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.