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Teaching With Moodle

3 Credits
This course provides educators with the skills and knowledge they will need to be an effective online instructor in order to meet the needs of 21st century students. Using Moodle, course participants will become part of a community of learners as they build a solid foundation for their own online course. Experiences from both a student and instructor perspective will introduce course participants to the features of Moodle that supports a specific philosophy of learning called ?social constructionist pedagogy?, where knowledge is gained in a social setting facilitated by collaboration. Students will refine their own course objectives guided by the revised Blooms Taxonomy for 21st Century Learners, and using a systematic approach along with sound instructional design principles begin the process of planning and designing an online course in Moodle. They will learn how to ensure that their learning outcomes are met through pedagogically sound activities that are measured through technology based assessments while providing opportunities for active learning. While gaining the technical skills necessary to build an online learning environment, students will explore what current research says about the state of online learning in the United States, investigate existing online courses and identify components of a quality online course. This will allow course participants to gain an awareness of online activities and assessments appropriate for diverse learning styles.

While this course will be using Moodle, the instructional strategies, design principles and pedagogy can be transferred to other course management systems.

NOTE: Required textbook must be acquired separately.

This course is applicable towards the Online Teaching Certificate and Technology Skills for Educators Certificate.

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