MoodleBites for Teachers
Note: If you are a large organisation you may find it more flexible and cost-effective to licence MoodleBites to install on your own Moodle servers. Read more about this option here
Updated for 2014 for Moodle 2.5 !
(Resources are also available within courses for Moodle 1.9 to 2.4)
- New HD (high-definition) screen capture movie tutorials
- Automated 'Certification of Completion' at the end from HRDNZ (Moodle Partner)
- Improved and faster course graphics
- Updated .pdf resources
- Streamlined Forums and communication
- Teachers Practice area - safe area for experimenting and collaboration
- More Quizzes and more self-test questions
- All standard Activities and Resource types covered
- Facilitators are all MCCC qualified (official Moodle Course Creator Certificate)
- Facilitators are experienced online teachers from schools, universities, and the commercial sector
- And now supporting Open Badges standard
The MoodleBites for Teachers course is 8 weeks in duration and is delivered in a Moodle version 2.x environment - (although it is appropriate for participants still using Moodle version 1.9) Each week contains approximately 2-4 hours work, although this varies depending on your experience with Moodle and how much extension work you wish to complete
Designed for 'just in time' training, for busy teachers needing flexibility, and those new to Moodle.
- Each week is facilitated by Stuart Mealor (Managing Director of HRDNZ (Moodle Partner) and Moodle certification manager) and co-facilitated by at least one other MCCCand experienced internationally recognised Moodler
MoodleBites costs just NZ$249+GST per person. At this time we are able to offer a discount to a special rate of NZ$199+GST but places are limited - so book early to avoid disappointment!
You can register for the course using the "Register Now" link on the Front Page.
The MoodleBites course runs just 5 times each year starting on the following dates;
- 1st February
- 1st April
- 1st June
- 1st August
- 1st October
In covering the content, each course includes:
- Printable reference material
- Multimedia (flash) tutorials
- Forums and chat sessions
- Practical teaching examples
- FAQ's and glossaries
- Individual practice exercises
- MCCC skill sets linked glossary
- Optional group activities
- Tips and tricks
- "Watch out for..." the things we get wrong
- Selected relevant links
- Recommended further reading
MoodleBites is unique in a number of respects:
- It has a focus on how to use Moodle features in teaching.
- Throughout the course indicators are provided to the Moodle Course Creator Certificate (MCCC) Skills Sets - so the course is ideal for MCCC candidates.
- The course development team is international and MoodleBites has been written to be accessible for speakers of English as a second or other language.
- Designed to run well even over slow internet connections and on older computers.
- Any audio content is replicated in text for improved accessibility.
Course content outline
- Week 0 - Understanding Moodle FREE
This is a free course we created to help explain Moodle in 'context'; as a piece of technology, as a philosophy, and as a teachers tool.
- This is a prerequisite self-paced course that can be taken at any time before starting the full MoodleBites course
- Moodle history and development
- Moodle fundamentals
- Comparing Moodle with other Course Management Systems
- Week 1, Setting up your first Moodle course
Setting up a Moodle course is not just about the choices you make for which functions and options are available, but is also about how the learners start the course. This is a critical moment with great impact on the subsequent success of the course.
- First steps for learners and Student profiles
- The WYSIWYG editor
- Understanding browsers
- Week 2, Adding Resources and using Blocks
The building blocks of a Moodle course are often the labels, pages and static content representing the learning material. This section looks at how to best create and present this information.
- Labels, Text and Web pages, Linking to files, Directories
- Using blocks: Activities, People, Online Users, Search, Latest News, Recent activity
- The Administration block
- Using the Calendar
- Week 3, Using Moodle Activities (part 1)
In this topic we explore two of the most critical tools used for assessment of learning in Moodle - Assignments and Quizzes, and begin to understand the Gradebook basics.
- Introducing the Gradebook
- Week 4, Using Moodle Activities (part 2)
Moodle has numerous activities that can be quickly and easily added to a course to make content more interactive and participative.
- Week 5, Using Moodle Activities (part 3)
Lessons are perhaps one of the most under-utilised activities within Moodle, partly due to the steep initial learning curve, and somewhat unintuitive interface. This topic also looks at the Database activity which is very powerful indeed. This week also revisits the Gradebook.
- The Gradebook revisited
- Week 6, Using Moodle Activities (part 4)
The Workshop module provides a peer-assessment tool within Moodle courses, and the Wiki provides opportunities for learners to collaboratively create content. RSS is a technology enabling you to pull news stories from others sites into your course, or push forum posts for example out. We also look at the Feedback activity and using Moodle via mobile devices this week.
- Mobile Moodle
- Week 7, Course management
Using Moodle as an effective learning environment requires more than just writing good content. Actively and skillfully managing learners and courses is a vital teacher skill.
- My Home
- Using Help
- File management
- Reports and Logs
- Week 8, Multimedia in Moodle
In the world of camera-phones, iPods, and YouTube multimedia is often used to provide a more engaging experience for learners. Understanding and applying some basic multimedia knowledge and skills can transform courses from being mundane to being highly motivating.
*This outline is subject to change as Moodle changes and we update the content.