Category Archives: Learning Managment Systems

Design and aesthetics matter when creating your course.

One area that is often overlooked in designing a course is the aesthetics of the course. Clearly this is not as important as the goals and objectives of the course, but a well put together course can help your students navigate the content and activities much easier. The infographic below shows some ways in which you can improve the look of your Moodle course.

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Using your Assessment Overview to navigate the Moodle Gradebook.

Moodle is a great tool that many instructors utilize in their course offerings to share documents, have discussions, and also to post grades. One part of Moodle that produces a great deal of questions from instructors is the grade book. This article will provide you with some examples of how a grade book could be set up by using an assessment overview as a map.
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Why would I use Twitter in my course? And how would I implement it?

Twitter is a microblogging tool that has been growing in popularity for many years. It allows users to easily share photos, videos, comments and links. If you are unsure how twitter works, check out the links below.

http://www.wikihow.com/Use-Twitter

So how can 140 characters posts in a social media tool be useful to you and your student?

Below are some ways you might think about integrating twitter into your course. This is not an exhaustive list, but there are resource links at the end of this article that provide some other options not explored here.

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New Moodle Theme for Fall 2013.

The Teaching Centre is excited to introduce the U of L community to the new Moodle for Fall 2013. Over the summer we have implemented a significant upgrade to the Moodle platform with many new enhancements and features. In order to align with the UofL’s branding, and with the help of both student and faculty focus groups,  we are also introducing a new theme.  We hope you enjoy the new look along with the new features, and look forward to hearing your feedback as we continue to work to improve our Moodle platform.

Key improvements include:

  • Drag and drop topics you can re-order topics by simply dragging them.
  • Drag and drop file uploads you can actually drag files directly from your desktop to your browser
  • Virtual linking to files in your “My files” area you can use your my files area as a file repository for all your classes. One file can be used in multiple locations.
  • New Activity and Resource picker that replaces the two drop down menus with a single link to a pop-up window in a more user friendly format.
  • A completely re-vamped Assignment tool the tool combines the 4 assignment types of old into a single form with more flexible options, and easier to understand setup.
  • Redesigned to automatically reformat for a better user experience on tablets and smartphones using responsive grid.
  • Numerous bug fixes and technical improvements.

Please contact the Teaching Centre if you would like to learn more.

Moodle Upgrade for Summer 2013.

posted by John Kometz – Educational Consultant (LMS Lead), Teaching Centre

We have implemented a significant upgrade to the Moodle platform for the summer semester (version 2.4.3). If you have summer courses you should already have access to the new instance.

Key improvements include

  • Drag and drop topics you can re-order topics by simply dragging them.
  • Drag and drop file uploads you can actually drag files directly from your desktop to your browser
  • Virtual linking to files in your “My files” area you can use your my files area as a file repository for all your classes. One file can be used in multiple locations.
  • New Activity and Resource picker the two drop down menus of old are combined in a single link to a popup window in a much more user friendly format.
  • A completely re-vamped Assignment tool the tool combines the 4 assignment types of old into a single form with more flexible options, and easier to understand setup.
  • Numerous bug fixes, and minor improvements

Please contact the Teaching Center if you would like to learn more.

posted by John Kometz