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Moodle Workshops to start the New Year!

Date: January 9, 2014
Time: 10 AM to Noon
Place: SMN 130

Moodle Basics

If you are just beginning to work with Moodle, this is the workshop for you. You will access Moodle via the My COM portal, update your profile, post your class syllabus, and learn how to use the Moodle message system with your students.

To Register:

Email COM Instructional Technologist alice.dieli@marin.edu. (Space availability will be confirmed by return email.)

Please Note:

You will need to know your MyCOM Login (username and password). Please have your syllabus available, either on a flash drive or in your web-based email. You may want to also bring a digital picture file for your profile. Feel free to bring your laptop to work on if you would prefer.

 

Date: January 9, 2014
Time: Noon to 2 PM
Place: SMN 130

Open Lab for all Moodle users!

Drop-in to discuss any Moodle questions about posting files, organizing class pages, inserting images, combining files in folders, drag ‘n’ drop functionality, setting up the gradebook, using Moodle messaging, and more.

Feel free to bring your laptop to work on if you would prefer.

No registration necessary!

Moodle Workshops Fall 2013

Mon Aug 12
Tues Aug 13
Wed Aug 14
9-11 a.m.
Moodle Basics
Moodle Gradebook
Moodle Basics
1-3 p.m.
Add Activities/Resources
Add Activities/Resources
Moodle Gradebook

All workshops will be held in the computer lab SMN 130.

Monday, August 12, 2103, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (this session will be repeated on Wednesday morning)

Moodle Basics: If you are just beginning to work with Moodle, this is the workshop for you. You will access Moodle via the My COM portal, update your profile, post your class syllabus, and learn two methods for communicating with your students.

To Register: Email COM Instructional Technologist Alice Dieli. Space availability will be confirmed by email.

Please Note: You will need to know your MyCOM Login (username and password). Please have your syllabus available, either on a flash drive or in your web-based email. You may want to also bring a digital picture file for your profile. Feel free to bring your laptop to work on if you would prefer.

 

Monday, August 12, 2103, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (this session will be repeated on Tuesday afternoon)

Add and activity or resource to Moodle: Now that your syllabus is posted, how about adding some additional activities and resources to enhance your class content. In this workshop you will learn how to upload copies of course handouts, provide links to websites, post videos, and create interactive student activities on the class page for your students to access 24/7.

To Register: Email COM Instructional Technologist Alice Dieli. Space availability will be confirmed by email.

Please Note: If you have never used Moodle, please register for one of the Moodle Basics sessions before you register for this session. Please bring digital copies of resources to upload or web addresses for links. Feel free to bring your laptop to work on if you would prefer.


All workshops will be held in the computer lab SMN 130.

Tuesday, August 13, 2103, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (this session will be repeated on Wednesday afternoon)

Moodle Gradebook: Whether you are offering an online course with online graded activities or you want to use the power of the Moodle gradebook to calculate and display student grades for your face-to-face class, this session is for you. When you post the grades in Moodle, individual grades are available to each student 24/7. You can configure the gradebook to calculate grades using a points system, weighted categories, or a combination of multiple methods. You can also set preferences for what is displayed for the students.

To Register: Email COM Instructional Technologist Alice Dieli. Space availability will be confirmed by email.

Please Note: If you have never used Moodle, please register for one of the Moodle Basics sessions before you register for this session. You will need to know your MyCOM Login (username and password). Please have your syllabus available, in a hard copy, on a flash drive, or in your web-based email. Feel free to bring your laptop to work on if you would prefer.

 

Tuesday, August 13, 2103, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (this is a repeat of the Monday afternoon session)

Add and activity or resource to Moodle: Now that your syllabus is posted, how about adding some additional activities and resources to enhance your class content. In this workshop you will learn how to upload copies of course handouts, provide links to websites, post videos, and create interactive student activities on the class page for your students to access 24/7.

To Register: Email COM Instructional Technologist Alice Dieli. Space availability will be confirmed by email.

