Activities - Lesson
The lesson activity module enables a teacher to deliver content and/or practice activities in interesting and flexible ways. A teacher can use the lesson to create a linear set of content pages or instructional activities that offer a variety of paths or options for the learner. In either case, teachers can choose to increase engagement and ensure understanding by including a variety of questions, such as multiple choice, matching and short answer. Depending on the student's choice of answer and how the teacher develops the lesson, students may progress to the next page, be taken back to a previous page or redirected down a different path entirely.
A lesson may be graded, with the grade recorded in the gradebook.
Lessons may be used
- For self-directed learning of a new topic
- For scenarios or simulations/decision-making exercises
- For differentiated revision, with different sets of revision questions depending upon answers given to initial questions
Activities - Quiz
Activities - SCORM package
A SCORM package is a collection of files which are packaged according to an agreed standard for learning objects. The SCORM activity module enables SCORM or AICC packages to be uploaded as a zip file and added to a course.
Content is usually displayed over several pages, with navigation between the pages. There are various options for displaying content in a pop-up window, with a table of contents, with navigation buttons etc. SCORM activities generally include questions, with grades being recorded in the gradebook.
SCORM activities may be used
- For presenting multimedia content and animations
- As an assessment tool
Activities - Turnitin Assignment
To create a Turnitin Assignment open the course home page, after logging in as a tutor click the 'Turn editing on' button. Select 'Turnitin Assignment' from the 'Add an activity...' drop down menu.
General Turnitin Assignment settings:
- Enter a title for the Turnitin Assignment
- Enter a description for the assignment
- Select the 'Submission Type' for this assignment, 'File Upload' which will take doc, docx, pdf, rtf, txt and html. 'Text Submission' and 'Any Submission Type' allowing submissions to be uploaded in either format.
- Select the number of parts to be created as part of this assignment, the start date, due date and post date are given arbitary dates of one week from the time of creation. These dates should be altered as desired on the summary screen after creation.
- Select the 'Maximum File Size' for submissions. Turnitin will allow up to 2MB for text only submissions and for text and graphic files 20MB is allowed.
- Select 'Overall Grade' from the drop down menu. This is the final grade for the overall assignment. E.g. The assignment is to be graded as a maximum of 16 marks in total, each part can be marked out of 100 but the overall grade will be represented out of 16.
- Select whether students can view Originality Reports
Advanced Turnitin Assignment settings:
- Allow Late Submissions allows students to submit work after the due date is passed. Submissions made after the due date will be shown in the tutor in-box with the date submission in red to indicate a late submission.
- Report Generation Speed determines how and when originaliy reports are generated. The options are:
- Generate reports immediately, first report is final - Originality reports are created immediately and students may not resubmit papers. Submissions must be deleted by the instructor to enable resubmission.
- Generate reports immediately, reports can be written until due date - The orgininality report is generated immediately. Students may resubmit as often as the student wishes up until the due date. Originality reports form the second and subsequent resubmissions will require a 24 hour delay before originality report is regenerated. Only the latest submission is available to the student and instructor. When the due date passes the originality report is regenerated and student submissions within the same assignment are included in the comparison which may result in a change to the originality report similarity index. Resubmissions are not allowed after the due date.
- Generate reports on due date - Originality reports for submissions are generated on the due date. Resubmissions are allowed up until the due date.
- Store Student Papers determines where the submission will be stored. Options are No Repository, Standard Repository and Institutional Repository.
- Check against stored student papers determines whether submissions are checked against other student papers.
- Check against internet determines whether submissions are checked against internet sources.
- Check against journals, periodicals and publications determines whether submissions are checked against journal, periodical and publication sources.
Once you have selected all of the required options click 'Save and Display' to be directed to the Summary screen where you will see options to configure each assignment part in more detail.
Assignment Submission Dates
After completion of the assignment settings the 'Summary' page gives you the opportunity update the assignment parts and balance the grades awarded for each part as a proportion of the overall grade. The edit the dates and grades awarded for each part click the pencil icon. The default dates for each assignment part are initially set to be one week from the date the assignment was created.
Activities - Wiki
The wiki activity module enables participants to add and edit a collection of web pages. A wiki can be collaborative, with everyone being able to edit it, or individual, where everyone has their own wiki which only they can edit.
A history of previous versions of each page in the wiki is kept, listing the edits made by each participant.
Wikis have many uses, such as
- For group lecture notes or study guides
- For members of a faculty to plan a scheme of work or meeting agenda together
- For students to collaboratively author an online book, creating content on a topic set by their tutor
- For collaborative storytelling or poetry creation, where each participant writes a line or verse
- As a personal journal for examination notes or revision (using an individual wiki).
How to edit a wiki:
1. Turn editing on
2. Click the wiki
3. Click the edit tab
4, Delete or Add the text you want to change.
5. To edit the table (ie add more rows), click the icon in the top left corner of the edit window, then click the 'table' icon
6. Click save
Activities - Workshop
Add a YouTube video
If you want to embed a Youtube video on Moodle, you can do that by letting Youtube itself provide you with the code you need:
- Go to the Youtube video you are keen to share.
- Click on the 'Share' link under the video
- Click on 'embed'
- Copy the code provided to you
- On Moodle, in the editor, click on the <> symbol to open the HTML editor.
- Paste the code
- Select update
- Save changes.
Adding a link to a resource in a page
Sometimes you will want to add a link to a file or other Moodle resource inside a Moodle page - like your Assessments page or your Welcome page.
- Go to the resource on your Moodle course page
- Right click it and choose "Copy link"
- Go to the page you want to edit (add the link to)
- Edit the page (often by clicking "Edit settings" in the administration menu)
- Type a sentence that the link will be attached to (like "Click here for this file")
- Highlight it
- Click the link button on the Moodle toolbar (it looks like a chain)
- Paste in the link you've copied into the URL field (you can use control+v (windows) or command+v (mac) to paste)
- Click Insert
Block - Calendar