Hi all, I've recently started playing with Moodle (there's been many trials already!) and had a quick question.
Background: I teach IB Chemistry which is a 2 year course with 11 standard level topics, 10 higher level topics and a choice of 1 out of 4 option topic (with standard level and higher level aspects). Each of those topics has a number of sub-topics. Some students are SL while others are SL+HL.
Question: Would it be better to have 1 course, with all the topics (I was thinking about the collapsed topic plugin or grid plugin) OR to have each topic as a course and break down the sub-topics as topics?
Pros and cons that I can see immediately:
1 course: All grading available in one area, but huuugggeee! Plus I will be rolling this out slowly (roughly each topic just before it's started in class). Not sure about hiding HL content from SL students - or whether I'd want to (let them explore further if they're interested in the subject)
Many courses: Can keep courses hidden while work in progress. Grading (and other information from plugins) cannot be easily carried between courses? Can restrict access to HL courses (to avoid information overload / confusion... sometimes the HL have a different method due to exceptions that get introduced!)
Any thoughts on this? How would you set it up?
What is the trigger that would put a student in standard or higher level topics or is it fluid and they move between the two?
You can show/hide topics based on group enrollment and have everything in one course.
For the 1 out of 4 optional topic you can use the group choice activity which would allow the student to pick a new group which would then in turn reveal the optional topic of their choice.
Just some initial thoughts.