At present, Moodle is the University-supported classroom management system. There are staff members that can provide support in setting up and maintaining Moodle sites for all courses in the DVM curriculum; please contact the CVM Education Support group at email@example.com for assistance. Here are some common links to help you:
Below is information about some of the things you can do in Moodle besides simply using it as a repository for course notes.
Here are some tutorials created inside the University centered on the Moodle gradebook and VoiceThread integration. We are currently using a newer build of Moodle than is represented in these videos but the same concept applies.
On-line quizzes - The quiz activity module in Moodle allows the teacher to design and build quizzes consisting of a large variety of question types, including multiple choice, true-false, and short answer questions. These questions are kept in a question bank and can be re-used in different quizzes. Short-answer questions may be graded inappropriately if done by the computer as it is difficult to provide all possible synonyms within the grading rubric – http://it.umn.edu/self-help-guide/moodle-assess-evaluate-student-work
Uploading questions for Moodle Quizzes - Quiz questions can be built using text editing programs (Microsoft Word/Notepad) and then uploaded to Moodle using the Respondus Format. This method allows the course designer to upload questions en masse with the correct answer and feedback already applied. Faculty can also use the Aiken Format to upload questions directly to Moodle without the use of any 3rd party applications. Instructions on how to import the questions once the document is created can be found here.
iClicker within Moodle - For detailed instructions on implementing the iClicker system to your Moodle course, visit the iclicker Moodle page.
Discussion boards (forums), synchronous chat sessions, quickmail - http://it.umn.edu/self-help-guide/moodle-setup-use-communications-tools
Assignments - Moodle’s assignment module allows instructors to collect work from students, review it, and provide feedback (including grades). The work students submit is visible only to the instructor and not to the other students unless a group assignment is selected. Assignments can require each student to submit material, or with a group assignment, one submission for the full group. http://it.umn.edu/self-help-guide/moodle-assess-evaluate-student-work – Students can type directly into a text field, upload files in any type of format, or do both depending on how the assignment is configured. Assignments can also be set to not accept any type of submission and serve only as a reminder of an offline activity students need to complete so that a grade can be recorded in Moodle. Assignments have many configuration options pertaining to access and submission dates, submission type, number of files, student comments, grader feedback, scoring with points, rubrics, or marking guides, allowing late submissions, granting extensions, and much more. You may wish to be very clear about how you wish things to be submitted (only Word documents or pdf files, saved with specific format for file name, etc.).
Other tools in Moodle
- Workshops – A workshop is a peer assessment activity. Students submit their work via an online tool that allows both text and attachments. There are two grades for each student: their own work (the submission) and their peer assessments of other students' work (the assessment). The instructor can provide sample submissions and assessments for student practice. Submissions of particular merit can be published for class viewing. –http://it.umn.edu/moodle-26-28-overview-workshops
- Book – A Moodle book provides a navigable, multipage, multimedia web resource within the Moodle course site. Pages may be considered "chapters" and can include subpages, creating a book-like structure. Books can be printed as a whole or by "chapters." Previously created web sites can be imported into a book. The book tool is a great way to present information in a more or less linear way. However, to include quizzes, polls, etc., one must go out of the book, participate in the associated activity, and then return to the book. – https://it.umn.edu/moodle-book-and-lesson
- Lesson – A Moodle lesson also provides a navigable, multipage, multimedia web resource within the Moodle course site. A lesson, however, is adaptive in that the instructor can create a tailored path, or allow the student to choose a path. Lessons consist of "content pages" and "question pages." Content pages might simply advance to the next page, or be constructed to offer different paths to follow based on students' interests and needs. Question pages can be used to present information, but also include questions. – https://it.umn.edu/moodle-book-and-lesson
- Conditional activities – Any of the tools in Moodle can be set up such that students must complete activities in a specific order to gain access to other content. For example, students may be required to review notes and take a quiz on terminology before they can access other course content.
- Wiki – The wiki activity is a collection of collaboratively authored web pages. A wiki page is a web page everyone in your class can create together in the browser. The first page can start with a topic idea, followed by a list of ideas. Each idea can link to a new page of details, which can include images and URLs. Each author can edit any page, and add new pages by creating links. Wikis are great for brainstorming. There are two wiki types: collaborative or individual. The individual type creates a wiki for each person in the class, and can be used as a private journal, viewable only by instructors. – https://it.umn.edu/moodle-26-28-overview-wiki
- Glossary – The glossary lets a class build a repository of terms in a dictionary-type format together. – https://it.umn.edu/glossary
- Database – The database activity module allows the teacher and/or students to build, display and search a bank of record entries about any conceivable topic. The format and structure of these entries can be almost unlimited, including images, files, URLs, numbers and text among other things. This can also be used as a gallery for images – https://it.umn.edu/database