Skills trainings within three semesters, will be awarded a Moodle Training Certification with a listing of all the skills and topics that were covered, and this will be issued in accordance with the University Cooperative Training Program.
The following is a list of Moodle Skills workshops that have been planned. There will be 5 trainings per semester on various themes and skills. The same workshops will not necessarily be given every semester, however, a number will be repeated based on need and popularity. Over the next semesters 8 - 10 different themes and topics will be covered. Additionally, you can find a second list of topics below that have been proposed and could potentially be offered in future semesters. If you have any questions about themes or have any suggestions, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
I. Social and Sharing: Forum, Choices and Database
Getting students to communicate with each other is one of the main goals in many language classrooms. Having the opportunity to use language in social and communicative activities is highly valuable to the learning process and adds a certain realistic quality to lessons. Forums, choices and databases provide teachers with the ability to allow students to exchange data, files, pictures, ideas and opinions. These activities can be a catalyst for conversation or potentially become the conversation itself. Forums even provide an added benefit of being written, which often becomes a way to encourage students to practice writing and offer them helpful feedback.
II. Submissions and Feedback: Assignments, Surveys, Submissions, Teacher and Student Feedback
Most classes have assignments. All classes need feedback. Moodle is equipped with a powerful assignment submission and feedback engine. Teachers can receive and collect any type of document or file from their students, mark papers and offer feedback all directly within Moodle. With PDFs the teacher can even give direct commentary without ever downloading anything - all within the LMS. Moodle keeps the files, grades and commentary all organized in one place, which aids both teachers and students. Moreover, teachers can also set up surveys to get more detailed feedback from their students (e.g. course evaluations)
III. Assessment and Exercises: Quizzes and Hot Potatoes
Assessing students in a language class is essential to monitoring students' levels, progress and overall achievement. It also effects many other factors in the class like self-satisfaction, motivation and confidence. For this purpose, Moodle has flexible and customizable quiz and exercise producing capabilities. With very little effort (except for time) a teacher can setup an automatically graded test, which will help students learn and give the teacher more time. With options for multiple choice, gap fills and a plethora of other question types, Moodle quizzes are a powerful tool with a number of different applications. The activities can be used for a multitude of purposes: testing, monitoring, exercises, etc.. The imagination of the teacher is the only limitation.
IV. Vocabulary Training: Books, Glossaries, Games, Linked Content and Flashcards
Words, Words Words! They are the backbone of language and often one of the hardest things to teach or learn. Learning new words takes a lot of effort, and Moodle can help make this easier for both the student and the teacher. With tools like the glossary, flashcards and games a teacher can build a valuable vocabulary training environment whether integrated into the class or as a separate element. Additionally, there are tools to make the process of creating material much easier and faster for the teacher. For such a task like creating vocabulary exercises, knowing about the options available in Moodle can make a great difference.
V. Pimp My Moodle: Advanced Labels, Adding and Using A/V Content, Course Formats/Layout, Blocks, Settings and Activity Completion/Checklists
Bring out the best in your course. How something looks, feels and is organized are three of the most important qualities of a good user experience in an online course or course component. However, these things are often the elements of course creation that teachers feel helpless to change in their courses. Learning a few good tips can help a teacher create better materials and give students a more meaningful course experience all with the same effort. It is usually the little things that make something go from appearing amateur to looking more professional.
VI. Receptive Skills - Reading and Listening Practice
Even though most of the focus in language learning today is about speaking and communicating, the art of understanding should not be forgotten. With Moodle the world of practicing receptive skills is enormous. The platform is multimedia ready, and there are countless ways to organize, structure and distribute data, texts, videos and audio. In this workshop we will discuss how to approach using Moodle and the tools provided for practicing and assessing receptive skills and discuss best practices for using them.VII. Productive Skills - Writing and Speaking Practice
In an ever growing globally connected world for students in need of multi-lingual communicate, studying grammar and vocabulary can only go so far. What our students say and what they write is how others will perceive them. With a variety of tools for recording and organizing student writing and some speaking, Moodle gives teachers many options for helping students improve their writing and speaking skills. With a focus mainly on writing activities and some speaking activities, we will explore how to best use Moodle for practicing and assessing students productive skills.
VIII. Sharing / Case Studies - "Crowd Sourced" Wisdom
It is safe to say that there is frequently more than one way to do something, and sometimes there is even more than one GOOD or GREAT way of doing something. In this workshop we want to hear as many good ideas as possible from our language teachers. For this workshop, we will select a few teachers who have been doing exceptional and interesting work using Moodle and have them present what they have been doing. There will be plenty time for questions and for everyone to share some of the things they are doing with Moodle.
Other Possible Topics for Future Workshops
These are a few proposed workshops, but we are open to suggestions from participants. If you have any ideas please write us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following Moodle Skills workshops have been scheduled for this semester. There will be 5 trainings per semester on various themes and skills. The same workshops will not necessarily be given every semester, however, a number will be repeated based on need and popularity. Over the next semesters 8 - 10 different themes and topics will be covered. If you have any questions about the schedule, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
Thursday, 24 October 2013; 16:00 - 18:00
Friday, 8 November 2013; 15:00 - 17:00
Friday, 29 November 2013; 15:00 - 17:00
Thursday, 12 December 2013; 16:00 - 18:00
Friday, 17 January 2014; 15:00 - 17:00
Moodle Bar is an attempt to give our teachers an even greater chance to better their Moodle knowledge and skills in an even more flexible and helpful manner. It was inspired from the suggestions of our teachers and was designed to meet their needs. Basically, during the semester, we are offering open office hours in the weeks following a training just for help with Moodle. These office hours are offered once a week in the two weeks following each training. Please consult the Moodle Bar Schedule below for exact times and dates.
The Moodle Bar is staffed with E-Learning team members and is the perfect place to get a little one-on-one help with information you've learned in the trainings, questions you have about Moodle and general advice. It is not however a replacement for the trainings and does not offer any type of certification. It is offered as a supplement to the trainings and workshops we have now.
We invite you to come by and visit with your questions or issues. If you don't have a problem, feel free to swing by and simply tell us how much you like Moodle and share some of the creative ways you have been using it.
Teachers can still make requests for appointments with the E-Learning team, but we encourage everyone to utilize this new resource.
Pre-Semester Moodle Open Bar Days
Wednesday 25.09.13, 13:00-17:00
Moodle Skills Workshop 1: 24.10.2013, 16:00-18:00
Bar 1st week: Monday 28.10.13, any time between 12:00-16:00
Moodle Sklills Workshop 2: 8.11.2013, 15:00-17:00
Bar 1st week: Monday 11.11.13, any time between 12:00-16:00
Moodle Skills Workshop 3: 29.11.2013, 15:00-17:00
Bar 1st week: Wednesday 4.12.13, 10:00-12:00
Moodle Skills Workshop 4: 12.12.2013, 16:00-18:00
Bar 1st week: Monday 16.12.13, any time between 12:00-16:00
Moodle Sklills Workshop 5: 17.01.2014, 15:00-17:00
Bar 1st week: Monday 20.01.14 any time between 12:00-16:00
To register for the training, please fill out the following registration form located: