Welcome & Subscribe!

Featured

The Moodle Learners and Builders (LAB) blog is a space to share information that enhances teaching and learning and build the digital capacity of the University. MoodleLab is driven by Educational Designers who are keen to work with academics. Please email the team and the Educational Designer for your faculty will contact you.

Please subscribe to our blog [top right] to receive an email update of new ideas, workshops, demonstrations, videos and resources on using Moodle and the Learning Platform tools.

Moodle drop in session Thursday, 10th April (re-posted)

The Educational Design Unit (EDU) will facilitate Moodle drop-in sessions during the months of March and April. The sessions will begin with a brief discussion on a topic and the rest of the session is for you to build your Moodle site with our support.

The topics and dates are:
Communicating with students in Moodle:  10 March 2014, 12.30pm – 2.00pm in Bld 41:102 [concluded]
Using Turnitin beyond punitive: 25 March 2014, 10.00am – 11.30am in Bld 41:103
Quizzes for engagement: 10 April 2014, 3.30pm – 4.30pm in Bld 41:105

Download a flyer for the sessions

Citing Digital Sources and Learning about Copyright

Copyright and citing sources is becoming quite a minefield with the abundance of digital resources and media available on the web.  If you are looking for a way to explain  copyright and fair use, or how to cite images and other digital sources in clear and simple terms, I found a great collection of resources on the Educational Technology and Mobile Learning blog.  Their blog also has a generous collection of resources on many other topics related to educational technology and mobile learning that you may find useful so feel free to browse.  Click here to browse their collection of copyright resources.

Here are some links to other copyright resources and information

UOW Copyright Basics

UOW Referencing and Citing

Using copyright content for online teaching and learning from Monash University

Free workshops on digital skills for students

Despite claims that students are digital natives, evidence has shown that university students do not necessarily have the computer skills assumed by their lecturers. And as more and more uni work is completed online,  many UOW students have struggled to keep up with the demand. A SSAF-funded initiative to help bridge this gap in digital literacies has been created known as Manage, Use, Create.

This Autumn, Manage, Use, Create is offering free workshops to all UOW students including undergraduates and HDR students to help develop the digital skills vital for university. The workshops run at all Australian UOW campuses and online throughout the session. The topics include:

  • How to use the vital UOW systems like Moodle, SOLS, Turnitin, and Echo360 (Week 2)
  • Improving searching skills and evaluating online information (Week 3)
  • Managing your information online and using apps and software to stay organised (Week 5)
  • Understanding how copyright works in the online world and how to access legal media and resources for your assignments (Week 7)
  • Communicating effectively online and writing for the web (Week 9)
  • Privacy and social networking, including creating professional profiles and portfolios (Week 11)

If your students might benefit from these topics, we encourage you to direct them to our website for locations and times: http://digilituow.wordpress.com. You can also follow us on Twitter @digilituow. For any questions or more information, you can contact the Manage Use Create team by email at digi-lit@uow.edu.au.

Moodle drop-in sessions

The Educational Design Unit (EDU) will facilitate Moodle drop-in sessions during the months of March and April. The sessions will begin with a brief discussion on a topic and the rest of the session is for you to build your Moodle site with our support.

The topics and dates are:
Communicating with students in Moodle:  10 March 2014, 12.30pm – 2.00pm in Bld 41:102 [concluded]
Using Turnitin beyond punitive: 25 March 2014, 10.00am – 11.30am in Bld 41:103
Quizzes for engagement: 10 April 2014, 3.30pm – 4.30pm in Bld 41:105

Download a flyer for the sessions

Adding academic contact details to a Moodle site

An HTML block can be added to Moodle to help students find staff contacts and subject consultation hours. For example, Dr Bowles set up this block; the text in blue indicates an active link in Moodle. The HTML code is written so that when a link is selected on a mobile device it activates the relevant function eg call a number, send an email or find the office.

Example of HTML Block

Continue reading

Moodle FAQ’s 2014

FAQHere are some answers to questions that staff are frequently asking as they set up their Moodle sites for 2014.

Q. Why can’t I upload a file to my Moodle site?

A. Check which browser you are using, Firefox and Chrome are recommended for use with Moodle.

Q. How do I request a Moodle site?

A. Log on to the UOW staff intranet, click on Manage my Moodle and follow the prompts

Continue reading

Download 2014 Moodle user guides

Screenshot Feb 11 12.22.22

Where to go for help, editing your personal settings, configuring your site and a whole lot more.

Here are four document that you can download and print to help you set up and use Moodle. They have kindly been shared for the UOW community by the fabulous educational support team in the Faculty of Social Sciences.

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD:

A big thanks to Tim Boniface for this 2014 version and to Tim, Lisa Carrington-Long and Wendy Meyers for original development 2013.