What is Moodle?
Moodle is the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) implemented at UAL. It provides a set of tools that allows teaching staff to create and deliver course content and assessments, and communicate online. It is integrated with other University systems and access is restricted to members of the university.
The general use of Moodle is in supporting teaching and learning at UAL. It has a number of advantages including:
- Increased access to important course information
- Additional learning support where materials and tools are available
- Provides the flexibility to undertake aspects of studying anytime or place you have internet access.
Why use Moodle?
Moodle provides an ideal mechanism for accessing course content, such as course handbooks, assessments briefs and other course materials. Moodle can host a variety of content from simple text and hyperlinks to more complex content like audio and visual materials.
Moodle can be used to enhance communication within a course using the announcement or email tools. These tools can be used to provide updates to students on upcoming events/activities or changes to schedules and rooms.
Further, interactivity and collaboration can be incorporated utilising tools, such as the real time virtual classroom and chats, asynchronous discussions forums, and individual or group assessment exercises.
Below are some ideas of the different ways in which you can use Moodle to augment learning and teaching on your course:
- Provide access to digital course materials such as handouts, presentations, assessment briefs and handbooks.
- Deliver announcements relating to a course.
- Facilitate online discussion using forums.
- Allow electronic submission of assignments.
- Give immediate feedback through tests and surveys.
See the Moodle guide or contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about using Moodle.