Apologies if this is ‘off topic’ for the lounge, but I haven’t found the appropriate forum that fits the question (guidance would be appreciated) and anyway, I would like as many responses as possible!
I am about to put my induction courses into Moodle. And I would like to learn from you about the design of the course – what is the best way to structure the Moodle so that it works in the way I anticipate it will?
Although I have read a great deal about Moodle, from the Moodle docs, and help files, and forums, etc, I fear that I don’t know the right questions to ask, so won’t set out the induction programme in the best possible way.
Only last week I was looking at a You tube and a throw away comment mentioned meta courses. In weeks of reading, this was the first time I had come across the concept, and I suspect it may be appropriate to my course structure!
So I am wondering what else is buried in Moodle that I should know about and use?
I’ve included a graphic, to help explain how induction works.
New people come for induction each week.
Induction consists of a number of different modules. Depending on where a person will be working they join a different group. All the people in that group are required to complete a specific set of modules, before they can start work. The sets of modules per group are illustrated by the matrix in figure 1.
There will be a test at the end of each module, if they pass the test they can go on to the next module. If they fail the test, they must repeat the module and redo the test. Once they have passed all the tests they can go and start work. This is illustrated by the left hand side of the flow diagram in figure 2, for a person in Group 2.
Each week, new people come, and they also need to do the same induction (specific for the area), before they start work. This is shown as week 1, week 2, etc, on the matrix.
Once a year, the people who have already done induction must repeat induction (again specific to the area they will be working in). However these people have the option of only doing the test for that module. If they pass the test, they can go on to the test for the next module. If they fail any test, they must repeat the relevant module and the test, before they can jump to the next test. This is shown in the right hand side of the flow diagram in figure 2.
Also, I am not keen to duplicate the modules for each group. I would rather have one set of modules, so that, if I make any changes, (which happens quite often!) I can be confident that everyone who does the revised module, (irrespective of which group they work in), has the latest information.
So here are the questions:
- From your experience with Moodle, what is the best way to structure the induction training?
- What is the Moodle equivalent to module, section, test, group, etc?
- Is it meta course, course, lesson, question, quiz?
- How do I move from one module to the next, depending on group?
- What else should I read up on?
All thoughts and input will be much appreciated!