Please Note: If you have never used Moodle, please register for one of the Moodle Basics sessions before you register for this session. You will need to know your MyCOM Login (username and password). Please bring digital copies of resources to upload or web addresses for links. Feel free to bring your laptop to work on if you would prefer.


All workshops will be held in the computer lab SMN 130.

Wednesday, August 14, 2103, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (this is a repeat of the Monday morning session)

Moodle Basics: If you are just beginning to work with Moodle, this is the workshop for you. You will access Moodle via the My COM portal, update your profile, post your class syllabus, and learn two methods for communicating with your students.

To Register: Email COM Instructional Technologist Alice Dieli. Space availability will be confirmed by email.

Please Note: You will need to know your MyCOM Login (username and password). Please have your syllabus available, either on a flash drive or in your web-based email. You may want to also bring a digital picture file for your profile. Feel free to bring your laptop to work on if you would prefer.

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Professional Development/Flex Workshops Spring 2013

Moodle ABCs
Friday, April 19, 9:30 a.m. to noon, and
Thursday, January 10, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
SMN 130, Kentfield Campus

Presenter: Alice Dieli

Moodle ABCs workshops are designed to get instructors up and running quickly so you can access Moodle via the My COM portal, post class materials online and communicate with your students. Although Moodle is often used to deliver full online and hybrid courses, it also offers powerful tools that can be used by all faculty to support student success in face-to-face classes as well. Attend this hands-on workshops and learn how to:

A - Add and edit your profile.
B – Broadcast your welcome message and post your syllabus and other course materials.
C – Communicate with your students via email.

To Register:
Email COM Instructional Technologist Alice Dieli at: alice.dieli@marin.edu. Space availability will be confirmed by email.
Please Note:
You’ll need to know your MyCOM Login (username and password) to access your Moodle shell. You may also wish to bring some course files and a picture of yourself on a Flash Drive to upload during the workshop. Feel free to bring your laptop to work on if you’d prefer.

This workshop meets objectives in the College's Distance Education and Technology Plans.

Preparing Word Documents Using Universal Design Principles (ADA Accessibility)
Friday, March 29, 9:30 a.m. to noon, and
Thursday, January 10, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

BC 101, Kentfield Campus

Presenters: Alice Dieli, Bobby Bradford

Preparing Word documents using Universal Design principles provides a framework for the document creator, a structure for navigation for the traditional reader, and makes the document accessible for screen reading tools. A document prepared using built-in styles maintains accessibility features when it is converted to PDF for uploading to a web-based learning environment. Workshop participants will learn how to use the tools in Microsoft Word 2010 including built-in Styles and Accessibility checker, and will convert their word document to an accessible PDF.
This workshop meets objectives in the College's Distance Education and Technology Plans.

Moodle Gradebook Basics
Friday, March 15, 9:30 a.m. to noon
SMN 130, Kentfield Campus

Presenter: Alice Dieli

Would you like to let Moodle take over some of your grading tasks? Do you know that Moodle includes a gradebook for recording student grades? The Moodle gradebook is available for your students to see 24/7.

Come to this workshop to learn how to use the Moodle gradebook and end the tyranny of paper lists of grades!

To Register:
Email COM Instructional Technologist Alice Dieli at: alice.dieli@marin.edu. Space availability will be confirmed by email.
Please Note:
You’ll need to know your MyCOM Login (username and password) to access your Moodle shell.

This workshop meets objectives in the College's Distance Education and Technology Plans.

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Professional Development Workshops, Fall Semester 2012

Creating Accessible Resources for Use in Moodle
Friday, December 7, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
LC 38, Kentfield Campus

Preparing Word documents using Universal Design principles provides a framework for the document creator, a structure for navigation for the traditional reader, and makes the document accessible for screen reading tools. A document prepared using built-in styles maintains accessibility features when it is converted to PDF for uploading to a web-based learning environment. Workshop participants will learn how to use the tools in Microsoft Word 2010 including built-in Styles and Accessibility checker, and will convert their word document to an accessible PDF.

