Teaching with Moodle

Organizing Moodle for an Entire School

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Organizing Moodle for an Entire School

v. 3.3 on moodlecloud.

We’ve been looking for examples of how to best organize an entire school.  For example K-12 have multiple schools (e.g. elementary, middle, and high schools) on the same campus, and this can seemingly be very complex to manage effectively without proper organization and adoption of certain best practices.

So far, we’ve can understand how we might map out category structure based on general fields of study with some granularity downward (e.g. the language category can have subcategories, such as French, German, Spanish, etc.

We can also see that we can assign cohorts to categories, ostensibly for the purposes of performing bulk-operations (e.g. enrolling students) with some automation via cohort-sync.  And we see that roles can be assigned to categories as well.  And, and, and…

What we have yet to find are examples where someone lays out how they have “adapted Moodle into their organization structure”.

For example:  “At ABC Super School, we setup categories like such.  We created cohorts for our students according to grade and year, and we created cohorts for our Teachers based on blah, blah, blah. We assigned Teachers with the role of course creators and TA’s as… you get my point.

We have perused the docs for some time…

Are there any online sources and/or books that anyone can recommend that describe “organizational success stories” and other “best adoption practices” as described above?

Thanks in advance for your advice.

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Hi Kim,

I've set up Moodle at a number of schools and each one has their own quirks and perculiarities that make it very difficult to suggest a "one way" that is best.

What software do you use for your school's adminstration system?  Can you not extract the data from that and use that as the basis for the Moodle structure?  I know this can be done with SIMs which is common in the UK.


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Moodle allows a lot of flexibility with organizing courses. Plus you can re-organize to fit your needs. At LearnBPS (our 3.3 Moodle), we organized into three large categories. Of the three the Student Blended Learning is where the courses for school district is organized.

Bismarck organized the courses by subjects for the secondary (grades 6-12) courses. The reason for this was so that we could then organize subject-like standards and resources for those course in a central location for subject-like teachers. That way they could have a shared workspace to construct and create activities and resources.

The elementary is starting to use Moodle. Of course elementary teachers teach all content areas, so we are in a process to map out how we want to organize the elementary courses. That is what is powerful about Moodle is the flexibility users have when organizing their content...


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