Why do so many Moodle courses suck?

Nik Peachey

Moodle is a magnificent free product and has the potential to enable schools and teachers to build wonderfully unique interactive online learning courses in which learner interaction can be tracked, measured and responded to. Despite this the vast majority of Moodle courses I see are a long list of Word and PDF documents with at best a few forums that enable a minimum of human social interaction. And of course Moodle isn’t the only culprit.

Moodle and the next LMS: reflections and more questions

Bryan Alexander

Last week Martin Dougiamas, the creator of Moodle, the world’s leading open source learning management system, joined our Future Trends Forum to discuss the future of that technology. Text question from Ed Finn: OER Game Changer – Moodle Community could separate it from Canvas and Blackboard who keep these types of sharing resources behind a wall. What is the present and future direction by Moodle on this important topic?

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Moodle users gain bonus points with eThink Education and the Training Arcade ™

The Game Agency

With their years of experience in e-learning services, Moodle Partner eThink Education are rapidly becoming the go-to people for anyone needing help with in-house training. This means that 100,000 Moodle users will now have access to The Training Arcade library of customisable games. The platform includes 7 unique game mechanics, 15 languages, an analytics dashboard, leaderboard, and SCORM packages making it a seamless integration with Moodle.

Moodle and the next LMS: reflections and more questions

Bryan Alexander

Last week Martin Dougiamas, the creator of Moodle, the world’s leading open source learning management system, joined our Future Trends Forum to discuss the future of that technology. Text question from Ed Finn: OER Game Changer – Moodle Community could separate it from Canvas and Blackboard who keep these types of sharing resources behind a wall. What is the present and future direction by Moodle on this important topic?

Secrets of Accessible Online Content You Need to Know

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter In some of the statistics about online acceessibility , we see that, up to 20% of people are excluded from websites when our site is not accessible. Today, we dig into a university that is making progress on accessibility and compliance. Teachers who are putting content online can make content more accessible if we learn these tips. What does accessibility mean?

Blackboard to Sell Open LMS Product for $31.7 Million

Edsurge

million for all intellectual property and assets related to the Open LMS, formerly called Moodlerooms and currently considered the largest commercial Moodle provider worldwide, according to a statement Tuesday. Most Moodle products are hosted locally. Blackboard, a Reston, Va.-based

Distance Learning Resources

A Principal's Reflections

Some students do not have access to devices or the Internet. Asynchronous flipped lessons can be created using a variety of tools and added to YouTube or a learning management system (Google Classroom, Schoology, Canvas, Moodle) for learners to access.

Inspire Learning Beyond Your Classroom Walls by Setting Up a Virtual Learning Community

Teacher Reboot Camp

The free web tools below help teachers create a safe online class where students can access learning materials, post their work, and comment on the works of others. Moodle is an open source learning management system you install on your own server.

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Inspire Learning Beyond Your Classroom Walls by Setting Up a Virtual Learning Community

Teacher Reboot Camp

The free web tools below help teachers create a safe online class where students can access learning materials, post their work, and comment on the works of others. Moodle is an open source learning management system you install on your own server.

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So you want to create an online class independent of a school

Bryan Alexander

Moodle – the popular LMS/VLE takes some backend skills to install and host, but can also be accessed from hosting services like MoodleCloud. I also think it would be possible to find someone in the Moodle community who would help. I don’t recommend Moodle for a beginner.

Your Google Apps Questions!

The Electric Educator

Linking Google Apps with Moodle MoodleRooms has a pretty slick Google Apps/Moodle integration. It provides SSO between the services, syncs your Google and Moodle accounts, and allows you to add a Google Apps "block" that connects with Gmail, Docs, and Calendar. When a student is submitting a file through a Moodle "drop box" they also have the option of selecting a file from their Google Docs Account. As a fully web-based platform, web-enabled computer access is key.

4 Great Alternatives to Google Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

This includes typical LMS (Learning Management Systems) functions like homework, classwork, schedules, quizzes, resources, and gradebooks so stakeholders–teachers and students–can access them from any location and any digital device. It’s easy to use, accessible from all devices, collaborative, and integrates with lots of education apps. Of all the LMSs available, none are as flexible, scalable, feature-rich, and affordable as the open-source Moodle.

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Wikispaces has closed. What are your alternatives?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Where Wikispaces was fairly intuitive, this one will be challenging for the average Luddite teacher (myself included), maybe on a par with a Moodle account. As with a Moodle setup, the TikiWiki marketplace offers a vast array of themes, widgets, and options to personalize a TikiWiki. Here are four alternatives I liked, though only Moodle could do everything that Wikispaces does: Canvas. Moodle. It is easily accessed from a desktop or mobile device.

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Reliable Turnitin alternatives for K12

Ask a Tech Teacher

This is the only service that can access the libraries like Elsevier/Scopus and Springer & Nature. This 2-in-1 solution seems pretty nice, especially knowing that it has access to the ProQuest databases. .

