After completing this Thing you will be able to
- explain what Moodle is in broad terms
- log in to Moodle or get support in doing this
- assess your current level of Moodle use and set a goal for yourself in your use of Moodle
What is Moodle?
Moodle is a learning management system that provides teachers with an easy-to-edit course site where they can set up learning activities and learning resources. This makes it easy for you as a teachers to maintain a course home page where you can work and learn with your students. View the video below to learn more about Moodle.
Moodle at EIT
As a teacher you can use Moodle in many ways, from an online filing cabinet, to a rich interactive learning space for you and your students.
The Moodle Tool Guide for Teachers sets out a few of the most common Moodle tools and how you as a teacher can use them with your students. You can download this guide as an A3 poster in PDF format. You can also request a hard copy from the TiLT team.
Don’t feel pressured to try everything at once. Your use of Moodle will grow as you need it. Martin Dougiamas, the founder of Moodle, described the following as a typical progressive scale that teachers go through in their Moodle use:
- Putting up the handouts (Resources, SCORM)
- Providing a passive Forum (unfacilitated)
- Using Quizzes and Assignments (less management)
- Using the Wiki, Glossary and Database tools (interactive content)
- Facilitate discussions in Forums, asking questions, guiding
- Combining activities into sequences, where results feed later activities
- Introduce external activities and games (internet resources)
- Using the Survey or Feedback module to study and reflect on course activity
- Using peer-review modules like Workshop, giving students more control over grading and even structuring the course in some ways
- Conducting active research on oneself, sharing ideas in a community of peers
How do I log in to Moodle?
If you are logging in to EIT;s Moodle, EIT Online, for the first time, you need to:
1. Change your EIT password. You can do this either by logging on to any EIT computer and following the prompt to change your network password. Or you can go to your EIT webmail and log in there. Again, you will be prompted to change your password.
2. Go to EIT Online
3. Log in using your username and the new password you just set up.
2. Considering the possibilities of Moodle briefly discussed above, where do you rate yourself on the Martin Dougiamas progression of Moodle teachers? Also decide where you would like to be by the end of the semester. Or the end of the year. Now make a plan on how to get there. You can pick & mix from the TiLT Things as they become available.
3. Request a Sandpit course from the TiLT Team, if you don’t have one yet. A Sandpit course is a Moodle course that is yours to experiment in and test things on, without having to do so in a ‘live’ course. You can request a Sandpit course using our Course Request form.