I have been asked to develop a lesson planning tool for Moodle. It would be used my teaching staff to create their lessons and schemes of work on the tool.
I was wondering if anything similar as been created before?
Can anyone help?
Unless there is an existing regime of use most schools are relatively newcomers to Moodle and still working out the best ways in which to use it. So far, to my knowledge, it has been largely the efforts of individuals who have found Moodle, liked it and has used it, and waited until the rest of their colleagues have caught up.
Most advanced users have learned by doing and redoing many times, and have been so busy thinking about how they could do it, that they have not had the chance to even consider what you are asking.
What I am eventually getting to is that I understand this is wide open territory, and it may be you that will stake out a huge part of it. Although, this is a good place to put ideas and forms and such up for others to look at and consider. Sorry I cannot be more positive than that, but I too have never thought about this kind of application in Moodle.
Not quite sure what you are thinking of as a lesson plan. We just have a document that teachers post on their classes that is the plan of what they are going to do, materials they need, objectives, etc. This is the teachers plan. Some of the elements may be moved into other aspects of the course for students...such as a list of objectives, but the plan itself is for the teachers to lay out their thinking.
With more info, I may be able to help more.
I agree with Colin's points although I think this might well be changing. Moodle is so new that there's not really a body of material to cover every case. What we do, as you have done, is to post to the forum and let the collective wisdom take over.
Can you please tell me more about what you are trying to achieve? If you want a template for courses then build a dummy course and have others copy and rename/populate it although I sense you might be after more than this simple method.
At the moment i have created an electronic lesson planner software where by teachers can access their lessons online. The lessons will include their aims, objectives, activities, schemes of work, weather they need to have special facilities of disables students, etc. Its a bespoke system that i have created for the college that i work for. The original idea was to ebolish paper material also word documents and to have it all in one centeralised area on a back end database and a web front end.
Now, we use moodle as a "second point of call" between students and teachers. The teachers can upload their course material (lecture notes, assignments, etc) on to moodle and students can then download the course material.
What i am wondering is if i can take my lesson planning web application and create something into moodle, or if anything similar has been created.
You may want to think about it as a block in which case you will have to follow some guidelines about integration.
What you have suggested is an excellent idea, it really would help teachers to focus their thinking and develop their professionalism by formalizing learning outcomes and goals and without restricting them. I would certainly like to see it working.
the guys from LAMS (Learning activity management system) are just finoishing thefirsrt stable versiuon of LAMS Activity Planner. The idea based on lots of UK work about teacher support to create good concepts.
The activity planner is based on a path where a teacher decides about his concept for a course and goes from step to step to a basic course concept for her/his needs. In the final step the teacher has a grid with all the elements, can edit them and create the course.
LAMS is very much based on the ideas of Learning Design working with course patterns that are abstracted from real courses.
It would be fine to create a similar modell for Moodle.