Descriptions from the program follow. See sublinks for this page for individual note areas.
2A - Building Blocks and Section Talks - Building a Moodle Course from Scratch (All Levels) (FULL)
Whether building your first Moodle course, or your hundredth, there are some things that might simply not occur to you. How do you name your sections? What role should labels play, and have you considered the relationship between sections 0 and 1? Come join us for this hands-on workshop in which we collaboratively build a course template appropriate to all subjects by focusing on the obvious (like contrast and alignment) and the not-so-obvious (where should your syllabus go, really?). If you're a seasoned Moodler, we welcome your contribution and input. This course will use Moodle 2.3, and if possible have participants collaboratively developing it as we go. We will also review some course building checklists and discuss participants' experiences and best practices in developing and running their Moodle courses. Taught by D.I. von Briesen
Demystifing the Moodle Gradebook with four S's, some simple steps to simplicity
Let's face it- the Moodle gradebook is the most powerful on the market, yet borders on incomprehensible for mere mortals. What's the difference between weighted and simple weighted means, and what's with the show until option, and how 'bout conflicting settings for where the totals show? In this short, to-the-point session the presenter will illustrate how he sets up his gradebook to accomplish these basic goals:
-showing students (and instructors) their letter grade, percentage, and total points
-having categories and weighting them
-using extra credit
-showing students the points possible for each assignment In addition, we'll discuss the ups-and-downs of some of the other settings, and you'll get a "cheatsheet" for the basics covered in this session.
D.I. von Briesen
Lightning Session I
D) Mo' Moodle power - the HTML block & why you MUST use it.
Beyond the LMS - the Star model of Course Content
As much as some teachers and administrators would like to see their course all bundled up nicely in one moodle shell- the world has gotten a bit more complex than that. With resources ranging from publisher material to wikipedia to youtube to various school provided references and online systems, your course is likely to include a variety of different content sources and types. We'll discuss and show examples of how Moodle fails as (or doesn't pretend to be a) content repository but serves as a holder for key learning tools, and a "launch pad" for many other resources (and even activities).
D.I. von Briesen