In order to support teachers’ use of Moodle – an online learning management system being implemented in the high school and middle school – Robin West and I will be offering an eClassroom for Teachers course this summer! You can register for the course or get a full course description here: Register for eClassroom for Teachers
Can I get credit?
This course will be available for two license renewal or graduate credits, or can be taken at no charge for no credit.
When will the class be offered?
We’ll have four class meetings during the summer: June 9th and 10th, and August 8th and 9th. The class is scheduled to meet starting at 8:30 AM each of those days, and will meet for the full day. If you can’t make it to all of these meetings but are still interested in the course, get in touch with me and we can discuss potential alternatives.
What topics will be covered?
As mentioned, the course is focused on Moodle, and is appropriate for Moodle novices as well as those of you who have extensive experience. Topics covered include, but are not limited, to:
- Course Creation
- Layout/Topic Administration
- File/Media Management
- Activities & Resources
- File Repositories
- Page Creation
- Grouping / Group Activities
- Interactive Activities
- Database Activities
- Multi-Page Lessons
- Assignments / Assignment Types
- Gradebook Overview / Setup
- Online Assessments
- Assessment Security
- Using eClassroom Inside & Outside the Classroom
The course is activity-based, so everything that you do should be work that you can directly apply to your own courses next year. The course will culminate in development and presentation of a full course site for one (or more) of your courses for the coming school year.
Who should take this class?
While Moodle is being implemented directly at the middle school and high school, teachers from all grade levels who are interested in an online platform for communication with students (or, to a more limited extent, parents) are welcome to take the course. Heck, if you’re just interested in learning a new skill and getting some license or graduate credits, you’re welcome to join us.
You do not need any prior background with Moodle to enroll, but we will be employing a project-based, collaborative approach that should allow more experienced Moodle users to benefit from even the first few introductory sections.
Meeting all day? During the summer?!? That sounds like a drag …
We’re going to have a lot of fun in this course, and the all-day meeting format will help to facilitate collaboration and relationship building that can be a hallmark of effective PD. Plus, we’ll have lots of breaks. And a big lunch break. And snacks.
Will this directly impact my teaching?
Yes! The goal is that everything you create in this class will be geared towards your own courses and instructional context. When we complete a quiz creation activity, you’ll be creating an online assessment that you can actually use. The end goal of the course is to create and present a fully-functioning Moodle site for one or more of your classes, complete with collaborative features, online resources, integrated media, assessments, the works.
What are the costs for credit?
- License Renewal Credit: $25/credit hour ($50 total)
- Graduate Credit: $200/credit hour ($400 total)
- No Credit: FREE!
Please contact Adam Kurth with any additional questions about the course. I look forward to seeing a lot of you this summer!