Moodle tutorials (2 Minute Moodles)

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This is a collection of 2 Minute Moodles – an attempt to simplify and show how to use a range of Moodle features. The list will grow as I find time to cook some more.

The tutorials try not to assume too much previous knowledge and are presented for the pragmatical and not necessarily tech-savy users (Moodle purists please excuse). They are a bit like that product I got the pun from – something quick and simple to get you going.

A big thank you to Julian “Moodleman” Ridden and James "The Guitar Junky" Edwards for the original 2 Minute Moodles graphic.

Did you know all these clips are now in clear, HD channel at Vimeo? Please, help yourself here.

The first batch is about the basic of Moodle.

Let’s start with a 5 minute introduction to Moodle as a Lego analogy – what is it, what are its main features, the thinking behind it and some facts on the world of Moodle – watch video (length 5:04)

There is a shorter version of ‘Moodle explained using Lego”? – (watch video – length 2:43) or even a slideshow - click here to access it.

This clip explains the main ‘roles’ of people in Moodle – worth a watch to get the idea – (watch video - length 2:42)

Then, you are ready to login (at least the community of Belmont City College…) – (watch video – length 1:14)

Once logged in, you can start creating a course – here is how you do that – (watch video – length 7:32)

Students can enrol themselves or you can specify who and when gets in – (watch video – length 4:29)

For more basic information about the enrolment options, see this clip – (watch video – length 3:35)

Ready to edit your course? See the clip about the magic ‘Turn editing on’ button – (watch video – length 4:45)

The second batch of 2 Minute Moodles looks at how to work with files, folders and other common starting features.

See how to navigate through a Moodle site using ‘breadcrumbs’ – watch video (length 2:48)

Learn how to keep an eye on the activity of course participants – watch video (length 4:11)

Just how to add files as a teacher (or administrator) – watch video (length 3:17)

Adding labels can be very handy to break up the screen – watch video (length 1:33)

Add a simple text page – watch video (length 1:32)

To answer a popular question ‘how do I add a website link’ watch this clip – watch video (length 2:36)

See how quite simple it is to add your own webpage to your course – watch video (length 6:07)

Just how do you de-clutter the screen and display a folder of resource – watch video (length 2:04)

For some general info and tips on working with files and folders have a look below – watch video (length 2:39)

How to embed a video from YouTube or other video sharing sites – watch video (length 2:29)

How to add a video to a webpage in Moodle – watch video (length 2:08)

The third batch looks at how to use popular communication tools in Moodle

Have a look how to open a (very popular) chatroom – watch video (length 2:34)

See how simple it really is to set up and run a forum (examples provided) - watch video (length 6:46)

Learn how to open a dialogue (non-standard in Moodle 1.9 but useful, examples) – watch video (length 5:23)

When enabled, messaging in Moodle is pretty easy - watch video (length 2:14)

The humble wiki is a hugely versatile staple of Moodle - watch video (length 6:36)

Ever experienced the effect of blogs on students’ literacy? Here is how to blog with Moodle - watch video (length 3:04)

The fourth batch covers Moodle’s main evaluation tools.

Set up a choice activity, often a starting point for many Moodlers – watch video (length 5:05)

Quizzes in Moodle are renowned for their range of options, flexibility and management tools. See it for yourself – watch video (length 11:21; not quite 2 minutes I know…)

Setting, submission and management of assignments in Moodle is not difficult – watch video (length 8:07)

Quick and sassy poll often has all we need to quickly gather accurate data – watch video (length 2:46)

And here is a clip on that Swiss Army Knife of tools called database (a communication, collaboration and evaluation tool) – watch video (length 12:04)

Note: This is not an exhustive list of evaluation tools in Moodle, merely a list of most used tools at our school. Lesson, Workshop and Survey are standard features of Moodle that can be used in evaluation but are not described here ( maybe another time…). In addition, Moodle database if full of goodies in this department, well worth a look.

You may find lots of other Moodle goodies on ‘Human’ (stories and examples of use in classroom and with staff). Just click here

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Author: human on August 13, 2008
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37 responses to “Moodle tutorials (2 Minute Moodles)”
  1. Darcy1968 says:

    A veritable repository of goodies…thanks!

  2. What program did you use to capture your very informative video clips?

  3. Trevor Franklin says:

    many thanks for a fantastic resourse

    As I work at a college that has just been issued Moodle as a replacement for our old Blackboard VLE. I have found your tutorials invaluable in learning how it works and passing the information onto the rest of my peers.

  4. moodleman says:

    As always, an awesome repository of educational goodness :)

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  9. nickg says:

    Excellent!

    Does anyone know how to add an image in Moodle that when clicked opens a window and begins playing a video? (wmv) When I set it up: insert image, and link it to a video to open in a new page, it does not work. I click the photo and nothing happens. Sometimes after setting it up i set the image and below it the video clip. Suggestions?

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  11. Ganesh says:

    Hi: All the videos are excellent, please send me the PPT files of the video presentation and this will help me to train my teachers. Thanks.
    Ganesh

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  13. Hi Tomaz – Great videos! We’ve been highlighting them to users for a long time.

    I’ve just noticed that techertube has pulled a fast one and completely changed the way videos are referenced. For example I think http://www.teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=db28ef127627901de291 is now http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=47462&title=Poll_in_Moodle

    ~:-( (Bad show teachertube)

    M

  14. Paula CLough says:

    Thank you so much for going to the time and trouble to get the links hooked back up. I use these with my teachers all the time. I really appreciate all the work you have gone to inorder to put these valuable resources out there to be shared.

    Paula B-)

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    Best wishes and again – thank you! JBlack

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