Using Moodle Assignments Best Practices

Today, I want to discuss the best way to handle Moodle assignments. We all know that Moodle is one of the best learning systems out there, allowing students to learn at their leisure from anywhere the internet is available, so how can students take advantage of Moodle assignments?

First of all you have to know what Moodle offers in order to master it. Moodle is considered by many companies to be the best learning and training platform out there, and when you look at what all it can do, this isn’t really surprising.

Moodle provides all forms of media: video, audio and text integration. It offers collaboration opportunities: group projects, cooperative learning, wikis, forums, instant messaging, quizzes and other neat features.

I’ve spent a lot of time talking about how to operate different parts of Moodle, and how to install and configure it, as well. But today, we’re going to forego the tutorial, and just talk about some general rules of thumb for how to make the best possible Moodle assignments.

First of all, while Moodle touts a very intuitive and easy-to-use feature for uploading and integrating video, I want to stress that overuse of video is a tremendously bad idea, for a multitude of reasons. Video is heavy; it requires a heftier machine on the student’s end (for playback at a decent rate and quality). This is especially true when watching videos on mobile devices and game consoles. Lectures are fine in video, but for anything more complex than that, try to avoid it.

When it comes to teacher assignments, it is best to use literature as much as possible. A student has the option of skimming over the text before tackling it, highlighting the key concepts or re-reading something multiple times.

As a tip to teachers, an assignment (after every section), should have review of questions. These questions should be helpful. Wrong answers should not affect the grade, but allow the student to gauge how well he/she understands the material provided thus far. Moodle allows these quiz forms to be set up quickly.

Finally, when planning lessons, be sure to have a proper structure; one that is repeated with each assignment. The same goes for assigned projects and tests.

Students need to be free from the stress of inconsistent layouts and standards. This may sound like such a small detail, but visual and technical consistency is critical to the continued, steady and efficient learning of students. I.e., f you use video, use it for the same thing with every assignment.

Moodle assignments, if you follow this simple set of best practices, will be the best learning experiences your students have ever had.

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.