In this unit you will read some articles that relate to the pedagogy of online teaching. Much more could be added to this section. I have also included a number of tutorials that will help you get started in creating your own online course.
"The Moodle gradebook is a sophisticated tool for tracking student scores in your course.... Students will appreciate being able to check their grades at any time and to compare themselves to the class average." Using Moodle p. 193.
The Assignment module gives you, as the teacher, an easy way to allow students to upload any digital content for grading. You can ask them to submit essays, spreadsheets, presentations, photographs, or small audio or video clips. Anything they can store on their hard drives can be submitted in response to an assignment.
The Quiz module allows the teacher to create quizzes consisting of a wide variety of Question types, among them multiple choice, true-false, short answer, and essay questions. Moodle’s quiz module has a large number of options and tools, making it extremely flexible. You can create quizzes with different question types, randomly generated quizzes from pools of questions, allow students to have repeated attempts at a question, or retake quizzes multiple times - and have the computer score it all.
A Lesson can deliver content in interesting and flexible ways. It consists of a number of pages. Each page has content and leads to another page. On any page, students can be given choices which determines the next page or be given no choices as to what they see next. Question and branch table pages are the two most common types. A question page has content which usually ends with a question, and shows a number of possible answers. The student's choice can be graded and determines the next page that appears. Branch tables are another type of page where students see content. The teacher can place labeled buttons below the content that students choose to move to a specific page or part of the lesson.
Forums Forumsprovide an environment for students and teachers to have endless group discussions on any topic. Forums (discussion boards) can contribute significantly to successful communication and community building in an online environment. Read the following articles to learn how to effectively use and facilitate forums.
Chat Well-managed and focused chat sessions can provide powerful online learning experiences and add a dynamic dimension to your online course.
"Chat sessions can help foster a sense of virtual community adding a personal and dynamic dimension to the class. Students often communicate more freely during chat sessions compared to F-2-F courses because the anonymity of the online environment can give them greater confidence. Thus, social inhibitions and shyness, which may prevail in a face-to-face conversation, are often forgotten, creating an intimacy and sense of camaraderie that is difficult to find in a traditional academic setting. The resulting informal atmosphere is instrumental in the creation of an online community of learners. Although online learning activities are facilitated through technology, the process is dependent on real people relating and communicating with one another, which is actually a very humanizing experience." (Strategies for Effective Use of Chat)
Wikis A Wiki enables documents to be authored collectively in a simple markup language using a web browser. The Moodle Wiki module enables participants to work together on web pages to add, expand and change the content. Old versions are never deleted and can be restored.
Message Board Messaging is a private communication tool between student and teacher or between two students. Unlike forums and chats, messaging is not course specific; users may send messages to each other regardless of whether they are enrolled in the same course.