Recommended features with supported technologies

Alignment of recommended features with supported FedUni technologies

Moodle is the official Learning Management System (LMS) used and supported at the Federation University Australia. We currently have two instances of Moodle running: Moodle for higher education (HE) and VET Moodle.

In addition to Moodle we have a range of supported learning technologies. The number of available learning technologies is constantly evolving. CLIPP can provide support for core systems and identified technologies that we maintain and promote, however cannot provide support for software that falls outside this list. 

This does not preclude staff from using other technologies. CLIPP encourages innovation in eLearning practices and new technologies for blended and online delivery.

The following table shows how recommended features are aligned to supported learning technologies. This table also provides links to support notes on how to set up and use these features.

FeaturesIs this available in Moodle?Other supported learning technologiesAbout this feature/tool and where to go for support
Administration features (Minimum online presence)


Course outline / unit descriptionYes
For more information, see how to add files in Moodle
News forumYes
For more information, see About Forums: News Forum
Common room forum (or general course questions and discussion forum)Yes
For more information, see Basic/administrative communication in a Moodle course – News and Common Room Forums

Adding a forum
Shared calendar (list assignment due dates etc)Yes
For more information, see how to use the calendar (PDF, pg 25)
Assignment submission / grade bookYes
For more information, see how to add assignments in Moodle
Content


Lecture notesYes

Upload PDFs as files.

For more information, see how to add files in Moodle.

ReadingsYes

Readings should not be scanned and put directly into Moodle! All readings need to be requested to be put online through the eReserve service for copyright purposes. If you state that the eReserve request is for Moodle purposes then you will receive a link to the pdf file.

For more information, see eReserve. 

You can then just add the link as a web link. For more information, see how to add a web link in Moodle 

Website linksYes
For more information, see how to add a web link in Moodle.
Video content (streaming video)No

NOTE: large video files (e.g.over 10MB) should not be uploaded directly to Moodle, doing this can severely reduce access speeds for all users. 
Tube

Internal content: Any content created and owned by Fed Uni can be uploaded to our internal Tube system. Once added to Tube an embed link can be copied from tube and used in Moodle (or any web page) so video content can be streamed from Fed Uni thus reducing student's internet usage.

External content: You can also stream YouTube videos through your Moodle course. For more information, see Embed YouTube videos in Moodle. 

Short audio filesYes

Audio files can be added directly into Moodle for your students to listen to online, or download. You can add audio files as you would any other file type, however files shouldn't exceed 10MB.
Open educational content Yes

Open educational resources can be either linked to or uploaded into your Moodle course depending on the licencing restrictions. More information on Open Content.
Communication and collaboration


Discussion forums (Asynchronous communication) Yes

Asynchrounous communication is communication that doesn't happen at the same time. That is, your students don't have to be available at the same time and can participate in their own time over a longer duration. In Moodle you can set up threaded discussion boards structured around course related topics you post to spark discussion, as well as an open 'common room' for peer-support and general discussion.

For more information, see Online Facilitation: the role of the teacher in supporting active student engagement online.

More information on adding a forum.

BlogsNoePortfolios (Mahara)

A Blog is an online journal that can be used for students, and teachers, to reflect on their learning or practice over the duration of a course, or preferably an entire program. We currently recommend that students use the ePortfolio system Mahara to create blogs.

More information on using ePortfolios

Wikis and project groupsYes
Moodle has an inbuilt wiki that can be used for students to collaborate in developing a knowledge base around a topic. You can also use the groups functionality to segregated wikis by groups for project work. 

Find out more... (PDF, Pg 45 - 48)
Virtual classroom (Synchronous communication)NoBlackboard CollaborateYou can run a live virtual classroom using Blackboard Collaborate (previously Elluminate).

More information on using Blackboard Collaborate.
Learning activities/ learning objects


Content learning objectsYesYes

Moodle Learning Module/SCORM module: You can create learning module content using software such as eXe or Captivate then add it to Moodle as a SCORM.

You may also have access to SCORM content provided by education publishers that can be 'plugged' into your course. CLIPP can assist you in creating SCORM packages using tools such as Adobe Captivate or iSpring, we can also assist you in embedding SCORM packages, such as Toolboxes, into Moodle.

For more information and assistance, contact CLIPP by requesting support using the ITS Service Desk portal.

LessonsYes
The Lesson tool in Moodle allows you to create learning modules comprising content/web pages and questions which can be either linear or highly branched to create dynamic learning scenarios.

For more information and assistance, contact CLIPP by requesting support using the ITS Service Desk portal.
QuizzesYes

If you needed to create a quiz for assessment purposes, we recommend that you use the tools available in Moodle as you can create a question bank from which questions can be pulled and displayed randomly to each student making the assessment more robust. 

For more information on setting up quizzes in Moodle, refer to our Assignments, Quizzes and the Gradebook manual (PDF).

You can also create a quiz in a non-Moodle tool (such as eXe, Hot Potatoes, Flash or Respondus and add the finished product as a SCORM module or flash file to your course in Moodle.

Note: CLIPP does not provide support in the use of these development systems. You may also have access to question banks from educational publishers. These should easily be able to be imported into the question bank in your Moodle course.

If you need assistance with this contact CLIPP by requesting support using the ITS Service Desk portal.