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"Object-based learning is a fabulous teaching tool. It makes learning a joy and can inspire students when all else fails."
Dr Joe Cain, Dept of Science and Technology Studies
- Lecturecast: A system for recording lectures and events and making them available online
- Moodle: A virtual learning environment which enhances teaching by allowing staff to create their courses online
- Electronic voting systems: Teaching tools to establish students' knowledge and opinions
- E-Learning Environments (ELE): Supporting staff and students at UCL to use technology to enhance teaching and learning
- E-Learning Strategy 2012-2015
Used in nearly all taught modules and programmes at UCL, Moodle is a virtual learning environment (VLE) that allows staff to create courses online. Content such as lecture notes, timetables, reading lists and web resources can be easily uploaded to course pages, providing a constant and easily accessible reference for students to consult. Moodle also offers a number of interactive tools.
How does it work?
For each module, staff create a simple Moodle course which includes a short description of the course, 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 news forums.
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 using Turnitin
- Promotes collaborative learning and the creation of learning communities.
Moodle can also be used to enhance distance learning courses. In the below video, Rosalind Duhs from the UCL Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching (CALT) explains how.
- ZooMoodle - a Virtual Educational Resource for the Biosciences (VERB)
- Museums Moodle
- Using Moodle Chat to help students understand troublesome topics
Contact and training
- Book onto Getting started with Moodle, the introductory course to Moodle and e-learning which provides the basic skills required to set up a course in Moodle
- Once you've started there are several more advanced courses in Moodle provided by E-Learning Environments (ELE)
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