Moodle gives you the option of creating a rubric as part of an assignment, which then lets you grade the assignment with a simple click of the mouse. You set up the criteria you want to use, then assign point values to each one, and Moodle will generate a table for you. All you need to do is click on the box which best represents your assessment of the student's work and Moodle assigns the points and calculates the grade:
It's the end of the semester and here are a few pointers on using your grade book, with information about how to enter grades and return graded assignments to your students.The grade book will automatically calculate the weight of each assignment saving you from having to do the math. Below are several practical steps to enter grades and return papers.
It can be very helpful to know when your students are accessing your course and what they are engaged in; Moodle has several options that make this easy for you to see. This data can help you notice which students are really engaged with the material and who might be falling behind. It can also help you in planning your time--if you know, for example, which day of the week your students are most likely to post on forums, you can choose more effectively when you want to sign on to read them. There are two ways to do this in your course in Moodle.
by Laurie Isenberg, Director of Community & Continuing Education, Pacific School of Religion | Students who have successfully adjusted to online learning through preparation or experience are measurably more successful.
It's a good idea to make a back up of your courses each semester. While we do have general system back ups, including all the courses on Moodle, having your own back up ensures that you have access to it at all times. In addition, it means that you can retain student work and other information that may be useful to you in the future. Backing up your courses just takes a few minutes and a few clicks of the mouse:
With more than 30,000 artworks available from 151 museums around the world, the Google Art Project is a treasure trove for educators. The site lets you link directly to works of art that students can see in high resolution detail, along with helpful notes about the artist, the artwork, its location, dimensions and more. You can also send your students on a virtual trip of museums ranging from The Hermitage to the National Museum of Delhi to The Tate and many more.
What to learn more about teaching with Moodle? Or curious about what MOOCs* are all about? Moodlerooms has let us know about an online course on Teaching With Moodle, sponsored by WizIQ. The course begins on June 1st and is free and self-paced. Follow the link to sign up.
Looking for more information about building an effective online classroom? Consider this book: Rena M. Palloff and Keith Pratt, Building Online Learning Communities: Effective Strategies for the Virtual Classroom (San Francisco: John Wiley & Sons, 2007)
The Library of Congress has created a tutorial specifically for educators about copyright issues in the classroom. Copyright and Primary Sources allows you to go at your own pace and provides examples of different educational needs and how to meet them without violating copyright. Because each educator is responsible for his or her own use of material, it is important that we are all aware of applicable laws.