This workshop meets objectives in the College's Distance Education and Technology Plans.

Open Educational Resource Training (webinar)

Learn how three faculty development models drive the use of open textbooks and OER to improve instructional outcomes at community colleges. More details here.

When: Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 10:00 AM PST / 1:00 PM EST

Moodle ABCs Workshops

Moodle ABCs workshops are designed to get instructors up and running quickly so you can access Moodle via the My COM portal, post class materials online and communicate with your students. Although Moodle is often used to deliver full online and hybrid courses, it also offers powerful tools that can be used by all faculty to support student success in face-to-face classes as well. Every COM course now has a Moodle course shell available for you to customize to fit your needs. Attend one of the hands-on workshops listed above and learn how to:

A. Add and edit your profile.
B. Broadcast your welcome message and post your syllabus and other course materials.
C. Communicate with your students.

When

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday, September 14, 2012
10 a.m. to noon

Thursday, September 20, 2012
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Friday, September 21, 2012
10 a.m. to noon

Where

Library Information Literacy Classroom (Located inside the Library on the Kentfield Campus)

To Register

The training will be led by our Instructional Technologist, Alice Dieli. To register, please email Alice at alice.dieli@marin.edu and be sure to specify the date you wish to attend.

Please note:
You’ll need to know your MyCOM Login (username and password) to access your Moodle shell. You may also wish to bring some course files and a picture of yourself on a Flash Drive to upload during the workshop. Feel free to bring your laptop to work on if you’d prefer. This training can be used to for 2 hours of Flex credit.

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Professional Development/Flex Workshops Fall 2012

Moodle Show & Tell
Friday, August 17, 10 a.m. to noon
LC 38, Kentfield Campus

Faculty Co-presenters: Win Bottle, Frank Crosby, Peggy Dodge and Ali Klinger

Join your faculty colleagues to see how they’re using Moodle tools to support student success. The presenters will explain how the featured tools work from both the designer and student standpoint and welcome your questions. This workshop does not aim to provide training in how
to use Moodle, but instead will enrich and inspire current and future Moodle users. If you’re interested in seeing how your colleagues have been "moodling," then don't miss out on this fun opportunity!

Moodle ABCs: How to Post Class Materials in Your Moodle Shell
Friday, August 17, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Library Information Literacy Classroom, Kentfield Campus

Presenter: Kathleen Smyth

Moodle, the college's new Learning Management System, has replaced the MyCOM/Course Studio features that allowed faculty to post handouts online and communicate with students. All courses now have a Moodle shell that enables faculty to post course materials online and access a variety of other features. Although Moodle is often used to deliver full online and hybrid courses, it also offers helpful tools that can be used to enhance traditional classes as well. This hands‐on workshop will cover the basics to get you started “moodling.” Topics include how to create a welcome message and upload documents. Please bring your MyCOM log on information and a flash drive with some of your materials; for example, you may wish to bring a picture of yourself, a syllabus, and an assignment.

Making Your Online Materials Accessible: Best Practices for ADA Compliance
Friday, August 17, 2:10 p.m. to 4 p.m.
LC 38, Kentfield Campus

Presenter: Corrine Haverinen

Faculty posting materials in Moodle course shells or on the web must create materials that are accessible to all and compliant with ADA laws This workshop will include a brief examination of the sixteen Section 508 rules, including which rules will most likely need your attention and how Moodle automatically fulfills many of the rules. Discussion will focus on creating accessible PDFs, how to create proper alternative text for images, and accessible alternatives for putting PowerPoint presentations online. A demonstration of accessibility compliance testing tools and
other resources for creating accessible materials for the Web will also be included. Corrine Haverinen works in the Distance Education department at Santa Rosa Junior College and is responsible for reviewing online course materials for accessibility compliance and counseling
faculty in the development of accessible course materials.

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Moodle Orientation Training to Help You Access and Use Your New Moodle Course Shell

As you know, Moodle, the College's new Learning Management System, has replaced the MyCOM/Course Studio features that allowed faculty to post handouts online and communicate with students. Although Moodle is often used to deliver full online and hybrid courses, it also offers powerful features that can be used to enhance traditional classes as well.

