Not quite sure what you mean by classroom training. (Sorry, I am probably being dense.) Do you mean that you will use Moodle to teach INSTEAD of meeting face to face? Or would you be using Moodle IN ADDITION TO face to face instruction?
Either way, I am sure that you will find a lot of useful information here at Moodle.org.
I think i didnt put that question clearly...sorry for that...what i meant by classroom training is that...when i go into a classroom...what can be the various ways in which i can use moodle to teach in a classroom..
For a general idea of what some folks are doing, I would start in the teaching strategies forum - http://moodle.org/mod/forum/view.php?id=41 or any other forums in the Using Moodle for teaching section of the front page of this course. I think you will find much useful information there.
My usual advice to new Moodlers (for what it is worth) is to try the progression:
- Read this - http://docs.moodle.org/en/The_Good_Teacher
- Post information like lesson plans and links to other sites. You could use the web page resource for that, but there are other ways.
- After you and your students have become accustomed to Moodle, post a couple of little polls using the choice activity.
- Everything has been very controlled up to now. Time to let go a bit and put up a forum or two. You may have to guide the conversation a little in the beginning, but that should not last too long.
- After you have gotten all of the above working, experiment a little with other mods like database and glossary.
- Start looking at the community-contributed goodies you find here - http://moodle.org/mod/data/view.php?id=6009
Others may have better advice for you. Anyone want to jump in here?
Hope that is a little helpful.
Art's response offers sound suggestions for involving students...and brings to mind the evolution of how early adopters in my department, especially me, are currently using CMS in the classroom. Through trial and error we learned early that using technology for the sake of using technology was pointless. (Why post a Word document online only to take time to pass it out in class?)
In terms of "in the classroom," the key for me with any CMS is to tap the efficiencies offered by such, e.g. exchange of course materials, homework and feedback, grading, quizzing, et al, which all happens OUTSIDE of the classroom.
Freed of the menial task of collection and distribution we now have more time to teach, clarify, coerce, inform, or otherwise lead students through individual (or collaborative) significant learning experiences in the classroom.
Personally, the only time I bring up the course home page in moodle is to highlight a new activity, or introduce a new-to-the-students moodle function. And this happens more often early in the term and rarely ever after mid-term.
I'm really curious see how others respond to your question...I may be missing something here! In any case I wish you the best and hope you find moodle as user-friendly as I have. +Allen
Just to clarify: the teacher and students were all physically present in one room at the same time. I talked them through the material on a large screen in the room. The participants used computers on the desktop to look at materials and do the assignments. More on this on my Blog.
You can use learning objects quite easily in moodle to train using resources outside of Moodle. One example would be using Atomic Learning to link to movies on evaluating a website:
You will be prompted for a password, you can use the following:
Watch the following videos concerning more tips and tricks to validating a web page.
Looking at the URL address more closely: