Not many Moodlers use the Lesson Activity in Moodle. Mostly because it’s neither a brilliant quiz engine nor a replacement for the book module. But when you combine both these elements and spend a bit of time on the design you can create engaging, interactive learning packages that can stand their own against popular content creation tools, and best of all, it’s authored natively in Moodle.
Let’s look at the benefits/features of using the lesson module:
* Include a file popup – such as a supporting word doc or PDF, similar to what Storyline lets you do with resources * Display a progress bar (which by the way can be styled to high heaven with CSS to look funky with gradients) * Display an on-going score to learners so they can see their grade * Can be set to work like a slideshow/stage with fixed height so it feels more like a Powerpoint or SCORM package * Can be a timed activity * Can be password protected * Availability can be based upon completing a previous lesson – very powerful feature * Availability can also be based upon the time spent on a previous lesson – perfect for Online Guided Learning Hours (UK requirement) * Allows for multiple attempts and limited retries (fully configurable) * In-built quiz with multiple question types * Ability to import questions from other platforms * Branching and clustering – allows for random quiz slides * Workflows and pathways – learners can see different slides depending on the answers to a question – can be made interactive and personal. * Can be linked to outcomes for improved reporting * Has its own reporting tools * Links with the Moodle gradebook
In the video Greg Bird highlights how to configure an assignment all the way through configuring and building the criteria for your grading rubric, viewing and submitting as a student and then marking as an evaluator.
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WIth MindMap Course, Moodle becomes a first LMS which allows students for using courses through interactive, personalized mindmap. Additionally, it provides features unavailable in standard Moodle so far, which are: 1) graphical presentation of conditional dependencies and 2) distinction of modules where student have problems (and which are near deadline). Map files can be downloaded, they are compatible with Freemind software.
Map is interactive. Users can enter course elements (like sections, modules, lesson and book pages) directly from map. Elements which were not visited by user are distincted with bold font. There are displayed arrows, which describe conditional activity dependencies. Modules, where a particular student has problems, and available time is running out, are appropriately highligthted as well.
Map files can be downloaded and opened in Freemind software, what gives teachers additional features. For example, to create a task for students teacher downloads a map and change it, for example move some elements, add invalid elements, create (or not) a list with elements possible for using. Students task will be getting map to the correct content.
The SCORM activity in Moodle allows users to upload content that follows the SCORM 1.2 specification. SCORM packages extend the functionality of Moodle by integrating content created with a variety of authoring tools. In addition, using SCORM allows for cross platform integration by importing content from another system for reuse.
One authoring tool I am often asked about is Adobe Captivate. It allows teachers to create content with interactive exercises, quizzes, simulations, and branching activities. For this reason, I’ve decided to focus this week’s blog post on how to integrate Adobe Captivate files into your courses as a scored activity so that it will push a grade into your Moodle gradebook. I am currently using Captivate 5.5, so my screenshots will be specific to this version. I will only cover grading aspects of the system as there are many features and settings to configure based on your e-learning needs.
One of the things missing on my ‘take a photo’ extension to the quiz has been the report at the end. I spent a little time building a report that would pull the photos along with the quiz results. Below is an image showing one result.
The users profile photo is pulled along with the two photos taken while doing the quiz. The first photo is taken before the user can start the quiz. The second photo is taken before the user can submit their attempt.
Emailing functionality is also included, You can enable students be notified by email that their enrolment is expiring in a set amount of days (Default 10). Email notifications can also be enabled to congratulate a student on passing the course. This email is sent after the student receives a required grade in the course_total grade.
Is it really worth all the effort, to implement using Moodle for corporate training? Moodle is one of the top LMS designs out there, stealing the top of LMS lists dependably enough. It's a good system, with a lot of rich features, extended integration, and its open source nature means that its features are clinically limitless.
After ten years of development, Moodle has become an essential tool for any educational establishment needing to streamline processes, save time and engage learners more.
Recent releases have focussed on new features to make it easier to deliver learning with your Moodle VLE.
We’re sure that, with so many options, despite an established Moodle community, many Moodle users will not be aware of some of this versatile VLE’s great features. So, here are three Moodle features and why you should be using them.
This block adds text to speech functionality to Moodle
It can be configured to use either the Google speech engine or the Microsoft speech engine. When added to a resource such as a page, it reads the contents.
There is also a lexicon to add pronunciations for words that it pronounces improperly. For example, it could possibly say I.V. for the text IV. It should, however, say 4. You could add in the lexicon IV = four and it willpronounce it properly.
Moodle (acronym for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) is an open source Learning Management System (LMS ) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE ). It is rising in popularity among the educators around the world, as a tool for creating dynamic websites for students. It is open source, since it is customizable, has no contracts or user costs to pay and is widely available for free use. It can be efficiently integrated with your management system and allows you to support personalized learning, which is effective even outside the classroom and encourages the involvement of the broader community of the institution.
Moodle has constantly maintained its top spot among the LMS tools and has been ranked 11th overall among the top 100 tools for learning in 2013 . Many factors have contributed to Moodle being highly successful. On top of being a great LMS, it is also free to use. Teachers can teach their own online courses using this and find it stable and easy to use and being customizable, it fits to its user’s needs with ease.
Moodle has several advantages over other LMSs, here’s the list of a few:
- It is an open source learning platform, which is utilized by millions of people worldwide. This open source nature allows anybody to tinker with its code or add new things. Users can share changes with the Moodle community for others to use for free. All this leads to the extension and reformation of the software.
- It makes use of simple technologies, as a result of which its developers are easy to find.
- It is built on some of the most reliable technologies, such as PHP, MySQL, Apache.
- It has a fully cooperative development model which offers constant scope for improvement by allowing many high quality contributions to acquire new modules, features and enhancements.
- It makes use of the more advanced programming approach, the object-oriented programming which makes its functionality all the more efficient and allows users to proceed at their own pace, as well as customize it according to their needs.
- It focuses on making the learning and teaching experience constructivist. This process encourages the involvement of learners in the learning process, rather than letting them receive knowledge passively. The learning environment becomes more democratic with interactive and student-centered activities.
- It is convenient for educational institutions and organizations for learning and course management.
- It can be quickly deployed in your organization, without the requirement of any extra efforts.
- It is highly cost-effective, since it has a low risk startup and a low initial investment.
- It provides you with fast and reliable updates of information.
- It provides you with regular support, all the time you use it. Its support feature is active twenty four hours a day, seven days a week and addresses to its developers, members and users.