All faculty now have a Moodle shell associated with each of your courses that will allow you to post course materials online and access a variety of other features. You can also update your Moodle profile and set up messaging.

To support your efforts in learning how to access and navigate your Moodle shell and post course handouts, the College has hired three of our experienced faculty to provide Moodle orientation training over the summer.

You may schedule a one-on-one training appointment with one of our faculty trainers or attend one of the Moodle ABC's group training sessions listed below. Please bring your MyCOM log on information and a flash drive with some of your materials; for example, you may wish to bring a headshot, a syllabus, and an assignment.

Individual Appointments

For individual help learning how to access and navigate your Moodle course shell and post handouts, please contact one of the following faculty members to set up an appointment:
Ali Klinger, alisa.klinger@marin.edu
Frank Crosby, frank.crosby@marin.edu
Kathleen Smyth, kathleen.smyth@marin.edu

Group Training Sessions: Moodle ABCs

Ali, Frank and Kathleen will also be leading group training sessions called Moodle ABCs. All sessions will be held in the Information Literacy Classroom which is located inside the Library in the Learning Resource Center on the Kentfield Campus. Additional group sessions may be scheduled over the summer depending on need. To give us an idea how many will be attending the workshops below, please email the lead presenter before the session.

Thursday, July 12, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
RSVP: Ali Klinger, alisa.klinger@marin.edu

Tuesday, July 17, 10 a.m. to noon
RSVP: Kathleen Smyth, kathleen.smyth@marin.edu

Wednesday, July 25, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
RSVP: Frank Crosby, frank.crosby@marin.edu

Friday, August 17, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Approved for 2-hours Flex credit.)
RSVP: Kathleen Smyth, kathleen.smyth@marin.edu

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The Online Writing Center (OWC)

All registered COM students and faculty have access to the OWC in Moodle. To enter the OWC, simply click on the self-registration option on the left side bar block on the Moodle homepage. (To get to the Moodle homepage, simply log on to MyCOM, select the Distance Education Tab, and click on the Moodle logo on the right side of your screen.) Please encourage your students to self-register so that they can receive free writing help.

The OWC is Open 24/7 to help students with writing assignments for all college subjects. Students can get help with grammar, idea development, and organization, as well as with research and essays. The OWC also assists students with transfer, scholarship, and job applications, including resume and cover letters.

If you would like a separate forum folder for your students with your course name and number associated with it and/or you would like course assignments uploaded to the OWC forum folder for your course, please email your request to alisa.klinger@marin.edu

If you would like a brief, in-person orientation to the OWC for you or your students, please email your request to alisa.klinger@marin.edu

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Training Opportunity for Enhancing Online Pedagogy at COM

Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning with Patricia James, Dean of Instruction, Library and Technology, Mt. San Jacinto College (http://www.onefortraining.org/)

Do you teach online or are you thinking about teaching online? This course will introduce you to effective practices in online instruction. Building on a solid understanding of California Community College distance education policies and procedures, you will actively create an effectively designed online learning unit. As you plan your own online course you will learn how to

Plan to attend either

2-Day Hybrid Format: Meets face-to-face

Thursday and Friday, April 26 and 27, 2012
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Library Computer Classroom (at the back of the Library)

or

3-Day Intensive Format: Meets face-to-face

Tuesday to Thursday, June 26 to 28, 2012
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Information Literacy Classroom (Located in the front corner of the Library in the Learning Resource Center, KTD Campus)

Download PDF with more information.

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Spring 2012 Moodle Training Schedule

Spring Moodle Training sessions are listed below. Each session will comprise 30 minutes of instruction and 20 minutes of implementation. All trainings meet in the COM Library Computer Lab at the back of the Learning Resources Center.

All faculty have a Moodle shell associated with each of their spring 2012 course(s), so you may wish to practice attaching documents and images during the training. You can also update your Moodle Profile and set up messaging. Please bring your MyCOM log on information and a flash drive with some of your materials; for example, you may wish to bring a headshot, a syllabus, and an assignment.

