Checking the docs, it seems that much of what is there follows the same pattern. articles like 'how to add an MCQ question' are great, for me, but what we really need are a load of articles that say things like 'how to run a debate online instead of in the classroom and why you would want to bother', which would say less about the mechanics of moodle (that's in other articles and can be linked to) and more about the social and organisational objectives and techniques, like:
- Online debates are recorded for posterity and can be used by the students as revision - not possible with spoken one
- Online debates allow students to review other people's contributions and take their time to write a considered response after researching things.
- Online debates can be graded by you, or by other class members, or both, so you have a formal record of the value of what they have said.
- Online debates free up class time for more interesting and advanced stuff.
Here are some sample tasks and the learning objectives they meet.
Go here to see how to set up a basic forum and come back when you've done it
What things stop the students from participating
Dos and Don'ts for moderation
I know that a lot of that information is probably scatterted aroumd, but its too much for a new user and some moodle for converting teachers articles are what we need (I think ).
I think a new category in the docs would be a great start (not sure what to call it though), followed by something on the main docs page that shows e.g. the 5 most commong things that teachers new to moodle would want to achieve with their classes (not technical moodle skills they want to gain), and the benefits to doing so and a realistic time frame e.g. a quiz will take 2 hours to setup the first time, including writing 10 questions, but you will save 4 hours of marking time if you use it with 6 classes.