I'm teaching in a small high school, courses from 9-12. We're new to Moodle and there are a number of things I'd like to have happen in both of my Moodle courses. I'd also like to have these pieces available as a reference later. What's the best strategy? Are there any cases where one sets up more than one course in Moodle for the same school course? If there are cases where if I set up course A and B that there would be a third AB course where all the students have reference to? Or would you just create the assignment in one course and copy it to the other? My concern with this that any improvements or changes need to then happen twice.
I've read this a couple of times Marvin, and I'm still not sure I understand exactly what you want.
- Try to avoid copies of things that require updating in two places. You can link to an object (and if the source changes, then the link links to the new item)
- There is no problem with having several Moodle courses for the same school course. eg you may have Phys 101 (with all the common stuff in it) and then Mechanics, Electricity, Labs as other courses.
- I like to try to keep assessment (ie the stuff that is specific class related) just a little bit separate from the regular ongoing content and interaction.
- As a start, why not common just putting all the common stuff somewhere and have another course that contains the not common stuff.
- Or of course you can use groups.
Touché. Bets are I don't know well enough myself what I want.
I guess I'm just thinking of courses with to narrow a definition. I was wanting a common location for reference type material that would be able to be accessed to all the students I teach in different courses. I guess there is no reason why I couldn't just use a course for that.
Course A }
Course B } <--- All link to ---> Course D
Course C }
Course A maybe Geometry, Course B is Algebra, Course C is Statistics
All of these can be linked to a common Course - Maths using Course meta links to automatically enrol the students.
For example if all the students in Course D do all the 'sub-subjects' then enrol the students on Course D and have a meta link that enrols them all onto each of A, B and C. If A,B and C are options that can be taken then the initial enrolment would be onto those options and they all link to automatically cascade that enrolment into the overarching course D.
It's then upto you as a management issue of whether your teaching materials, forums, discussions and so on, from part of the overarching course or the sub-courses.
Of course part of this really depends on just how much content you have - is it beneficial to split it across multiple courses, or is it better learning design to keep it in a single course, organised using the Lesson module, or Books, etc.
Hope that helps