This section will give you some pointers for either refreshing you Moodle module or starting from scratch. We will a range of topics from building in tracking to working on the accessibility and inclusivity of your module and it’s contents.

 

Minimum requirements for your Moodle site

  • Add your contact details, including your email address, phone number and office hours at the top of the page with a Moodle label
  • Provide details of remote and on campus tutorials
  • Add your virtual office / drop in hours (and instructions related to the tool used, e.g. Skype for Business, Blackboard Collaborate) with a Moodle label
  • Add your remote and on campus teaching hours with a Moodle label
  • A short introductory video – try using the Panopto online recorder
  • Advice for your students on how to study and learn online
  • An active Moodle discussion forum as channel of communication for students.
  • When teaching remotely, scheduled synchronous sessions (preferably using Blackboard Collaborate)
  • An up to date resource list (to include 100% digital resources using the Library’s existing digital collections wherever possible)
  • Use of the Moodle Quiz activity to evaluate learning throughout the module
  • All resources clearly signposted (with a high Ally accessibility score)
  • Assessment briefings, with hand in dates (see the assessment table in your module template), feedback dates and indicative samples of previous work
  • Clear and detailed guidance for students on how to submit an online assignment in the Assessment section

Creating a video introduction to your site

Use ReCap quick online capture to create a Welcome video to display at the top of your module page.

Quality assurance of your online content and taught sessions

Build in tracking (e.g. course activity completion) to help monitor student engagement and achievement . Make use of Course tracking and Conditional activities in Moodle

Regular course evaluations from students – questionnaire and feedback tool. Guidance coming soon. Please contact your eLearning Advisor in the meantime.

Inclusive and accessible module/content design
Adding files, folders and external links to your Moodle site

Although it’s easy to generate content directly in Moodle, you can also upload any type of electronic file you like. All you need to do is make sure your students can access it with the appropriate software on their computers.

Using the Text Editor to format and structure your content

The text editor (sometimes referred to as the ‘HTML editor’) offers many features that can assist in creating well structured content for various types of content, text, image based and video. Many of these  functions will be familiar to anyone who uses a word processor.

Some examples of where you will see the text editor include: Editing Section headings, description of an activity or writing an answer to a quiz question.

Using the Page Resource

A page resource is a webpage that can be created with text, images and video media. With pages you can use Moodle’s Text editor to create a effectively structure your content in a user-friendly way. In certain situations it might be preferable to use the page resource instead of uploading a word-processed document, particularly if the document contains text that is just to be read and not downloaded. It’s also helpful for mobile app users.

Using Labels to structure your content

A Label can be used  to structure the content of a Moodle site by adding headings or other information that you would like displayed directly on the module page. Labels allows you to add text, images, links, embedded video and audio.

Creating a Book Resource to structure your content

Setting up a Book resource is a useful way of effectively structuring large pieces of content in a user friendly format. Create multiple webpages within the book with text, images and other multimedia and create a table of contents for each, building up chapters as you develop the resource. Find an example of a book resource here

Hiding content

You may wish to hide content, perhaps you are working on a resource or activity which is not ready for students to view yet. You can choose to hide individual links and activities on the module page or you can hide whole sections.