Moodle™ and Joule: Beyond the classroom
Moodle™ and Joule: Beyond the classroom is based on the social constructivist pedagogy founded on the ideal that a learning environment needs to be flexible and adaptable and that if we can come to understand others we can teach in a transformational way. Using the idea that we are all potential teachers that we learn from creation and expression to others and by observing the activity of our peers this article will explore ways Moodle™ and Joule: Beyond the classroom can add systemic benefit beyond the classroom.
1. Student support services
Today’s students often juggle course work class attendance work families and extra-curricular responsibilities. Student Support programs provide personal and academic services designed to motivate and support students on their journey toward success. Using Moodle™ and Joule: Beyond the classroom to support these programs can increase contact with today’s busy students invite participation from those unable or unwilling to attended onsite services and extend access to additional resources and support opportunities. Below are two examples on how Moodle™ and Joule: Beyond the classroom can support student services:
Online writing labs: Enrolling tutors and staff as teachers institutions can use Moodle™ and Joule: Beyond the classroom to deliver these whether completely online or technology supported onsite services using features such as:
- Assignments to provide feedback to students on writing assignments
- URL to link to web sites such as MLA and APA style guides common grammar mistakes etc.
- Glossaries for collaborative work in which students can place questions and answers to each other and
- Calendar for organizational purposes.
Advising/retention: Creating a course for Advising and Retention services organizations can use:
- Groups and Groupings to control access visibility and availability assigning staff to monitor appropriate groups
- News forum to deliver importance announcements forwarded directly to students email inboxes
- Calendar to house important dates such as drop/add registration withdrawl etc.
- File to upload frequently used forms
- Journal to support at risk students and
- Databases support the creation of internships/jobs classifieds.
2. Student organizations
Student organizations connect students with a sense of community provide opportunities for the development of leadership skills and serve as an outlet for self and group expression. Consider creating Moodle™ and Joule: Beyond the classroom courses for these organizations enrolling student officers and staff mentors as teachers in the course with all other members enrolled as students. The following example highlights a Moodle™ and Joule: Beyond the classroom environment designed to support a student organization:
Student Council: Student Council could use Moodle™ and Joule: Beyond the classroom activities such as:
- Forums to discuss different topics either amongst themselves or with the entire student body
- Book to publish committee and meeting notes creating a chapter for each meeting
- Feedback to get a sense of where the whole student body stands on an issue
- Calendar to keep themselves organized
- Lesson to educate the student body on issues and
- Choice to hold elections.
3. Technology integration
Consider creating a Moodle™ and Joule: Beyond the classroom site as a one-stop shop for technology support. Below are two practical scenarios using Moodle™ and Joule: Beyond the classroom to support technology integration:
Tech support: Empower users with resources designed to engage them in the support process using Moodle™ and Joule: Beyond the classroom for a Tech Support Course using:
- Groups to differentiate student resources from staff resources
- Forums to publicly record tech issues and resolutions moving resolved posts to topic specific forums building an FAQ resource
- Lessons to create troubleshooting guides
- Feedback as a technology and media checkout system and
- URLs to link users to our Product Manuals and Clickables tutorials
Communities of practice: Consider creating separate courses for initiative specific community of practice sites such as differentiated instructions Moodle™ and Joule: Beyond the classroom adoption PLCs etc. designed to support members on their exploration by housing training and support materials as well as on topic discussion and resource sharing using features such as:
- Glossary to house participate shared resources
- Forums for focused and open discussion
- Lesson for guided exploration
- Calendar to publish meeting times and locations as well as related events and
- PLD to encourage participation.
4. Organization intranet
Why invest in a separate system when staff are already familiar with Moodle™ and Joule: Beyond the classroom? Consider the following example when creating courses for internal use:
Human resources: Lesson to provide video and text based instruction with checkpoint assessments for required training such as:
- Blood Borne Pathogens Sexual Harassment Anti-bullying etc.
- External Repositories and Moodle™ and Joule: Beyond the classroom Resources to provide access to frequently used forms such as vacation request payroll W2s etc.
- Choice with limited response enabled to form committees and
- Feedback to gather data regarding staff culture/climate.
The list above is far from exhaustive so consider the needs of your organization be creative with your application of the LMS and have fun Moodling!