Moodle Course Design

Introduction

This self-access online training is designed for teachers and trainers from any field who wish to design and deliver their own online courses, using the Moodle virtual learning environment (VLE).

The course will be based in our Moodle VLE. It is not a scheduled group course with set dates. It is more of an interactive user guide. Much of the interaction with your tutor will be in discussion forums, which will guide you through the development of your online content.

Your Moodle page will be hosted free-of-charge for 3 months. The ideal aim is that you will create your first course with our assistance during the training, then will have time to give it a pilot run with your own learners. A fully supported pilot run of your course is included in the package.

Beyond the initial 3-month service period, you may choose to continue hosting with us, or you may download your data and make your own hosting arrangements.

Your course tutor is Richard Gallahad, who has been involved in online and multimedia design since 1999 and has worked internationally as an English teacher and Business English trainer since 2005. His own training includes the Cambridge DELTA, Trinity Cert. IBET and MA Educational Technology & TESOL.

Moodle Sandbox

In sandbox mode, you have an individual page in which to develop a sample course. You will then be able to do a pilot run of your course with up to 10 participants. This allows you to try out Moodle and to assess whether this is the right platform for your project. If you are satisfied, your content will be exported to your very own Moodle site where you can develop multiple courses with an unlimited number of students.

Course Syllabus

  1. Getting Started
    In Unit 1 we’ll get your course page up and running by guiding you in how to work with static content such as adding pages, creating links and labels and adding text pages. We’ll also cover how to work with images.

  2. Adding Activities
    Next, we’ll continue to develop content by adding some interactive activities. We’ll explore the use of discussion forums, interactive quizzes, wikis and glossaries.

  3. Adding More Activities
    In Unit 3, we’ll continue to develop content by adding even more interactive activities to our sample courses. We’ll explore the use of virtual classrooms, assignment submissions, and chat rooms.

  4. Working With Audio-Visual Resources
    Unit 4 covers how to add audio and video content to your course. It also provides assistance in creating your own audio-visual content, such as recording video tutorials which can be embedded in your course pages.

  5. Advanced Features
    Moodle is open-source, which means that developers around the world are continually improving it, and adding more features. So, the possibilities for your courses are limitless. In Unit 5, we’ll cover a few technicalities, such as working with HTML to edit your text, and introduce you to plug-ins, which are additional activities and resources created by the Moodle community.

  6. Course Delivery
    Having covered pretty much all of the technical skills involved in developing a Moodle course and introduced you to some of the most commonly used resources and activities, its now time to focus on designing a workable course and delivering it as a pilot run.

    To understand how to design and deliver effective online courses, we seriously recommend that you join our Online Course Delivery training before starting Moodle Course Design.