Archive for March, 2010

10 Ways to Increase the effectiveness of your Learning Management System

Learning Management Systems can add dramatic value to your classes.  Or they can be a roadblock.  It all depends on how you implement them in your class.  Use of Learning Management Systems in education has not matured yet and we are still learning how they integrate.  The following are not so much tips as attitudes and values.

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Moodle Activity – Negotiation skills

Many students can benefit from developing negotiation skills.  Some people find that it comes naturally.  For everyone though,  it can be improved with practice.  Here we are going to present an activity that involves the whole class having to negotiate on the breakup of marks.

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Conscription for teaching

What if you had to teach?  Many countries have or have had conscription.  What if we had a similar scheme but it related to teaching.  Think of how different the world would be.

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Moodle Activity – Choose Your Own Adventure

Choose your own adventure books are fun.  You have an element of control and that makes you part of the story.  Why not create a choose your own adventure story in Moodle using a variety of activities including the Lesson activity.

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Brainstorming with Septines

Septines can be a powerful tool to aid in effective brainstorming.  It is beneficial to understand how and why they work however.
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How to use technology

Technology in the digital age has not given us anything we don’t already have.  It has only given us new ways of doing them.  Once you come to realise this you come to realise that you have a lot more flexibility and power than what you thought you had.  This can be scary.
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Moodle Activity – Subject Selection

One activity that students often have to do,   and one that can be stressful for them is subject selection.  A typical approach is to tell them about the various options available and then to give them some time to decide.  Today we’re going to use the quiz activity to support this with a questionnaire that will offer useful feedback.

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