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History Teaching with Moodle 2

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History Teaching with Moodle 2

Overview of this book

Moodle is an open source virtual learning environment that is coming to be used in more and more schools worldwide. History and Moodle complement each other perfectly in terms of content and delivery. This book will show you how to set up tasks and activities that will enable your students to forge a greater understanding of complex issues, bringing History into the 21st century.History Teaching with Moodle 2 presents new and exciting ideas for the delivery of History content making use of tried-and-trusted methods of teaching the subject. By following a sample course, you will find it easy to transform your existing lesson plans into a Moodle course that will become even more efficient, attractive, and useful over time. Make the past come to life using a range of tasks and activities that can consolidate learning for some, enhance understanding for others, and enthuse all. Learn how to add an RSS feed to your home page to display daily 'On this day in history' posts. Create a one-minute quiz about how the Second World War began. Post video footage of a trip to a castle and set some questions for students in anticipation of their next visit. Set up a wiki so that student groups can create their own story about 'murder at a monastery'. Moodle's built-in features allow students to get a better grasp of historical concepts and will rejuvenate their interest in the subject.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)

The Gradebook

Going into the Gradebook via Settings and Grades, we would see the electronic equivalent of a page from a teacher's markbook showing the names of students and the activities they have been involved in within the course. The Year 7 History course would resemble the following screenshot showing all of the course grades so far:

Adjusting Grader Report settings

Most teachers are very prescriptive about the information that goes into their markbook. I, for example, might want to remove the Overall average row and set all values to 0 decimal places.

  1. 1. Click Settings.

  2. 2. Click Grades.

  3. 3. Click Report preferences.

  4. 4. Click Grader Report.

  5. 5. Set the Show column averages dropdown to No.

  6. 6. Click Course grade settings.

  7. 7. In Grade item settings click the Overall decimal points dropdown.

  8. 8. Select 0.

The Gradebook should now resemble the following screenshot:

Students are listed in alphabetical order and their marks for the 'What different jobs did monks do?' quiz are detailed.

Clicking the column...