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11th August 22
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Using Online Environments (e.g. Virtual Learning Environments such as Moodle and Mahara)

Learning Environments

There are many online environments such as blogs, wikis, VLEs and websites. We have already considered websites but areas such as blogs and wikis can be used in a similar way. Those schools that just to use these will have expertise in their use. If they choose to use them for supporting their school communities then they need to make sure they are available and suitable for their users.

Using your Virtual Learning Environment e.g Moodle

Many Lancashire schools schools use Moodle or other VLEs.  The ability to set work and have it submitted for marking from anywhere on the internet are inbuilt features of most VLEs and therefore these schools are in the strongest position should schools be closed for any reason. Users usually require a username and password to access a Moodle site. If you are a Lancashire school and you want to request a Moodle site please click on the link below and fill in the form.

Moodle request form

We are currently running a major training programme to support schools in the adoption of
Moodle. If you want to find out more about the training programme and the courses offered go to:

Moodle training information

If you want to speak to somebody regarding Moodle or need support with your Moodle (at no additional cost) please contact office@ict.lancsngfl.ac.uk or phone 01257 516100.

If you have a technical issue with your Moodle please contact the Westfield Centre on call.centre@westfield.lancsngfl.ac.uk or phone0845 053006.

Handouts to support the use of Moodle can be downloaded from http://vle.cleo.net.uk. A username and password for this Moodle site can be obtained by emailing office@cleo.net.uk. Most of the key handouts that you will need are also found in the section below (Using Moodle to Set School Work).

Moodle support information

Using Moodle to Set School Work

The Moodle Learning Platform is used by an many schools in Lancashire (e.g. over 95% of the secondary schools and hundreds of primary schools). It allows schools to make up webpages, set tasks and quizzes and areas for discussion (e.g. forums and chat).

The sections below will deal with:

  • Logging in to Moodle
  • Adding a user/multiple users to Moodle
  • Making a course area for your activities (assignments, quizzes...) and resources (text, pictures, links to websites and documents)
  • Adding text, pictures and links to course pages
  • Setting tasks in Moodle by using the assignment activity
  • Setting quizzes to test pupils
  • Adding a forum to your course.
The Moodle handouts below take you step-by step on how to log into Moodle, how to make up a course and how to use labels to add text, pictures and links to your course (topic) pages. There is also a general teacher guide explaining the background about Learning Platforms and about the use of some of the common editing buttons.

Settings Tasks in Moodle - The Assignment Activity

The assignment activity allows teachers to set work for pupils and for those students to send their responses back to the teacher. The teacher can then mark and send feedback to the pupil. The marks given to the student will also appear in the course grade book.

Moodle has four different types of assignment which are outlined in the document below.

The procedure to make and mark an assignment is outlined in the document below. 

If the assignment needs a specific grade system, the teacher can make a new system up. The document below shows how to set up a new grade system.

Reviewing progress in Moodle

Assignment allows you to set tasks for students but sometimes you may want to review their progress by using a test. Moodle quiz or Hot Potatoes software can be used to provide this feedback.

The support handouts below tell you how to use Moodle quiz and Hot Potatoes with Moodle.

Making a Moodle quiz : Word file (1240.1k)

About Hot Potatoes

The Hot Potatoes suite includes six applications, enabling you to create interactive multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled-sentence, crossword, matching/ordering and gap-fill exercises for the World Wide Web. When loaded correctly into Moodle the results are marked online and recorded within Moodle's gradebook.

You can download a copy of the Hot Potaoes software from http://web.uvic.ca/hrd/halfbaked/#downloads.  "The copy of Hot Potatoes you download is limited. To remove the limitations, your copy must be registered. If you work for a publicly funded educational institution and make the exercises you create freely available on the web, you may apply for a free registration key at http://hotpot.uvic.ca/reg/register.htm."

Communicating with Pupils or Staff

There are several Moodle activities that are useful for communicating with pupils or staff. The Chat activity is used for real-time synchronous communciation while the Forum activity is used for asynchronous communication (discussion). The Forum activity can also be marked by the teacher. The step-by-step guides for these activities can eb downloaded below.

Moodle courses (resources) for Primary and Special Schools

The Sunny Safari Project aims to provide classroom resources to support the use of Moodle in the EYFS, Primary and Special Schools.

About Sunny Safari
A group of teachers helped to design the themes and collect some of the resources for this project. There are many different types of resource available for you to use such as images, sounds, video clips and Moodle courses. Lancashire schools can visit Sunny Safari and download what content they need. Remember to keep on coming back because the number of resources will continue to increase in the future. We have added the popular 2Simple software products; Simple City, Stories 2 Tell, The Literacy Collection, Talking Stories and Maths City to Sunny Safari. These resources cover a wide range of topics and can be used by EarlyYears, KS1 and KS2 teachers. We are making Moodle courses based around these resources which can be downloaded and used on your own moodle site. Alongside this we have created a whole series of courses to support the National Strategy ‘Letter and Sounds’ programme.

The site can be found at http://vle.sunnysafari.lancsngfl.ac.uk/