The TEL IT team at City College Plymouth have successfully developed a set of standards for courses within their Moodle VLE (virtual learning environment). Using a Bronze, Silver and Gold award-based model they have successfully enhanced the quality of materials, resources and content of courses.
The quality framework provided through Moodle Medals is helping teaching staff to work towards a much more structured approach to their courses, which provides students with a much better learning platform and repository of interactive resources.
The medals have made teaching staff more interested in developing their courses to a minimum standard and beyond. This in part has been encouraged due to introducing a competitive aspect to the medals. This means that staff are more involved and interested in gaining awards. In addition, Adam Harvey, Learning Technology Managerthe introduction of the medals has set a benchmark for this department, which is attractive for senior management teams
Students are getting much more out of the VLE and their courses through Moodle, especially if their courses have gained a silver rating, which contains more interactive resources and materials. It has provided a more immersive environment and one in which students can be more engaged with.
As a direct result of the introduction of Moodle Medals, some teaching staff now deliver all their teaching exclusively through Moodle, an unexpected outcome for the TEL IT team.
Via Miloš Bajčetić