Moodle 2 Activities Preview

moodle2chalkboardMembers of the Learning Technologies Group have been busy preparing for the transition to Moodle 2. We have been learning about what is new in the Moodle 2 learning management system and preparing to support the system through a combination of monthly workshops and consultations.

In preparation for the move to Moodle 2, we are dedicating the month of February to showcasing three exciting Moodle 2 activities. By now most people are aware of some of the great new features, including drag and drop file upload capabilities and conditional release. These are enough to get most Moodle 1.9 users excited about the transition, but there is much more included under the hood!

Throughout the month of February we are going to highlight the following three activities in Moodle 2:

Screen Shot 2013-01-31 at 11.24.27 AMWorkshop Activity: The workshop activity allows for the collection, review and peer assessment of students’ work. Students obtain two grades in a workshop activity – a grade for their submission and a grade for their assessment of their peers’ submissions. This is an exciting new way to assess students’ learning in Moodle 2.

Screen Shot 2013-01-31 at 11.24.05 AMLesson Activity: The lesson activity allows faculty to deliver content in interesting and flexible ways. Faculty can use the lesson to create a linear set of content pages or instructional activities that offer a variety of paths for the learner. Think of the lesson as a ‘choose your own adventure’ type activity.

Screen Shot 2013-01-31 at 11.23.48 AMQuiz Activity: Many UCSF faculty, staff and students are familiar with the quiz activity in the CLE. LTG staff are excited to highlight some of the new quizzing functionality included in Moodle 2. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Quiz navigation improvements for students
  • Ability for students to flag questions during a quiz for later review
  • Easy duplication of quizzes for redeployment
  • Easily grant additional time for individuals needing time accommodations

We hope you come back and visit the Convergence blog during the month of February to learn more about these three Moodle 2 activities!

If you have any immediate questions about the Moodle 2 Pilot, please contact the Learning Technologies Group or register for the UCSF Library Workshop: Building Online Courses on the CLE with Moodle 2.

Image Credit: Erin Hayes, Moodle Trust

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