Top issues you will face when developing your own Learning Management System

Testpress

Moodle Instead of building a custom system from scratch, you might think why not take up Moodle and deploy it on a server? Moodle is the perfect example of how you can make a learning management system ugly. Moodle is a complicated behemoth.

10 Myths about Teaching with Tech

Ask a Tech Teacher

The New York Post reported in 2018 that as many as 5 million schoolage children have no Internet access. Moodle is a great example of this. Moodle is hands down, one of the most powerful free LMSs, but it’s complicated to set up, confusing to use, and intimidates most people just by hearing its name. In Moodle’s case, someone does have to teach educators to use it and that holds it back. I’ve been teaching technology for over fifteen years.

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Here’s the Easiest Way to Check for Plagiarism

Ask a Tech Teacher

It can operate as a stand-alone web-based tool or be integrated into an LMS like Google Classroom or Moodle. When you set up an account, you tell it whether you want to access it as a teacher, a student, or an individual owner. PlagiarismCheck.org quickly checks it against all accessible Internet pages for plagiarism. The tool can be fully integrated into Google Classroom, Moodle, and Canvas.

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Top issues you will face when developing your own Learning Management System

Testpress

Moodle Instead of building a custom system from scratch, you might think why not take up Moodle and deploy it on a server? Moodle is the perfect example of how you can make a learning management system ugly. Moodle is a complicated behemoth.

KITABOO facilitates key LMS integrations with advanced technological features

Kitaboo on EdTech

The course content is usually located in a cloud-based repository and people with authorization can log in with their credentials and access the training and course material. This means that the LMS user gets access to secure content on KITABOO with no fuss whatsoever.

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Blended Teaching: How Plagiarism Detection Software can Help Educators

Educational Technology Guy

Accessing a wide range of sources If you plan on checking a student’s submission for plagiarism, googling suspicious parts from the paper won’t do the trick. The reason is, you need to have access to various online resources, such as articles, blog posts, publications in journals, etc.

8 EdTech Trends to Watch Out for This 2020

Ask a Tech Teacher

With more educational institutions adopting virtual learning management systems (such as Moodle, Edmodo, etc.), This year, educational institutions are using blockchain for accessible record keeping. As always, education is changing.

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Snow Day? 7 Ways to Keep Teaching

Ask a Tech Teacher

Pascack Valley Regional High School District in northern New Jersey makes available lesson plans and assignments that can be accessed from home, on the Internet: Before the snow fell, teachers were prepped, parents were warned and students had received enough assignments to fill a snow day.

More Than Just A Tool – Technology As Transformative Opportunity

There is no box

Ubiquitous Access To Information. In a classroom where students have anytime access to the Internet at their fingertips, the opportunities are endless. In the 21st Century, the literacy of searching , of accessing information, should be as fundamental as reading and writing. It may take a bit more effort to initially setup (no way it’s as hard as building a Moodle quiz) but once it’s done, the time savings alone are worth it.

Why has higher education decided on Zoom?

Bryan Alexander

For example, once the learning management system/virtual learning environment took off around 2000, I and others have tracked which ones different campuses adopt: Blackboard, Moodle, Canvas, etc. Accessibility.

Hyperdocs: How To’s and Tips for Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

Urkund: Today’s Sponsor Urkund is great as a plagiarism prevention tool and connects with most common Learning Management Systems like Google Classroom, Moodle, and Canvas or as a stand-alone web tool or by email. Sometimes in the Hyperdoc then, you can do like a flipped classroom type of thing, where they can access the Hyperdoc. Then they’re able to access the material that I want them to.

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Cikumas–an LMS that’s easy to understand

Ask a Tech Teacher

Because Cikumas is web-based it’s equally accessible from any platform, any device with an internet connection. Moodle: The Unsung Hero of LMS Options. Swiss-based Cikumas makes the creation and implementation of virtual classrooms quick, intuitive, and without the steep learning curve that so often accompanies LMSs (Learning Management Systems). The minimalist nature of this ecosystem makes it easy for students to complete their work and teachers to engage with them.

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Why It’s Okay To Be A Non-Techy Teacher by @Edsby

TeacherCast

Should individual teachers have to assess the pros and cons for themselves of systems like Edsby , Google Classroom, Edmodo, Schoology or Moodle? Moodle?), Occasionally, parental access needs to be revoked to students’ information. With a good, well-used LMS that can be accessed any time from anywhere on anything, students and parents know where to go for latest information. If you’re a teacher, chances are you were taught how to teach.

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Videos: Why, How, Options

Ask a Tech Teacher

R (Redefinition): Redefine your lesson plan by allowing students to access videos that explore their particular interest in a topic; encourage students to engage in higher-order thinking by creating a video that shares their thinking on the lesson’s essential question. It integrates with many LMSs (like Schoology, Blackboard, Moodle, and more) as well as many video host providers (like YouTube, TeacherTube, Khan Academy, and more).

