Welcome to Blended Learning in the Classroom!
In this topic you will:
- learn how to navigate this course
- be introduced to the course content and outcomes
- introduce yourself to, and meet, other participants
- learn what you need to do to complete this course and any COL badges you want to complete
- decide whether this is the right course for you.
As you work through the course, pay attention to the activities you are asked to do - they are all features of Moodle that you might decide to use yourself. One of the features we have used prevents you from accessing some activities until you have completed others. This helps ensure you have the information you need to succeed!
Note: Most web browsers include a feature to block "pop-up windows". To use this course properly, this is a feature you may need. If you experience a problem - here is a link to help you enable pop-up windows for your browser. You do not need to use this if the course is behaving as it should.
Expected time to complete: 5 hoursBook: 1Quizzes: 2Choice: 1Forums: 2Checklist: 1Folder: 1
It is important to create a plan before you start building a course!
In this topic you will:
- learn what blended learning is and is not, and why you might choose to use it
- learn some course planning techniques
- consider some Open Educational Resources (OER)
- start planning your Moodle course and discuss your plans with others.
In the last topic, we identified that you need to develop a small Moodle course of your own to complete this Blended Learning in the Classroom course. Working through this topic will help you create a plan for your course. Taking some time to plan your courses before you start developing them in Moodle will help you use your development time much more efficiently and effectively; you'll also be able to gather some feedback and good ideas before you start development.
Expected time to complete: 5 hoursQuiz: 1Book: 1Forum: 1Checklist: 1
Build your course using Moodle resources and activities!
In this topic, you will:
- learn how to use a range of Moodle activities and resources
- decide which activities and resources suit your course plan
- start adding Moodle activities and resources to your course.
You are encouraged to 'play' in your own Moodle course - try using a wide range of different activities and resources to see how they work and learn to use them effectively.
Learning to use new tools and techniques takes time and may occasionally be frustrating. Remember you are learning a new skill!
We can help each other by sharing our progress and seeking advice from each other. Make good use of the discussion forums and chat sessions available in this topic.
Expected time to complete: 7 hoursBook: 1File: 1URLs: 12Forum: 1Choice: 1Chat: 1Checklist: 1Folder: 1
- Assessment for Learning is an important teaching strategy that can improve learner success!In this topic you will:
- learn what Assessment for Learning (AfL) is and why you might want to use it
- learn how to use AfL in the classroom and in your course
- discuss how you plan to use AfL
- create an AfL quiz for your Moodle course.
Feedback is a powerful tool. It can help us develop new skills, correct techniques we are using, and provide motivation to keep us learning. Assessment for Learning helps us think about ways we can both monitor learner learning and achievement and help them develop skills and knowledge at the same time. The techniques can be used both online and as part of your classroom practice.
This topic may challenge your ideas about what should happen in the classroom and in your online course and provides a great opportunity for you to reflect on your teaching practice.
Expected Time to Complete: 7 HoursBooks: 2File: 1Checklist: 1Folder: 1
Learning theories help us better understand out teaching practice, and instructional design helps us develop better courses!
In this topic you will:
- be introduced to some key learning theories and instructional design concepts
- consider your own Moodle course and decide whether it meets good practice guidelines
- finalise your Moodle course ready for evaluation.
The internet provides teachers with access to an increasingly wide range of ideas and resources. While this is helpful it can also make teaching increasingly complex. Understanding major learning theories and good practice instructional design techniques will not only help you plan and create your own blended learning courses, but will also help you evaluate other resources you might like to use.
Expected time to Complete: 5 hoursBooks: 2Quiz: 1Forum: 1Checklist: 1Folder: 1
- This is the final topic in the Blended Learning in the Classroom course!In this topic you will:
- learn how and why to evaluate courses
- evaluate your own Moodle course and make any final changes
- learn about Moodle's administration and monitoring features
- discuss what you will do with what you have learned in this course
- provide feedback about this course.
Evaluation helps us know whether what we are doing as teachers and course developers is effective. It is also an important way of continuing to reflect on and improve our own practice.
We also look at the technical management and administration of Moodle in this topic. While you are most likely to have technical support to use Moodle in your institution, it is useful to understand some administration features and how the monitoring features can support your teaching practice.Expected time to complete: 4 hoursBooks: 2File: 1Feedback: 1Forum: 1Checklist: 1Folder: 1