Introduction to Moodle
Moodle is an open source application that allows you to create online courses. It is free on most web hosting services and easy to install. Moodle can be installed in its own directory so that it can be linked to other applications on your domain such as WordPress or Joomla.
How is Moodle Organized?
The heart of each course contains activities and resources. There are about 20 different activities including forums, glossaries, wikis, assignments, lessons, quizzes and databases. You can use activities to build upon other activities. You can build a community of learners by using the various activities.
Resources are items such as files, folders, URLs pages and labels. These are used to provide the student with an organized course and other resources to help them learn more. For instance a label can be used to provide outline information on the main course page or in the topic or week main pages. A label can also be used to display text or images any place on the page.
A file resource can be used to provide a syllabus for your course. A URL resource can be used to provide other websites that have vital information for your students. You are limited by your imagination.
How can Moodle Help you?
Moodle is a toolbox that can be used by teachers to make use of the power of the internet. They can start out simple and then progress to more complex courses and communities.
A course in its simplest form may have a label or two, an outline or syllabus, a lesson or two, perhaps an assignment and a quiz. It can be as simple as you want. As you get used to Moodle you can create a glossary, add a forum and perhaps include a survey. You may also want to include links to other resources on the internet.
How do I move items after I have placed them?
Once you have created a few activities and resources you may want to move them or change the order they appear on the page. This is as easy as clicking and dragging.
- First turn editing on.
- Then select the item you want to move by clicking and holding the cross to the right of the item you want to move.
- While holding down the mouse button drag the item to the position you want it to move to. You will see a thin horizontal line appear between your items. This is where the moved item will appear when you release the mouse button.
- Once you have the item where you want it, release the mouse button.
How to Use Labels to Separate and Organize
You can use labels to make titles to separate and organize your course. Your label should use one of the heading settings such as heading 2 or heading 3. The higher the number you choose the smaller the type size you will have.
Experiment with the different headings. You can see examples of the font size when you click on the arrow next to the word paragraph on the top of the text window.