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Moodle for Mobile Learning

By : Mark Aberdour
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Moodle for Mobile Learning

By: Mark Aberdour

Overview of this book

Mobile devices have become ubiquitous and offer many new possibilities for learning. Moodle, when combined with a mobile device, opens up a new world of possibilities to teachers, instructors, and training professionals to develop their courses. The learning experience can be hugely improved by playing to the strengths of mobile devices, and Moodle for Mobile Learning helps you do just that."Moodle for Mobile Learning" is a practical, hands-on guide that provides you with ideas and step-by-step exercises that will help you leverage the features of mobile devices in your Moodle course designs. It also aims at providing you with hands-on knowledge in creating mlearning courses so that you can create your own effective mobile learning interactions.Looking at the underlying theory of mobile learning, "Moodle for Mobile Learning" aims to enable you to apply this to course design using Moodle. Organized into key sectors including schools, further and higher education, and workplace learning, this book will take you through a number of clear, practical recipes that will help you to take advantage of mobile technology in your Moodle course design.You will learn how to develop your mobile learning strategy and whether to use a mobile friendly Moodle theme or a Moodle mobile app to deliver your strategy. There are certain types of learning activities that are perfectly suited to mobile delivery. We look at delivering podcasts, engaging with social media, setting up photo, video and audio assignments, setting up eBook and App libraries, uploading audio assignment feedback, submitting reflective logs, using chat and messaging tools, using web conferencing and much more.Mobile devices already form the backbone of your learners' daily lives. If you want to use Moodle to bring those devices into the learning process, then this is the book for you.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Moodle for Mobile Learning
About the Author
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Setting up a group discussion

Online communication tools are split between synchronous (where users interact in real-time, such as in a chat room) and asynchronous (where users interact over multiple browser sessions, such as a discussion forum). Asynchronous tools are really useful for mobile learning when users can reasonably be expected to be online at different times but may wish to access and contribute to the discussion at any time of day—especially if it's homework or assessment related. Moodle discussion forums can also be subscribed to by e-mail, so that daily updates can be pushed out to subscribers, which is really useful for mobile learners.


Whether you choose to set up a forum for course related activity or not, it is a good idea to create a mobile technical forum on which students can share their expertise and interest, and help to solve each other's problems.

To set up a group discussion forum, perform the following steps:

  1. On your course page, click on Turn editing on, then...