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Using Online Environments (e.g. Virtual Learning Environments such as Moodle and Mahara)
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.
We are currently running a major training programme to support schools in the adoption of
If you want to speak to somebody regarding Moodle or need support with your Moodle (at no additional cost) please contact email@example.com or phone 01257 516100.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Most of the key handouts that you will need are also found in the section below (Using Moodle to Set School Work).
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:
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.