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Introduction to Moodle

CAK Inservice

Don’t forget: You can copy-paste this slide into other presentations, and move or resize the poll.



Moodle is an alternative to proprietary commercial online learning solutions, and is distributed for free under the GNU General Public License.









Moodle was originally designed by an educator with a “social constructionist pedagogy” in mind.

Social constructionists assert that learning is particularly effective when students are constructing something for others to experience.

Moodle is a Course Management System (CMS) or Learner Management System (LMS).

Martin Dougiamas - Creator






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Moodle is essentially an administrative platform that provides course pages that can be populated with…

  • Labels

  • Web Pages

  • Links to Resources

  • Surveys

  • Blogs

  • and much more!!

Moodle Statistics



Moodle has a "modular" design so adding the activities that form a course is a simple process:

1. Click the "Turn editing on" button at the top right of the course page.

2. Select an activity from the "Add an activity" dropdown menu.

Getting Started

The resource menu enablesteachers to add a page, link,and more.

The activity menu allows teachers to add assignments, lessons, and more.



Course Management Features - Modules


Used to assign online or offline tasks; learners can submit tasks in any file format (e.g. MS Office, PDF, image, a/v etc.).

ChatAllows real-time synchronous communication by learners.

ChoiceInstructors create a question and a numberof choices for learners; results are postedfor learners to view. Use this module todo quick surveys on subject matter.


Teachers can enter a description of the assignment andset how many points it is worth.

Allows the teacher and/or students to build, display and search a bank of record entries about any conceivable topic.



Course Management Features - Modules


Threaded discussion boards for asynchronous group exchange on shared subject matter. Participation in forums can be an integral part of the learning experience, helping students define and evolve their understanding of subject matter.

Students are able to communicate amongst each other with the discussion board.



Course Management Features - Modules

GlossaryCreate a glossary of terms used in a course. Has display format options including entry list, encyclopedia, FAQ, dictionary style and more.

LabelAdd descriptions with images in any area of the course homepage.

LessonAllows instructor to create and manage a set of linked "Pages". Each page can end with a question. The student chooses one answer from a set of answers and either goes forward, backward or stays in the same place in the lesson.

Students are presented with an easy to use interface while browsing glossary words.



Course Management Features - Modules

QuizCreate all the familiar forms of assessment including true-false, multiple choice, short answer, matching question, random questions, numerical questions, embedded answer questions with descriptive text and graphics.

Teachers have the ability to create manytypes of quizzes. They also are able to import questions from a variety of sources.



Course Management Features - Modules

ResourceThe primary tool for bringing content into a course; may be plain text, uploaded files, links to the web, Wiki or Rich Text (Moodle has built-in text editors) or a bibliography type reference.

SurveyThis module aids an instructor in making online classes more effective by offering a variety of surveys (COLLES, ATTLS), including critical incident sampling.

Moodle supports adding math expressions to a Resource activity, using the built-in HTML editor.



Learner Management Features

Creating learning content is only part of what a good course management system (CMS) must do. The CMS must manage learners in a variety of ways. Learner management includes:

  • Access to information about learners in a course.

  • Ability to segment participants into groups.

  • Site, course and user calendar event scheduling.

  • And so much more…e.g. applying scales to different learner activities, managing grades, tracking user access logs and uploading external files for use within the course etc.



Learner Management Features - Groups

Assigning learners to a group is a common practice in education and business. Moodle allows the course instructor to easily create group categories, and determine how members will interact with each other and within various activities.

Creating distinct group names is easy. Learners and teachers are assigned to a group by clicking a single button.



Learner Management Features - Calendar

Keeping a calendar of events is important to both the learner and course instructor. Events can be created for different categories, including:

Upcoming Events appear on the course homepage, alerting the learner across all courses they are enrolled in of different category events. Alerts are color-coded by category.

Global events that appear in all courses (system admin).

Course events set by an instructor.

Group events set by instructor relative only to a group.

User events set by learner (e.g. due dates, personal etc.).



Learner Management Features - Roles

An admin account controls the creation of courses and creates teachers by assigning users to courses.

Course creators can create courses, teach in them, and assign others to teacher roles.

Teachers are a role in a specific course.

Non-editing teacher roles are available for adjuncts, and part-time tutors.

Roles for specific participants can be defined for each course



Learner Management Features - Blogs

Blogs in Moodle are user based - each user has their own Blog. Admins, teachers, and students can create Tags - Admins can create site level tags, teachers can create Course level tags, and students can create their own list of tags.

When a blog entry is created, a user can select which tags they wish to associate with their new entry. Multiple tags can be selected. Users can also select who they want the blog entry to be available to (depending on the blog visibility site setting).

Users can attach files toBlog posts. These postsare in HTML format,enabled users to insertimages.



Learner Management Features - Logs

Monitor when and what course resources the learner has accessed. Moodle's Logs provide detailed learner activity.

Logs can be accessed from the“Reports” section.

Logs pin-point when actions are done. Easily locate specific course, student, date and module activity access.



Learner Management Features - Files

Centrally locate all course resources within the Files area of Moodle so they are available when creating new activities.

Files storage area resembles your computer, making it easy to add, move, zip and delete resources.



Learner Management Features - Help

An extensive Moodle Help file is a button click away. Courses include a Teacher only forum, where colleagues can collaborate on tasks and share ideas.

These buttons appear throughout your Moodle and leads to a help article regarding the topic.

The help files cover a variety of topics andcan be accessed by clicking the yellow buttonsuch as the one above.

Additional resources for learning about Moodle:


  • Google Search on Moodle

  • Discussion forums

  • Youtube videos

  • Login