RSVP to alisa.klinger@marin.edu, if you plan to attend.

If you have technological or pedagogical questions or comments about Moodle, please contact: moodlehelp@marin.edu

Thursday, March 29, 2012
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Moodle Basics

Friday, March 16, 2012
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Moodle Open Q & A Session

Friday, March 2, 2012
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.: Moodle Grade Book

Friday, February 24, 2012
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Moodle Communications

Friday, February 10, 2012
11 a.m. to noon.: Moodle Open Q & A Session

Friday, February 10, 2012
10 a.m. to11 p.m.: Moodle Basics

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
3 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Moodle Basics

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Hands-on Moodle Training Flex Sessions Spring 2012

Wednesday, January 18
Five Sessions Scheduled from 9:00-4:00
All sessions will be held in the Information Literacy Classroom located in the Library,
Learning Resource Center Building.

(See session descriptions for specific times and levels.)

The College is migrating to the Moodle Learning Management System to provide all faculty with a dynamic software system that can be used to enhance face-to-face classes or create hybrid and fully online Distance Education classes. From posting handouts to teaching an online course, Moodle has the tools and resources you can use to support student success. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced user, there’s a session for you in this series of hands-on workshops presented by @One trainer Micah Orloff.  Sessions One and Five are intended for experienced Moodle users. All other sessions are open to all faculty. The series also includes an introduction to the new Moodle Online Writing Center that is available to all students presented by faculty members Ingrid Kelly and Ali Klinger. Please see the description listed under each session to determine the sessions that will meet your training needs.

Space is Limited.  Registration Required.
To Register: Contact Rose Jacques by email at: rose.jacques@marin.edu or call 415-485-9594. Be sure to indicate which sessions you wish to attend!

Moodle Session One:
Open Studio for Experienced Users
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

This hour is intended for experienced Moodle users or instructors already teaching with Moodle. Feel free to bring your specific Moodle questions and challenges to this open studio and consult with @One trainer Micah Orloff.

Moodle Session Two:
Introduction to Moodle Layout, Navigation, and Communication

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This hands-on session is intended for all faculty interested in using Moodle. Faculty who have been using MyCOM/Course Studio to post handouts will be particularly interested in this session. Specific attention will be paid to how functions translate from the MyCOM/Course Studio system to Moodle. Emphasis will be on tools that augment face-to-face instruction (web-enhancements for on-the-ground classes), as well as on simple Moodle course design. Learn how Moodle tools can be leveraged for document management and communication. Participants are encouraged to bring a flash drive with their photo, a syllabus, and some assignments.

Moodle Session Three:
Discover Online Writing Support for All COM Students in the New Moodle OWC
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Did you know free online writing tutoring is available to all currently enrolled College of Marin students in the Moodle Online Writing Center? Attend this session and discover the new Moodle OWC available to all students in all disciplines beginning Spring 2012. Find out how to direct your students to this vital, free student support service, as well as how to use the OWC to enhance your instructional goals for students’ writing in your discipline. Presented by faculty members Ingrid Kelly and Ali Klinger. A pizza lunch will be provided to those who register.

Moodle Session Four:
Design and Practice with Adding Resources and Activities, and
Simple Gradebook Features
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

This hands-on session is intended for all faculty. Specific attention will be paid to such Moodle features as file, page, label, URL, assignment, forum, choice, survey, quiz, and so forth. Participants are encouraged to bring a flash drive with applicable course content.

Moodle Session Five:
Open Studio for Experienced Users Focusing on Grading in Moodle

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

This session is intended for instructors already teaching with Moodle. Bring your questions and challenges, as well as learn strategies for how to set view and categories and items in Grades; how to grade forums more quickly and efficiently in Moodle, and how to utilize "Quick Grade" in Moodle.

