Questions to all e-learning folks who use Moodle as their LMS.

Ok ok. I admit that I just mimic 'Calling all e-learning folks who work in higher education."and

"Calling all e-learning folks who work in health care industry"

It looks like I have to take another responsibility  as Moodle administrator and theme designer.

We are going to use Articulate and Captivate both as authoring tools.

My question is what is the main to-do-list as Moodle administrator? What can be wrong if I don't do x, y, z on a regular basis? Could you give me some suggestion to this new Moodle administrator?

We decide to use Moodle 2.1

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Dave Newgass

Hello,

I recommend a book called 'Moodle 2 Administration' by Alex Buchner.   Although I have not read it cover to cover, it came highly recommended.

As a Moodle Admin you will need to be sure that you set up the courses properly along with all of the settings, manage user access and track progress.  Ensure that when you upload a new course it functions properly and tracks as you want it to track.  Answer tech questions from course authors (if they are uploading) and questions from end users (that's the FUN part!).

The list is endless really.....I just got stuck in and handled things as they came and learning along the way.  When I ran into a problem I asked for help here, the Moodle forum, my Moodle host, etc....

What can go wrong if you don't do x,y,z on a regular basis though?  At the moment, I have little 'to do' other than track students and enrolments.  It's not quite auto pilot....but it's as close as I can get it.  Be wary when updates come along as it may 'break' things.

Good luck!

Dave

Sayuj Ravindran

I was about click on Write a New Post to ask something similar and I saw this post.

One of the divisions of my organization is building their own independent LMS using Moodle. And the people behind this has asked me some good practices to follow especially on structuring the content in the LMS. They have also asked some of the questions posted here by Sami. So let me add some more to his list of questions:

How do you orgnanize your courses when you have different functions / departments / applications etc?

What are the top features to be enabled in a Moodle home page?

Is tagging option possible in Moodle? (i.e. Admin can tag a course with few keywords and the users can search the courses using these keywords?)

Any tips / reference will be of great help...

Dave Newgass

Hello,

All of these are great questions and questions I should have asked when I first started with Moodle.

I would recommend you pose the same questions in the Moodle Forums and also EduGeeks Forum.

On the surface, you could just develop 'courses' for each subject you listed. Within the course will be all of your different learning objects.  You can further break down the elements within the course.  Another idea is to check our YouTube and do a search on Moodle and Moodle 2.  I have seen some great tutorials there!

As for tagging....not sure as I don't use it.  That's a good question for the Moodle forum though.  

Good luck!,

Dave

Sammy Hwang

Hello all in particular Dave! ^^

Let's say I videotape one of our subject matter experts, which I did already.

And when users visit our Moodle site, then the subject matter expert appear and explains our elearning courses to users.

Do you think this is doable? If so, which file should I edit? The example can be seen from the following site.

(http://websitetalkingheads.com/examples.php)

I know it can be done within Articulate or Captivate.

I just want to do it on our moodle site.

Dave Newgass

Sami Hwang said:

Hello all in particular Dave! ^^

Let's say I videotape one of our subject matter experts, which I did already.

And when users visit our Moodle site, then the subject matter expert appear and explains our elearning courses to users.

Do you think this is doable? If so, which file should I edit?


Hello,

You can do this......

When you are editing your course, click 'Turn Editing On' and then add a resource to get a drop down...then pick 'page'.  This will enable you to use the WYSIWYG editor where you can add a video file or embed a YouTube video.

I hope that gives you some direction and sorry for the late reply!

Cheers,

Dave