technology tip of the month Moodling
Volume 6 (3)
By: Kevin Johnson, Michael Lindeman,
& Virgil E. Varvel Jr.

 

Moodle Glossary

Assignment: Assignments allow the teacher to specify a task that requires students to prepare digital content (any format) and submit it by uploading it to the server. Typical assignments include essays, projects, reports and so on. This module includes grading facilities.

Chat: The Chat module allows participants to have a real-time synchronous discussion via the web. This is a useful way to get a different understanding of each other and the topic being discussed - the mode of using a chat room is quite different from the asynchronous forums. The Chat module contains a number of features for managing and reviewing chat discussions.

Choice: A choice activity is very simple - the teacher asks a question and specifies a choice of multiple responses. It can be useful as a quick poll to stimulate thinking about a topic; to allow the class to vote on a direction for the course; or to gather research consent.

Cookies:
Two cookies are used by the ION Moodle site.
The essential one is the session cookie, usually called MoodleSession. You must allow this cookie into your browser to provide continuity and maintain your login from page to page. When you log out or close the browser this cookie is destroyed (in your browser and on the server).
The other cookie is purely for convenience, usually called something like MOODLEID. It just remembers your username within the browser. This means when you return to this site the username field on the login page will be already filled out for you. It is safe to refuse this cookie - you will just have to retype your username every time you log in.

Dialogue:
The Dialogues module provides a simple communication method between pairs of users. A teacher can open an dialogue with a student, a student can open a dialogue with a teacher, and (optionally) a student can open a dialogue with another student. A teacher or student can be involved in many on-going dialogues at any time.

Forum:
This activity can be the most important - it is here that most discussion takes place. Forums can be structured in different ways, and can include peer rating of each posting. The postings can be viewed in a variety for formats, and can include attachments. By subscribing to a forum, participants will receive copies of each new posting in their email. A teacher can impose subscription on everyone if they want to.

Glossary:
This activity allows participants to create and maintain a list of definitions, like a dictionary.
The entries can be searched or browsed in many different formats.
The glossary also allows teachers to export entries from one glossary to another (the main one) within the same course.
Finally, it is possible to automatically create links to these entries from throughout the course.

Grades:
Many of the activities allow grades to be set.
By default, the results of all grades within the course can be seen in the Grades page, available from the main course page.
If a teacher is not interested in using grades in a course, or just wants to hide grades from students, then they can disable the display of grades in the Course Settings. This does not prevent individual activities from using or setting grades, it just disables the results being displayed to students.

Grades:
Many of the activities allow grades to be set.
By default, the results of all grades within the course can be seen in the Grades page, available from the main course page.
If a teacher is not interested in using grades in a course, or just wants to hide grades from students, then they can disable the display of grades in the Course Settings. This does not prevent individual activities from using or setting grades, it just disables the results being displayed to students.

Journal:
This module is a very important reflective activity. The teacher asks the student to reflect on a particular topic, and the student can edit and refine their answer over time. This answer is private and can only be seen by the teacher, who can offer feedback and a grade on each journal entry. It's usually a good idea to have about one Journal activity per week.

Label:
This is a not a true activity - it is a "dummy" activity that allows teachers and administrators to insert text and graphics among the other activities on the course page.

Lesson:
A lesson delivers content in an interesting and flexible way. It consists of a number of pages. Each page normally ends with a question and a number of possible answers. Depending on the student's choice of answer they either progress to the next page or are taken back to a previous page. Navigation through the lesson can be straight forward or complex, depending largely on the structure of the material being presented.

Martin Dougiamas:
Moodle designer.

Moodle:
The word Moodle is an acronym for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment, which is useful for programmers and education theorists. It's also a verb that describes the process of lazily meandering through something, doing things as it occurs to you, an enjoyable tinkering that often leads to insight and creativity. This process applies to the way Moodle was developed, and the way a student or teacher might approach studying or teaching an online course.

Quiz:
This module allows the teacher to design and set quiz tests, consisting of multiple choice, true-false, and short answer questions. These questions are kept in a categorised database, and can be re-used within courses and even between courses. Quizzes can allow multiple attempts. Each attempt is automatically marked, and the teacher can choose whether to give feedback or to show correct answers. This module includes grading facilities.

Recent Activity:
Moodle can display "recent activity" on the course home page.
This shows the everything that has happened in the course since the last time the viewer logged in to the course, including new posts, new users, submitted journals etc.
It is highly recommended you leave this feature enabled in your courses, as it helps give a sense of activity in the course. Knowing what everyone else is doing also helps to promote a collaborative atmosphere in the class.
You might want to disable this feature for extremely large or heavily used courses, as it may slow down the display of the course page.

Resource:
Resources are content: information the teacher wants to bring into the course. These can be prepared files uploaded to the course server; pages edited directly in Moodle; or external web pages made to appear part of this course.

SCORM:
A SCORM package is a bundle of web content packaged in a way that follows the SCORM standard for learning objects. These packages can include web pages, graphics, Javascript programs, Flash presentations and anything else that works in web browsers. The SCORM module allows you to easily upload any standard SCORM package and make it part of your course.

Survey:
The Survey module provides a number of verified survey instruments that have been found useful in assessing and stimulating learning in online environments. Teachers can use these to gather data from their students that will help them learn about their class and reflect on their own teaching.

Wiki:
A Wiki enables documents to be authored collectively in a simple markup language using a web browser.
" Wiki wiki" means "super fast" in the Hawaiian language, and it is the speed of creating and updating pages that is one of the defining aspects of wiki technology. Generally, there is no prior review before modifications are accepted, and most wikis are open to the general public or at least to all persons who also have access to the wiki server.
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.
This module is based on Erfurt Wiki.

Workshop:
A Workshop is a peer assessment activity with a huge array of options. It allows participants to assess each other's projects, as well as exemplar projects, in a number of ways. It also coordinates the collection and distribution of these assessments in a variety of ways. The Workshop module is contributed by Ray Kingdon.

 

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