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Fall 2011 Moodle Training Schedule

Fall Moodle Training sessions are listed below. Each session will comprise 30 minutes of instruction and 20 minutes of implementation. All trainings meet in the COM Library Computer Lab at the back of the Learning Resources Center.

If you have a Moodle shell associated with a fall 2011 course, you may wish to practice attaching documents and images during the training. Even if you do not have a fall 2011 course, you can still update your Moodle Profile and set up messaging. Please bring your MyCOM logon information and a flash drive with some of your materials; for example, you may wish to bring a headshot, a syllabus, and an assignment.

At this time, we are unable to provide Moodle sandboxes (demo shells) to instructors who are not teaching in or with Moodle in fall 2011.

RSVP to alisa.klinger@marin.edu, if you plan to attend.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
3 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Moodle Basics

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
3 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Moodle Grade Book

Thursday, November 10, 2011
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Moodle Open Q & A Session

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
3 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Moodle Basics

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
3 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Moodle Activities

Thursday, October 13, 2011
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Moodle Communications

Wednesday, October 5, 2011
3 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Moodle Basics

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Moodle Open Q & A Session

Thursday, September 22, 2011
3 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Moodle Basics

Wednesday, September 14, 2011
3 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Moodle Grade Book

Thursday, September 8, 2011
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Moodle Activities

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Moodle Communications

Thursday, August 25, 2011
2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Moodle Basics

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Moodle Training Camp!

Bring your questions and challenges, and learn strategies for how to use the Moodle Learning Management System for your DE course or as an enhancement to your face-to-face courses, the two-day training sessions are tailor-made for you.

Micah Orloff from @One will be presenting a hands-on workshop on Thursday, December 1 and Friday, December 2, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (specific times and levels below) in the Library Classroom.

Flex Credit is available.

RSVP to Rose Jacques ext. 7594 or 415.485.959. Email: rose.jacques@marin.edu

Please note that the sessions from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. are intended for instructors already teaching in Moodle.

This is what will be covered each day; you can come at the times that suit your schedule or stay for the entire day and then come back again the next day, depending on how much or how little training you prefer:

9 a.m. to 10 a.m.: Open Studio

Bring your specific Moodle questions and challenges to this open studio, and consult with Micah. This hour is intended for experienced Moodle users.

10 a.m. to noon: Hands On Workshop Focusing on Moodle Layout, Navigation, and Communication

Specific attention will be paid to how functions translate from MyCOM/Course Studio to Moodle. Emphasis will be on tools to augment face-to-face instruction (web-enhancements for on-the-ground classes), as well as on simple Moodle course/course support design. Learn how Moodle tools can be leveraged for document management and communication. Participants are encouraged to bring a flashdrive with their photo, a syllabus, and some assignments.

Noon to 1 p.m.: Lunch for all participants

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Hands On Workshop Focusing on Design and Practice with Adding Resources and Activities, and Simple Gradebook Features.

Specific attention will be paid to such Moodle features as file, page, label, URL, assignment, forum, choice, survey, quiz, and so forth. Participants are encouraged to bring a flashdrive with applicable course content.

3 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Open Studio Focusing on Grading in Moodle.

Bring your questions and challenges, as well as learn strategies for how to set view and categories and items in Grades; how to grade forums more quickly and efficiently in Moodle, and how to utilize "Quick Grade" in Moodle.

Whether you can attend on-campus training or not, there are video and document resources for Moodle in the last several issues of DE@COM and at the following helpful sites:

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Summer 2011 Moodle Training Schedule

Summer Moodle Training sessions are listed below. Each session will comprise 30 minutes of instruction and 20 minutes of implementation. Additional informational and training sessions will be offered during Fall FLEX and during the fall 2011 semester. All trainings meet in the COM Library Computer Lab at the back of the Learning Resources Center.

If you have a Moodle shell associated with a fall 2011 course, you may wish to practice attaching documents and images during the training. Please bring your MyCOM logon information and a flash drive with some of your materials; for example, you may wish to bring a headshot, a syllabus, and an assignment.

