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Moodle Blog 3: Lessons in Moodle

Reading William Rice’s book prompted me to ponder on how we use the Lesson module in Moodle at Our Lady’s. I steered clear of it for a long time, finding the layout complex (which it is) and unable to see how you could deliver a ‘lesson’ without a teacher at the front of the class. I stand by the former concern -in fact, if you’re going to create a Lesson, this is one of the rare times when I would advise people actually to use pen and paper to plan it  before logging into Moodle.branchtablebranchtable On the second concern, however, I was wrong. If the nature of your subject suits it, a Moodle lesson is ideal for independent learning, perfect for introducing a new topic with no teacher present. A lesson is basically a set of linking pages which students can navigate through according to how they want to learn or where they want to progress. The challenge for the teacher planning the lesson is to think of all possible alternatives and provide links to them – but, with practice, it can be achieved. I’ve used this module  in ICT as a Step-by-Step walk through of a new skill – for example; a student wants to learn how to use Movie Maker. The options are : do you know where to find it on the network? If the student hits yes – they move on; if not, they are directed to the page showing them how to locate and open it up. Different learning styles? Include them in your lesson! When the student has loaded up Movie Maker they are asked if they know how to import photos – and if they choose the ‘no’ option, they are then given the choices of watching a how to  movie in Captivate, reading the instructions on screen or downloading to print off. If I’d had time I’d have made a podcast too, for aural learners. And it is not just our students who can benefit from the lesson module.I’ve used a similar ‘walk through’ with teachers wishing to use the free HotPotatoes software that can be used in Moodle to generate self-marking activities. A couple of pages in, the teacher is asked: would you like to make a crossword/multi-choice/drag and drop? When they’ve made their choice, once again they can select how best they would like to learn this , from a variety of options.hotpotatoes lesson You can grade lessons, provide pupils with a score at the end, but of course the types I have described don’t need grading; it’s enough just to reach the final page. (within the Moodle set up they’re known as ‘practice’ lessons) However, you can use the grading system to good effect by creating Decision Making Exercises, useful in many subjects such as RE, Citizenship, history and – in the following example – geography. You set up a scenario – I used a real life flood in the north of England. You get the pupil to role play; give them various courses of action and, according to which decision they make, give them  points – or take points away for a bad move. I added hyperlinks and images to the real life flood in order to show the consequences of their choices. DMEThere are other ways to achieve what I have discussed: there is a program called Quandary enabling you to make these ‘action mazes’ (but it’s not yet SCORM compliant)  and you can make linking pages in PowerPoint or Adobe Captivate – but we are talking Moodle and the Lesson is a useful one!

Dieser Beitrag wurde am Saturday, 29. December 2007 um 13:26 Uhr veröffentlicht und wurde unter der Kategorie Moodle abgelegt. Du kannst die Kommentare zu diesen Eintrag durch den RSS-Feed verfolgen.

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