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Building an online moodle course

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A simple guide to building MOOC-like online Moodle course

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Building an online moodle course

  1. 1. Building an Online Moodle course Dr. Ahmad Mikati Arab Open University Lebanon June, 2017
  2. 2. Overview • Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is an online course intended to reach an unlimited number of participants with an open access via the web. • In addition to customary course materials such as readings, video recorded lectures, and problem sets, many online courses provide interactive user forums to support community collaborations and engagements among students, professors, and other facilitators. • MOOC is a recent development in distance education, which fosters open, participatory, distributed, and lifelong-networked learning.
  3. 3. MOOC Design Patterns 3 A Moodle course page is mainly divided into categories of sections: 1. A General section, which could be considered as week 0. In this section, the student can find the needed information about the course: aims, structure, content, and learning outcomes. In addition, the student will find the latest announcements along with the important dates of the assignments and exams. 2. Weeks sections, where the material will reside. In each weekly section, the student will find the material of the week: text, images, video, and any additional activities such as Discussion forums or quizzes. In addition, the learning outcomes should be included for each week. In the next two slides, we will show you a typical design of each section.
  4. 4. MOOC Design Patterns- week 0 • Course Title; • Welcome • Short video to introduce the course • Welcomenote to the course • Course team with hyperlinks to profile page of every one • Brief statement of the course aims • Brief statement of course content • Course learning outcomes • Why the course topics can benefit you • Typical real-world problem scenario • Course structure and content • Diagram summarizing the contents foreach week • Preparation for this course • Educational prerequisites • Study advice: • Guideline – how to best use this course and the platform; • Structure – of the course,number of weeks, name of chapters, assignments,deadlines; • Announcements– any important information the student needs to know about the course. 4
  5. 5. MOOC Design Patterns-weekly section • Weekly information • Week number and title • Learning outcomes of the week • Topics/learning objects • Title of the topic • Text of the topic • Graphics of the topic • Videos of the topics (if available) • Discussion on forum related to the topic • Activities related to the topic • Quiz with formative feedback • Simulations • Summary of the week: • Briefing about the topics of this week and introducing the topics of the next week • Summary video (optional) • Summary text 5
  6. 6. MOOC Design Patterns-weekly section One of the possible options to implement most of the weekly components is the “lesson” activity . The tutor can add the lesson activity in each week, and this lesson comprises several pages (each section of the material needs a page), in addition to the quizzes, videos, quizzes, tests, and other stuff. This is depicted in the below exhibits. 6 The pages of the lesson
  7. 7. Building a Lesson in a Moodle course
  8. 8. Planning your lesson- Overview • A lesson in Moodle comprises several pages which may have content to be read or questions to be answered. • The content and questions can be prepared beforehand by the tutor. • The tutor decides the sequence in which these pages appear. • However, the tutor needs to have a clear clue beforehand of what he/she wants to do with this lesson. Will the lesson be a graded or an ungraded one? Will the students be granted multiple attempts to answer the questions or revisit the subsections, or is it just a once- only opening? • A very useful approach is to note down on paper the direction they want their lesson pages to go in, rather than having to recall and envisage the flow in their head.
  9. 9. Planning your lesson- Formation • The first step the tutor needs, after preparing the content, is to add the lesson (activity) and set it up. • In the next two slides, you can find the depiction of what the setup page of the lesson looks like 1. Click Add activity 2. Choose lesson
  10. 10. Planning your lesson- Formation The title of a lesson appears to the student at the top of the page. Time settings The tutor is able to control the retakes, display of scores,etc..
  11. 11. Planning your lesson- Formation The settings could be as shown here The file that contains the content (for reference)
  12. 12. Content page • This is a page where a tutor can provide information to move the lesson forward but without requiring the student to answer specific questions. • The student sees the page's title, some information and then one or more buttons at the bottom to select. • When the student clicks on a button, they go to the next page but their choice is not scored. buttons Title of the lesson Title of the page
  13. 13. Adding content to your lesson After setting up your lesson, you can click on the name of the lesson on the page, and you will be taken to the screen in the screenshot below. - Choose the content page. Choose content page
  14. 14. Adding content to your lesson After choosing the content page, a new page will appear as in the below figure:
  15. 15. Adding content to your lesson The tutor will also see the page title in the collapsed edit mode when they are working on the Lesson, and they will also be able to choose the title (and hence this page) from the drop down "jump" lists. Choose the next page to jump to Then, you start filling the fields of the content page. Material of this page
  16. 16. Adding content to your lesson The link to the next jump. The below figure shows the preview of the content page after adding the material and filling the fields.
  17. 17. Adding content to your lesson The Actions icons allow you to move (if you have more than one), edit, preview or delete yourpages. The drop down menu allows you to create another page of your choice
  18. 18. Adding questions to your lesson In that page, you can choose the type of the question as well. The below figure shows that an MCQ type has been selected. From the drop down menu, you can choose to add a question. After choosing to add a question, you will be directed to a question page.
  19. 19. Adding questions to your lesson The format of question pages is similar to content pages. A typical question page could include: Title: the name the student sees at the top of the questionpage. Page contents: the actual question Type your question here
  20. 20. Adding questions to your lesson A typical question page could also include: Answer: The field where you can type one of the choices Response: The field where you can type a feedback Format: Keep it as is (Moodle auto-format) Jump: The place where you can redirect the student ( to continue or to revisit the material) Score: You can decide there the weight of the score. The screenshots below depict the fields Correct answer Wrong answer
  21. 21. Lesson- Final view The below figure shows how the lesson will look like. Notice how you can offer the students different choices to jump to a certain page.
  22. 22. Ending your lesson • To bring the lesson to a close, select the "End of Lesson" option from the Jump menu on any relevant pages. • The student will then see a generic message as in the next screenshot, with a direction back to the main course page or to view their grades:
  23. 23. The course as seen by the student
  24. 24. The course as seen by the student
  25. 25. Saving your lessons as .mbz file • After finishing all lessons and distributing them properly over the weeks, the tutor needs to create a backup of this course in order to be reused later or in other Moodle pages. • To archive course Resources,Activities, and course settings for safekeeping, it is highly recommended that tutors backup (.mbz) their course periodically; if something happens to the original, they can easily restore it to the most recent backup. • The .mbz can be used to restore the course on the local LMS or the central LMS. Note: The tutor should know that .mbz files cannot be used outside of Moodle.
  26. 26. Steps to backup a Moodle course Step 1: first, you go to the Moodle course that you want to backup and click Backup in the Settings block (Backup is found under the title: Course administration).
  27. 27. Steps to backup a Moodle course • Step 2: Here, you set the initial settings. Checks are already found by default. However, you can manage your own settings. When you are done, click next.
  28. 28. Steps to backup a Moodle course • Step 3: In the Schema settings, you can select some or all weeks, depending on the items you want to backup. When you are done, click next.
  29. 29. Steps to backup a Moodle course • Step 4: In the Confirmation and Review, double check the list of included things, and then click Perform Backup. Here, youcan rename your .mbz file
  30. 30. Steps to backup a Moodle course • Step 5: The Backup is now ready. After clicking continue, you will be directed to the page where you can manage your backup files ( download or restore). Click download and choose the place you want to save your file in. You just finished saving the backup copy of your Moodle course page!
  31. 31. Credit • https://docs.moodle.org/25/en/Building_Lesson

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