At this time, we are unable to provide Moodle sandboxes (demo shells) to instructors who are not teaching in or with Moodle in fall 2011. Please RSVP alisa.klinger@marin.edu, if you plan to attend.

July 21, 2011
10 am - 10:50 am: Moodle Communications
11 am - 11:50 pm: Moodle Grade Book

July 5, 2011
10 am - 10:50 am: Moodle Basics
11 am - 11:50 pm: Moodle Activities

June 27, 2011
10 am - 10:50 am: Moodle Basics
11 am - 11:50 pm: Moodle Communications

July 27, 2011
10 am - 10:50 am: Moodle Activities
11 am - 11:50 pm: Moodle Grade Book

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Getting Ready for Moodle @ COM: Migration Updates

Moodle Migration Update

COM is moving to Moodle 2.0 as our distance education learning management system (LMS) after our license with Blackboard expires at the end of June 2011. The DE Committee of the Academic Senate selected Moodle for its functionality and affordability. Moodle requires no purchase or annual license fee and is much more user friendly according to faculty and students who have used it. Many colleges have migrated to this system with positive results, so COM joins a large community of Moodle users. Moodle 2.0 will be phased in with training and faculty access beginning in Spring 2011 semester.

Moodle Migation Timeline Update

The Fall Moodle Migration Phase 1 was launched on August 15, when approximately 90 course shells were populated with students. All former Blackboard courses--fully online and web-enhanced--and all new fully online and hybrid courses have now been migrated to Moodle.

Presently, all instructors have access to Moodle and can update their profiles and use the messaging system, whether they teach online or face-to-face classes.

Moodle shells will be available for instruction for all CRNs in the spring 2012 schedule.

The Course Studio/MyCom system that many faculty use to upload documents and to make announcements will remain in place until the end of summer session 2012. In other words, instructors can choose to use Moodle or Course Studio/MyCom for web-ehnancements until the end of summer 2012.

As of fall 2012, all fully online and hybrid courses will be taught in Moodle and all web-enhanced courses will use Moodle.

For information, please consult the Faculty FAQs.
If you need technical support, contact: moodlehelp@marin.edu

Summer Moodle Migration Pilot (Summer 2011)

While no regular Distance Ed courses will be offered during summer 2011, the following three courses were selected for the Summer Moodle Migration Pilot; they were selected because they are existing Blackboard courses that are taught by faculty with Blackboard and Moodle training and experience:

Fall Moodle Migration Phase 1 (Fall 2011)

Our focus for Fall 2011 is to migrate DE courses from Blackboard to Moodle. The Migration also includes any new DE offerings that have received approval from the Curriculum Committee for Fall 2011. Former Blackboard courses and new DE courses will, thus, be taught in Moodle during the Fall 2011. Though the schedule of classes is still being finalized, it appears that Phase 1 will include approximately 31 DE courses/sections. Other DE courses offered in other Learning Management Systems will not be affected by the Moodle Migration for Fall 2011.

Spring Moodle Migration Phase 2 (Spring 2012)

DE courses offered in other Learning Management Systems will be included in Moodle Migration Phase 2 for Spring 2012. We anticipate approximately 9 courses, depending on what courses are offered.

During Phase 2, all COM courses will automatically have Moodle course shells associated with them for faculty to use either to teach fully online and hybrid courses, or to provide web enhancements for their face-to-face students. Even if you do not teach online, you can post your Syllabus and materials, as well as communicate electronically with your students.

During Phase 2, MyCOM’s Course Studio will be permanently disabled, and COM will become a sole LMS institution—an institution with one learning management system.

By Spring 2012, all courses using a Learning Management System will be taught using Moodle.

Migrating from Blackboard to Moodle

According to former VP Nick Chang, College of Marin most likely will be moving towards using Moodle as our distance education course management system (CMS) next fall after our license with Blackboard expires at the end of June 2011. Moodle requires no purchase or annual license fee and is much more user friendly according to faculty and students who have used it. Many colleges have migrated to this system with positive results.

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For assistance with Moodle, please send a request to MoodleHelp@marin.edu