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Part 2… Beyond the Technology Shine… Content Standard Nouns Meet 25 Free OER Education Resources

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

As Curriki states, “Barriers to equal access to education begin to lift—geography and politics become immaterial. It is their mission that free and equal access to the best curriculum materials is possible. This makes it easy to access, browse and download for use anytime, anywhere, regardless of connection. It is the desire of CCCOER to expand access to higher education and improve teaching and learning.

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Setting Up Your Google Classroom

The Electric Educator

Classroom is not a complete classroom solution; it must be used alongside perennial favorites such as Edmodo, Hapara Teacher Dashboard, Moodle, etc. You can request access here. Don''t have access, but eager to see what classroom has to offer? For the first time, Google has designed a product for a specific industry. Fortunately for educators, that product is for them!

PowerSchool to Acquire Schoology, Pairing Major K-12 LMS and SIS Providers

Edsurge

The two companies previously partnered in 2017 on product integrations that allowed users to more easily access and share information across both systems. Schoology trails Google Classroom, Canvas and Moodle in terms of adoption in large districts, but is the only one of the four that offers a paid offering focused on K-12. Canvas and Moodle are also widely used in higher education, and Classroom is a free tool with fewer functionalities.

Collaborative & Creative Online Learning

Teacher Reboot Camp

What is your access and your students’ access outside school? It is frustrating to only have a Learning Management System (LMS) or VLE accessible only when you are on campus. You, your students and their parents should be able to access the VLE outside of school. Platforms like Moodle require server space. Discover which tools your students already have access to or know how to use by surveying them. Recently added to the Survival Tips for Teachers !

Some ideas for Course Management Systems and Apps

Educational Technology Guy

Moodle is free, but you have to pay to host it somewhere, or host it yourself. Edmodo is a free social learning network for teachers, students and schools, providing a way to connect and collaborate, share content, access homework and grades, and much more. There are a lot of course management tools available for educators, including Blackboard and PowerSchool, that allow educators to do attendance, grading, post and organize resources and lessons, and interact with students.

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From Tech Newbie to Ninja to Sensei

Teacher Reboot Camp

Discover which tools and apps your students already have access to or know how to use by surveying them. Try Edmodo , Google Classroom , Schoology , Moodle, Edublogs , Haiku Learning, Wikis , or Google Apps for Education. Click to access that resource! “Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.” – Bill Gates.

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Flipping Instruction for Struggling Students

Teacher Reboot Camp

Embed videos on a virtual learning environment (VLE), a space on the web and also accessible on mobile devices, where students access the lessons or videos. These are a few free options- Edmodo , Schoology , Educlipper , Google Classroom , Edublogs , Weebly , Moodle , Edubuncee , Blendspace , PBWorks , Wikispaces , and Haiku Learning. “The “Flipped Classroom” starts with one question: what is the best use of my face-to-face class time?”

3 Comic Creators That Will Wow Your Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

Education accounts have automatic access to Photos for Class ‘s massive image collection. For the Fun and Business accounts, you can log in from Facebook, Google, Edmodo, or Moodle. Comics are a robust medium for sharing empathy and perspective in a story. It’s equally appropriate for fiction and nonfiction and does a solid job of reinforcing Common Core standards related to writing in a fun, agile way that appeals to students.

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Ultimate Resource Guide for the NEW Google Classroom!

The Electric Educator

Moodle? Video: comparing Google Classroom, Edmodo, and Moodle By Valerie Beilman, Plymouth Canton School, Michigan Setting up your first Google Classroom Brand new to Google Classroom? Video: Adding content to the NEW Google Classroom By John Sowash, ElectricEducator.com Setting up Guardian Access The guardian feature helps keep parents informed about the progress of their student.

Focus On Teaching: Teachers Teaching From Home, Facilitating Virtual Learning

Edthena

The international team teaches using the learning management system Moodle. In this case, video and written instructions to students, families, and teachers on how to access the digital platform has been provided.

LinkedIn’s New Learning Platform to Recommend Lynda Courses for Professionals

Edsurge

Lynda.com users will have the opportunity to combine their accounts and access courses in both platforms. It is marketing the solution as a professional development tool that can help faculty learn how to use classroom tools such as Moodle, Adobe Captivate and learning management systems. LinkedIn loves to learn. Today the social media site for professionals.

Part Three: Beyond SAMR… Making Sure Technology Supports Content Standards

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

As Curriki states, “Barriers to equal access to education begin to lift—geography and politics become immaterial. It is their mission that free and equal access to the best curriculum materials is possible. This makes it easy to access, browse and download for use anytime, anywhere, regardless of connection. It is the desire of CCCOER to expand access to higher education and improve teaching and learning.