Individual learning activities

Purpose

To facilitate student-content facilitation. Active (dynamic) learning is the key to a successful online student experience, so planning and designing meaningful and engaging learning activities is a core component of online course development and implementation. Individual students can undertake knowledge acquisition and consolidation activities in Moodle in many forms, ranging from self-paced interactive learning packages to quizzes and reflective activities.

Did you know that the letter 'D' in the acronym MOODLE stands for 'Dynamic'?

General element

Individual learning activities

Specific components and examples

Self-paced learning activities

Some types of knowledge acquisition are well suited to self-paced interactive learning, and teachers can choose to set up focused learning opportunities which are available for students to undertake as many times as they wish in order to build and secure their knowledge of a particular topic area.

This type of learning is often contained in purpose built embedded learning objects, which can be imported into Moodle as SCORM packages*. Learning packages such as these are externally created using specialist software authoring tools, and usually feature close integration between components of content and assessment. They also support 'branched' learning, where a learner's pathway through the content is shaped according to the responses they make at inbuilt knowledge checkpoints.

*SCORM is an acronym for 'Sharable Content Object Reference Model' and refers to the standards governing production of these learning objects to ensure their interoperability with the learning management system (Moodle).

The Moodle Lesson tool offers comparative capability and is available within the standard Moodle activity menu. Like the externally produced packages, Moodle Lessons can combine content, resources and question opportunities, and create customised pathways dependent on the learner's answers. Learn more about using Moodle Lessons.

Topic consolidation opportunities

One of the factors which online learners identify as being of key importance is being able to clearly ascertain how their learning is progressing. Teachers in an online environment usually accomplish this using a combination of topic consolidation opportunities accompanied by provision of feedback, which can be either general or individualised, and should give students information about areas requiring further development and strategies for improvement.

Within the Moodle environment, topic consolidation/feedback opportunities include activities such as completion of formative quizzes (which can include automated inbuilt feedback), reflective activities such as journaling, discussion activities (which, for example, can require students to post their own views and conclusions before being able to see the posts of others), and choices.


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