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

Posted on: December 7, 2016 | By: Cheri Crabb, PhD | Filed under: Instructional Technologies

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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Moodle Support: Missing a course on your list? Here’s what may be happening

Posted on: February 4, 2019 | By: Tarah Holland | Filed under: Tech Tips, Moodle
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It’s the first day of spring semester and you’ve logged into Moodle, only to find that one of your courses is missing. Whether you’re a student or an instructor, this can be a little unsettling. But don’t panic. Here’s what may be happening. Are you a student? If you are a student and cannot see your Moodle …

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Tips for designing and delivering quizzes in Moodle

Posted on: January 9, 2019 | By: Scott Hildebrand | Filed under: Tech Tips, Moodle
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Last spring, Moodle quizzes were created in almost 200 courses across the University; many faculty have turned to the Moodle Quiz tool as an alternative to traditional Scantron bubble sheets. Whether you were one of the many who utilized this tool for administering quizzes, or you are new to this feature-rich tool, here are some …

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Online alternatives to cancelling class

Posted on: January 9, 2019 | By: Scott Hildebrand | Filed under: Technology@Elon, Instructional Technologies
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As an Elon faculty member, we know that inclement weather, illness, or travel can sometimes prevent you from being on campus. When this occurs, consider using online alternatives instead of cancelling class. Here are a few technology tips to consider: Use Moodle as a central location to update course information, lead and facilitate discussions, and post …

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What to expect with this week’s Moodle upgrade

Posted on: December 19, 2018 | By: Tarah Holland | Filed under: Technology@Elon, In the News, Moodle
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This Friday, from 6 a.m.-10 a.m., Elon will upgrade to Moodle version 3.5. During this time Moodle will be unavailable to all users. All existing Moodle course data will be backed up and restored during the upgrade. This mandatory vendor upgrade will update existing features, introduce minor look and feel changes, and provide users with a few …

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Need to Cancel Class? Try These 4 Online Alternatives Instead!

Posted on: April 9, 2018 | By: Elizabeth Kirkhorn | Filed under: Technology@Elon, Instructional Technologies, Tech Tips, Teaching and Learning

Whether you have a planned absence on the calendar, or inclement weather suddenly threatens to cancel your lecture, there are several ways to hold an effective class digitally. Read on to learn about online tools that can help keep your class on track when holding class isn’t possible.   1. Utilize Moodle’s impressive array of features. Todd Lee, …

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5 Awesome Moodle Features You Didn’t Know Existed

Posted on: March 14, 2018 | By: Elizabeth Kirkhorn | Filed under: Technology@Elon, Instructional Technologies, Tech Tips

After the Moodle renovation this winter, the interface has more features than ever, geared to make your online classroom interactive and convenient. Want to learn how to get the most out of Moodle? You’re in the right place – here are five hidden features you may not have known Moodle offers.   1. Use Moodle’s user-friendly editing tools …

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5 Moodle tips to start the semester

Posted on: August 22, 2017 | By: Dan Reis | Filed under: Instructional Technologies, Moodle
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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

Posted on: March 10, 2017 | By: Cheri Crabb, PhD | Filed under: Instructional Technologies
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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

Posted on: March 8, 2017 | By: Cheri Crabb, PhD | Filed under: Instructional Technologies, Teaching and Learning, Moodle, Moodle Musings
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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

Posted on: March 3, 2017 | By: Cheri Crabb, PhD | Filed under: Instructional Technologies, Teaching and Learning, Moodle, Moodle Musings
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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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