I am curious about the way Moodle is used in class, more specifically when you have to demonstrate an exercise or explain a theory.
Therefore, I have a question:
Could you tell me about your experiences on how you use Moodle in class; more specifically when you instruct your students on a specific matter?
In other words; what kind of activities do you use for which purpose?
It would be great to learn from your creativity and experiences.
Hi DaVinci Menno,
I am retired now, but used to teach computer applications in a middle school (11 to 13 years old) computer lab that could accommodate 16 students. I had a white board that I used only when showing them how to do something that they had to do on their computer. For a regular lecture, I had software that allowed me to make my main computer screen show up on their computer. So if using a presentation slide show or any Moodle activity, I could simulcast to the whiteboard and directly to their computer screen. Also, as part of lectures, I sometimes used Realtime Quiz and Active Quiz, but both are not currently up to date with the latest Moodle versions.
When the iContent plugin for Moodle was released, I started converting presentations to that format. Made it possible for students to go through content at their on speed and own time if they needed to refresh their memory. It also allowed me to use Moodle questions for an automatic grade.
Used a database preset to keep track of what went on in class each day so that students that were absent could see what had happened while they were absent.
Generally tried to make each new introduction to a new application last for two weeks equaling 10 classroom periods. The first day would consist of instruction on a new computer application, such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases, graphics, etc. I then let them work at their own pace on two or three projects covering the new application and requiring a file submission, with a quiz on the last day. Instruction for the own pace projects was via written directions with lots of pictures in a Moodle book resource. Working this way, the better students would always be done early, so I had a bunch of different advanced projects for them to work on.
Before I started using Moodle book resources for the detailed project tutorial, I tried to use videos. However, they were very time consuming to get a quality project ready for use, and were very difficult to update. Stopping, rewinding, starting was time consuming making student progress with a project, very slow. The third video I tried to produce about using Corel Draw 5, took 13 hours to write, record, edit, and render. Two days after I completed it, it was outdated due to updating to a new version, Corel Draw 9, of the application. A book, on the other hand, could very easily be updated, in many cases, I would update text and change pictures "on the fly."
When I first started teaching, the school supplied M$ Office. Since I had so many students asking to "borrow" the office CD so they could have a copy at home, I switched to using Open Office and later, to Libre Office. Both free office suites could do anything the M$ one could do, so it was a win-win situation to use them in my lab, saving software money for hardware upgrades. Whenever a new version came out, we upgraded. I gave a bonus to any student who could find something in the tutorials that needed updating, and with a book, I could have the changes online and available, usually in just a couple minutes.
To cut down on talking and trips to my desk, I installed and we used the Dialogue and Hot Question plugins for communications, both of which they could use 24/7. To aid in developing keyboard technique and speed, I installed and we used MooTyper. MooTyper could be used in Lesson and Exam mode, but also now has a Practice mode. (Note: I currently maintain both Hot Question and Mootyper.) Practice mode allows a student the capability of resetting and repeating a lesson, without having to get the teacher to reset it. This allows students to reattempt lessons that cover the part of the keyboard that slows them down and causes extra mistakes. e.g. numbers and symbols. Speaking of MT, need to quit and get to work on it. Got a bug in the new development version that I've been hunting for three days. 🤔
I have used Moodle both in class and online. I use Moodle more as a self directed learning tool and my classroom use is to demonstrate navigation and present my topics in Moodle using HTML as either books or pages. This gives students access to videos, notes and links after class.
My classes are English as a Foreign Language and with around 30 to 60 students per class. They all have a desktop computer and a smart phone in class.
I want a class where both the students and I talk. Having students focussed on individual Moodle activities, unless they are being introduced to a new activity, is not the best way to maximise classroom time for me.
I do have questions prepared for class but just as HTML. I ask the question and students answer. I may also have the same question in a quiz for homework.
My main activity for homework Moodle are quizzes. Workshops with audio submissions graded by students has been a disappointment as far too many students couldn't record. I have tried other activities but keep coming back to what is simple.
- e-voting to quickly check that the content has been understood. There are very interesting approaches to use e-voters to enhance interactivity within students. I recall some quiz plugins created for a face-to-face environment, but I couldn't find them.
- H5P drag&drop, Hotspot, Find the words and Find the hotspot (and probably some more) used with an interactive whiteboard, so that a student can come to the whiteboard and interacts with the rest of the class, and transform an activity into a game.
- H5P Course presentation to give lectures.
Another plugin that can be used in a face-to-face situation, and that can also be used for "e-voting," making comments, and asking questions, is the Hot Question plugin .