This conveniently organized and illustrated book focuses on techniques for creating effective and engaging learning environments in Moodle using standard features built into the course homepage, or by adding a feature through the resource, activity or block drop-down menus. Rice explains how you can create engaging learning environments in Moodle by incorporating features in your course such as:
- Labels – emphasize titles, headlines, topic sections or important deadlines
- Guided notes – encourage student participation; an effective tool for retention because they engage the student
- Forums – share new knowledge and assess prior knowledge
- Chat – reduce isolation, build community, review, content, and synchronous discussions.
- Quizzes – use for drill and practice to help maintain motivation and provide time for retention and processing.
- Wikis – for reflection, content, or other information to be shared with entire class.
- Journal – for private reflection and feedback
This book is particularly good at explaining why you would use one block over another. For example, Rice explains his selection of a forum over a wiki for one activity; and why he would use a wiki instead of an assignment, blog, forum, or journal for another activity. His explanations provide the reader insight to guide them through the decision-making process while constructing a course in Moodle.
If you’re interested in reading a portion of the book online, Chapter 4 discusses Quiz Solutions and can be read here (PDF).
Cheri Crabb, PhD, Academic Technology Consultant with TLT, has a career in academia focused on instructional design and development using integrated electronic media systems for blended learning.