Used in nearly all taught modules and programmes at UCL, Moodle is a virtual learning environment (VLE) that allows staff to create courses online.
Moodle allows content such as lecture notes, timetables and reading lists to be easily uploaded to course pages, providing a constant and easily accessible reference for students to consult. It also offers a number of interactive tools, to get students engaging with course content and collaborating with their peers.
How does it work?
For each module, staff create a simple Moodle course which includes a short description of the module, assessment methods and learning outcomes. Links are added to any related course information including timetables, reading lists, web resources, videos, podcasts, images and lecture slides.
There are numerous online resources at UCL that Moodle can reference, including library pages, Lecturecast and past exam papers.
Moodle supports group work by allowing members to create their own areas in which to talk and share files. It also facilitates forums, which encourage the continuation of discussions outside the lecture theatre, and wikis and blogs to promote student contribution.
Other features include quizzes, which reinforce students' learning, and glossaries to create a knowledge pool.
Benefits of Moodle
- Supports students at any time of the day, which is especially useful during revision periods.
- Provides students who have difficulty taking notes or whose first language is not English with key course information.
- Allows for coursework to be submitted online.
- Promotes collaborative learning and the creation of learning communities.
Moodle can also be used to enhance distance learning courses. For use of Moodle with an external audience please visit UCL eXtend.
Support and training
- You can take the online Getting Started with Moodle course, a self-paced introduction to Moodle which provides all the basic skills you need. Alternatively you can book onto our face-to-face version of the course.
- There is a range of support documentation available in the Moodle Resource Centre wiki, with miniguides covering most activities and resources.
- For any other questions about Moodle please contact Digital Education.