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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 workshop is worth exploring because of the value of peer-to-peer assessment to your students. Having come this far with the use of Moodle in the teaching of History, the workshop is an Aladdin's Cave of options and experiences for your students some heartening, some chastening, but all valuable in the context of learning how to learn. It is an innovative, diagnostic, and truly cross-curricular tool.

Immediate success with workshops involves:

  • Knowing your assessment requirements from the start

  • Knowing the grading strategy to impose

  • Making appropriate use of weighting

  • Framing simple, smart questions

  • Having an appropriate sample exercise

Longer term success with workshops involves:

  • Being prepared to switch between phases to adjust deadlines

  • Experimenting with the order in which tasks are undertaken

  • Finding out how to make assessors anonymous

  • Producing league tables of results

It is appropriate to conclude with this chapter because the workshop encapsulates so much that is wonderful about using...