Hi, I am creating faculty tutorials for Moodle. I have included video tutorials (using camtasia) and I have linked many PDF files to the course in Moodle. I am required to include quizzes for each section of the tutorial, and I am having a difficult time creating well-written questions using bloom's taxonomy and HOCS. Could anyone point me in the right direction of suggestions on how to create these module quizzes? Topics include: Getting started with Moodle, Managing your Course, Creating and Adding Content, Using Activities, Feedback/Assessment and PDF files.
Video tutorials where someone performs and talks you through the processes is a great idea. There's already lots available, e.g. https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=moodle and http://vimeo.com/search?q=moodle of varying quality and relevance.
Re: "I am required to include quizzes for each section of the tutorial" -- Who's bright idea was that? AFAIK from the papers and metastudies that I've read, there's little (if any?) conclusive research to support the use of quizzes in presentations. They're more of a fashion statement and marketing tool promoted by rapid elearning IDE vendors like Adobe, Techsmith, Raptivity, etc., whose business is selling products, not producing learning outcomes. Without quizzes, you'll more than likely get the same learning outcomes in less time, both in terms of resources development for you and time spent on the course(s) for faculty staff. There's also the danger of alienating some faculty staff if the course(s) only focus on lower order thinking skills (as quizzes generally do) and patronising them. They're smart, independent thinking people, remember?
If your faculty requires assessment, there are other approaches that are also more reflective of learners' real world abilties, for example project submission, i.e. learners have to perform a task in Moodle, e.g. bulk upload users, enroll learners on courses, adjust priveleges for individual users or groups of users, or create activities that satisfy certain criteria.
As a suggestion, I'd create a standalone "faculty training Moodle" with a central "Using Moodle" course, where learners are enrolled as students (This is where you'd put your videos, tutorials, etc.), and give each learner a course of their own, where they're enrolled as editing teachers, on which they're assessed. With formative assessment, and even peer assessment (if you give learners access to each others' courses), learners can try stuff out, experiment, make mistakes, see how others do it and, most importantly, learn how and where to find help when they need it. Other techniques for learning and assessment could include getting learners to co-construct a "Using Moodle" glossary, where they write definitions and guidance (to themselves and for each other) about concepts and procedures in Moodle.
I'd also make any faculty training as un-Moodle-centric as possible, focusing on the main principles of elearning that you want. This means that if Moodle changes significantly (like it just did very recently) or you start using other platforms for elearning, the content of your course(s) can be adapted with the minimum of fuss, i.e. focus more on transferable knowledge and less on idiosyncratic details.
In this way faculty staff will not only be familiarising themselves with Moodle but also earning valuable experience and insights into what Moodle (and other elearning platforms) can do and the different approaches to elearning resources and curriculum development that it supports.
BTW, to save some time, Dr. Curt Bonk of Indiana University recorded and Creative Commons licensed a series of tutorials for getting started in elearning. I copied them and put them into a Moodle course here: http://moodle.matbury.com/course/view.php?id=39 At some point, I'd like to turn it into an "elearning 101" course for teachers and curriculum developers, and offer it freely under the same Creative Commons licence.
I hope this helps!
Hi Matt! We have actually decided to focus more on creating activities and performing tasks in moodle for faculty outcomes. Your suggestions have put my brain in motion. Thank you!
The Moodle.org community is full of helpful people with a great diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, and experience. I'm sure others here can contribute some helpful suggestions too.
If you are going to make those instructions "as un-Moodle-centric as possible" [Matt] you move into a broader arena. There are many past discussions in such topics. Use the "advanced search" template which is only visible from the main "Using Moodle" page. Here is an example: "Online education: Some insightful lectures" https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=226144.
Warning: Some people have waster precious minutes of their lives watching those videos. Go ahead at your own risk!
Here is a much shorter one: "Merrill on Instructional Design"