- Online assessment and feedback (use of Turnitin, quizzes)
- Monitoring student engagement
- Top tips from your learning technologists
Moodle has a wide range of functions and further plugins that increase what it is able to do to support teaching and learning. We have crowdsourced from staff at Oxford Brookes what Moodle functionality they’d like to know more about. We asked “what are you trying to achieve” as a way to find out what functionality would be supportive of our key pedagogic needs and collated the information below.
Using discussion forums
- You are now able to schedule announcements in Moodle. Read on to discover how you can configure posts to be emailed to your students at a pre-defined time.
- You can use forums for information, Q&A, assessment activities, formal assessments for participation activities, and more.
- Some suggested tools that allow students to ask a question anonymously
- By setting up discussion forums with either 'separate' or 'visible' groups as group mode.
- If you are subscribed to a forum or discussion in a forum, you will receive notifications. Read on to discover how you can potentially manage your subscriptions.
Appointments with students
- With Appointment schedules, it is possible to set up a blocks of time to advertise when you are available. This time can then be split into smaller blocks of time, each for a fixed duration which can then be reserved by others, or allocated to individuals. The feature is useful…
- First, find your Module in the Course module list – you can access the list here: Course module list. Alternatively, from the Brookes homepage search for ‘course module list’. From the Course module list, select ‘View the module list’ Then type the module name or code, to search for the…
- Go to an Appointments slot event already created in Google Calendar and copy the link to the slots in order to invite students to book a slot.
- Create an event in Google Calendar then split this up into appointment slots of equal duration.
Choosing a course format
- Learn how to use the Brookes VLE template for academics modules starting from September 2023.
- Go to Administration > Edit Settings > Course Format and under Format select Topics.
- We recommend using the Topics format and choosing one format across all modules in a programme.
Structuring your Moodle course
In progress. Check back soon.
Online assessment and feedback
- Mary Davis, Acedemic Integrity Lead, answers your most frequently asked questions about Turnitin.
- Launch the Rubric Manager to import or create a new rubric
Monitoring student engagement
- Click the cog icon (top right of the course), then select More at the bottom of the dropdown menu.
- By configuring completion tracking within your course, which consists of course and activity completion.
Learning Analytics Dashboard
A new Learning Analytics Dashboard, that is currently being developed at Oxford Brookes, will allow teachers to track and monitor students engagement with Moodle and Library resources, such as books and ebooks. Guidance on how the dashboard works will appear here as it becomes available.
Top tips from your learning technologists
Our Moodle experts give their top tips on the use of Moodle:
— Becky Horton, Business School
— Richard Hall, Business School
— Irmgard Huppe, Health & Life Sciences
— Win Ko, Health & Life Sciences
— Tom Cosgrove, Humanities and Social Sciences
– For course materials and resources, Instead of a list of files to download, separate these using the ‘Text and media area’ resource so that it is clear what they need to do before class, what they will need during class, and what they will need to use for further independent study.
– For activities and assignments, Text and media area and group assignments so that they are clearly marked. Don’t just add the Turnitin dropbox at the end of the unit without clearly indicating what the instructions are, where to find support if they need it, and when it is due.
— Melanie Bashor, Learning Resources
— Harry Kalantzis, Learning Resources
— Isabel Virgo, Learning Resources
— Robert Curry, Learning Resources