The Moodle Journal chronicles using podcasts, streaming, downloads, training, metadata, scorm, lessons, quizzes, forums, chat, journals, LAMS, Mahara and assignments in the deployment of the Moodle vle as part of our e-learning programme here at College.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Serious about eLearning
If you have been reading this blog and any others of a similar nature, then I guess it will go without saying that in answer to the post title, you most certainly are serious about eLearning. Which is why I am posting a link to an article I came across from The Chronicle of Higher Education entitled Why Are So Many Students Still Failing Online? The article pulls no punches, and this becomes very clear from an early statistic quote 'With countless studies showing success rates in online courses of only 50 per cent—as opposed to 70-to-75 percent for comparable face-to-face classes'. Well I remain convinced that while that is not a global statistic, certainly the selection of courses appropriate for full blown eLearning and the need to adopt a blended approach are clearly principle contributing factors. The article has a lot of feedback responses that are equally worth reading and like myself I feel sure you will find some serious food for thought, much of which I am pleased to say I felt was reinforcing and positive. Please feel free to comment.
Welcome to the Moodle Journal
Movies on the web. Below you will find a selection of Moodle and related eLearning video tutorials currently available on
the web. So please select an option and be sure to have popups enabled on your browser, and enjoy.
Moodle is a CMS or Course Management System, a software package designed to facilitate the creation and delivery of
online courses. You will come across such e-learning systems referred to as an LMS (Learning
Management Systems) and more commonly now as a VLE (Virtual Learning Environment). Moodle is Open Source, this means you are
free to download, use, modify and even distribute under the terms of the GNU General Public License.
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Audacity is a freeware audio editor that is
ideally suited for producing podcasts.
CamStudio from Macromedia is the easiest way
to create interactive demonstrations and software simulations in Flash format, and includes visible and audible mouse
CourseGenie is a tool that will help you to
take course material in Word format and efficiently transform it into a dynamic online course.
Just give EclipseCrossword a list of words
and clues, and it does the rest. In seconds, you'll have a crossword puzzle with just the words you want.
Doppler is a podcast aggregator thats small
and easy to use.
RealProducer Helix Basic is perfect for
users who want to create quality webcasts, on demand audio and video and synchronised media.
Hot Potatoes is a suite of tools that allow
you to develop various quiz type exercises using a GUI interface, the output files can be run as webpages or imported into a
Lame is a plug-in for the Audacity audio
editor that will facilitate saving output in MP3 format.
Moodle is an Open source VLE designed to
facilitate the creation and delivery of online courses.
Pageflip is an open source Macromedia Flash
page turning book simulation that is ideal for small eBook projects.
A superb little application for interactive
white board work, allows students to drag statements, words, definitions to appropriate images, features scoring.
An add-on tool for MS Office PowerPoint 2003
lets you take your PowerPoint slides and synchronize them with audio and video
An open source JISC funded project (X4L
strand B) developing tools such as content packaging,Learning Technology and viewers to ADL and IMS Interoperability
Skype is a little program for making free
calls over the internet to anyone else who also has Skype. It’s free and easy to download and use, and works with most
ThinkLink is a free web based mind-mapping
A web based interactive white board
Windows Encoder ia a powerful production
for converting both live and prerecorded audio and video into Windows Media files or streams.
Wink is a Tutorial and Presentation
package,aimed at generating tutorials through screen capture incorporating callout boxes, buttons, titles etc..
A freeware Windows Podcast aggregator, that features a GUI interface and the ability to present Podcasts in realtime using streaming technology.