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.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
eLearning training continues to move along very
encouragingly, with a well attended course last Wednesday and my diary filling
with appointments for one-2-one mentoring sessions for the first piece of
eLearning material package. This week in
particular brought along an excellent opportunity to see how these things are done
in another college because on Monday this week I was invited to a LeSoCo meeting
at Lewisham College.
Similar to our own deployment they are Moodle based, with implementations
of Mahara and Turnitin, along with hosting and custom upgrades from ULCC.
Interesting to see the inclusion of a wide range of Google education services including
email, blogs and docs. I must admit that Google education does offer some very
interesting and tempting features, something to look into for me in the not to
The blended learning programmes make use of Mahara for
eportfolio’s with a mixture of learning material including Scorm packages, tracked
using Grade book .
It was encouraging to see that own approach of using Bronze,
Silver and Gold training standards was being used, though not surprisingly details
for the content of these was different; must get Mozilla badges going soon.
Some interesting discussions developed on the day that included
those recurrent themes of how does the inspection process fit into or for that
matter support the collection of what could be broadly described as e-processes. If you have read this blog before then you will have picked
up that my subjective measure as to the usefulness of events is measured by the
amount of note taking that I complete, and given that the event only lasted 2
hours six sides of a notebook, so all in all good. When I say note book by the way I am not
referring to the Apple kind, why, well because I wanted to try something new,
instead of scribbling / keying lines and lines of text, I wanted to try-out a technique
that I came across recently called Distance Graphic Recording posting on Elliot Masseys
eLearning site. If you have not across this before you may like to give it a
try, it certainly reduced my word count and aided later understanding of my own
Thats all now, and as usual, 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.
Visit the moodle shop at
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.