Category Archives: Instructional Technologies

Book Review: The Online Teaching Survival Guide: Simple and Practical Pedagogical Tips

The Online Teaching Survival Guide by Boettcher and Conrad (2010), presents theory-based techniques for teaching online and/or blended courses.  The book reviews research in cognitive processing and learning outcomes.  Boettcher and Conrad provide a framework of instructional strategies for designing or modifying a course for the online environment.  Included are recommended technologies to integrate with ...

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5 Moodle tips to start the semester

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It’s time to get your Moodle courses ready! Here are five helpful (and short) tutorials for building your Moodle course at the start of the semester.

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Open book assessments may reduce academic dishonesty

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Preventing academic dishonesty in online and blended environments is a challenging obstacle. An open-book assessment with challenging questions that refer directly to course content may be an effective technique in reducing academic dishonesty. You can administer this type of assessment on the whiteboard, with a Word document, inside your Learning Management System’s test bank, or through ...

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Moodle Calendar: Helpful tool for online courses

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The Moodle calendar is one of my favorite features, and especially helpful for Elon students partaking in the summer online program. If you use the standard Moodle assignments and add a due date to the course activity, Moodle automatically propagates that information to the course calendar block as an event! The calendar automatically keeps track of and ...

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Wiki ideas for math, science, history and literature courses

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A wiki is a collection of collaboratively authored web documents that has many class uses.  Here are some suggestions to use wikis in your Math, Science, History and Literature classes. Math Calculus or statistics space for difficult problems so students can collaborate to find solutions and see different approaches to the same tasks. Applied concepts where ...

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Encourage class-wide participation with Moodle Forums

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A Moodle forum is an asynchronous communication activity used to discuss various course topics.  There are several types of forums and different purposes for each.  Choosing the right forum Standard Forum is best suited for large discussions monitored by the instructor, or for social forums facilitated by students.  A standard forum may have numerous threads and require ...

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Discussion: experience your students by the words they express

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Discussion boards can encourage conversation outside the classroom walls. Here are some tips to use this tool across disciplines. Post pictures, videos, and/or audio of students to build community in the LMS Set rules and standards for good netiquette before the first post, or have the students develop these guidelines Ask questions focused on knowledge, ...

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Elements of successful journaling

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Journals are a means self analysis and reflection.  Journaling requires students to synthesize materials, compose their thoughts, and write their opinions about specific topics. This allows instructors to build relationships with students individually. Key elements There are several key elements identified in the research for successful journaling: Identify what a journal is to you, and the ...

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Using Moodle for collaboration

Did you know it’s easy to create a collaborative environment in Moodle using several communication tools? “A bird in the hand is good, but a bird in the bush might sing,” states an old Chinese proverb.  We know Moodle has collaborative tools, but how can it support student-led activities and collaboration?  In addition to forums, instructors ...

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Teaching class while off campus with Moodle

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Did you know it’s easy to create a unit in Moodle to hold class virtually? Opportunities arise for faculty to attend/present at conferences during the term. As travel remains an important piece of teaching, holding class while off campus provides professors peace of mind that students are still learning, synthesizing and assimilating information. Creating a course ...

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Real-time conversations with Moodle Chat: Part 2

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I’ve always enjoyed using forms of instant messaging because it’s quick, non-invasive, and informal. Moodle chat is a type of instant messaging and is especially well-suited for short messages, unrehearsed exchanges, office hours, meetings, question and answer sessions and test-preparation. Earlier this year we posted information about using chat for synchronous communication, ideas to incorporate it into ...

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