Can I set it up so one student at a time can take the course, on their own schedule? Is there a way I can get paid before the student takes the course (or even afterwards)?
If that isn't possible, can I use it to present the course to a group, with me in one location and them in another? like a webinar?
You can definitely use Moodle for distance education. There are lots and lots of institutions doing just that!
You can build a modular Moodle course so that students can proceed on their own through activities. You can use PayPal to accept payments upon registration for the course (I don't know whether there are other means of payment--someone, help me).
Conditional activities, which would actually restrict the progress of a student through the course depending on completion of prior activities, is not part of the stable release yet, but you can get the module in its most recent form from the Conditional Activities forum.
Regarding webinars, that's best done using a webconference suite--like Breeze, Ellumiante, and suchlike. You can use Skype and a whiteboard application or desktop-sharing app to do more or less the same thing. There is also the Moodle chat.
Judith & Amy:
Amy is absolutely correct. I'm a student at Athabasca University (actually studying Distance Education using a distance education format). We use Moodle for many of the courses and it works wonderfully, from my student's perspective.
Now, I'm looking for ways to get "behind the scenes" and use Moodle myself for some courses I'm teaching. This will be a learning experience for me -- one I looking forward to.
Regarding getting paid for a course. Take a look a Moodle for Business Use
I worked at Alaska Pacific University Rural Alaska Native Adult distance ed program until 2006. We were very aware of what Athabasca was doing. Their use of Moodle is very impressive.
Our school won a UNESCO prize for the use of ICT in education on account of our successful eDegree programme (Students studying for a Bachelors degree online, without the need to leave their remote homes or work places all over finland and even abroad). The success of our model is created (apart from having well-trained teachers and sufficient technical support) by combining the mostly a-synchronous tools of Moodle with a mostly synchronous virtual classroom (LearnLinc in our case, but there are more such programmes, even open source ones). The relative use of these programmes in the eDegree is about 80% Moodle and 20% LearnLinc. The introduction of the virtual classroom in combination with the VLE has done a lot to increase the sense of community among the students and it has reduced drop out rates to almost zero.
You mentioned there are open source programs for creating a more synchronous virtual classroom environment. I'm looking for webinar software (preferably free) to run a powerpoint lecture and discussion over the web for roughly one hour. We'd like to do this "discussion" each week, but we can't afford a complex webinar package like WebEx. Do you or anyone else have any specific suggestions for free software that could help?
Another option is to record audio and synchronize it with the powerpoint and upload this to moodle. Then we can discuss the "lecture" over Moodle chat after everyone has viewed it...any suggestions on an easy program to do this?
I think is a dimdim is a to run a powerpoint lecture and discussion over the web for roughly one hour .
Recently they say that they intregrated with moodle that means you can have dimdim links write from the course panel where you can put it as an activity link.
Hope this helps !!
Thank you for this suggestion! I hadn't heard about dimdim yet, so now I think it might be exactly what I'm looking for. I am running a super old version of Moodle (1.5), so I'd need to upgrade it before trying dimdim.
If anyone has other suggestions (ones that I could use without upgrading if possible), please let me know.
I think then would be a better idea that you put the ppt presentation as a doc and have a chat activity from the moodle activity . So at the same time the students can come and look at the ppt presentation and you can then go on explaining that through chat activity.
Might be its not a best solution .. however it could be managed with 1.5
Since no one seems to know what happen to DIMDIM, I have contacted Sundar Subramanian, he was very supportive and offered to demonstrate DIMDIM. Yessss, it works fantastic. According to Sundar, DIMDIM has secured significant funding to further develop the product. He said the Moodle plugin is stable and can be used, however video is not supported as yet.
He offered to anyone interested to use DIMDIM on the DIMDIM server and he is happy for us to spread the word.
I had a quick look around and it is very simple to use (even I find my way around and that means something).
www1.dimdim.com login/password: demo4/demo4
There is a direct link, once you are familiar with the system. www1.dimdim.com/Dimdim
Sundar is happy for us, and anyone interested, to use the system and to report any bugs, problems or requests. firstname.lastname@example.org or use the link on the website.
Dimdim Moodle Integration pack is available at http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=176809&package_id=228683&release_id=501528
Dimdim is added as an activity within moodle and Dimdim Web meeting can directly be invoked from the Moodle itself. Please tell me if you face any problems/issues.
Thanks and Regards,
Did you know that Elluminate now offer a VRoom for free an ANYONE can have one? It will accomodate up to 3 participants and allows all the functionality of the main product except for the recording facility.
I have also used Elluminate through a dial-up connection using my laptop and mobile phone - and it was perfect! Even skype didn't work that way.
That's great news and exactly what I was looking for. I am going to try it out. I wanted to use skype but my connection is a dial-up so I get a lot of logging and it was extremely difficult to discuss at times.
Thanks a lot for sharing this.
I've been looking at vMukti, which looked great, but only works with IE and anyway I couldn't figure out how to install it!
I'm having a look at Dimdim now but note it doesn't work with FF above version 1.5 . . . is that right? 1.5 is rather old now . . .
Your web site says the "presenter" needs only a 1MB install but the package downloads at nearly 50MB??
Maybe this should all be commented upon elsewhere but DimDim is designed to integrate with Moodle. Following some comments elsewhere regarding Joomla and Moodle, what are the security issues in this??
I use MOODLE for my company which offers non-credit distance learning courses as well as assists companies in getting their trainings online, plus I run my own course (a court ordered parenting class) using MOODLE and have used it for a few years now. I have not found any LMS to be perfect but the updates to MOODLE have gotten better over the time I have used it and you can upload many files - videos, podcasts, Power Points, etc. for your learner's experience. It is worth taking a look!