Moodle Activities and Resources Explained

Moodle activities provides a number of powerful-collaborative activity modules & tools which enable you to link or add almost any sort of file to your course. There are many different types of activities that are available: several types-of assignments; activities for communication & collaboration between you & your students; surveys, quizzes and polls; tools to help in managing the students; & formats for delivering-interactive content.

An activity is the general term that is used to refer to a group-of features in the Moodle course. Basically an activity is some thing which a student does which interacts with the other students or/and the teacher.

Moodle Activities and Resources Explained

Moodle-Assignments

Moodle provides various ways to track & collect the students work. You may have the students submit files or you can choose to have them type in to a text-box. You may also assign the offline work not-submitted via Moodle (however, that can also be graded).

You may configure the number of files the student can submit & the maximum file-size that’s allowed, & set deadlines & cut off dates. You may exchange comments with-individual students regarding their submissions, their grade (with an option to use Rubric or a Marking form), & leave written feedback.

External Tools

External tools lets the students interact with various learning resources & activities on various other websites. For instance, you can link up to OWL or/and to learning materials-from a publisher. In order to setup the external tool instance, the tool provider that supports LTI (abbreviation for, Learning Tools-Interoperability) is required. This tool provider will provide instructions on just how to configure an external tool for the site.

Activities for Communication & Collaboration

Chat

Chat lets the course members hold real time, text based conversations with the other course members. Multiple-chatrooms may be set up for-the same course.

Database

Database activity module lets the teacher or/and students build, display & search a bank-of records. An instructor designs the structure and format of the entries which may include; files, pictures or images, URLs, texts, numbers among many others

Forum

Instructors & students may communicate & collaborate using the Forums, (which are at times also referred to as “discussions.” The instructors may create topics or, depending-on the type of Forum, allow the students to originate/create topics, to which the course members may “post” a reply.

Glossary

Glossary activity lets users create a list-of definitions, just like a dictionary, which the course participants may browse or search. A teacher may restrict access to the Glossary so that only-they can create the entries, or the teacher may allow the students to add some new entries.

Wiki

A Wiki is basically a webpage (or set-of web pages) which the class members may create together, working-directly in the browser without-needing or requiring to know the HTML. Moodle Wiki begins with 1 front page. Any of the contributors may add some additional pages to ta wiki by creating a link-to a page which doesn’t exist yet.

Workshop

Workshop is the peer assessment activity which has many options. A student can submit his/her work through an online text-tool & attachments. The student receives 2 grades in the activity, 1 for his/her own work based-on peer reviews & another for his/her peer assessments of the other students’ work.

Quiz

The Moodle activities quizzes are basically comprised of Quiz activities which contain 1 or more questions-from your course Question bank. A Quiz activity allows you to administer an array of question types within a given layout & order, provide different-kinds of feedback that are based on how the student performed on a quiz, & control how a student accesses the quiz.

Questionnaire

Questionnaire activity lets you survey the students using a wide-range of question types. Say for instance, you may collect a student’s feedback on the course or on particular topics. In the Questionnaire, an individual answers can not be graded, however, you may award grades for an entire activity.

Choice

Choice activity lets you post question(s) & specify multiple responses as-possible answers. Each one of your students may then pick 1 of the given choices

Tools for Student-Management

Attendance

Attendance module allows you to record participation or attendance in other offline-activities. The records are basically aggregated in one single column in a Moodle activities Grade book.

Checklist

An instructor may configure Checklists-of required items so as to help the students stay on track-in a course. The students may check items off by themselves, or you may configure certain items to automatically check-off when activities such as Quizzes or Assignments are submitted.

Group self selection

The Group self selection activity module lets the students select a group-in the course which they want to-be members of. Limit may be placed on number-of users in each group. The activity may also be set up to open & close at specific time intervals.

Lesson

Lesson module presents series of HTML-pages to a student who’s asked to make a sort of a choice underneath content area. That choice will then send the student to a specific-page in the Lesson. A Lesson may be designed as a-simple linear sequence, or branching or as an adaptive sequence.

SCORM package

SCORM package module will enable you to upload compliant-SCORM or AICC packages to include in the course.

Resources

A resource is basically an item which a teacher may use to support-learning, like a link or a file. Moodle supports a vast array of resource-types which teachers may add to the courses. In the edit mode, the teacher may add various different resources through the drop down-menu. Resources appear as a-single link which has an icon in front-of it which represents the kind of resource.

  • Book; Multi page resources with book like format. The teacher can export the Books as IMS-CP (administrator has to allow the teacher role in order to export IMS)
  • File; A picture or image, pdf document, spreadsheet, sound file or video file
  • Folder; For helping in organizing files and 1 folder can contain other folders
  • IMS content package; Add-static material from various other sources in standard IMS content-package format
  • Label; Can be few displayed words or/and an image that is used to separate the resources and the activities in the topic section, or may be a lengthy-description or instructions.
  • Page; The student sees a-single, scrollable screen which the teacher creates using a robust HTML editor
  • URL; You may send the students to any-place they can reach-on their browser, for instance, Wikipedia.

Understanding Moodle activities will help you make the most this powerful LMS.

Nicole Lewis is the Lead Author & Editor of MyLMStips. MyLMStips is dedicated to providing the most engaging topics, information, tips and tricks surrounding Moodle®. It's a place where Moodle® users can receive guidance on how to get the most out of it and increase their productivity and progress.