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What is Moodle and why use it?

Moodle is a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which makes it easy for you to provide online support for your course. Providing a central space on the web where students and staff can access a set of tools and resources anytime anywhere.

An easy way to communicate with students and staff where ever they are:

The news form automatically emails messages to all students and staff on the course. Forums can also be used to answer commonly asked questions – and prevent repeats, to provide a space for informal peer to peer student discussion or even on-line tutorials.

A quick way to share documents:

Moodle provides a place where you can easily create web pages with information about your course and provide links to word documents, slides, and other resources that your students will want to access.

Easy access to relevant and useful on-line resources:

Our school provides materials and resources, but catering for so many different types of students it can be hard for learners to find those that are most relevant to them. Moodle provides links directly to the resources that will be most useful for students.

On-line assignment handling:

When your students and tutors are not close to Oxford on-line assignment handling can save time and effort for everyone involved – whether it is just used for student submission with marking done on paper or the whole process is moved on-line saving time, postage and paper.

Other advantages:

Save time and money – making resources available on-line can save time and money in photocopying
Control access to different areas – can make a space for dispersed tutors to communicate with each other as well as students. .
Use less paper – keep a central copy on-line so everyone can find the latest version of a course handbook etc. provide handouts on-line and students only print out what they really need.
Designed to encourage collaborative learning – Moodle makes it easy to model the oxford tutorial system on-line if you want to use it with globally distributed students.
Easy to experiment with new ideas and tools – a low risk way to incorporate new tools and ideas into your teaching.
Manage your materials – if all your course information is on Moodle this is easy access this year after year.

Other features and tools:

Course calendar – use this to flag important events to everyone on your course.
Profiles and contact information – help students and staff get to know each other at the start of the course, also hold information about course team and students in one place.
Deliver content – post up slides etc.
Video and audio – many academics find it easy to record lectures as podcasts or even arrange for videos of lectures or special events– posting these on-line and making it available to students is straight forward with Moodle.
Group tools for students – there are many tools that students can use for collaboration with each other e.g. forums, wiki and chat.